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Making Sense of the Peter Doig Trial and the Authentication Fallout

As was reported in detail by the New York Times and others earlier this week, artist Peter Doig prevailed in what most agree was the strangest art related trial in many years. In a nutshell, Doig was accused by a former...more

Policy for Employee Theft Including Forgery Doesn’t Cover Employee Forgery

A seller extends $90 million in credit to a customer, secured by letters of credit. When the debtor can’t pay, the seller discovers the instruments are fakes, forged by its own employee. Can the seller recover under a...more

Tenth Circuit Holds that the False Claims Act’s Materiality Requirement Has Teeth in Granting Summary Judgment to Government...

On April 22, 2016, in a decision issued before the Supreme Court’s Escobar opinion, the Tenth Circuit addressed the question of what a relator must show to meet the materiality requirement in an implied false...more

Forgery May Not Constitute “Theft” Under an Employee Dishonesty Coverage

Ruling in favor of the insurer on a motion for summary judgment, on July 29, 2016 the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that under the terms of a commercial crime policy, proof of a forgery by the insured’s employee in...more

Fifth Circuit Holds that National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA’s Commercial Crime Policy Does Not Cover...

Tesoro Refining & Marketing Co. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 13838 (5th Cir. July 29, 2016). In 2003, Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company, LLC (“Tesoro”) started selling fuel to...more

Is Counterfeit Currency A Bank Note?

Counterfeiting was once considered to be tantamount to treason. It is still a serious, but not capital, crime. In fact, it is one of only four crimes specifically mentioned in the Constitution. Notably, however, the...more

Buyer Beware (Again)—Art Dealer Charged with Selling Forged Paintings

As Super Bowl Sunday revealed that Ann Freedman has apparently settled claims against her in the first Knoedler trial over the creation of forged Abstract Expressionist paintings to whose orchestration Glafiria Rosales...more

FCA confirms ban on convicted fraudster

FCA has confirmed its ban on Philip Boakes following the Court of Appeal’s upholding a conviction for using a forged instrument, fraudulent trading and accepting deposits without authorisation. FCA had originally brought the...more

FCA bans Macro Fund head following convictions

FCA has issued its final notice against Magnus Peterson following his convictions in January 2015 for fraud, forgery, false accounting and fraudulent trading. Mr Peterson is the former head of the now-collapsed hedge fund...more

NLRB Issues Guidelines on Use of Electronic Signatures in Representation Cases

As we reported earlier, on December 15, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) adopted a Final Rule that modified its processing of representation cases. See, 79 Fed. Reg. at 74308. As part of this rule, the NLRB...more

Texas Adopts New Provisions Regarding Denial, Suspension, or Revocation Based on Criminal History for Residential Mortgage Loan...

Texas has adopted provisions that specify the criminal history information collected by the Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner (OCCC) and outline factors the OCCC will consider when reviewing criminal history information....more

Arizona Reduces Punitive Damages in Insurance Bad Faith Case Again: Arellano v. Primerica Life Insurance

In Arellano v. Primerica Life Insurance Company, 235 Ariz. 371, 332 P.3d 597 (App. 2014), despite finding an insurer’s conduct moderately to highly reprehensible, the Arizona Court of Appeals recently reduced a punitive...more

Uttering Forged Instrument – an Aggravated Felony and CIMT in the Eleventh Circuit

The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) contains provisions that render individuals who are not yet U.S. Citizens inadmissible or removable (deportable) under certain circumstances. For example, convictions of Crimes...more

Forged artwork case illustrates proportionate liability

In McBride v Christie’s Australia Pty Limited [2014] NSWSC 172, the Plaintiff purchased a painting at an auction held by Christie’s Australia Pty Limited (“Christie’s”) through a bidding agent, Vivienne Sharpe. The vendor of...more

Defendant Entitled to New Trial After Trial Court Erroneously Admitted “Russian Equivalent of Facebook” into Evidence (New York)

United States v. Vayner, 2014 WL 4942227 (2d Cir. Oct. 3, 2014). In this criminal case, the defendant was convicted “on a single count of unlawful transfer of a false identification document.” The government relied...more

Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: Despite Forgery Scandals, the Fine Art Market is Booming

On January 23rd, in a rare public appearance, Jasper Johns testified against a New York foundry owner, Brian Ramnarine, who was charged with creating unauthorized sculptures, including a fraudulent Johns “Flag” sculpture...more

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