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The Flip Of A Coin: Alternative Currencies

Deep Web, Bitcoin, Silk Road…together, what might these words mean? Bitcoin is an open-source alternative currency that can often be used without revealing your identity…more

| Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

The Problem Of Prescription Drugs In New York

With the Internet System for Tracking Over Prescribing (I-STOP) program, New York hopes to grapple with the problem of addicts and doctor shoppers and reduce the flow of illicit prescription drug use…more

| Criminal Law

Jury Decides Against Wrongful Death Verdict In Jackson Case

I talked earlier about the deposition of the children of Michael Jackson as part of the wrongful death action brought by their maternal grandmother, Katherine Jackson after the death of her son, pop star Michael Jackson. …more

| Personal Injury

Justice Department: What About Those Wiretaps?

In July, the Justice Department acknowledged that terrorist suspects must be notified if government surveillance programs produced evidence being used against them. The statement relates to Alam Qazi and Sheheryar Alam Qazi,…more

| Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Privacy

Insider Trading Fells SAC

First JPMorgan Chase agrees to accept fault for manipulating the market, then SAC Capital Advisors makes financial history the wrong way — by accepting a record $1 billion fine and agreeing to admit to insider trading charges…more

| Criminal Law, Business Torts, Securities Law

Revolving Doors: Anthony Marshall Out Again

I talked earlier about fiduciary duty and the conviction of Anthony D. Marshall, the son of Brooke Astor, on charges that he breached that duty while handling her financial affairs at the end of her life. In a six-month trial,…more

| Criminal Law

The Curious Case Concerning Edward Snowden

In June, the United States filed criminal charges against Edward J. Snowden. The charges were expected in light of the disclosure by Mr. Snowden of top secret information about United States and British domestic spying programs…more

| Criminal Law

A Whale Of A Tale: JPMorgan Accepts Fault

In a legal and regulatory scandal once described by JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon as a tempest in a teapot, the bank agreed in October to pay a $100 million fine and admit wrongdoing, which is an unprecedented move the bank greatly…more

| Finance & Banking, Business Torts, Securities Law

Predicting The Fraud Risk Of CEOs And CFOs

An interesting new study crossed my desk the other day. Three researchers conducted a study of “off-the-job” behaviors of chief executive officers and chief financial officers at companies subject to fraud claims by the Security…more

| Business Torts, Securities Law

ACLU V. NYPD: Is It Legal To Single Out Muslims For Surveillance?

The American Civil Liberties Union, the New York Civil Liberties Union and the CLEAR Project of Main Street Legal Services at the CUNY School of Law recently filed a lawsuit against the New York City Police Department. At issue…more

| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Privacy

Let’s Make Kendra’s Law Permanent … And Enforce It

In 1999, Kendra Webdale was waiting for an N train at the 23rd Street subway station under Broadway. Suffering from schizophrenia and not taking his medications, Andrew Goldstein pushed Kendra onto the tracks into the path of…more

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