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Hospital’s Extortion & Fraud Too Quick to Violate RICO

Danielle Bennion and her co-plaintiffs filed a RICO (Racketeer Influenced & Corrupt Practices Act) action alleging that Mountain View Hospital and co-defendants engaged in a plan of extortion and wire fraud for the purpose of...more

We Have Your Data. Pay Up or Else…

You wake on a Tuesday morning expecting to have an average day at work. You are skimming through the emails that came in while you were asleep, when you notice an email from one of your employees. He is not only giving his...more

Leroux: CRA Owes Duty Of Care To Taxpayer

Can a Canadian taxpayer successfully sue the Canada Revenue Agency? - In recent years, taxpayers have brought a number of civil actions against the Canada Revenue Agency (the “CRA”). The allegations in such cases...more

Things To Avoid When You Leave Your Job: Using Drone Trade Secrets To Blackmail Your Former Employer

Trade secrets cases in the employment context usually provide valuable lessons on what not to do when leaving a job. The recent conviction of Stephen Marty Ward by a Washington federal jury imparts one such lesson...more

NC Begins Work On Patent Troll Bill

Recently, a joint legislative committee sent a report to the North Carolina General Assembly that recommended passing an anti-troll bill during the legislature’s 2014 Short Session. A copy of the bill may be found here. The...more

Bolivian Anti-corruption Chief's Extortion Conviction Shows How INTERPOL Red Notice Abuse Can Arise

Humberto Roca's story may seem unusual to Western minds, but it is all too familiar in the world of INTERPOL abuse. Roca was the owner of a Bolivian airline company called Aerosur Airlines, and as a wealthy business owner...more

The Supreme Court's Sekhar Decision: More Than A Pyrhhic Victory

Announced the same day as its path-breaking gay marriage decision, the Supreme Court’s ruling in Sekhar v. United States, addressing the definition of “property” for purposes of an extortion prosecution under the Hobbs Act,...more

Miami Arrest of Bolivian Anti-Corruption Head Vindicates Former Aerosur Owner, Says Attorney Michael Diaz Jr.

Miami, Florida – The FBI arrest Saturday, Aug. 31, of Mario Fabrizio Ormachea, the colonel leading Bolivia’s Anti-Corruption Unit, for attempting to extort money from former Aerosur Airlines owner Humberto Roca, [United...more

It’s hard to make this stuff up

Michael Rynowecer writes as “The Mad Clientist” and his latest post, Outtakes for the Client Service Laboratory makes you wonder just what kind of drug-induced haze so many seem to live in. Take these two examples...more

Solicitor General Tells Supreme Court that Legal Advice is Property

Is the advice of an attorney intangible property that can be taken by taken by extortion under the Hobbs Act? On April 23, 2013, this precise question was presented to the Supreme Court of the United States during oral...more

Occupational fraud involves a personal breach of trust

Ed. Note-today we are pleased to begin a three part guest series from our colleague Mary Shaddock Jones. My husband, Brian R. Jones, is a CPA, a Certified Fraud Examiner and a member of the Association of Certified...more

Fourth Circuit Rules Emails Sent From Husband’s Work Address To His Wife Are Not Privileged

On December 13, 2012, the Fourth Circuit found that emails sent from a husband to a wife were not protected by the marital privilege because they were sent from his work computer....more

How NOT To Plead In A Civil RICO Complaint

On October 12, 2012, two affiliated companies that operate nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Connecticut jointly filed a RICO lawsuit against two local union affiliates in U.S. District Court in New Jersey. They...more

Confidentiality From The Boardroom To The Bedroom

Sometimes we can learn valuable employment law lessons from even the non-employment law court decisions. What happens if the boardroom meeting to discuss your company’s trade secrets ends up as pillow talk between an...more

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