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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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Jun 25

Don’t Text with an Informant and iPads are Not Phones

While Dora the Explorer’s cousin, Diego, may proudly proclaim that “helping out each other is good for everyone,” apparently defendant Curtis Diego’s “friend,” Gary Still, had no such interest. Mr. Still, when confronted by police about his suspected theft of numerous firearms, quickly confessed to… Read More

Jun 04

Elonis v. United States: The Supreme Court Weighs In On Rap Lyrics, True Threats, and Criminal Intent

Shortly after his wife decided to leave him, 28-year-old Anthony Elonis, under the pseudonym “Tone Dougie,” began posting “self-styled ‘rap’ lyrics” on Facebook that contained “graphically violent language and imagery” concerning, among others, his estranged wife, a kindergarten class, and state and federal law enforcement.… Read More

May 29

Former Speaker Hastert Indicted: Structuring a Costly Cover-Up

Yesterday, the Department of Justice charged former House Speaker Dennis Hastert in an indictment stemming from his alleged agreement to pay an unknown individual $3.5 million “to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct” against that unknown person. According to the indictment, Mr. Hastert, a… Read More

May 01

Confidentiality Shouldn’t End When the Lawyer Walks Through the Nonprofit’s Doors

Yesterday, the Association of Corporate Counsel (“ACC”) filed an amicus curiae brief requesting that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court uphold the Commonwealth Court’s decision that there is no fiduciary duty for attorneys of nonprofit corporations to report suspected theft or wrongdoing to law enforcement. The details… Read More

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