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Court Dispenses With Fraud Defense Based on Gumball Victims’ Disclaimers

The Chicklets and Runts vending machine at your local car repair shop last decade may have been one piece of a fraudulent enterprise that ensnarled roughly 7,000 victims. As CEO of Vendstar, Defendant Edward (“Ned”) Weaver...more

Failure to Prove ‘Intent to Deprive’ Web Browser History Robs Plaintiff of Sanctions

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Eshelman v. Puma Biotech., Inc., No. 7:16-CV-18-D, 2017 WL 2483800 (E.D.N.C. June 7, 2017). In this defamation case, the court denied a jury instruction for spoliation where the plaintiff failed to prove that the defendant...more

Court Declines to Impose Sanctions for Failure to Preserve Web History: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Eshelman v. Puma Biotechnology, Inc., No. 7:16-CV-18-D (E.D.N.C. June 7, 2017), North Carolina Magistrate Judge Robert B. Jones, Jr., among other rulings, denied the plaintiff’s motion for an order permitting a jury...more

False Claims Act: Circuit Court Questionably Construes Scienter Requirement

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently issued an opinion addressing the False Claims Act's intent requirement. U.S. ex rel. Phalp v. Lincare Holdings, Inc., No. 16-10532, ___ F.3d ___ (11th Cir. May 26,...more

Transferring Property To A Trust: It’s Not What You Meant, It’s What You Said

by Bryan Cave on

When we put pen to paper, sometimes the words don’t come out right. If that happens, hopefully there’s an opportunity to explain what we meant. For example, we have seen how scrivenor’s errors can be explained. But, for the...more

Reasonable Interpretation of Ambiguous Regulation May Not Preclude False Claims Act Liability

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A recent appellate court ruling governing all federal court cases in Florida, Georgia and Alabama establishes that a defendant in a False Claims Act (FCA) case cannot rely on a defense that there was no intent to defraud the...more

The Right to Seclusion of Personal Facts vs. Public Opinion

Unhappy with the valuation determination by Zillow’s Zestimates, a builder and related parties have initiated a class action suit against Zillow Inc. and Zillow Group, for class action complaint for (a) violation of the...more

The Inadvertent Settlement Agreement (and How to Avoid it)

The recent case of Jarvis v. BMW of North America, LLC is an important reminder to attorneys to avoid inadvertently reaching a settlement agreement that is unacceptable to the client, or equally problematic, one that is...more

Should Failing to Issue a Litigation Hold Be Considered Intent to Deprive?: eDiscovery Best Practices

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A lot has been discussed about the most recent changes to the Federal Rules, especially with regard to Rule 37(e) and the requirement of the intent to deprive standard to apply more serious sanctions. But, what activities...more

Liability for Directors of Nonprofit Corporations

Lawyers are often asked to serve on Boards of nonprofit corporations and if they do so, they will often be asked by other directors about the potential individual liability of a director for actions of the nonprofit, for...more

Do Arbitration Agreements Between Nursing Homes and Patients Violate Public Policy-- or Are They Enforceable Under the FAA?

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

The Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) provides for enforcement of arbitration agreements in a “contract evidencing a transaction involving commerce” in the district court. A nursing home sought to enforce arbitration agreements...more

Snowbird? Or the real deal?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

So you recently moved from New York to Florida? Abundant sunshine, no income tax, no estate tax — wonderful! One problem: New York State tax authorities may not think you really moved! And they’re assessing heavy income...more

The Supreme Court Clarified Bank Fraud Statute Does Not Require a Defendant to Intend to Defraud a Bank

by Butler Snow LLP on

In December 2016, in a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court held in Shaw v. United States, 137 S.Ct. 462 (2016), that the Bank Fraud statute does not require the government prove the defendant intended to defraud a bank. The...more

Focus on the Issue of “Corrupt Intent”

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Legal and compliance practitioners are often asked to review a set of facts and determine whether the actors will potentially violate the FCPA. A lot has been written on the vagueness or lack of clarity surrounding the FCPA....more

Essay: The Inter Vivos Branch of the Worthier Title Doctrine

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Change for good reason is most appropriate. Sometimes it is superb, but change for the sake of change is usually wrong. It is regrettable and unjustifiable that an old and beneficial principle of law has been challenged as no...more

The Resignation Trap: Avoiding Unwanted Consequences When an Employee Resigns

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It may be assumed that when an employee says “I quit” or walks into his employer’s office, hands in his keys and says “I’m done” the employer can accept the employee’s resignation and move on with replacing the employee....more

Dropped Cell Phone Does Not Lead to Spoliation Sanctions Under Amended Rule 37(e): eDiscovery Case Law

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In Shaffer v. Gaither, No. 14-00106 (W.D. N.C., Sept. 1, 2016), North Carolina District Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr. ruled that the sanction of dismissal requested by the defendant for the plaintiff’s lost text messages was...more

Wealth Management Update - September 2016

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September Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The September § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs...more

Massachusetts Enacts New Pay Equity Law

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Summary - Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a pay equity bill into law on August 1, 2016. The law is intended to strengthen existing law by promoting compensation transparency, limiting questions to job...more

Ninth Circuit Rules that CFAA Imposes Criminal Penalties When Terminated Users Try To Access Systems With Borrowed Passwords

by Reed Smith on

It can be a violation of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) to “access[] a protected computer without authorization.” The CFAA clearly applies when criminals with no connection to a company try to force their...more

Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - June 2016

Eye on the Supreme Court—Corruption and Fraud Edition - Why it matters: This session, the Supreme Court has undertaken the review of numerous cases that raise thorny issues arising in the white collar context. In our...more

Second Circuit Holds Insurers Have Duty to Defend Data Trap Lawsuit

In its recent decision in Nat’l Fire Ins. Co. v. E. Mishan & Sons, Inc., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 10151 (2d Cir. June 1, 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, applying New York law, had occasion to...more

Second Circuit Deals Blow to Government’s Use of FIRREA as an Enforcement Tool

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

When does a breach of contract amount to fraud? Last week the Second Circuit answered this question and reversed a $1.27 billion judgment against Bank of America and a $1 million judgment against a former executive for their...more

Tax Law Blog: More Issues for Prince's Lack of Estate Planning

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

I’m not typically one to follow pop culture, but in the case of Prince’s lack of an estate plan, I’m following closely how this can serve as an example of how not to do your estate plan. An earlier post discussed the...more

In a Major FIRREA Victory for the Banks, the Second Circuit Overturns $1.27 Billion Jury Verdict

On Monday, the Second Circuit overturned a jury verdict and $1.27 billion penalty against Bank of America imposed under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA), 12 U.S.C. § 1833a....more

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