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SEC Files Offering Fraud, Microcap Fraud Actions

Microcap fraud and offering fraud cases are staples of SEC enforcement. The agency added to its totals in these areas, filing an additional offering fraud and microcap fraud action. SEC v. Mogler, Civil Action No. 15-cv-01814...more

Growing Medical Marijuana, Problematic in Bankruptcy, and Out

Frank Arenas is licensed in Colorado to grow and dispense medical marijuana. He and his wife own a building, half of which is used for the cultivation and the other half of which is leased to a marijuana dispensary. These...more

Landlords Beware

Courts from California to New York have long held landlords accountable for contributory trademark infringement in knowingly leasing real property for unlawful trades, manufacture or business, when those landlords rent space...more

Shepard Fairey Tagged: Detroit Issues Arrest Warrant

Shepard Fairey, viewed by some as a cutting edge and important “street artist” and by others as a vandal for his works of graffiti on both public and private property, has had a warrant for his arrest issued by the City of...more

Money Laundering Crackdown in Real Estate Sector?

The Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (also known as FinCEN) recently gave a speech in San Francisco regarding the agency’s investigative priorities. Director Jennifer Shasky Calvery’s comments drew media...more

Global Connection - June 2015

The latest edition of Global Connection offers insight into a potential money laundering crackdown in the real estate sector, information on the Federal Trade Commission’s approach to data breach investigations and a legal...more

Reducing the risk for Property Professionals of money laundering in UK real estate

Scale of money laundering in UK real estate - Transparency International UK, the anti-corruption organisation, highlighted the risk of money laundering in the high-end UK real estate market in its report published last...more

Justice Department’s Kleptocracy Forfeiture Action Against Real Estate Allegedly Linked to Honduran Bribery Scheme Underscores...

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil forfeiture action seeking to recover certain Louisiana real estate allegedly purchased with funds traceable to a $2 million bribe paid to a former Honduran...more

Medical Marijuana Update—More Confusion by the Federal Government

In my post of June of last year, I wrote about the dangers that commercial lenders may face should they provide financing to borrowers who lease to medical marijuana dispensaries real property that is pledged as collateral...more

Why Texas Insurers Need To Report Fraudulent Hail Claims

In Amarillo, Texas, with clipboard, camera and marking chalk in hand, a seasoned insurance company adjuster climbs his ladder onto the roof of an apartment building. He’s looking for hail damage following a recent hailstorm...more

PART TWO: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”) – aka Drones Legal Issues: Where Are We Headed?

There have been almost daily news stories about the advent of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (“UAVs”), also referred to as “drones,” and how commercial usage is expected to explode over the next several years. There have been...more

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and Commercial Real Property Lenders—What is the Dope?

Numerous articles have been published about medical marijuana dispensaries. In fact, I read in an article last week that a bipartisan coalition of members of the House of Representatives recently voted to restrict the Drug...more

Tenant’s Use – Illegal or Not?

Impact on lease provisions of state laws allowing marijuana cultivation and distribution. The State of California was a pioneer in legalizing the use, distribution, and cultivation of marijuana in varying forms. In...more

DEA Raids and Other Tools for Illegal Dispensary Eradication

California cities that have chosen to ban or limit marijuana dispensaries seem to have found some common tools for ousting those dispensaries continuing to operate illegally. The first city actions seeking to force the...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law October 31, 2013

The Virginia Supreme Court issued new opinions this morning, some of which affect local government law. Here they are (summaries taken from the Virginia Supreme Court website, click on the Record Number to read opinion)...more

Robert T. Koger of Molinaro Koger is arrested and put behind bars. A shocking course of continuing fraudulent conduct is unveiled

Hotel Lawyer with the latest on the arrest and jailing of Rob Koger, formerly of Molinaro Koger. There are some significant new developments in the saga of Robert T. ("Rob") Koger and the high profile civil and criminal cases...more

Multiple Dangers of Meth Labs in Hotels

A quick Internet search sheds a bright light on the dangers to hotels if guest rooms are used for methamphetamine, or "meth," production. There are dangers related to contamination and its impact on other guests, as well as...more

How Much Due Diligence Is Enough?

Do you really know who you are doing business with in your supply chain? How much due diligence is enough? Should you update your due diligence on a regular basis? How about on a continuous basis? What ethical considerations...more

The Top Five Crimes To Avoid Committing In Sandy’s Aftermath

The Monitor does not need a degree in meteorology to know that Storm Sandy (calling Sandy a Hurricane has certain adverse insurance coverage consequences) caused massive destruction in the Garden State, particularly along the...more

An altered deed will not go unpunished in Maryland!

You may go to jail if you alter a deed, even if you have a good faith belief that the changes are correct. The poor fellow in this case believed he owned the entire fee interest in his business property. The State of...more

Useless Attorneys’ Fees – The Importance of Understanding Florida’s Rules of Civil Procedure

On September 19, 2012, the Third District Court of Appeals decided that a first party plaintiff could not prosecute a claim against a third party defendant in Brady v. P3 Group (LLC) and Hypower, Inc....more


CALIFORNIA SENATE BILL No. 1474 CHAPTER 568 An act to amend Sections 781 and 923 of the Penal Code, relating to grand jury proceedings. Approved by Governor September 25, 2012. Filed Secretary of State September 25,...more

June 11, 2012 - The Federal Crimes Watch Daily

The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney....more

June 7, 2012 - The Federal Crimes Watch Daily

The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney....more

June 6, 2012 - The Federal Crimes Watch Daily

The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney....more

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