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E-Discovery Lessons from the State Investigation of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

by Exterro, Inc. on

From the beginning, e-discovery has mainly been the realm of corporate legal teams leveraging their knowledge of the e-discovery process along with technology to reach a “just and speedy” resolution to the matter as laid out...more

"2016-17 Supreme Court Update"

In a season of political surprises, the eight-member U.S. Supreme Court has stirred no controversy with its decisions so far this term. The handful of opinions the Court released in the fall were unanimous and, for the most...more

High Court Clarifies “Official Act” in Former Gov. Bob McDonnell Decision

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the bribery convictions of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell should come as a no surprise to anyone versed in the high Court’s recent public corruption jurisprudence. However,...more

Leading a Briber On Isn't the Same as Accepting a Bribe: How Gov. McDonnell Beat His Corruption Rap

by Sands Anderson PC on

The Supreme Court has reversed Gov. Bob McDonnell's conviction for bribery under the Hobbs Act. In ruling his conviction must be set aside, the High Court conceded the case was "distasteful," but unanimously concluded that...more

The Supreme Court - April 2016

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

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

Supreme Court Agrees to Review Definition of “Official Act” in McDonnell Appeal

by Williams Mullen on

Late last week the United States Supreme Court agreed to take up former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s appeal from his 2014 conviction in a widely followed public corruption prosecution. The outcome of this appeal could...more

False Claims Act: 2015 Year-in-Review

by WilmerHale on

In 2015, the Justice Department (DOJ) continued to give high priority to False Claims Act (FCA) investigations, bringing in nearly $3.6 billion in settlements and judgments. More than 630 qui tam suits were filed. DOJ's...more

Public Officials Face Greater Scrutiny in Wake of McDonnell Decision

by Williams Mullen on

Governor McDonnell’s attorneys put it this way: The Governor’s acts weren’t “official” because “none were any more remarkable than acts that governors unthinkingly take hundreds of times weekly for countless constituents,...more

Appellate Court Confirms that Convicted Felon Cannot Run for School Board Seat

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On May 13, 2015, the Illinois Appellate Court’s First District held that the former Board President of an Illinois high school district’s Board of Education was ineligible to fill a vacancy on the board following his previous...more

Secrets in the Spotlight

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Companies May Get a New Weapon in the Fight Against Economic Espionage - Efforts to protect property from global threats gained momentum in Washington this summer with the introduction of a pair of bills that would...more

The Crisis of New Jersey Courts and the Challenge to Judicial Recall

by Ifrah PLLC on

At the very core of judicial independence is the notion that courts and judges decide matters in accordance with the evidence and legal precedent, independent from political power or outside controls. The question of whether...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Sandbagging of a Federal District Judge

by Bloomberg Law on

Aug. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Clergy abuse victims may be going after a district judge on undisclosed grounds for recusal in the bankruptcy of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, as Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and Bloomberg News bankruptcy...more

Congressional Investigations: Unique And Significant Risks

by Michael Volkov on

We have all watched the familiar scene on Capitol Hill – the latest public scandal like officials from the Internal Revenue Service are dragged up to Capitol Hill to appear before a Committee, raise their right hands, take...more

Grassley: HSBC Should Face Criminal Charges

by Bloomberg Law on

Dec. 19 (Bloomberg Law) -- United States Senator Charles Grassley (R - Iowa) and Bloomberg Contributing Editor Neil Barofsky talk with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about HSBC's recent settlement with US authorities over claims...more

Federal Criminal Lawyer Douglas McNabb of McNabb Associates - News On Current Federal Criminal Cases

by McNabb Associates, P.C. on

October 19, 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. Topics Include:...more

Will High Court Consider Key Issue Defining Prosecutorial Misconduct?

by Ifrah PLLC on

The Supreme Court will soon be considering whether to take up an interesting question involving when monetary sanctions may be imposed for prosecutorial misconduct. More than 50 former federal judges and U.S. attorneys are...more

Federal Court Limits Retroactive Application of FCA Amendments

Congress recently expanded contractors’ liability under the civil False Claims Act (FCA). The substantive changes include eliminating the presentment requirement, adding liability for claims seeking non-United States funds,...more

New FCA Materiality Definition Enters Time Warp, Influences Interpretation of 1986 Statute

The civil False Claims Act (FCA) prohibits using false statements related to a false claim. (Other types of FCA liability include presenting a false claim, concealing an obligation to pay money to the government, and...more

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