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Labor & Employment E- Note - March 21, 2014

In This Issue: - High Court Mulls if Amazon Must Pay for Worker Security Checks - Silicon Valley Class-Action Accuses Executives of Hiring Collusion - EEOC Issues New Guidelines for Religious Bias as Complaints...more

DOJ Files Criminal Charges Against Former Bitcoin Exchange Head

On January 27, 2014, the Department of Justice publicly announced it had filed criminal charges against Charles Shrem for operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and failure...more

Martoma by the Numbers

This week a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York rendered a guilty verdict against the former SAC portfolio manager on two counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit...more

Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - February 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Parens Patriae Suits Are Not Removable to Federal Court as “Mass Actions” Under the Class Action Fairness Act - On Jan. 14, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a parens patriae...more

Should the Government’s Ability to Use Conspiracy Charges Be Limited?

Last week, the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division (the “Division”) filed a motion for rehearing after significant criminal convictions were overturned on statute of limitations grounds. A conspiracy is deemed to continue...more

"Antitrust and Competition: Nonmerger Enforcement Activity Heats Up on Both Sides of the Atlantic"

U.S. and European antitrust agencies had similar enforcement priorities last year, a trend we expect to continue in 2014. Nonmerger enforcement will continue to focus on intellectual property, financial services and...more

'Honest Services' Statute

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell may not have violated any Virginia statutes, yet he and his wife both face criminal prosecution under the federal “Honest Services” statute On Tuesday, January 21, 2014, former...more

The IRS and Gun Control

Earlier this month, the First Circuit Court of Appeals held in a case of first impression that evidence seized by IRS special agents from the taxpayer's home was admissible even though IRS Special Agents were armed when they...more

Sixth Circuit Spoils Milk Processor’s Win by Reinstating Class Action Alleging Conspiracy to Restrict Milk Supply

The Sixth Circuit recently revived an antitrust class action alleging a conspiracy between a processed milk bottler, a raw milk supplier and a raw milk processor to restrict milk supply in violation of Section 1 of the...more

DOJ, SEC Announce Anti-Bribery Enforcement Actions Against U.S. Agribusiness Firm

On December 20, the DOJ and the SEC announced separate enforcement actions against a major U.S. agribusiness firm and one of its foreign subsidiaries. In the DOJ action filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central...more

Short Wins - It's White-Collar Week In The Federal Circuits

It's white-collar week here at the federal criminal appeals blog. Two big wins in white collar cases - a price fixing conspiracy case in U.S. v. Grimm and a sentencing win in a securities fraud case in U.S. v. Simmons....more

Patent Trolls, Anti-Trolls, and Antitrust Law Collide in Patent Licensing Dispute

We previously wrote that regulators are considering using antitrust laws to reign in perceived abuses by non-practicing entities or, more familiarly, “patent trolls” – entities that purchase the rights to patents not to...more

Raminfard Guilty Plea Highlights Complexity Of International Tax Compliance, Seriousness Of Violations, Importance Of IRS Offshore...

Los Angeles Businessman, David Raminfard, pleaded guilty on November 4th, 2013 in the Federal District Court in Los Angeles to conspiring to defraud the United States, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue...more

Solicitation And Conspiracy: When Two Heads Aren’t Better Than One

While strained relationships between daughters- and mothers-in-law are almost to be expected, a Jacksonville granny’s frustration with her son’s wife and the mother of her grandchild crossed the line. The woman entered into...more

Travel Act Prosecutions Under The FCPA

Last week I was in Miami and part of the discussion was over the Esquenazi appeal and Direct Access Partners (DAP) enforcement actions; both based upon violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). In the DAP...more

Auction Rigger Enters Guilty Plea

A thirty-seventh individual pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to rig bids and commit mail fraud at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Northern California. The guilty plea, entered on Monday, November 4,...more

Consumers can join class actions over price-fixing

On October 31, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada released three important judgments dealing with whether consumers can sue manufacturers who are involved in conspiracies that increase the prices of products that consumers...more

Former Maxwell Technologies Executive Indicted On FCPA Charges

On October 15, the DOJ filed an indictment against a Swiss national and former executive at Maxwell Technologies—a U.S.-based energy storage and power-delivery company—for alleged violations of the FCPA. The DOJ claims that...more

Supreme Court Criminal Law Update

The United States Supreme Court has issued numerous substantive opinions in the past year on topics ranging from withdrawal from a conspiracy to searches and seizures to what constitutes a Fifth Amendment violation. This...more

McKesson settles with Virginia for $37 million over allegations of inflating Medicaid drug prices

After the State of Virginia declined to participate in a July 2012 settlement that McKesson reached with 29 states over allegations of federal and various state False Claims Act violations, the company has agreed to pay...more

Nevada Businessman Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison

Multiple outlets are reporting that on October 15, 2013, William Reed, a Nevada businessman, was sentenced to nine years in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States, tax evasion, and...more

Individuals Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Immigration Conspiracy

Three individuals from Missouri, Thomas Laurence, Thomas Strawbridge, and Elizabeth Meredith, were recently sentenced to 1 to 10 years in prison for a fraudulent immigration scheme. The individuals, none of whom are licensed...more

Denso Executives Sentenced to Over a Year in Prison for Price Fixing

On August 5, two Denso Corp executives were sentenced to over a year in prison following their guilty plea to participating in a conspiracy to fix prices in violation of the antitrust laws....more

Was This Sentence Quite Excessive for a Bizarre Fraud Scheme?

A $3 billion fraud scheme, more farcical than dangerous and in any case doomed to fail, led to 20-year sentences in federal prison for all four conspirators. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, however, vacated the...more

UK Bribery Act: Serious Fraud Office Announces its First Prosecutions

On 14 August, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced that four men connected to Sustainable AgroEnergy plc have been charged with offences of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and conspiracy to furnish...more

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