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Obstruction of Justice

Comey And Executive Privilege — What Could Have Been

Former FBI Director James Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8, 2017, as part of the committee’s investigation into Russia’s influence on the 2016 presidential election. And the committee’s...more

“Say it Ain’t So Barry:” A Brief Commentary on United States v. Barry Lamar Bonds and the Elusive Definition of Obstruction of...

Politics can be a contact sport as is evident from the recent appointment of a Special Prosecutor to investigate alleged misdeeds by the Trump Administration including obstruction of justice. Ironically, the decision of an...more

Obstruction of Justice – A Primer

by Michael Volkov on

Our political discourse these days has been focused on three key words – obstruction of justice. Whatever your politics may be, these words and the law surrounding obstruction of justice are important to understand....more

This Month in Corruption: Trash Scam, Hidden Funds, Data Breach, etc.

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Not Nice to Bamboozle Landfill Operators. Stephen P. Aguiar, Jr., the owner of a trash company, pleaded guilty on April 11 in federal court in Boston in connection with defrauding the operator of the Fall River Landfill out...more

Workers flee during MOL investigation, roofing company fined for obstructing inspector

by Dentons on

A roofing company has been fined $40,000 under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, including $15,000 for obstructing a Ministry of Labour inspector. The MOL inspector had gone to the site because of a complaint. He...more

White House Allegedly Purges Electronic Devices after Order to Preserve Data: An E-Discovery Teachable Moment

by Exterro, Inc. on

According to an article published in the Independent, allegations have arisen surrounding “White House officials and members of Donald Trump’s transition team…reportedly ‘purging’ their electronic devices to avoid being...more

New Administrative Penalties Against Individuals and Private Companies as Part of Mexico's Fight Against Corruption

by White & Case LLP on

On July 19, 2017, Mexico's new General Law on Administrative Accountability will take effect, imposing serious penalties on individuals and private companies that violate it, and requiring companies to adopt and implement...more

ZTE Pays the Price for Circumventing Sanctions and Export Controls

by Michael Volkov on

Here is a real zinger – clients sometimes do not tell their lawyers the truth. I will wait a minute while you get off the floor because I know everyone is shocked and amazed that this happens. But in the recent ZTE case,...more

"US Announces Record-Setting Penalties for Violations of Export Controls and Economic Sanctions"

On March 7, 2017, the United States announced that China’s Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation and ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd. and their respective affiliates (collectively, ZTE) had agreed to a record...more

Fraud and Abuse Investigations Should be Taken Very Seriously

by Burr & Forman on

According to the United States Government, fraud and abuse recovery has an excellent return for each investment dollar spent. According to the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (HCFAC) Program Report,released by the...more

In Summary Order, Court Remands Obstruction Enhancement for Further Findings of Fact

In a summary order issued yesterday in United States v. Munteanu, No. 16-1254, the Second Circuit (Winter, Cabranes, Lynch) reiterated that a district court must make findings of fact before imposing an obstruction of justice...more

Lessons Learned and Compliance Trends from the VW and Takata Scandals (Part III of III)

by Michael Volkov on

When unraveling a major corporate scandal, especially multi-year schemes involving senior executives, the blame game or lessons learned approach can easily turn into a fruitless exercise. The VA and Takata scandals are...more

VW's $4.3BN Plea to Obstruction for Botched Litigation Hold

by Burr & Forman on

One of three counts in Volkswagen’s recent $4.3 billion guilty-plea was for obstruction of justice arising from a litigation-hold botched by house counsel. As VW prepared to admit the defeat-device problems to US...more

VW Fallout Continues: Mobile Source Emissions Enforcement Likely to Continue Full Speed Ahead under Trump Administration

by Snell & Wilmer on

The headlines generated by the Volkswagen emissions scandal continue to amaze the environmental community and the general public, both here and abroad. The events are shocking in part because they involve a household name in...more

Hunter S. Thompson and the World of International Corruption

by Thomas Fox on

In a tale worthy of the famous Hunter S. Thompson maxim, that “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro”; the tale of BSG Resources (BSGR) and the Simandou mining concession in Guinea took a very weird turn this week...more

Three days in jail for owner of roofing business after trying to deceive MOL inspector

by Dentons on

The owner of a roofing business has landed in jail for three days after trying to trick a Ministry of Labour inspector following a workplace accident. Three workers were working on a residential roofing project but the...more

Department of Justice Obtains Guilty Plea for Obstruction in Merger Investigation

by WilmerHale on

On October 14, the US Department of Justice's Antitrust Division announced that Ralph Groen, a former information technology executive of the bus operator Coach USA Inc., had pleaded guilty to criminally obstructing justice...more

Former Tax Court Judge Kroupa Is Back in the News

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

As reported in my April 2016 blog post, former U.S. Tax Court judge Diane Kroupa and her husband, Robert E. Fackler, were indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States, tax evasion, making and subscribing a...more

Congressional Report Finds FDIC Data Breach Response Obstructed Congressional Oversight

by King & Spalding on

On July 12, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology (the “Science Committee”) released a report regarding its investigation of an October 2015 data breach and the subsequent response of...more

CA Corps Not Obligated to Make Records Available for Inspection in California

The California Court of Appeal recently ruled that an inspection demand under California Corporations Code section 1601 requires a corporation to make its books and records available for inspection at an office where they...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Insider trading was a key focus this week. Two actions were brought based on information secured from the FDA and CMS by former employees who were employed by and investment adviser. Another case centered on tips by a...more

SEC Settles With Apple Stock Day Trader

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Apple stock is well known and popular among investors. It is also attractive to fraudsters who focus on the high tech giant’s shares for schemes. One scheme, for example, brought down New York brokerage Rochdale Securities...more

7th Circuit Grants Partial Reprieve to Trade Secret Thief Who Couldn’t Shoot Straight

Crime Does Not Pay - You have to feel a little sorry for Yihao Pu. Pu was a finance engineer who worked for two companies with proprietary systems for executing high frequency stock trading (HTF). Pu illegally...more

The Meaning of “Malfeasance in Office” and the Lifetime Ban to Holding Office it Carries

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Attorney General concluded in a recent opinion that the City of Commerce has the right to sue a sitting city councilmember convicted of a crime to test if he has the right to hold office. The Attorney General...more

North Dakota Saltwater Disposal Enforcement Actions Highlight Key Legal and Social License Risks

by BakerHostetler on

Spills or improper disposal of oilfield produced water—which can be more than 10 times saltier than seawater and may also contain heavy metals and other chemicals—can turn even staunchly pro-oil and gas residents against...more

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