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Dallas Lawyer Who Planted Niece in Government Job As a ‘Mole’ Gets 10-Year Max for Medical Fraud

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Prosecutors say Dallas lawyer Tshombe Anderson and his family members used trickery and outright fraud, according to The Dallas Morning News.

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Lawyer Convicted of Abetting Tax Evasion By Wall Street Executive’s Adult Children

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A Manhattan jury found Michael Little, 67, guilty of helping the adult children of a Wall Street executive tap into their Swiss bank accounts, which held millions in inheritance money, without alerting the IRS, reports Crain’s New York Business.

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Mueller’s Assurances That Trump is Not a ‘Target’ Don’t Mean Much

Mueller’s Assurances That Trump is Not a ‘Target’ Don’t Mean Much

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Mueller may not be able to secure an indictment against a sitting president, but his report could serve as a trigger to impeachment proceedings, Politico reports.

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U.S. Supreme Court Wrestles With Microsoft Data Privacy Fight

U.S. Supreme Court Wrestles With Microsoft Data Privacy Fight

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The case began when Microsoft balked at handing over a criminal suspect’s emails stored in Microsoft computer servers in Dublin in a drug trafficking case, Reuters reports.

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Accepting a Pardon From Trump Could Add Booster Rockets to State Prosecutions

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In a landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1915, justices stated that individuals have a right to refuse a pardon because “acceptance” of one carries with it a “confession of guilt.”

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Ponzi-Scheming Company’s GC (and Texas State Senator) Guilty on 11 Charges

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Prosecutors said the state senator used his prestige to lend credibility to the company for which he served as general counsel.

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Mueller Gets Plea, No Cooperation, as Skadden Lawyer Admits Lies

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Alex van der Zwaan faces as long as six months in jail under advisory guidelines, according to Bloomberg Law.

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DOJ Warns of Criminal Actions Against Companies with Agreements Not to Poach Competitors’ Employees

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Any violative anti-poaching policies after October 2016 expose employers to criminal punishment, warn three Seyfarth Shaw lawyers writing for Bloomberg.

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Ex-Biglaw Partner Gets 7 Years for Money Laundering

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Above the Law reports on the sentencing of the one-time legal star  who the government referred to as a “prolific money launderer.”

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Michigan State Trustee Calls for GC to Resign in Wake of Scandal

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Michigan State University Trustee Brian Mosallam is calling for the resignation of Bob Noto, the school’s vice president for legal affairs and general counsel, in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal, reports The Detroit News.

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Perkins Coie Adds Former National Security and Cybercrimes Chief to White Collar Practice

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Christopher K. Veatch has joined Perkins Coie’s White Collar & Investigations practice group as a partner in the Chicago office.

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Former Associate Gets Jail Time In Biglaw Extortion Case

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Prosecutors had asked for a three-month prison sentence for Michael Potere, but the U.S. district judge handling the case sentenced him to five months, plus a year of supervised release.

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In-House Counsel Disbarred For Videotaping Women In Office Bathroom

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James Patrick Stanton, formerly in-house lawyer with a Florida maintenance company, was alleged to have videotaped women showering, using the toilet and changing clothes in restrooms, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

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Legal Symposium to Explore Groundbreaking Terror-Financing Case

Legal Symposium to Explore Groundbreaking Terror-Financing Case

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Werbner will discuss Linde, et al. v. Arab Bank PLC in a presentation titled, “Fighting Terror-Financing in the Courtroom,” during the State Bar of Texas Litigation Update Institute’s 34th annual course Jan. 11–12, 2018.

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Lawyer is the First Guy Computer Hackers Call When the FBI Shows Up

Lawyer is the First Guy Computer Hackers Call When the FBI Shows Up

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Former Manhattan lawyer Tor Ekeland traded in his fat paycheck for a not-so-lucrative private practice as one of a handful of defense lawyers who specialize in computer crimes.

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Fired Ex-Partner Crashes Firm’s Holiday Party and Kills Ex-Boss

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A former partner of a California law firm showed up at the firm’s holiday party and killed his ex-boss before turning the gun on himself, reports the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

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Martin Shkreli’s Former Lawyer May Join Him in Prison for Helping to Defraud Investors

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Evan Greebel, former lawyer of “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli, was convicted Wednesday by a federal jury of conspiring with his ex-client to defraud investors, reports Newsweek.

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Unsealed Court Docs: Flamboyant Lawyer’s Alleged Death Threats, ‘La Cosa Nostra’ Connections

Unsealed Court Docs: Flamboyant Lawyer’s Alleged Death Threats, ‘La Cosa Nostra’ Connections

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The FBI arrested the Staten Island lawyer on a slew of charges, including kidnapping, kidnapping conspiracy, money laundering, brandishing a firearm to commit a crime, aggravated identity theft and extortion conspiracy.

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Fugitive Lawyer Back in U.S. After Arrest at Pizza Hut in Honduras

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Honduran authorities captured Eric Conn and handed him over to the FBI for a private plane ride back to Lexington, Kentucky.

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Ex-Akin Partner Guilty of Trying to Sell Secret U.S. Whistleblower Lawsuits

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As a former employee of the Justice Department, Jeffrey Wertkin had access to lawsuits filed by whistleblowers against companies on the government’s behalf to recover taxpayer funds paid out based on fraudulent claims.

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