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Hackers Face $8.9 Million Fine for Law Firm Breaches

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Three Chinese stock traders were ordered to pay $8.9 million in fines and penalties for hacking into two law firms and stealing information on upcoming mergers and acquisitions and then leveraging the information to trade stocks.

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Former Executive at Bankrupt NYC Law Firm Convicted of Fraud

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A jury in Manhattan convicted Joel Sanders, the law firm’s former chief financial officer, on three criminal counts arising from what prosecutors said was a scheme to hide the firm’s failing finances from financial backers, reports The New York Times.

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Uber Faces Criminal Probe Over the Secret ‘Greyball’ Tool It Used to Stymie Regulators

Uber Faces Criminal Probe Over the Secret ‘Greyball’ Tool It Used to Stymie Regulators

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Some Uber employees told Reuters that the Greyball technique was used against suspected local officials who could have been looking to fine drivers, impound cars or otherwise prevent Uber from operating.

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Gustave Newman, Defense Lawyer in Sensational Cases, Dies at 90

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Gustave Newman, a criminal defense lawyer in a host of headline-grabbing cases who genially cajoled skeptical juries and cowed hostile witnesses with his booming baritone, died on Monday in Manhattan at the age of 90, reports The New York Times.

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Legendary Texas Lawyer Richard ‘Racehorse’ Haynes Has Died

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Haynes was easy-going until he stepped into a courtroom. He was legendary for his ability to take command of the courtroom, and effectively cross-examine witnesses.

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On Trial for Bribery, Samsung Boss Lets Lawyers Do the Talking

On Trial for Bribery, Samsung Boss Lets Lawyers Do the Talking

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The third-generation leader of South Korea’s top conglomerate was mostly silent at his first court appearance in what has been called the “trial of the century,” as his lawyers labored to portray him as an innocent bystander in a graft scandal, reports Reuters.

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Disbarred Lawyer in Hot Water Over Unpaid $600,000 Restitution

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A disbarred Connecticut lawyer who owes more than $600,000 for stealing money from a client was given a dressing down by a frustrated Stamford judge who was angered that the man had paid less than $400 in restitution in five years, reports the Stamford Advocate.

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In-House Lawyer Killed in ‘Targeted’ Shooting in Broad Daylight

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A suspect with a criminal record has been arrested in connection with the murder of an in-house attorney with UPS in Atlanta, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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Leon Cooperman Ordered to Trial in Insider-Trading Case

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A billionaire investor could face trial on allegations that he reaped more than $4 million in illegal profits after conversations with a company insider, Bloomberg reports.

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Too Much Wine: Ex-BigLaw Partner’s Insider Tip to Broker Leads to His Conviction

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Robert Schulman of McLean, Va., was convicted of securities fraud and conspiracy charges. Post-trial defense motions are due April 14, reports Bloomberg Law.

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Ex-Harvard Lawyer Gets 40 Years in Prison for Abducting Woman

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A U.S. district judge sentenced disbarred Harvard-educated lawyer Matthew Muller to 40 years in prison for abducting a California woman in a crime so elaborate and bizarre that police initially dismissed it as a hoax, the Associated Press reports.

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Miami Lawyer’s Pants Erupt in Flames During Arson Trial

Miami Lawyer’s Pants Erupt in Flames During Arson Trial

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A Miami defense lawyer’s pants burst into flames Wednesday afternoon as he began his closing arguments in front of a jury – in an arson case, reports The Miami Herald.

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China’s ZTE Pleads Guilty, Settles With U.S. Over Iran, NKorea Sales

China’s ZTE Pleads Guilty, Settles With U.S. Over Iran, NKorea Sales

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Reuters is reporting that Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp has agreed to pay $892 million and plead guilty to criminal charges for violating U.S. laws that restrict the sale of American-made technology to Iran and North Korea.

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Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Setting Copyright-Trolling Traps for Downloaders

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One of the two attorneys behind the notorious Prenda Law copyright factory has admitted extracting more than $6 million from internet users by accusing them of illegally downloading porn, reports Forbes.

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U.S. Justice Department Targets Executives in Wells Fargo Probe

U.S. Justice Department Targets Executives in Wells Fargo Probe

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Reuters is reporting that a U.S. Justice Department probe into a phony accounts scandal at Wells Fargo & Co. is asking whether executives hid details from the company board and regulators as the problem grew over years.

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U.S. Extends Its Search for Dirty Money in Real Estate

U.S. Extends Its Search for Dirty Money in Real Estate

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The U.S. Treasury Department said it will extend its search for criminals who seek to launder money by buying U.S. real estate, according to a Reuters report.

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Doctor Guilty of Felony for Botched Surgery; Prosecutors Said His Hands Were Deadly Weapons

Doctor Guilty of Felony for Botched Surgery; Prosecutors Said His Hands Were Deadly Weapons

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Christopher Duntsch of Colorado has been in jail since his arrest in July 2015, charged with five aggravated assault charges after four of his patients were maimed and two died, reports The Dallas Morning News.

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Akin Gump Lawyer Accused of Trying to Sell Lawsuit Under Seal

Akin Gump Lawyer Accused of Trying to Sell Lawsuit Under Seal

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Jeffrey Wertkin immediately lost his job with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP after he was picked up Jan. 31 in the lobby of a hotel in Cupertino, Californiaallegedly trying to collect $310,000 for selling the lawsuit.

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Former Assistant U.S. Attorney and SEC Enforcement Lawyer Joins Hinshaw

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney and SEC Enforcement Lawyer Joins Hinshaw

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Former assistant U.S. attorney and SEC enforcement lawyer Ken Yeadon Joins Hinshaw in Chicago. Yeadon joins the firm’s white collar defense practice.

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Attorney Says Case Against Dylann Roof Provides Prosecutors Some Insurance

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Roof’s decision to take the innocent lives of South Carolina citizens is deplorable, and the pursuit of the death penalty in state court is likely an effort to offset any potential success he may find during his federal appeal, says Dallas criminal defense attorney Nicole Knox.

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