Government Enforcement Compliance and White Collar Litigation

Informal Efforts To Influence Executive Action Are “Ambiguously Legislative,” Says The Third Circuit In Declining To Toss Menendez Case

August 5, 2016

Senator Bob Menendez’s political corruption case will go forward under a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  In a 22-count indictment, the government alleges that, from 2006 to 2013, Menendez solicited and accepted gifts from a Florida opthalmologist in exchange for, among other favors, (1) influencing an $8.9 million enforcement… Read more »

Understanding Pennsylvania Grand Jury Practice

2016/07/15

Christopher A. Iacono, Kevin E. Raphael, James W. Kraus, and John A. Schwab will speak at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s CLE titled, “Understanding Pennsylvania Grand Jury Practice.” The CLE will take place in Pittsburgh on July 15 and in Philadelphia on July 21, 2016.

Trials Must Be Speedy, Sentencings Not So Much

June 1, 2016

The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the “right to a speedy and public trial” to those accused in criminal proceedings.  Federal and state courts have long grappled with the question whether speedy trial rights protect defendants from inordinate delays in sentencing.  Recently, in Betterman v. Montana, Case No. 14-1457, the U.S. Supreme Court answered… Read more »

A Primer On Federal And Pa. Electronic Surveillance Law

May 31, 2016

Recently, news broke that not one but two former high-ranking Pennsylvania state officials—former Treasurer Rob McCord and John Estey, the one-time top aide to Gov. Ed Rendell—secretly recorded conversations, potentially thousands of them, with political and business leaders at the behest of federal law enforcement. These revelations bring focus on the regulations concerning electronic surveillance… Read more »

Defend Trade Secrets Act Revolutionizes Federal Trade Secrets Practice

May 16, 2016

On Wednesday, May 11, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) into law. The DTSA revolutionizes trade secrets practice at the federal level. Its passage will likely multiply the number of trade secrets cases litigated in federal court. We provide a few highlights: First, the DTSA allows the owners of trade secrets to… Read more »

Calling All Wrongdoers!

May 5, 2016

On Thursday, April 28, 2016 Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell addressed the American Bar Association’s Institute on Internal Corporate Investigations regarding the Department of Justice’s Voluntary Disclosure Program.  In a room full of defense attorneys, this pilot program was surely received with some skepticism.  This new initiative is aimed to encourage corporate counsel to report potential wrongdoing… Read more »

Twenty-Five Individuals Indicted In “Ground Zero” For Medicare Fraud

May 4, 2016

The United States indicted twenty-five defendants in three Medicare Fraud cases, recently filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.  William Maddalena, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Miami Division, dubbed South Florida “ground zero” for health care scams. These indictments detail two purported schemes involving Medicare Part D,… Read more »

Criminal Investigations Of Compounding Pharmacies On The Rise In 2016

April 13, 2016

The first few months of 2016 have witnessed a rash of investigations, and even indictments, involving compounding pharmacies throughout the United States. Previously beset by contamination scandals, the industry now faces widespread allegations of fraud. Significant Recent Developments On January 26, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Department of… Read more »

National Trial Advocacy College

January 9, 2016

John A. Schwab presented, “Demonstration of Direct Examination” at the National Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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