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Jan 19

Supreme Court Takes on Insider Trading “Personal Benefit” After All

Just when the Supreme Court appeared to be turning its collective attention away from the standard for insider trading convictions by denying the writ for certiorari in United States v. Newman, the Court today granted cert. in Salman v. United States, which addresses the “personal… Read More

Jan 11

Third Circuit confirms right of defendant not to be cross-examined during sentencing allocution

This guest post was authored by our colleague Michael C. Witsch, an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department in Philadelphia. Michael can be reached at mwitsch@mmwr.com or 215.772.7592.  On Tuesday, January 5, the Third Circuit ordered resentencing in the case of a Pittsburgh-area appraiser who… Read More

Oct 28

Former Speaker Hastert Pleads Guilty in Hush-Money Case

This morning, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert appeared in district court in Chicago and pled guilty to one count of violating bank reporting laws. Hastert’s defense counsel had “indicated two weeks ago that he was planning to plead guilty, though the details of the… Read More

Oct 06

Supreme Court Denies Review of Second Circuit’s Newman Insider Trading Decision

We’ve taken a summer (early fall?) recess here at White Collar Alert but have been jolted back into the blogosphere with the news of the Supreme Court’s denial of certiorari in United States v. Newman. We’ve written and blogged repeatedly (and here, too) about the… Read More

Aug 04

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Indicted

Last Tuesday, a Texas grand jury indicted 52-year-old Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on three counts of securities fraud. Paxton, sworn in on January 1, 2015, was previously a member of the Texas House of Representatives. The alleged illegal conduct arose while he was a… Read More

Jul 31

U.S. Government Appeals Landmark Insider Trading Decision to the Supreme Court

This guest post was authored by our colleague Rimma Tsvasman, an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department in New York. Rimma concentrates her practice on corporate and securities transactions, investment management and commercial litigation. She can be reached at rtsvasman@mmwr.com or 212-867-9500.  In a highly anticipated move following a… Read More

Jul 30

Attorney General Kane Files Wiretap Charges Against Two Lawyers

This post was co-authored by David F. Herman, an associate in Montgomery McCracken’s Litigation Department. He serves an editor of the firm’s Data Privacy Alert blog, which focuses on data privacy and cybersecurity issues. David can be reached at 215.772.7614 or at dherman@mmwr.com. On Monday,… Read More

Jul 14

Seventh Circuit Upholds Non-Incarceration Sentence for Beanie Baby Creator

This guest post was authored by Mara Smith, a summer associate with Montgomery McCracken. On Friday, the Seventh Circuit upheld what it determined to be a substantively reasonable sentence for billionaire Ty Warner, the creator of Beanie Babies. We previously blogged about Warner’s district court sentencing,… Read More

Jul 10

Fourth Circuit’s “Official Act”: Former Virginia Governor McDonnell’s Appeal Rejected

This guest post was authored by Ernest Holtzheimer, a summer associate with Montgomery McCracken. Earlier today, a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld the conviction of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell on public corruption charges. We’ve previously blogged about… Read More

Jul 02

Historic Takedown Shows Healthcare Fraud will Remain a Top DOJ Priority Under AG Lynch

This guest post was authored by Mara Smith, a  summer associate with Montgomery McCracken. Last week, Federal agents arrested 243 individuals across the country for their alleged participation in Medicare fraud schemes that purportedly involved $712 million in false billings. The coordinated arrests, which occurred across… Read More

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