Government Enforcement Compliance and White Collar Litigation

DOJ Pursues Political Corruption By Targeting Political Operatives And Lobbyists

October 8, 2015

The practice of lobbying and government relations, particularly on behalf of companies doing business with the government, has long been a focus of DOJ investigators and prosecutors.  They are known to look skeptically at the purpose of “consulting fees,” particularly when those consulting fees appear to be spun into political contributions.  One recent example is… Read more »

DOJ Refocuses Policies and Priorities in Combating Intellectual Property Crime

October 7, 2015

While the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) of DOJ has been in existence for nearly 20 years, the emphasis on criminal enforcement of intellectual property laws has gained significant importance in more recent years.  Beginning with its Task Force on Intellectual Property more than ten years ago, DOJ has continued to ramp up… Read more »

Attorneys And Law Firms Remain On Sec’s Radar For Insider Trading Cases

September 30, 2015

A series of recent high profile prosecutions of attorneys or persons affiliated with law firms for insider trading has highlighted the government’s concern about attorneys and law firm personnel misusing information shared by clients.  Law firms, particularly those representing public companies, are entrusted on a regular basis with sensitive information regarding proposed mergers, acquisitions and… Read more »

Brokers And Financial Advisors Risk Criminal Liability When Gaining Unauthorized Access To Confidential Client Information

September 29, 2015

It is not uncommon in the financial services industry, particularly in matters involving the departure of partners or brokers, for there to be accusations that the departing person has taken with them confidential information.  Typically these disputes involve threats of or actual lawsuits and motions for injunctive relief, usually involving client lists and other proprietary… Read more »

DOJ Criminal Chief Reinforces New Focus On Individuals In Corporate Investigations And Prosecutions

September 25, 2015

On Tuesday, Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell expanded upon DOJ’s new policy focus on pursuing individuals in connection with the prosecution of corporate wrongdoing.  Assistant Attorney General Caldwell, speaking to the Second Annual Global Investigations Review Conference in New York, took the opportunity to throw the spotlight on the policy shift that was previously… Read more »

Broker Pleads Guilty To Insider Trading With Information Stolen From Law Firm

September 18, 2015

A securities broker pleaded guilty on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court in Trenton to a securities fraud conspiracy that profited from his use of material inside information stolen from the New York office of a global law firm.  Contemporaneous with the plea, the government filed the criminal information detailing the charges, which also included… Read more »

Houston Psychiatrist Convicted In $158 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

September 16, 2015

On Thursday, a Houston psychiatrist was convicted of participating in a $158 million Medicare fraud scheme, following a seven day federal jury trial.  The charges against Sharon Iglehart, M.D., included conspiracy to commit health care fraud, one individual count of health care fraud and three counts of making false statements related to health care matters…. Read more »

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