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'Ostrich' Theory Enforces Ill-Defined Duty to Investigate Clients' Conduct

In recent years, the application of a “conscious avoidance” or “willful blindness” theory as the basis of attorneys’ liability for clients’ criminal conduct has been on the rise. In principle, this standard — commonly...more

September 2016 Special Immigration Alert

I. DOS Announces 2018 Diversity Lottery - The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) just released its instructions for the DV-2018 Diversity Visa (DV-2018) lottery. The registration period begins on Tuesday, October 4,...more

Heat Rises on Indicted Former Tax Court Judge Diane Kroupa as Husband-Codefendant Pleads Guilty

On September 23, 2016, Robert Fackler, the husband and now co-defendant of former Tax Court Judge Diane Kroupa, pleaded guilty to corruptly impeding the IRS, a felony that carries a maximum three-year prison sentence. It is...more

Employee’s Wife Pleads Guilty to Charges After He Stole Patient Information

The Manhattan District Attorney announced this week that a former employee of Lenox Hill Hospital’s wife plead guilty to grand larceny, identity theft in the first degree, and criminal possession of stolen property after her...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission filed its first action against an auditor for lack of independence based on a romantic relationship this week. The agency also filed an action alleging insider trading against long time hedge fund operator,...more

Former IRS Employee Reports to Prison for Identity Theft and Fraud

Nakeisha Hall was sentenced in federal district court in August to serve nine years and two months in prison after she plead guilty for crimes she committed while working for the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service. Instead of...more

DOJ Moves to Dismiss Public Corruption Charges Against Former VA Governor

Last week, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia moved to dismiss public corruption charges against former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell, and his wife, Maureen McDonnell. The decision comes...more

California Ballot 2016: Pros and Cons of Props 62-67

This is part three of our ongoing series, California Ballot 2016, summarizing each of the 17 state-wide measures voters will encounter on the November ballot. Click these links: Props 51-56, or Props 57-61 to catch up on the...more

Ninth Circuit Enjoins DOJ from Prosecuting Medical Marijuana Growers, But Future Uncertain

On August 16, 2016, the Ninth Circuit made an unexpected decision — it enjoined a federal criminal prosecution against medical marijuana growers in the Ninth Circuit. In the published opinion1, the three-judge panel (Justices...more

Mortgage-Loan Modification Scam Ends with Serious Consequences

A California man that operated as a high-level sales executive for a fraudulent residential mortgage-loan modification scheme will now spend several years in jail. From 2009 to 2016, Mehdi Moarefian (aka Michael Miller)...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Felony Conviction of Urologist, Under FDCA, for Reusing Single-Use Needle Guides During Prostate Biopsies...

In 2014, Las Vegas urologist, Dr. Michael Kaplan, was convicted by a federal jury for reusing single-use plastic needle guides during prostate biopsies. He was convicted of conspiracy to commit adulteration in violation of...more

Adultery is a Serious Breach of UAE Criminal Law

There are some common misconceptions that expatriates have about UAE family laws. Hassan Elhais, a Legal Consultant in Dubai, Femina ME’s guest columnist, clears the misunderstandings. If the wife applies for a...more

Worth Another Look: Sentencing Reforms

In January of 2016, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) published a list of the top ten issues that will be before state legislatures across the nation this year. Since Pennsylvania will close out the...more

The Risk of a Cooperating Witness Left Out in the Cold

Last week, the Justice Department reported a guilty plea in the VW emissions scandal prosecution. By this one announcement, DOJ signaled that it is planning to build a bigger case against VW. Ironically, the Justice...more

Scope Of The Jury Trial Right In Civil FIRREA Actions

In recent years, the U.S. Department of Justice has stepped up its use of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989 to pursue civil enforcement actions against financial institutions and their...more

Dismissal of Charges Against Former Virgina Governor McDonnell is Another Lesson in Prosecutorial Discretion

On September 8, 2016, the United States moved to dismiss the charges against Robert F. McDonnell and his wife Maureen McDonnell. The reason given for the decision was short but thoughtful: "After carefully considering the...more

Brock Turner Rape Case | Victims’ Rights Attorney

Brock Turner: The Stanford Rape Case and Victims’ Rights - As a victims’ rights attorney, I was surprised when the Stanford rape case sentence was announced, and Brock Turner received a sentence of only six months in the...more

Can you dismiss an employee if they have allegedly committed a criminal offence?

An American football team, the San Francisco 49ers, has dismissed its player Bruce Miller following his arrest on suspicion of assault after an altercation about a hotel room. Although both an American and sports related...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

In the two weeks spanning the Labor Day weekend, the Commission continued bring cases arising from its inspection program. Two new actions alleging inadequate procedures regarding the disclosure of additional trading away...more

Former Home Health Agency Owner Sentenced to 20 Years for $57MM Medicare Fraud

The US Department of Justice announced that Khaled Elbeblaswy, the former owner and manager three Miami-area home health agencies, was sentenced to 20 years in prison and ordered to pay $36.4 million in restitution for his...more

Four Common Breaches of UAE Law

There are some rules and regulations that exist within the UAE Federal Code that residents of the country are unaware of. Hassan Elhais, Legal Consultant in Dubai, Femina ME’s guest columnist, tells us more....more

Government Charges Sixteen In $175 Million Pharmacy Fraud

On September 1, 2016, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida filed a five-count information, variously charging sixteen individuals, including three physicians, in connection with a scheme to...more

Sexual Abuse at St. George's School and the School's Reponse: 1970 to 2015

In January 2016, I was asked to conduct an investigation concerning sexual abuse at St. George’s School, and the school’s response to reports of abuse, from 1960 to the present. At the time, St. George’s faced a firestorm of...more

Virtual Currencies: Court Rules that Selling Bitcoin Is Not Money Transmitting and Selling Bitcoin to Criminals Is Not a Crime

The ruling is an outlier driven by its unique facts and is unlikely to change the general regulatory landscape for Bitcoin businesses. In State of Florida v. Espinoza, a trial court in Miami recently dismissed all...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for July 2016

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

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