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Return to Sender: Aéropostale Employee’s Fraud Convictions Affirmed, But Restitution Order Sent Back for Recalculation

Aéropostale is known by many as a staple of adolescent wardrobes and shopping-mall standard. But as a patsy for kickback schemes? In United States v. Finazzo, 14-3213-cr, 14-3330-cr (Droney, J., joined by Judges Sack and...more

2016 Year End Review: Money Laundering Opinions of Note

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The federal courts continued in 2016 to produce a stream of cases pertaining to money laundering. We focus on three below because they involve analysis of basic issues that frequently arise in money laundering litigation....more

2016 – A Bad Year For Bad Guys in Energy

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Let’s look back at a cavalcade of crooks, criminals and miscreants who met up with justice in 2016. We do it to be reminded of the others who will be lurking in the 2017 shadows....more

Hong Kong and Overseas Businesses Defrauded of over HK$1.8 billion (US$231m) in 2016

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Email wire fraud scammers continue to target local and international businesses with victims suffering millions of dollars of lost funds wired to Hong Kong bank accounts. In December 2016, the Hong Kong Legislative...more

E.D. Pennsylvania Limits Protected Activity Under SOX

In Westawski v. Merck & Co., No. 14-cv-3239 (E.D. Pa. Oct. 18, 2016), the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted Defendant Merck & Co. (Company) summary judgment on Plaintiff Joni Westawski’s (Plaintiff) SOX whistleblower...more

Government Charges Sixteen In $175 Million Pharmacy Fraud

On September 1, 2016, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida filed a five-count information, variously charging sixteen individuals, including three physicians, in connection with a scheme to...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 2015 Update

by BakerHostetler on

Despite a decline in enforcement actions by the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), the first half of 2015 has continued to highlight the relevance and ever-evolving effects of the...more

HorrorFest 2015 Celebration I- The Films of Val Lewton and a Win for the DOJ

by Thomas Fox on

Today, October 2, is the first Friday in October so I begin my annual month of Friday HorrorFest Film highlights. This year I wanted to highlight the films of one of the great unknowns of horror films, Val Lewton. Lewton, a...more

New Jersey Court Holds Financial Institutions are Not Required to Report Suspected Elder Fraud

by Cole Schotz on

In a case of first impression, the Superior Court of New Jersey held that financial institutions do not have an affirmative duty to report suspected fraud upon senior citizens or vulnerable individuals. See Lucca v. Wells...more

Sixth Circuit Concludes Morrison Does Not Apply To Advisers Act

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In Morrison v. National Australia Bank, Ltd., 561 U.S. 247 (2010) the Supreme Court held that the reach of Exchange Act Section 10(b) is the water’s edge of the United States. Specifically, the court held that the Section...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Four SEC Commissioners addressed the annual SEC Speaks Conference, reviewing recent agency initiatives and tracing potential paths for the future. The SEC also brought another FCPA action, a misappropriation case and an...more

Two Criminal Investment Fund Fraud Actions

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Despite massive publicity and numerous cases by enforcement authorities, investment fund fraud actions continue to be a staple of the SEC, CFTC and the DOJ. In case after case investors are convinced to part with their hard...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The DOJ’s settlement with S&P for $1.4 billion, coupled with admissions of fact, made headlines this week. The settlement was joined by 19 states and the District of Columbia. The DOJ and the states will essentially split the...more

Courts Address the Level of Security Banks Must Provide to Business Accounts

Big or small, all bank accounts are susceptible to hijacking and fraudulent wire transfers. Banks ordinarily bear the risk of loss for unauthorized wire transfers. Two independent frameworks exist to govern these transfers:...more

Crime-Fraud Exception to Attorney-Client Privilege – Facebook’s Lawsuit

by Cozen O'Connor on

The crime-fraud exception to attorney-client privilege: As an attorney, you may not anticipate it applying to your emails, your letters or your advice to your client. But even if you never see it coming, your client’s...more

Hospital’s Extortion & Fraud Too Quick to Violate RICO

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Danielle Bennion and her co-plaintiffs filed a RICO (Racketeer Influenced & Corrupt Practices Act) action alleging that Mountain View Hospital and co-defendants engaged in a plan of extortion and wire fraud for the purpose of...more

Jury Convicts Investment Adviser on Multiple Counts of Fraud

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

James Tagliaferri, the former President of TAG Virgin Islands, a registered investment adviser, was found guilty by a jury of one count of investment adviser fraud, six counts of violating the Travel Act, one count of...more

How Chadbourne & Parke, LLC v. Troice Threatens The Defense Of The Guilty And The Innocent

by Allen Matkins on

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Chadbourne & Parke, LLC v. Troice, 571 U.S. ___ (2014) arose out of the a multibillion dollar Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Allen Stanford. The scheme involved the sale to investors...more

NHL Players Defrauded in Series of Investment Schemes

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

National Hockey League Players were the primary victims of a series of fraudulent investment schemes orchestrated by financial adviser Phillip Kenner and former professional race car driver Tommy Hormovitis. Collectively, the...more

Was This Sentence Quite Excessive for a Bizarre Fraud Scheme?

by Ifrah PLLC on

A $3 billion fraud scheme, more farcical than dangerous and in any case doomed to fail, led to 20-year sentences in federal prison for all four conspirators. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, however, vacated the...more

Tenth Circuit Broadens Whistleblower Protection Under SOX

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

In a recent decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit broadened the types of claims that may be recognized under the anti-retaliation provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Lockheed Martin Corp. v....more

Why Go To The Movies?

by Burr & Forman on

Summer has arrived. The Hollywood blockbusters are here. New animated features hit the big screens this week. Superman is flying once more. Sure, if the movies are your cup of tea, then summer is your annual thirst...more

What Lessons Can Be Learned From Tragic Death of An Internet Activist?

by Ifrah PLLC on

There can be no dispute that the death of Aaron Swartz – the Internet activist who took his own life on Friday, January 11 – is tragic. There can also be no dispute that the grief and anger his family feel is very real. The...more

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