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Civil Forfeiture

Alleged Nigerian Oil Industry Corruption and Civil Forfeiture: More Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Law; More High-End Real...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On Friday, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) filed a civil forfeiture complaint in the Southern District of Texas seeking recovery of approximately $144 million in assets that allegedly represent the proceeds of foreign...more

Lessons in Civil Forfeiture and Attachment: U.S. May Seize 650 Fifth Avenue

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On June 29, dual trial verdicts in the Southern District of New York paved the way for the government to seize 650 Fifth Avenue, a 36-story building in Manhattan valued at up to $1 billion (“the Property”). The defendants,...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for May 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 57, the Father’s Day Edition

by Thomas Fox on

This week, as their tribute to their Dad, we are guest hosted by Jay’s daughters, Millie and Michela. They lead us through a wide-ranging discussion on some of the week’s top compliance related stories, including: 1. The...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Strengthens Protections For Property Owners In Landmark Civil Forfeiture Decision

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Elizabeth Young is a 72-year-old grandmother whose home and car the government sought to forfeit based on several relatively minor drug sales her adult son conducted out of the house and car. Young fought the forfeiture and...more

Forfeiture Case Based on Alleged Elaborate $230 Million Russian Laundering and Fraud Scheme to Settle

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On the eve of trial this past Friday, the government announced an agreement to settle, subject to court approval, a major civil forfeiture action in the Southern District of New York. In the case, United States v. Prevezon...more

Civil Forfeiture Under Fire – Part II

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In this post, we consider the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General report (OIG Report), released on March 29, 2017, evaluating the DOJ’s oversight of its cash seizure and forfeiture operations. This...more

Civil Forfeiture Enforcement Under Fire – Part I

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Forfeiture actions by Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS CI) based on alleged structuring activity have come under fire, yet again. Specifically, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA)...more

Treatment of Bitcoin Under U.S. Property Law

by Perkins Coie on

In this white paper, we analyze the treatment of bitcoin under applicable U.S. property law. We conclude that property interests should exist in bitcoin under such law, and that multiple sources of persuasive authority...more

What Would "Greater Enforcement" Mean for Washington's Cannabis Businesses?

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Justice Department has options to crack down, but may galvanize the push for even wider legalization - In statements that were perhaps inevitable but nonetheless surprising to the cannabis industry, White House Press...more

2016 Year in Review: Money Laundering (Part Two)

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In part two of our review of the 2016 developments in Anti-Money Laundering (AML), the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the criminal money laundering statutes, forfeiture, and related issues, we discuss four additional key...more

2016 Year End Review: Money Laundering Opinions of Note

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The federal courts continued in 2016 to produce a stream of cases pertaining to money laundering. We focus on three below because they involve analysis of basic issues that frequently arise in money laundering litigation....more

Ohio Legislature Concludes 131st General Assembly in Marathon Session Lasting Until 3:30 AM Last Friday

by Roetzel & Andress on

After a whirlwind final week of the lame duck session, where the Legislature passed various, often times emotion-evoking measures (including gun rights, abortion, unemployment compensation fund changes, municipal minimum wage...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for July 2016

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary...more

Advertising Law - May 2016 #3

Fake Subscription Notices, Real FTC Lawsuit - Fake subscription notices are the subject of a new lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission in an Oregon federal court. The defendants, a web of dozens of...more

Government Seeks Civil Forfeiture of Funds Stolen in Business E-Mail Fraud

On April 14, 2016, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York filed a civil forfeiture action seeking to recover nearly $100 million stolen from an unidentified U.S. company through a form of wire fraud or...more

U.S. Department of Justice Resumes Asset Forfeiture Sharing Program

by Williams Mullen on

On December 21, 2015 the United States Department of Justice suspended the Equitable Sharing Program in which state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies can obtain a portion of the assets they have seized (either as...more

A 'Very Different Picture': Landmark FCPA Corporate Settlement After Relatively Slow 2015 Enforcement

by Bryan Cave on

When asked about the relatively slow year of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) prosecutions in 2015, the Chief of the DOJ Criminal Division’s Fraud Section suggested last month: “one year isn’t long enough to tell the...more

Sullivan & Worcester’s Recommendations on UK Export Finance’s Anti-bribery and Corruption Declarations and Undertakings Accepted...

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London; February 16, 2016 – Law firm Sullivan & Worcester has contributed to the UK Government’s consultation on UK Export Finance (UKEF)'s anti-bribery and corruption declarations and undertakings (D&Us). UKEF is the UK...more

DOJ Reaffirms Commitment to Prosecuting Individuals, Toughens Expectation for Corporate Response

by Polsinelli on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently issued a memorandum ("The Yates memo") on September 9, 2015 by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, reaffirming the Government's commitment to prosecuting individuals. Say...more

Claim Against The United States Cannot Be Assigned - Fee Award Fails Too

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In U.S. v. Kim, 2015 DJDAR 9233, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided a complex case under the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act (CAFRA). An attorney successfully represented a family in...more

Small Local Bank Agrees to $4.5 Million Penalty for Ineffective Anti-Money Laundering Program and Structured Transactions

by Reed Smith on

On June 15, multiple federal agencies issued a $4.5 million penalty against a local bank that admitted to failing to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program. The coordinated enforcement action by multiple agencies...more

Summary Judgment overturned on finding that material facts in dispute

The case involves the appeal of final summary judgment in a suit for civil forfeiture of $2,470.00. The currency was seized based on allegations that the currency’s owner (“Owner”) sold cocaine....more

Justice Department’s Kleptocracy Forfeiture Action Against Real Estate Allegedly Linked to Honduran Bribery Scheme Underscores...

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil forfeiture action seeking to recover certain Louisiana real estate allegedly purchased with funds traceable to a $2 million bribe paid to a former Honduran...more

IRS to Ease Up on Civil Forfeitures for Structured Deposits

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Depositors to banks who intentionally limit cash deposits to under $10,000 to avoid triggering information reporting requirements by the bank (currency transaction reports) can be committing a crime, even though they are...more

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