Criminal Prosecution

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Foreign Judgment in Criminal Fraud Action Enforceable in New York

A New York Appellate Court held for the first time that a judgment issued by a foreign country’s criminal court awarding monetary compensation to a fraud victim is civil, not penal in nature, and therefore enforceable in New...more

New York Court Recognizes Foreign Criminal Judgment in Case of First Impression

On April 1, 2014, a New York state appellate court held that a judgment rendered by a foreign criminal court that required the defendant to make a payment of money to victims of his fraud was capable of domestication under...more

Debt Settlement Firm Pleads Guilty In CFPB’s First Criminal Referral

On April 8 the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that a debt settlement company and its owner pled guilty to fraud charges, resolving the first criminal case referred to the DOJ by the CFPB. The...more

To Be a Criminal, You Have to Act Like a Criminal

Lawyers, compliance professionals and senior management at companies can be obsessive when it comes to the threat of criminal liability. Please do not get me wrong, I am not minimizing the risk of criminal prosecution, nor I...more

"Deliberate Ignorance" Sufficient Mens Rea For Criminal Conviction Under DMCA

As a Circuit judge recently noted in dissent, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) strives to "achieve a balance between strengthening copyright law and preserving consumer rights, promoting technological innovation,...more

DOJ Secures First-Ever Successful Extradition on Antitrust Charge

On Friday, April 4, 2014, the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Romano Pisciotti, an Italian national, was extradited from Germany for his alleged role in a marine hose...more

Former Georgia Attorney Found Guilty of Murder

It was Valentine’s Day 2009 and former Georgia attorney Alec McNaughton and his wife Cathy celebrated the holiday by exchanging cards and gifts over a nice breakfast together. They each expressed their love for each other in...more

New York DFS Obtains Substantial Settlement In Licensing Enforcement Action

On March 31, in an enforcement action with potential implications for a range of financial service providers, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced that an insurance holding company agreed to pay...more

Reining In Overbroad Criminal Subpoenas – Is Some Relief In Sight?

In the wake of the national financial crisis, both the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) publicly committed themselves to enhanced enforcement of federal financial laws...more

From Up-Skirting to Up-Kilting and Beyond

Just a few weeks ago, the Massachusetts legislature enacted a statute to close a loophole in the law in order to make “upskirting” a crime. While the law appeared to have universal support, one man apparently does not think...more

Ex-SanDisk Employee Arrested In Japan, Civil Suits Filed In The Wake Of Alleged Flash Memory Trade Secrets Misappropriation

Technology firms SanDisk and Toshiba recently filed trade secrets lawsuits on opposite sides of the Pacific, each alleging misappropriation by a third party stemming from the two companies’ joint venture....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

Belgian gamblers prosecuted, and in Italy?

Belgian authorities criminally prosecuting players participating in illegal games of chance reminded everyone that also Italian gaming law provides criminal sanctions against players participating to non-Italian licensed...more

Hospital Executive Indicted for Allegedly Lying about Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records

A hospital executive was recently indicted for allegedly submitting a false attestation regarding a hospital’s “meaningful use” of electronic health records (“EHR”) technology through the Medicare EHR incentive program. This...more

Criminal Sentence For Unauthorized Access Of Former Co-Worker’s E-Mail Reduced On Appeal

A terminated employee was convicted of “Mischief to Data” and “Unauthorized use of a Computer” contrary to the Criminal Code after he remotely accessed a former co-worker’s e-mail without her authorization and forwarded...more

Second Circuit Vacates Conviction After Counsel Misstated Deportation Consequences

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently vacated the 1999 conviction of an Australian national living in the United States for misprision of felony. The court granted a writ of error after Stephen...more

The risk of self-incrimination in cross-border disputes: The use of Canadian discovery evidence in United States...

Royal Trust Corporation of Canada v. Fisherman (“Royal Trust”), a decision of the Ontario Superior Court, is another example of a court addressing the risk that discovery evidence could be used against a defendant in a...more

New Reprint Guidance Maintains Bipartisan Status Quo

On February 28, 2014, the FDA issued its most recent unofficial guidance on distribution by manufacturers of research concerning off-label uses. With minor textual revisions, this new Guidance essentially restates the safe...more

Short Wins - The "A U.S. Attorney In California Does The Right Thing Edition"

There are two interesting opinions I'd like to highlight from this crop. First, there's United States v. Prado from the Seventh Circuit. Every now and again, in sentencing, a district court will say it can't consider...more

Supreme Court’s Decision in R v. Nedelcu and its Impact on Litigation Involving Both Civil and Criminal Components

R v. Nedelcu, 2012 SCC 59, is a recent Supreme Court of Canada decision which clarifies the scope of the right against self-incrimination, protected by section 13 of the Charter. The case considers the question of whether and...more

Federal Prosecutions Can Involve Local Investigations

Four agencies team up to indict five Ohio men on federal drug trafficking charges - January 30, 2014 marked the final federal indictment of five Ohio men who were allegedly involved in cocaine-related criminal...more

Supreme Court Holds That Criminal Defendants Challenging Pre-Trial Asset Seizure Cannot Contest a Grand Jury’s Determination of...

On February 25, 2014, in Kaley v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court held 6-3 that criminal defendants challenging the legality of a §853(e)(1) pre-trial asset seizure may not contest a grand jury's determination of...more

Regulatory Risk Update - Defendant's Costs in Criminal Proceedings

The ability of companies to recover costs of defending criminal proceedings has been severely restricted by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (the "Act"). CHANGES TO THE LAW - The...more

Florida Criminal Law Update: Florida Appeals Court Declares Strict Liability Statute Unconstitutional

On February 16, 2014, Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal issued its opinion in Florida v. Thomas, affirming the decision of the Circuit Court of Orange County declaring a portion of Florida’s “Counterfeiting a Payment...more

What Price a DPA? Navigating Unchartered Waters

From today, Deferred Prosecution Agreements (“DPA”s) will be available in the UK to the Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) and the Crown Prosecution Service (“CPS”) as a method for disposal of corporate criminal cases relating to...more

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