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DOJ and OIG Announce Largest Ever National Health Care Fraud Takedown; Focus on Opioids

Continuing its annual tradition, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced last week the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action by the Medicare...more

The Fourth Amendment Implications of Sharing Server Space

The prosecution of Martin Shkreli, whom the BBC has called “the most hated man in America,” reveals some important lessons about the Fourth Amendment protections against search and seizure in the digital corporate context:...more

DOJ and OIG Focus on Opioid Abuse: Medical Professionals Who Overprescribe May Be Targets

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Two recent announcements reflect that the U.S. Government is taking aggressive steps to address opioid abuse by identifying and targeting the involvement of medical professionals in facilitating opioid abuse involving Federal...more

US Attorney’s Office in Chicago Announces Creation of Health Care Fraud Unit

by Morgan Lewis on

Acting US Attorney Joel Levin says the new dedicated unit aims to bring “even greater focus, efficiency, and impact to our efforts in this important area.”...more

Second Circuit Hands Government a Major Setback in LIBOR Fraud Case

by Bryan Cave on

On July 19, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a decision that could impact prosecutions of corporate employees that result from multi-jurisdictional investigations, such as those involving...more

Why Banning Criminals From The Web Doesn’t Work

by Ifrah PLLC on

A few weeks ago, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in Packingham v. North Carolina, 137 S. Ct. 1730 (U.S. 2017) invalidating a state law outlawing registered sex offenders from accessing websites which could...more

DOJ Takes Down AlphaBay, the World’s Largest Dark Web Marketplace

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced the seizure of AlphaBay, the largest criminal marketplace on the Internet, which was used to sell stolen financial information, identification documents and other personal data,...more

Second Circuit Limits Disclosure of Independent Monitor Reports in Deferred Prosecution Cases

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On July 12, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an important decision regarding the role of federal courts in cases resolved through deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) — a settlement avenue that the...more

Convictions reversed in LIBOR case

On July 19, 2017, in United States v. Allen, et al. (16-cr-98) (Cabranes, Pooler, Lynch), the Second Circuit issued a decision reversing the convictions of defendants Anthony Allen and Anthony Conti for wire fraud and...more

You Can’t Run From Justice

by Ifrah PLLC on

Just last week, a Kentucky lawyer by the name of Eric Conn was sentenced to twelve years in prison by a federal judge for bribery and theft of government money. Though similar sentences are doled out around the country on a...more

Commodity Futures Trading Commission Launches Cooperation Initiative

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

When investigating potential wrongdoing, government investigators have powerful tools that they can use to obtain information. As the U.S. Attorneys’ Manual explains, one such tool is the ability to enter into non-prosecution...more

What To Look For In Strong Computer Fraud & Social Engineering Insurance

by GB&A Insurance on

Cyber security has been the talk of the town for quite a while now. Organizations today flooded with statistics and mentions of the importance of proper security measures and cyber liability programs. Some companies...more

Trump Shifts To Large Law Firm Experience in Third Wave of United States Attorney Nominations

On July 14, 2017, President Donald Trump made his third group of nominations of prospective United States Attorneys. This brings the current number of Trump’s United States Attorney nominations to twenty-three...more

Second Circuit Denies Public Access to Monitor’s Reports on Separation-of-Powers Grounds

In a decision that will provide reassurance both to prosecutors and to the institutions with whom they enter into deferred prosecution agreements (“DPAs”), the Second Circuit (Katzmann, Lynch, Pooler (concurring)) held in...more

Second Circuit Limits District Courts’ Authority Over Deferred Prosecution Agreements and Limits the Public’s Access to Monitors’...

by Dechert LLP on

Although deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) are a commonly-used tool for government prosecutors, courts continue to struggle to determine how much judicial supervision of these agreements is permitted. On July 12, 2017,...more

Second Circuit Reinforces Narrow Definition of 'Official Act' in Politician's Fraud Case

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On July 13, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the conviction of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who was convicted in 2015 on seven counts of honest services fraud, Hobbs Act...more

Damming the Funding to North Korea: Anticipatory Seizure Warrants as a Tool to Enforce Sanctions and Thwart Money Laundering...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Two days after North Korea’s successful long-range ballistic missile test, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia unsealed a memorandum opinion which granted the Department of Justice “damming” warrants to seize...more

The Second Circuit Overturns Watershed Conviction Of Sheldon Silvery Based On Recent Supreme Court Decision

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 13, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit overturned the high-profile, political corruption conviction of one of the most powerful politicians in New York State— former Speaker of the New York State...more

Second Circuit Finds That HSBC Monitor's Reports Need Not Be Publicly Disclosed

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 12, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit overturned the district court’s decision to unseal the report of a special monitor charged with supervising HSBC Holdings plc and HSBC Bank, USA, N.A....more

Bridging the Week - July 2017 #2

New SEC Chairman Previews Governing Principles; Stresses Commitment to Working With CFTC: Last week, Jay Clayton, newly appointed Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, enumerated eight “guiding principles” that...more

Why “one and done” FCPA due-diligence is not enough

In part II of my interview with Joe Spinelli, Senior Managing Director, Kroll, we continue to explore findings of the Kroll-Ethisphere 2017 Anti-Bribery and Corruption Benchmarking Report. In this interview, Joe shares: *...more

House Spending Bill for Homeland Security Heavy on Border Wall, Enforcement, and Deportation

On Tuesday, July 11, the House Appropriations Committee released a spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It features increases in spending to both the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and Immigration and...more

The British Virgin Islands’ Beneficial Owners Secure System Act of 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

The British Virgin Islands (“BVI”) is a small chain of islands in the Caribbean situated between Puerto Rico and St. Maarten. The BVI has been a top sailing destination since the days of Sir Francis Drake. The BVI is a...more

DOJ Asks SCOTUS to Take on Microsoft Case and Verizon Suffers its own Data Breach: eDiscovery Trends

by CloudNine on

A rare two-topic day, but both are notable… Remember the Microsoft Ireland Warrant case, where the Second Circuit reversed earlier rulings and denied the government’s efforts to compel Microsoft to provide emails in that...more

SEC and U.S. Attorney’s Office Bring Action Against Promoter of Bitcoin Store, Inc.

by Perkins Coie on

On June 30, 2017, the SEC and the U.S. Attorney brought parallel civil and criminal fraud charges against Renwick Haddow, the owner of an unregistered broker-dealer entity named InCrowd Equity Inc., and two corporate entities...more

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