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Warning to "Marijuana Investors" Consider Federal Enforcement

The Controlled Substances Act ("CSA") lists Marijuana (cannabis) as a Schedule 1 drug. That means "the drug or substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Efforts to reclassify marijuana...more

Voters Approve New Marijuana Laws in Eight States

Voters in eight states on Tuesday strongly supported ballot measures to adopt new marijuana laws. California, Massachusetts, Nevada and Maine approved recreational marijuana, and North Dakota, Arkansas, Florida and Montana...more

Election Results: 4 States Pass Adult Use Marijuana Ballot Initiatives, 1 State Fails; 4 States Pass Medical Marijuana Ballot...

On November 8, 2016, residents in 9 states voted on ballot initiatives to legalize adult use or medicinal marijuana. Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada voted to decide whether to legalize marijuana for...more

How Trump’s First 100 Day Plan Effects Immigration

President-elect Donald Trump has released his “100-Day Action Plan to Make America Great Again.” Unsurprisingly, the plan includes many policies that will impact immigration. Immigration was one of the biggest issues raised...more

District Court Upholds Indictment of Turkish/Iranian Billionaire Charged with Evading US Economic Sanctions against Iran

U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Berman denied a motion to dismiss the indictment in the closely followed criminal prosecution of Reza Zarrab, a Turkish/Iranian businessman charged with conspiring to evade U.S. economic...more

INTERPOL’s Refugee Policy

In February 2015, INTERPOL disseminated among its national central bureaus (NCBs) a new policy regarding red notices and diffusions seeking detention of individuals with refugee status. According to the new policy, in...more

DOJ Moves to Dismiss Public Corruption Charges Against Former VA Governor

Last week, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia moved to dismiss public corruption charges against former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell, and his wife, Maureen McDonnell. The decision comes...more

California Ballot 2016: Pros and Cons of Props 62-67

This is part three of our ongoing series, California Ballot 2016, summarizing each of the 17 state-wide measures voters will encounter on the November ballot. Click these links: Props 51-56, or Props 57-61 to catch up on the...more

Worth Another Look: Sentencing Reforms

In January of 2016, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) published a list of the top ten issues that will be before state legislatures across the nation this year. Since Pennsylvania will close out the...more

Dismissal of Charges Against Former Virgina Governor McDonnell is Another Lesson in Prosecutorial Discretion

On September 8, 2016, the United States moved to dismiss the charges against Robert F. McDonnell and his wife Maureen McDonnell. The reason given for the decision was short but thoughtful: "After carefully considering the...more

Sonhos Interrompidos - Como uma não conformidade tributária pode destruir o Sonho Americano de imigrantes não registrados - Parte...

Panorama - As eleições presidenciais dos EUA entraram em uma fase de disputa com os partidos Republicano e Democrata realizando suas convenções nas próximas duas semanas para escolher Donald Trump e Hillary Clinton como...more

Broken Dreams - How Tax Non-Compliance Can Destroy the American Dream of Undocumented Immigrants - Part 1

Overview - The U.S. Presidential Elections have shifted into overdrive with both the Republican and Democratic holding their conventions over the next two weeks to select Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as their...more

New Jersey Man Prosecuted for Funneling Campaign Contributions from Foreign Source

Much of the U.S. media overlooked a Bill of Information filed in United States District Court in New Jersey on June 29. The information charged Bilal Shehu, an Albanian immigrant, with unlawfully funneling $80,000 from a...more

Laws and Legal Reforms against Corruption Are Approved

Derived from the historic constitutional reform which created the National Anticorruption System (“SNA”) in May 2015, the Mexican Congress approved a group of laws that comprises the legal framework that will make effective...more

Clinton’s e-mails and a Lesson in Prosecutorial Discretion

“Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case” Statement by FBI Director James...more

The Terrain of Global Anti-Bribery Compliance Challenges [Video]

In the second part of their interview, Alison Taylor, Director of advisory services at BSR, a non-profit consultancy and company network focused on sustainability and CSR, and James Cohen, an expert on anti-corruption,...more

South Carolina Enacts its First Law Regulating Money Transmission

Last month South Carolina joined 48 other states in regulating money transmission with unanimous passage of House Bill 4554. The bill, enacting the South Carolina Anti-Money Laundering Act, provides the framework for...more

"Supreme Court Vacates Corruption Conviction of Former Virginia Governor"

On June 27, 2016, the United States Supreme Court unanimously vacated the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on corruption charges and remanded the case for retrial. As discussed below, the impact of the...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - July 2016 #2

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape....more

Even Though the Supremes Vacated Former Governor McDonnell’s Bribery Conviction, Don’t Even Think of Ditching Your Ethics...

The Supreme Court of the United States voted unanimously on June 27, 2016, to vacate former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell’s conviction under the federal honest services and extortion statutes. In doing so, the eight...more

The Death Of Alexander Hamilton And The Birth Of The American Free Press

Alexander Hamilton has more to do with American independence than you might think. His efforts as a Founding Father (the hottest Founding Father on Broadway, it should be noted) helped the United States achieve political...more

The McDonnell Case: Limitations on public corruption prosecutions and a victory for the social compact of representative...

On Monday June 27, 2016, the US Supreme Court published a unanimous opinion reinforcing what is quickly becoming a contemporary trend in both public corruption and campaign finance regulation cases across the country. By...more

Senate Rejects Amendment That Would Expand The FBI’s Data Collection Powers

On Wednesday, June 22, the U.S. Senate voted down a proposal that would have expanded the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (“FBI”) ability to obtain internet records from technology companies. The measure, a proposed...more

In Cambridge May Be Found One Reticent Pol/GoodSon/Serious Legislator

I’m trying to decide what I like most about Cambridge rep David Rogers’s maiden speech. It’s a toss-up among three things: One, Rogers waited three-and-a-half years to give his maiden speech; two, Rogers spoke lovingly...more

The Supreme Court did not Condone the Conduct when it Vacated the Virginia Governor’s Conviction for Bribery

“There is no doubt that this case is distasteful; it may be worse than that. But our concern is not with tawdry tales of Ferrari’s, Rolex’s and ball gowns. It is instead with the broader legal implications of the...more

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