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Aug 01

Will the Rise of the Cell Phone Mean the Death of the Third-Party Doctrine?

This guest post was authored by Molly Dolinger, a summer associate with Montgomery McCracken. There are currently more cell phones in the U.S. than there are people. Given the increasingly mobile-dependent state of our society, it should come as no surprise that law enforcement in recent… Read More

Jul 28

SCOTUS to Clarify Protections for Securities Fraud Whistleblowers

This guest post was authored by Bianca Valcarce, a summer associate with Montgomery McCracken. The Supreme Court of the United States has agreed to review the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers and address the apparent tension between two provisions of the… Read More

Jul 20

Fifth Amendment Concerns Result in Overturned Convictions in First Criminal LIBOR Appeal

The Second Circuit yesterday became the first court of appeals to address a criminal appeal regarding the government’s investigation into the manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”). Its decision in United States v. Allen reversed the convictions of two former Rabobank employees accused… Read More

Jul 13

Second Circuit Vacates Sheldon Silver’s Conviction: Parsing Official Act “Quids” and “Quos”

Today, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the conviction of Sheldon Silver, the former Speaker of the New York State Assembly, concluding that the court’s jury instructions regarding the “official act” element of honest services fraud and Hobbs Act extortion were erroneous in light… Read More

Jun 07

Supreme Court Limits SEC Ability to Seek Disgorgement

This guest post was authored by our colleague Ernest D. Holtzheimer, an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department, where he combines an active litigation practice with a transactional and business advisory practice. He also serves as an editor of the firm’s Private Business Counsel blog. On Monday, the… Read More

Dec 07

Insider Trading and Brotherly Love at the Supreme Court

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States decided Salman v. United States, wading into the “personal benefit” requirement necessary to establish criminal insider trading liability.  Justice Alito, writing for a unanimous Court, didn’t think the question presented was particularly difficult, stating that the Court’s… Read More

Nov 28

First Circuit Confronts Perils of Non-Custodial Interrogation in Fraud Prosecution

Miranda warnings are one of those things most lawyers and non-lawyers alike know something about. Most know we enjoy a right under the Fifth Amendment and Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966), to be told before being taken into custody that we need not… Read More

Jul 18

Prosecutorial Discretion under the CFAA Gets More Discretionary: US v. Nosal

This guest post was authored by our colleague Jeremy D. Mishkin, partner and co-chair of the Litigation Department of Montgomery McCracken.  The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1030 (“CFAA”), has become increasingly popular both for civil actions and criminal prosecutions involving hacking or… Read More

Jun 29

VW Clears the Air with $14.7B Emissions Settlement

This guest post was authored by Mara Smith, a summer associate with Montgomery McCracken. This Tuesday, Volkswagen agreed to pay the largest auto-related class action settlement in U.S. history, totaling $14.7 billion. The settlement was reached amidst allegations that the German automaker cheated on government-mandated emissions… Read More

Jun 24

Yuengling to Settle Up on Expensive Tab after Feds Discover Excessive Suds Byproducts in Water

Someone at local D.G. Yuengling and Son, Inc. could probably go for a cold one right now, as settlement negotiations with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“USEPA”) have finally come to a head.   In a consent decree filed this week in Pennsylvania federal court, the… Read More