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DOL Persuader Regulations Expose Every Employer to Reporting Requirements and Disclosures

All employers should examine their use of labor and employment service providers to mitigate unwanted disclosure of fees paid to such providers. To protect confidentiality and the integrity of the attorney-client...more

Are Changes in Store for the Stored Communications Act?

Last week saw action on two fronts regarding the Stored Communications Act (SCA) – the US federal statute regulating government searches of online accounts in criminal investigations. In Congress, a proposal to reform the SCA...more

Is Evidence of Juror Bias in Deliberations Admissible? Supreme Court to Decide

What happens in the jury room, stays in the jury room. Except when it doesn’t. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal of a Colorado man whose counsel learned, after the guilty verdict was rendered,...more

Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster Not a Religion, Says Federal Court

We don’t often report on RLUIPA prisoner cases (recall, that RLUIPA applies in the land use and prison contexts). But a recent federal decision in Nebraska – Cavanaugh v. Bartelt (D. Nebraska 2016), is just too good to pass...more

The Supreme Court - April 2016 #2

The Supreme Court of the United States issued one decision on April 18, 2016: - Welch v. United States, No. 15-6418: Last term, the Supreme Court, in Johnson v. United States, 576 U.S. __ (2015), held that the residual...more

Good News: The Feds Can’t Freeze Your Assets to Stop You from Hiring a Lawyer

There are limits to what the government can take from you. The Supreme Court recently ruled that the Constitution forbids the government from freezing a defendant’s “untainted” assets in advance of prosecution. The ruling is...more

Testing The 5th: Compelled Testimony From Foreign Regulators

The circumstances of the prosecution of Anthony Allen and Anthony Conti exemplify how cross-border cooperation and parallel investigations can give rise to novel issues in a subsequent criminal trial. Allen and Conti were...more

Caleb Wardrett v. City of Rocky Mount Police Department, Det. Clifton and Det. Denotter - United States District Court for the...

The federal court granted summary judgment for the City of Rocky Mount, its Police Department and detectives in a case brought against them under 42 USC §1983 where claims were asserted for malicious prosecution and false...more

Supreme Court Clarifies That Untainted Assets Cannot Be Frozen Pre-Trial By The Government

Last week the Supreme Court further clarified the procedures and limits regarding the government’s ability to freeze assets in connection with criminal prosecutions. Following the 2014 decision in Kaley v. United States,...more

Supreme Court Holds Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel Limits Pre-Trial Asset Freezing

Last week the Supreme Court in Luis v. United States, No. 14-419, 578 U.S. __ (2016) limited the government’s reach to freeze a criminal defendant’s assets before trial or other judicial proceedings. Justice Breyer, writing...more

The Supreme Court - April 2016

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in two cases on April 4, 2016: - Evenwel v. Abbott, No. 14-940: In this legislative redistricting case, certain voters brought a challenge to the redistricting in...more

You Can Pay Your Lawyer: Supreme Court Recognizes Limits on Pretrial Asset Restraints

Before the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last week in Luis v. United States, the government could freeze a criminal defendant’s assets before trial even if they bore no connection to the alleged crimes. With the ruling, if the...more

Supreme Court: Government Cannot Restrain Untainted Assets

Since the Supreme Court handed down its decisions in U.S. v. Monsanto, 491 U.S. 600 (1989) and Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered v U.S., 491 U.S. 617 (1989) is has been well established that a defendant’s Sixth Amendment right to...more

SC Public Policy Update - April 2016

What's New - SENATE - The Senate took furlough this week and did not meet in statewide session. The Senate will reconvene Tuesday, April 5th, at noon....more

CJEU to Rule on Extradition of EU Citizens in Criminal Antitrust Proceedings

The first European citizen to be extradited from Europe to the United States for criminal antitrust conduct recently succeeded in having a Berlin court refer the matter of his extradition to the Court of Justice of the...more

Supreme Court Update: Luis V. United States (14-419)

Here's a line-up you don't see in every (read: any) syllabus: "BREYER, J., announced the judgment of the Court and delivered an opinion, in which ROBERTS, C.J., and GINSBURG and SOTOMAYOR, JJ., joined. THOMAS, J., filed an...more

The Supreme Court - March 2016 #6

The Supreme Court of the United States issued one decision on March 30, 2016: - Luis v. United States, No. 14-419: Petitioner Sila Luis was charged with various health care related crimes. Pursuant to a federal...more

Supreme Court Rules Against Freezing "Untainted" Assets

In a ruling that could have far-reaching implications for criminal defendants’ right to counsel of their choice, the Supreme Court decided on March 30, 2016 that the government cannot freeze “untainted” assets that are not...more

More Questions than Answers – The DOJ’s Sudden Change in Tactics in the Apple iPhone Encryption Dispute

In the ongoing iPhone encryption battle between the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and Apple, March 22, 2016 might have been a pivotal moment in the national discourse on digital privacy rights, encryption, and the bounds of...more

FDA and Amarin Pharma Reach Milestone Settlement Allowing Off-Label Drug Promotion

A milestone Settlement Agreement was reached March 8, 2016 between the Food and Drug Administration and Amarin Pharma, Inc. that expressly allows Amarin to promote its drug product, Vascepa®, for unapproved – i.e.,...more

Tasing is for Safety, Not Punishment: Even Non-Lethal Force Can be Deadly

South Boston police responded to the local Super 8 Motel in the wee hours of May 3, 2013. They came because they’d received phone calls from Linwood Lambert, Jr. asking somewhat unclearly for help. When they arrived, they...more

An Important Check On The Abuse Of Government Authority

As citizens of a nation founded on the rule of law, we depend upon law enforcement and prosecutors to protect us from harm and from those who infringe our liberty. In exchange for this protection, we permit these public...more

Seventh Circuit Eliminates “Consent Once Removed” Doctrine

If a business invites an employee, customer, or business associate onto its premises, has it consented to a search by government agents? Under the “consent once removed” doctrine, the answer may be yes if the invited...more

Ninth Circuit Addresses Probationers’ Cell Phone Searches by Police

The centrality of cell phones to our daily lives, and the wide array of sensitive information those phones may carry, creates a complex and ever-evolving series of issues over the amount of privacy we can expect to be...more

Amarin and FDA Reach Settlement Agreement in Off-Label Speech/First Amendment Case

On March 8, 2016, Amarin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Amarin”) and the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA” or the “Agency”) reached a settlement agreement in a closely followed case involving Amarin’s First Amendment rights to...more

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