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The Supreme Court Takes the BIA to Task

Yesterday, in an opinion authored by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the U.S. Supreme Court brought a measure of hope to non-citizens facing deportation on the basis of certain minor criminal convictions. In Mellouli v. Lynch,...more

Supreme Court Decides Elonis v. United States

On June 1, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Elonis v. United States, No. 13-983, holding that to support a conviction under a federal statute that makes it a crime to communicate a threat, prosecutors must prove a mental...more

Supreme Court Decides Mellouli v. Lynch

On June 1, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Mellouli v. Lynch, holding that a legal permanent resident may not be deported for a state-law drug conviction unless that conviction necessarily involves a drug covered by the...more

Fourth Circuit Upholds Federal Criminal Conviction for Accessing Former Employer's Database

The federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) was primarily intended to deter and punish database hacking by third parties. Employers involved in disputes with former employees have attempted to use CFAA in response to...more

The Second Circuit Defines Tippee Liability and The Personal Benefit Test

Todd Newman and Anthony Chiassons, remote tippees, three to four steps removed from the source of the inside information about pending earnings announcements for Dell, Inc. and NVIDIA, were convicted of insider trading. In...more

Court strikes down California’s “collect on arrest” DNA collection law

In November 2004, California enacted a law requiring that anyone arrested for a felony have their DNA collected. This amounted to a significant expansion of the prior law that allowed for collection of DNA after conviction. ...more

Justices Scalia and Thomas Amenable to Reexamining Deference to SEC Statutory Interpretations

Like Prince Charming searching for the foot that fit the glass slipper, Justice Scalia recently issued a statement advising that he and Justice Thomas would be receptive to granting certiorari to a petition properly...more

The Burden of Corporate Probation May Follow an Antitrust Conviction

The Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (the “Division”) has announced a major policy shift. When a company has been convicted for a criminal antitrust offense, the Division may seek to impose the significant...more

Collateral Damage: Criminal Convictions and the Lasting Consequences

Prosecutors and often even judges do not appreciate the collateral consequences of a criminal conviction, regardless of whether it results from a trial or a plea agreement. While the direct consequences of conviction are...more

Mandatory Jail Means Mandatory Jail under New Driving While Suspended Statute

As noted in an earlier post on this blog, New Jersey recently enacted a statute that made driving with a suspended license an indictable offense in certain circumstances, requiring a mandatory minimum period of incarceration...more

California Supreme Court Upholds Red Light Camera Conviction

Declines to Adopt Special Authentication Rule and Finds Camera Evidence Not Hearsay - In a case briefed and argued by Best Best & Krieger LLP attorney Kira L. Klatchko, the California Supreme Court held, in a unanimous...more

Eleventh Circuit Clarifies Loss Amount Calculation for Securities Fraud Sentencing

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently vacated and remanded a defendant’s sentence because the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida inappropriately added a sentencing enhancement after...more

First Jail Sentence Under Canada’s Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act Sends Strong Message to Business Community

Ed. Note-recently it was announced that Canada had made its first Canadian anti-corruption law, the Corruptions of Public Officials Act. I ask John Boscariol, a partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP if he could explain the...more

Criminal Conviction Upheld for Modifying Videogame Console

USA v. Reichert - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently affirmed a defendant’s criminal conviction under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act for trafficking technology that modifies technological...more

Case Closed: No More Neasham

As reported in previous Expect Focus issues, People v. Neasham involved an insurance agent’s criminal conviction for felony theft in connection with the sale of an annuity to an elderly woman whom prosecutors claimed had...more

Hot Employment Topics For 2014 Part V: Use Of Arrests And Convictions In The Employment Process

This is the fifth of a seven-part series describing "Hot Employment Topics for 2014." Part V focuses upon "Use of Arrests and Convictions in the Employment Process." One hot topic in 2014 will be the issue of employer...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #38

We are pleased to present the 38th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight recent convictions in the Madoff scandal, class action litigation against General Motors...more

Did You Know…San Francisco “Bans The Box”: Are Your Job Applications Up To Snuff?

San Francisco recently “banned the box” by adopting the Fair Chance Ordinance, which prohibits the popular criminal history check box on employment applications. Last year, the California Legislature passed Senate Bill 530...more

Fourth Circuit Holds That Defendant Can Be Guilty of Criminal Violation of Armed Export Control Act Even Without Specific...

To obtain a felony conviction under the Arms Export Control Act for “willfully” exporting “defense articles” without a license, must the government prove that the defendant knew the items in question were specifically subject...more

Jury Convicts Former Hedge-Fund Manager of Insider Trading

After deliberating for just a single day on December 18, a federal jury found Michael Steinberg, a former SAC Capital portfolio manager, guilty on one count of conspiracy and four counts of insider trading. This case marked...more

Banning the Box From Your Employment Application

As the New Year approaches, you are expecting better economic times ahead and a more profitable year for your business. Jumpstarting your entrepreneurial endeavors by hiring more help seems like the way to go, so you place...more

Maybe Not Such a Bad Actor – Department of Labor Clarifies Anti-Criminal Rule Under ERISA Rules

The U.S. Department of Labor (the “Department”) on November 1, 2013 issued Advisory Opinion 2013-05A (the “Opinion”) concerning the application of certain anti-criminal provisions under the Employee Retirement Income Security...more

FLSA Investigations Result In Criminal Convictions

A U.S. Labor Department press release serves as a reminder that violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act can result in more than just back-wage payments and other civil remedies. ...more

Colorado Accounting Department Head Sentenced to Federal Prison for Failing to Pay Over Employment Taxes

Bloomberg BNA reports that a Colorado woman who managed the accounting department of a garage door company she co-owns was sentenced to 28 months for failing to pay $4.67 million in employment taxes (United States v....more

Salinas v. Texas: Anything You Don’t Say Might Be Used Against You...

On June 17, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Salinas v. Texas, 133 S. Ct. 2174 (2013). The defendant, Genovevo Salinas, had voluntarily accompanied police officers to their station for questioning about a double...more

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