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New Jersey GC Sentenced to Prison in $2.4M Timeshare Scam

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The Philadelphia Business Journal is reporting that the former general counsel of an New Jersey timeshare consulting service was sentenced to a year in prison for conspiring to obstruct justice, according to The Philadelphia Business Journal.

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Disgraced Fugitive Lawyer Sentenced in Absentia to 12 Years in Prison

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The conspiracy included using false evidence of clients’ physical or mental disabilities in their claims, paying doctors to sign forms with little scrutiny, and bribing a Social Security judge, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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Ex-American Realty CFO Convicted of Falsifying Company’s Accounts

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American Realty shares lost about $4 billion in market value on one day in 2014 after the company said employees intentionally concealed accounting errors, reports Reuters.

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Ex-WellCare General Counsel Pleads Guilty in Florida Medicaid Case

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Thaddeus Bereday, indicted along with four other former WellCare executives in 2011, faces a maximum of five years in prison.

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Shkreli Described by Prosecutors as Spinning ‘Lies Upon Lies’

Shkreli Described by Prosecutors as Spinning ‘Lies Upon Lies’

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Shkreli is accused of fraud in relation to his control of two hedge funds he ran as well as Retrophin Inc., a pharmaceutical company he founded in 2011. Prosecutors characterize him as a con man.

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DLA Piper Victim of Massive Malware Attack

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The Petya virus has been spreading, locking companies out of their networks and demanding a ransom in cryptocurrency to unlock them, reports Bloomberg Law.

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Former Tax Judge Sentenced To Prison for Tax Fraud

Former Tax Judge Sentenced To Prison for Tax Fraud

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Both defendants entered guilty pleas, admitting to conspiring to obstruct the IRS by claiming personal expenses as business expenses. Those expenses included vacations, Pilates classes, upkeep and renovation and utilities for their home, and more.

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Disbarred Lawyer Arrested in Florida After at Least 18 Months on the Lam

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A disbarred Georgia lawyer accused of stealing client money was arrested last weekend in Florida after going missing for at least 18 months, reports the ABA Journal.

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Prominent California Lawyer Convicted of Embezzling $300,000

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A federal jury convicted California lawyer James R. Miller of embezzlement and tax evasion for stealing more than $300,000 from the internet sales company he oversaw as president from 2009 to 2012, reports The Beach Reporter.

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Client of Disgraced Lawyer: ‘Everybody Knew He Would Run’

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Disability attorney Eric Connd had told at least six people he would flee the country instead of going to jail and now he has kept his promise, reports the Associated Press.

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Judge ‘Sick And Tired of Lawyers From White-Shoe Law Firms’ Helping Clients Avoid Charges

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“I’m sick and tired of lawyers from white-shoe law firms marching into my courtroom and getting a deferred-prosecution agreement for their clients,” said U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis in his Brooklyn court.

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Family of Slain Lawyer Think They’ve Identified Murderer. So Why Can’t the Cops Solve the Case?

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D Magazine covers the efforts of the family of a prominent Dallas lawyer to find the people responsible for killing the man in a fire in his garage.

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Lawyer Who Founded ‘Copyright Trolling’ Prenda Law Is Disbarred

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John L. Steele said he and a co-defendant, Paul Hansmeier, made more than $6 million over a two-year period with “sham entities” that threatened Internet users with copyright lawsuits.

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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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