Subpoenas

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Reining In Overbroad Criminal Subpoenas – Is Some Relief In Sight?

In the wake of the national financial crisis, both the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) publicly committed themselves to enhanced enforcement of federal financial laws...more

Twitter, Evidence, Privacy and Social Media

A recent case, albeit one dealing with a governmental subpoena, shows that the SCA may not be the panacea that social networking sites think it is. In People v. Harris, Twitter sought to quash a subpoena it had received to...more

Policy Observer - March 2014

D&O Coverage for Subpoena Response Costs: An Emerging Consensus? Responding to a subpoena can be an expensive proposition. Fortunately, in many instances, a company can call upon its D&O insurer to help defray the...more

Plaintiffs’ Attempt to Conceal Certain Text Messages Backfires (Puerto Rico)

Calderon v. Corporacion Puertorriquena de Salud, 2014 WL 171599 (D. P. R. Jan. 16, 2014). In this employment law case, the plaintiffs only produced a portion of the demanded text messages during discovery, claiming the...more

Reinsurance Discovery Dispute Transferred

The FDIC receiver of a bank served subpoenas on reinsurers, seeking information as to how the cedent insurer interpreted certain ambiguous terms in the underlying liability insurance policy. The insurer and reinsurer objected...more

Outside Party Lines: A Guide To Texas Nonparty Discovery

Discovery of information is one of the most important aspects of litigation — it allows both parties to identify the facts that support their claims or defenses. Because of this, some of the largest battles an attorney faces...more

Florida Residential Foreclosure Trials: Use of Subpoenas

In Florida, nearly every circuit court now favors the use of bench trials as a means to process a high volume of residential foreclosures Courts preside over blocks of uncontested trials, processing a high volume of...more

SEC Not Kidding about Subpoena Enforcement Actions, Obtains Coronati’s Arrest

Here’s one of the questions I get from some individual clients when they receive subpoenas from the SEC: Could I get arrested over this? Well, no. First things first – The SEC has civil authority, not criminal authority. ...more

Courts are Consistently Ruling that the Act of Production Privilege Will Not Defeat Grand Jury Subpoenas Calling for Foreign Bank...

On December 13, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued its decision in United States of America v. Under Seal. On December 19, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its...more

Coverage for Investigations and Conflicting Endorsements: Syracuse University Decision is Great for Policyholders

Just before the New Year the New York Appellate Division affirmed in about a dozen words the trial court decision in Syracuse University v. National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa., No. 2012EF63, slip op. at 2...more

Annual Report on EEOC Developments - Fiscal Year 2013

In this Report: - Introduction - Reflections On Fifty Years Of Title Vii Of The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 And Unsettled Issues Involving Systemic Claims And Class-Based Litigation By The EEOC - Overview...more

When Your Employees Go to Court – Witness Duty

This post continues the discussion of employees absent from work for attendance at court. As a general proposition, employees who appear in court for their own cases, or on behalf of others, are not excused from work. They...more

Business Law Newsletter - January 2014

In This Issue: - Minority Shareholder Rights in Virginia - Revisions to Federal Non-Party Subpoena Power (Rule 45): Streamlining and Simplifying Outdated Procedures, Effective December 1, 2013 - Common...more

Revisions to Federal Non-Party Subpoena Power (Rule 45): Streamlining and Simplifying Outdated Procedures, Effective December 1,...

For the first time since 1991, substantive changes have been made to the Federal Rule of Civil Procedure governing subpoenas effective December 1, 2013. There are five major revisions which were made in an attempt to...more

FHFA Inspector General Emerging As Key Enforcement Player: What To Expect In 2014

These days, there is certainly no shortage of investigators, auditors, regulators, and prosecutors inundating the financial services industry with audits, inquiries, civil investigative demands, and subpoenas. Some of these...more

PODCAST: Responding to a Government Subpoena or Other Document Demand - Six Helpful Hints

Presented by Gina L. Simms and James P. Holloway of Ober|Kaler's Government Investigations and White Collar Defense Group, this podcast provides guidance to health care providers and other corporations on how to respond to a...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - December 19, 2013

In This Issue: - Several Swiss Regional Banks to Cooperate with U.S. Tax Rules - Volcker Rule Approved by Federal Regulators - Treasury Secretary Sets Goal of Foreign Bank Reform in 2014 - Largest Mortgage...more

Challenging FIRREA Subpoenas: The RMBS Working Group Faces Subpoena Fight

As the Justice Department has stepped up its pursuit of financial institutions, there has been a surge of civil fraud lawsuits brought by the government under FIRREA — the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and...more

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Holds that Required Records Exception Trumps Fifth Amendment

On December 13, 2013, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in United States v. Under Seal, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 24785 (4th Cir. Va. Dec. 13, 2013), held that the required records doctrine applies when the government subpoenas...more

New York Department of Financial Services Issues Subpoena to Payday Lender

As part of its continuing focus on payday lending, the New York Department of Financial Services announced that it sent subpoenas to numerous online “lead generation” firms suspected of deceptive or misleading marketing of...more

Person responding to subpoena entitled to costs of production

In this case, the trial court ordered a third party to produce documents that were alleged to be confidential, and denied the third party its costs in providing the production. ...more

While You Are Gorging — FRCP 45 (Non-Party Subpoenas) Changes Take Effect 12/1/13

When we all return to work from Thanksgivukkah weekend, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure (FRCP) 45, governing non-party subpoenas, will have changed, effective December 1, 2013. To review the new content, follow one or both...more

Federal Magistrate Recommends Court Order Diligence Firm To Respond To RMBS Working Group Subpoena

On November 11, a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut recommended that the District Court grant the U.S. Attorney’s motion, filed on behalf of the federal-state RMBS Working...more

The Streamlined Subpoena Power under Amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 45 – Effective December 1, 2013, Barring...

This year several proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (“Civil Rules”) are under consideration. In a previous post, we highlighted the most recent proposed amendments to the Civil Rules which focus on...more

One Week, Three Subpoena Enforcement Actions

I know you’re ready to get back to volumes 2 and 3 of SEC CustodyFest. Believe me, we all are. And I assure you, we will. But for those looking for evidence that the SEC is taking a new, tough turn under Mary Jo White, I...more

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