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Supreme Court Certiorari Grants: Fall 2017 Term

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

1. Freedom of Speech; Labor and Employment. Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, No. 16-1466. May a government require its employees to pay agency fees to an exclusive representative for...more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

In Allied v. OSMI, the Circuit affirms dismissal of a declaratory judgment action even though Allied’s Mexican distributors had been sued in Mexico on a corresponding Mexican patent. In a first Waymo v. Uber case, the panel...more

US Court of Appeals Overturns LIBOR Convictions Based on Derivative Use of Compelled Testimony Lawfully Obtained in UK

by Dechert LLP on

In a decision with significant implications for cross-border criminal and regulatory investigations in both the UK and U.S., a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently overturned two convictions for...more

Second Circuit Clarifies Fifth Amendment Law, with Implications for US Prosecution of International Cartels

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On July 19, 2017, the Second Circuit vacated the convictions and dismissed the indictments of two individuals accused of playing a role in the manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR). United States v. Allen,...more

US Second Circuit Finds Testimony Compelled by UK Regulators to be Inadmissible in Criminal Proceedings

Creating a potential new impediment for collaboration between UK and US investigators, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York recently held that evidence derived from compelled testimony cannot be used in a...more

Fifth Amendment Prohibits Use of Compelled Foreign Testimony in U.S. Criminal Trials

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On July 19, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the conviction of two former London-based bankers, Anthony Allen and Anthony Conti, who were convicted in October 2015 on multiple counts of bank and wire...more

Convictions reversed in LIBOR case

On July 19, 2017, in United States v. Allen, et al. (16-cr-98) (Cabranes, Pooler, Lynch), the Second Circuit issued a decision reversing the convictions of defendants Anthony Allen and Anthony Conti for wire fraud and...more

Second Circuit Rejects Novel Due Process Challenge to Rule Permitting Evidence of Prior Sexual Assaults

The Second Circuit joined its sister circuits and upheld the constitutionality Federal Rule of Evidence 413, which renders admissible propensity evidence about the defendant in sexual assault cases. In United States v....more

Nice Try: Federal Circuit Denies Uber Engineer’s Writ, Affirming the District Court

In trade secret cases, it is often the case that a defendant company and employee accused of trade secret misappropriation enter into a joint defense agreement. Often under such JDAs, facts, strategies and documents are...more

A Bump in the Road: An Update on the Waymo v. Uber Litigation

The Waymo v. Uber trade secrets litigation has been underway for less than two months but the case has already hit quite few speed bumps with multiple discovery battles, Waymo’s efforts to obtain a preliminary injunction from...more

Third Circuit Holds Criminal Defendant in Contempt for Refusing to Decrypt Hard Drives

In a precedential ruling, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals this week upheld a lower court’s ruling holding a criminal defendant in contempt for refusing to decrypt two external hard drives that were seized during a child...more

A Parallel Universe: Navigating Discovery in Concurrent Civil and Criminal Proceedings

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

As criminal law has expanded into almost every sector of the American economy, one byproduct is the rise of "parallel proceedings"—lawsuits that proceed concurrently in criminal and civil court based on largely the same...more

For Whom the Bell Tolls: Obligations and Risks of Third-party Witnesses under Rule 2004 Examinations.

by Bryan Cave on

Two recent Bankruptcy Court cases both remind and illustrate the power and risks presented by discovery of facts and documents under Bankruptcy Rule 2004, showing that it can compel third parties to provide information to...more

SDNY Prosecutors Score First Post-Newman Insider Trading Conviction

On August 17, 2016, jurors in a New York federal court convicted Sean Stewart on criminal charges of conspiracy, securities fraud, and tender offer fraud after more than five days of deliberation. Stewart, a former...more

Fired for Taking the Fifth: Famous Firings in History

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

The Department of Justice’s recent Yates Memo creates a new emphasis on individual accountability for corporate or entity wrongdoing. It also enhances the risk to corporate employees that they will need to choose between...more

"Cross-Border Investigations Update - June 2016"

This issue of Skadden’s semiannual Cross-Border Investigations Update takes a look at recent cases and enforcement trends, including proposed amendments to China’s commercial bribery law, the use in U.S. courts of compelled...more

Dropping the Dime: Risks of Giving Evidence to Canadian Securities Regulators

Canadian securities regulators often cooperate with their counterparts abroad due to the increasingly global nature of securities regulation. Canadian securities regulators have entered into several agreements or memoranda of...more

To Plead or Not to Plead (the Fifth Amendment) in Civil Litigation — That is the Question

by Baker Donelson on

Criminal law and procedure can make even the most seasoned bankruptcy and restructuring lawyers uneasy. However, the Fifth Amendment privilege, in particular, does arise in civil matters from time to time. And there can be...more

IRS and DOJ Use a New Method to Defeat Taxpayers’ Fifth Amendment Argument Against Turning Over Foreign Account Records

by BakerHostetler on

At virtually every turn, courts have ruled against taxpayers who have asserted their Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination to avoid turning over foreign account records to the government, citing the “Required...more

District Court Rules That Smartphone Passcodes Are Testimonial; Protected by Fifth Amendment

In Securities and Exchange Commission v. Huang, the district court held that the Fifth Amendment protected two former employees against having to disclose their personal passcodes for company-issued smartphones to government...more

Just How Scary is the SEC? “Fear” Not Sufficient Grounds to Duck Administrative Subpoena

A witness testifying under oath before the SEC recently refused to answer any questions directed to him, not because of any privilege, but rather — as he said, sixty-eight different times – because he was “scared” and...more

Debtor-trustees can run but they can’t hide behind the Fifth Amendment

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Judgment debtors often try to use the Fifth Amendment’s privilege against self-incrimination to avoid post-judgment discovery of their assets and income. However, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri...more

BB&K Police Bulletin: Civil Rights Action For Miranda Violation Not Barred If Conviction Reversed

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Incriminating Statements in Violation of Miranda Rights Were Used in First Trial, Which Resulted in Reversal - Overview: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal recently held that a criminal defendant convicted of murder at...more

Taking the Fifth Amendment In No Way Implies Guilt

by McManis Faulkner on

Always a champion of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the news media unfortunately often give little weight to another important right: the right against self-incrimination. Recent reporting on a criminal...more

Preparing for NTSB Investigative Interviews

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Those who face investigative interviews before the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) should be fully aware of the applicable rules and regulations. Key topics relating to NTSB investigative interviews include...more

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