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

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

Former executive sentenced to 18 months in prison, $500,000 fine for insider trading

A former executive who pleaded guilty to insider trading was sentenced to a year and a half in prison and a $500,000 fine. The sentencing occurred on June 26, 2015, the defendant having pleaded guilty last July. In addition...more

DOJ Announces Sentencing of Former DEA Agent for Criminal Involvement in Silk Road Investigation

On October 19, the DOJ announced that a former DEA agent was sentenced to 78 months in prison for crimes he committed while working as an undercover agent in the Silk Road investigation. On July 1, the former DEA agent...more

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

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

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending August 14, 2015)

A second insider trading action was brought by the Commission against a senior banking official based on the same take-over for which he was previously charged — but a different securities trading account is at the center of...more

And Up to Twenty Years in Prison: The Criminalization of US Customs Violations

The United States’ traditional reliance on only civil penalties against trade violators is changing. During the past several years, the US government has increasingly brought criminal charges against alleged violators, both...more

Lines Crossed: From Enforcing to Breaking the Law

Silk Road was a notorious black market for narcotics that used seemingly untraceable digital currencies (i.e., Bitcoins) to facilitate illegal activities on the “dark web.” Last week, former Drug Enforcement Agency (“DEA”)...more

Former Qualcomm Executive Sentenced For Insider Trading

Jing Wang, a former Qualcomm Inc. Executive Vice President began by constructing a cover-up. Then he engaged in insider trading, using inside information taken from his employer. The scheme failed. Mr. Wang has been sentenced...more

Questioning Prosecutorial Discretion

Prosecutors have taken a few lumps lately. Based on my own experience, most prosecutors are dedicated, hard-working, public servants who are committed to “doing the right thing.”...more

Prosecutors Strike Out on Barry Bonds as Ninth Circuit Narrows Obstruction Strike Zone

The indictment and trial of famed baseball slugger Barry Bonds for perjury and obstruction of justice drew nationwide attention. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ April 22, 2015, en banc decision reversing Bonds’...more

Former Qualcomm EVP Pleads Guilty to Insider Trading

For former Qualcomm Inc. Executive Vice President Jing Wang the cover-up not only failed but increased his liability. The former executive pleaded guilty this week to securities fraud based on his insider trading, money...more

The Long Arm of E-Discovery Stretches Overseas

Earlier this year, Kazuaki Fujitani, the general manager of a Japanese company’s sales division, pled guilty to obstruction of justice for destroying numerous e-mails and other documents in a federal investigation by the...more

French Citizen Pleads Guilty To Obstructing FCPA Investigation

Last week new FCPA Chief Patrick Stokes announced that the prosecution of individuals would be a priority. This point has become a recurring theme not just in FCPA cases where the international nature of the actions can pose...more

Lying to Regulators … What’s The Risk?

In one of the most high-profile cases of its time, Martha Stewart was convicted of obstructing justice as a result of her intentional misrepresentation to Securities and Exchange Commission and FBI investigators regarding the...more

Grand Theft Auto Meets The Sarbanes-Oxley Act

Arthur Andersen was one of the many casualties of the collapse of Enron Corporation. In 2002, a jury found the once well respected firm guilty of violating 18 U.S.C. §§ 1512(b)(2)(A) and (B). ...more

The Danger Of FCPA “Proactive” Investigations

The old adage – if something is too good to be true, it probably is not – applies with equal force in the world of bribery and intrigue. The recent arrest of the mining executive for obstruction of the Justice Department’s...more

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