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The Meth Business is Dangerous; (En)trust No One

For a landlord, it’s a bad day when your tenant gets busted for operating a meth lab, and the local authorities condemn your house because it’s contaminated with the byproducts of his business. It’s even worse when you learn...more

FinCrimes Update - July 2014 Summary, Volumn 1, Issue 5

FINCEN PROPOSES CUSTOMER DUE DILIGENCE RULE - On July 30, FinCEN released a proposed rule that would amend BSA regulations to clarify and add customer due diligence (CDD) obligations for banks and other financial...more

Imputations- jury decides whether ‘the antidote has overcome the bane.’

The New South Wales Court of Appeal recently handed down judgment in the matter of Corby v Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd. In this case Rosleigh Jill Rose, Michael Corby Junior and Mercedes Pearl Esma Corby (‘the Appellants’)...more

DOJ Enforcement to Trend Even More Towards White Collar?

On April 29, 2009, just weeks after being sworn in as the Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, Lanny Breuer testified before Congress that “[t]he Administration believes Congress’s...more

Communications Between Spouses: Are They Privileged When Wiretapped?

The New Jersey Supreme Court decided that a couple’s private communications remain protected under the marital communication privilege pursuant to N.J.R.E. 509 despite those communications being wiretapped by State...more

Legal Landscape and Guidance for Companies Involved in Marijuana Activity

Many states now permit the use of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes and the federal government has revised certain enforcement policies related to marijuana-related crimes. The possession, use,...more

Court Orders Bank To Forfeit Funds Laundered With Assistance Of Branch Teller

On June 18, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland announced that a federal judge ordered a bank to forfeit $560,000 in drug proceeds laundered through the bank on which the bank failed to file currency transaction...more

The Sad Aftermath of New York’s Rockefeller Drug Sentencing Laws

In a recent edition of National Public Radio’s Prison Time Media Project, a victim of the Rockefeller drugs laws shared his tragic story. In the late 1970s, George Prendes was a young Cuban immigrant facing eviction from his...more

Supervisor who solicited and procured drugs from employee was fired for cause

The B.C. Court of Appeal has upheld the for-cause termination of a supervisor who used text messages to solicit and obtain drugs from an employee under his supervision. Safety was one of the supervisor’s responsibilities in...more

Big Meech Searches for Clemency

In 2005, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) began indicting members of the Black Mafia Family (BMF) in connection with a multi-state drug distribution ring, targeting over 150 members of the gang. Having strong connections...more

Weekly Update from the SC State House

Details from Each Chamber: HOUSE - The House worked through the Calendar this week, giving third reading to various bills on Tuesday. During the Majority Caucus meeting, the Speaker told the members that both...more

HIPAA Impaired Providers and the ER - What Happens When Your Employee Becomes Your Patient?

I was speaking this week at IAHIMA’s Annual Conference on the issues relating to HIPAA audits and recent updates from OCR and ONC. As part of my program we typically solicit questions prior to the presentation, most of which...more

Drug Crimes Defense

The severity of drug offense penalties vary depending on two factors, which are whether the intent to procure or actual possession of the substance was for personal use or for profit. While possession for personal use has...more

Defending Drug Sales and Distribution Charges

Possessing or transporting a controlled substance with the intent to sell or distribute is always a felony and is deemed ineligible for drug diversion. Conviction carries harsh sentences that include significant fines,...more

“Hustlin’” to a Legal Victory: Rick Ross and the Right of Publicity

California gives you the right to profit from your own identity. But what if you assume somebody else’s? Rick Ross is famous for rapping about cocaine. Ricky D. Ross is famous for selling it. Ross (the cocaine...more

Sixth Circuit Crack Cocaine Sentencing Decision Also Relevant To Civil Practitioners

In a highly anticipated en banc decision in United States of America v. Blewett, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit addressed whether prisoners previously sentenced for possession of crack cocaine were...more

Bitcoin And The Silk Road

The advent of the Internet is not all positive – criminals like to use the Internet and they are very good at doing so. The same might be said for Bitcoin, the new raging virtual currency....more

What Employers Need to Know About Illinois' New Medical Marijuana Law

On August 2, 2013, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, P.A., 98-0122. As of January 1, 2014, the Act will establish a four-year pilot program in Illinois that...more

Don’t Let Your Client’s Assets Go Up In Smoke When They Discover That Their Tenant Is Growing or Manufacturing Drugs In Their...

Your next-door neighbors may look like normal, law-abiding citizens, but you never really know what they’re hiding beneath their homes – like a largescale marijuana grow operation, perhaps? One such operation was uncovered in...more

Alabama Statewide Health Coordinating Council Update – August 2013

In this Update: - A. Consideration of an Application to Adjust the State Health Plan - B. Committee Report from the FED Study Committee - C. Committee Report from the Methadone Treatment Clinic Review...more

Ukraine introduces criminal liability of businesses

On 1 September 2014, criminal liability of legal entities will be introduced in Ukraine. The President of Ukraine signed a relevant law, under which amendments to the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine...more

Court Dismisses Foreign Banks from U.S. Lawsuit Alleging Complicity in Counterfeit and Illegal Online Drug Sales

The fight against sophisticated online schemes to sell counterfeit or otherwise illegal goods is being waged by increasingly focused efforts to identify responsible parties that may be sued in U.S. courts, and whose assets...more

Lawyer Couple Accused Of Planting Drugs On School Worker

A California couple has been accused of planting drugs on a volunteer at their son's elementary school. Kent Easter, 38, and Jill Easter, 39, are both lawyers, and have been indicted on charges of conspiracy to procure false...more

No Standing for Illegal Drugs: Third Circuit Limits Antitrust Standing for Foreign Drug Manufacturers Absent FDA Approval

A Third Circuit panel recently ruled that a foreign drug manufacturer lacks antitrust standing when it could only sell its product in the United States through a distributor....more

Operation Pangea V: A Global Attack on Online Prescription Drug Pharmacies

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in partnership with multiple international regulatory and law enforcement agencies, targeted over 4,100 internet pharmacies that allegedly sell potentially dangerous, unapproved...more

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