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Need to Decrypt an iPhone? There’s an “Act” for That

A pair of recent cases pitted the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) against Apple, Inc. (Apple) in a Herculean struggle between asserted interests in national security and privacy. In both cases, the DOJ relied on the same...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 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

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

Enforcement Of EU Member State Judgment

Enforcement proceedings are not the appropriate avenue for appealing a foreign court judgment on the merits, and recognition and enforcement of an EU Member State judgment can only be refused in exceptional circumstances. In...more

The Supreme Court - March 2016 #2

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases today - Americold Realty Trust v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., No. 14-1382: Plaintiff corporations, including respondent ConAgra Foods, Inc., brought suit...more

Retroactive Tax Law Provides Tax Benefits for Victims of Wrongful Incarceration

At the end of 2015, Congress eliminated some of the uncertainty regarding the tax treatment of damages for wrongful imprisonment. Newly enacted Internal Revenue Code section 139F provides that gross income does not include...more

Malicious Prosecution Case to Continue Against Patrick Henry Community College Athletic Director

An affair between a college coach and a basketball player, a disputed confrontation between parents and a college administrator, accusations of assault and kidnapping, fifteen days in jail, claims of false arrest and...more

Fiduciaries And Beneficiaries Should Be Aware Of Criminal Statutes

There are several criminal statutes that implicate fiduciary activities in Texas that are not well-known: misappropriation of fiduciary property and financial exploitation of the elderly. Though these may be similar in some...more

Texas Takes a Stance Against Patent Trolls

Since the U.S. Congress began implementing reforms to the patent system, states too have been considering measures to protect their residents and business from abusive patent litigation. While the federal government has...more

Stealing Bases Okay; Stealing Data Not So Much

On January 8, 2016, Christopher Correa, the former director of Baseball Development for the St. Louis Cardinals, pleaded guilty to each count of a five-count criminal information, charging him with felony violations of...more

California Appellate Court Clarifies Proper Amount of Evidence Required to Support Restitution Order

Question Considered in Graffiti Abatement Case - A recent California Appellate Court decision regarding restitution evidence in a graffiti abatement case clarifies the sort of evidence cities should present in...more

The Challenge of Returning Forfeited Assets to Corrupt Countries  [Video]

In an interview on CCTV America, The Heat, I responded to a question by show host and panel moderator, Anand Naidoo, about the often controversial process of criminal and civil forfeiture. Also appearing on the show was...more

The Ongoing Legal Saga Between New York and Daily Fantasy Sports

Christmas didn’t come early for daily fantasy sports players in New York. A state judge issued an injunction this Friday ordering the two largest DFS sites, DraftKings and FanDuel, to shut down. The injunction was based upon...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19229 - Michael T. v. Commissioner of Correction - Normally I do not summarize criminal matters due to time constraints. Recently Justice McDonald noted that it was a shame...more

Congress Considering Federal Trade Secrets Act

On December 2, 2015, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing regarding the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (DTSA). If passed, the DTSA would create a federal private right of action for theft of trade secrets....more

New Fantasy Lawsuit – A Horse of Another Color?

While all eyes remain focused on the impending preliminary injunction ruling in the New York state daily fantasy sports suit, a new fantasy sports suit has been filed in California. The California suit targets DerbyWars, a...more

High Court Reaffirms the Broad Scope of Legal Advice Privilege

In a High Court ruling on 5 November 2015, Mr. Justice Snowden helpfully reaffirmed the established precedent that legal advice privilege is not confined to telling the client the law: it may also attach to factual updates...more

Sixth Circuit Files Win for Bankruptcy Debtors Harassed During Automatic Stay

Creditors of bankruptcy debtors beware: a recent opinion from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals makes clear that creditors cannot circumvent the ban on collection efforts following the petition for bankruptcy by trying to...more

"Phantom" Debt Collectors Actually Sued by FTC, Banned From Business

Why it matters - The operators of a scam that processed more than $5.2 million in payments from consumers for payday loans that were not owed to the operators are now banned from the debt collection business, the Federal...more

Pay Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain: DOJ Memorandum Adds Further Weight to CPSC Enforcement Efforts Against Corporate...

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) recently issued a memorandum to various enforcement agencies. The memorandum, available here, focuses on holding individuals accountable for corporate fraud and misconduct. The...more

Bridging the Week - August 2015 #3

Hackers and Traders Charged by SEC and Department of Justice in International Securities Fraud Scheme - The computer servers of three major newswire companies were allegedly hacked as part of an elaborate illicit...more

Putting the “force” into enforcement: the Commercial Court sentences arbitration award defaulters to 18 months in prison

A recent decision demonstrates the English courts’ resolve in the enforcement of arbitration awards and court orders. It is a useful reminder to those facing obstructive counterparties of the measures available to enforce...more

Ninth Circuit Concludes that Conviction Precludes Relator Recovery

The Ninth Circuit last week held that pursuant to 31 U.S.C. 3730(d)(3) of the False Claims Act (“FCA”), a qui tam relator who is convicted of conduct giving rise to the fraud that is the subject of the FCA lawsuit must be...more

Court of Chancery Explains Jurisdiction Despite Declaratory Judgment

It is often contended that the availability of a declaratory judgment in Superior Court to determine the parties’ rights may deprive the Court of Chancery of jurisdiction to grant an equitable remedy such as an injunction....more

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