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California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2016 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - In sharp reversal, California suspends mandatory water restrictions - New York Times - May 18 - The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) on Wednesday suspended its...more

Beware of Unguarded Talk: A Cautionary Tale of Privilege Waiver in Wisconsin

Loose lips sink ships. And, at least according to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, they can sink the protections afforded to privileged communications. A decision last week in a criminal case could have considerable...more

May Antitrust Bulletin

FTC, DOJ Issue Statement on Preserving Competition in the Defense Industry - On April 12, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division issued a joint statement...more

English court compels investigators to disclose information on data protection grounds

The High Court has ruled that a company conducting an investigation may be compelled to give effect to requests for information made under data protection legislation. The case serves as a stark reminder that data protection...more

The Supreme Court - May 2016

The Supreme Court of the United States issued one decision on May 2, 2016: Ocasio v. United States, No. 14-361: Petitioner Samuel Ocasio, a former police officer, was tried and convicted under the Hobbs Act for...more

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

Mike Duffy Acquittal Sheds Light on Criminal Code Corruption Offences

Last week’s acquittal of Senator Mike Duffy on fraud, corruption and bribery offences shows Ontario courts will not find “corrupt” intent lightly. The decision underscores the importance of subjective criminal intent in...more

11 Steps to Introducing Exhibits at Trial

If it’s your first trial or it’s been a while since you’ve tried a case, here’s a handy list of the steps to take when introducing your evidence at trial. STEP 1: Mark your exhibit for identification. The court clerk...more

Happy Birthday William Shakespeare!

April 23rd will be the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth in 1564. He died on the same date in 1616, making this the 400th anniversary of his death. Actually, the exact date of his birth is unknown, but it is...more

The Art of Self Defense

Corporate compliance programs come in all shapes and sizes and apply whether your company is privately owned or publicly traded. These internal controls take the form of accounting and audit procedures,...more

Tax Day Brings Barrage of Criminal Tax Charges and Warnings

With “Tax Day” upon us, the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney’s Offices around the country have unleashed an avalanche of press releases warning would-be tax cheats of the severe criminal and civil...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

Criminal Action is Brought Against Municipal Officials for Fraudulent Bond Disclosure

In what is believed to be the first action of its kind, on April 14, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice brought a criminal action against municipal officials based on disclosure claims in connection with municipal bond...more

With April 18 Just Days Away, DOJ’s Tax Division Warns Would-Be Tax Cheats

With “Tax Day” fast approaching, the Justice Department’s Tax Division has issued a stern warning of its own to taxpayers thinking of cheating on their taxes. In a press release entitled “Justice Department Reminds Taxpayers...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Budget hearings were a focus this week as the Chair of the SEC and Chairman of the CFTC visited Capitol Hill. Both sought substantial increases, requesting more money for technology, inspections and enforcement. While the...more

Financial Gain Not Required to Prevail in Trade Secret Theft Claim - United States of America v. Yihao Pu

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit vacated a district court decision awarding substantial restitution for trade secret theft, determining that a loss calculation made by the district court was erroneous and that...more

Help, Domestic Violence Restraints were Filed Against Me—and I didn’t do it!

The New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act serves an enormously important function to protect abused individuals. However, the protections of the Act can be misused in a divorce or custody litigation to evict someone...more

Really Listen to the Witness

It sounds obvious: You should always listen carefully to the witness during cross-examination. But listening means more than just hearing the words actually said. Ideally, your listening will go well beyond that, which can...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

Ninth Circuit Grapples with “Boiler Room” Expert Opinions

Where does lay opinion stop and expert opinion begin? While assessing convictions for wire and mail fraud associated with the defendants’ movie investment schemes, the Ninth Circuit considered this important question 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

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

SEC-USAO Charge Former Fund Principal With Fraud

A former managing principal of Blackstone Group, and a partner at Park Hill Group which raises capital for private equity, was charged by the SEC and Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office with fraud. The charges are based on...more

Chinese National Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy To Commit Cyber Theft Of Export-Controlled Technology

On March 23, 2016, U.S. law enforcement authorities announced that Su Bin, a citizen of the People's Republic of China and a resident of Canada, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the Arms Export Control Act, the...more

Lawsuits Continue Against Central Virginia Regional Jail

Two federal lawsuits are proceeding against the Central Virginia Regional Jail for civil rights violations of inmates. One case is brought by the mother of an inmate who died in CVRJ custody allegedly due to lack of medical...more

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