Fraud

  • When real life and fiction collide.

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.15.15

    * Doesn’t the increasingly bloated Republican presidential primary field seem like a plot from Veep rather than real life? Well, take a break from the world’s insanity and break down the election law quandary from the season finale of the hit show. [Law.com]

    * Spoiler alert: the performance art defense doesn’t work. [Dealbreaker]

    * Good news for New York Bar Exam takers — don’t stress about grabbing lunch on the day of the exam. [Custom Gourmet]

    * This… is not going to end well. China arrested more than 100 human rights lawyers for inciting trouble. [Christian Science Monitor]

    * I think it’s entirely possible Harper Lee never intended to publish “Go Set A Watchman” and that makes me hesitant to read the novel, but Harvard Law School professor Randall Kennedy’s call to “abandon the immature sentimentality ingrained by middle school lessons about the nobility of the white savior” has me itching to buy the book. [New York Times]

    * Speaking of the incredibly sketchy circumstances under which Harper Lee’s novel was published, maybe it’s time to blame the lawyer? [New Republic]

    * Remember that viral video about cat-calling on NYC streets from last year? Yeah, the woman featured is suing the makers of the video (along with Google, YouTube, and TGI Fridays). Only problem? She got nothing in writing. [Slate]

    * I sure hope no attorneys were sucked into this M&A fraud. [Forbes]

    * OIL AND HEAVY WATER FOR EVERYBODY — a take on the Iran deal. [Breaking Energy]

    22 Comments / / Jul 15, 2015 at 4:53 PM
  • Computer-Car-Hacker

    Crime, Cyberlaw, Securities and Exchange Commission

    You Just Suffered A Cyberattack, Now What

    A recent Investment News article highlighted the pervasive problem associated with cyberattacks and offered some guidance in the event of an attack. Before visiting that guidance, understand how pervasive these attacks are.

    / Jun 11, 2015 at 3:00 PM
  • Hacker with laptop

    Crime, White-Collar Crime

    The Crime Americans Fear Most​

    What crime are Americans most afraid of, according to a new poll?

    31 Comments / / Oct 28, 2014 at 4:52 PM
  • resume girl

  • Canada View From Up North

    Attorney Misconduct, Canada, Celebrities, Entertainment Law, Legal Ethics, Theater, White-Collar Crime

    The View From Up North: Phantom Of The Opera Disbarred

    How did Canada’s most famous lawyer (now ex-lawyer) wind up in prison?

    2 Comments / / Jul 30, 2014 at 3:57 PM
  • scam alert

    Banking Law, China, International Law

    How To Avoid THE China Bank Fraud Scam

    Are you aware of the latest scam preying upon foreign companies that purchase from Chinese suppliers? Columnist Dan Harris has the details.

    10 Comments / / May 5, 2014 at 10:14 AM
  • Teresa and Joe Giudice

    Celebrities, Crime, Immigration, New Jersey, Reality TV, Television, U.S. Attorneys Offices

    ‘Real Housewives’ Stars Teresa And Joe Giudice Take A Plea; Will Joe Be Deported?

    How long do you think the RHONJ stars will have to go to jail for, if at all?

    29 Comments / / Mar 11, 2014 at 2:17 PM
  • Rachel Canning

    Biglaw, Contracts, Crime, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Facebook, Kids, Layoffs, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Partner Issues, Patton Boggs, Trials

    Morning Docket: 03.10.14

    * Dewey know who Zachary Warren is? Per this failed firm’s insiders, he seems to be a “man of mystery” who apparently worked in the “bowels of the bureaucracy” that ultimately led to D&L’s demise. [Am Law Daily]

    * “You can cross-examine the witness. You can’t cross examine an email.” Defense of the Dewey defendants may be tough when it’s time for trial — and you can bet your ass there’ll be a trial. [New York Law Journal]

    * Fear not, friends, because Patton Boggs has found a way to weather the storm. It’s the same way most barely buoyant firms stay afloat: more layoffs. Expect more on this news later today. [National Law Journal]

    * Paul Ceglia, the man who claims he owns half of Facebook’s fortunes, can’t toss his criminal charges. Sometimes wheeling and dealing with allegedly faux contracts will land you in the clink. [Bloomberg]

    * Because no father wants to see his daughter become “tabloid fodder”: Rachel Canning, the New Jersey schoolgirl who sued her parents, is being “savaged” by the public. Aww, poor little Millennial. [Daily Record]

    3 Comments / / Mar 10, 2014 at 9:08 AM
  • Con Man USE

    Crime, White-Collar Crime

    Con Artists, AUSAs, And American Greatness

    What does the con man tell us about America?

    9 Comments / / Feb 20, 2014 at 1:45 PM
  • Steven Donziger Steven R Donziger

    Environment / Environmental Law, Litigators, Quote of the Day, S.D.N.Y., Trials

    Sí Se Puede — ¡En Ecuador!

    What does Steven Donziger have to say for himself in his civil RICO trial?

    4 Comments / / Nov 20, 2013 at 2:11 PM
  • The third year of law school?

    American Bar Association / ABA, Barack Obama, Biglaw, Department of Justice, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Mergers and Acquisitions, Morning Docket, Murder

    Morning Docket: 09.04.13

    * Biglaw’s billing bonanza: at least 12 firms are advising on the multi-billion dollar deals going on between Microsoft / Nokia and Verizon / Vodafone, and Simpson Thacher landed a seat on both. [Am Law Daily (sub. req.)]

    * Standard & Poor’s is now accusing the Department of Justice of filing its $5 billion fraud lawsuit in retaliation for downgrading the country’s credit rating. Aww, we liked the “mere puffery” defense much better. [Reuters]

    * The new ABA prez doesn’t think Obama meant what he said about two-year law degrees. He thinks it’s about cost. Gee, the ABA should probably do something about that. [National Law Journal (sub. req.)]

    * Meanwhile, New York Law School wants to condense its offerings into a two-year honors program that comes complete with a $50,000 scholarship. Sweet deal if you can get it, but it sounds like most people won’t. [Crain’s New York Business]

    * Stewart Schwab, the dean of Cornell Law School, will be stepping down at the end of the academic year. The search for someone new to oversee the filming of amateur porn in the library is on. [Cornell Daily Sun]

    * Crisis? What crisis? Nothing is f**ked here, dude. Amid plummeting applications, GW Law increased the size of its entering class by about 22 percent. The more lawyers, the better, right? /sarcasm [GW Hatchet]

    * Jacked up! Attorneys for NFL player Aaron Hernandez got a stay in the civil suit accusing the athlete of shooting a man in the face until after the athlete’s murder charges have been worked out. [USA Today]

    1 Comment / / Sep 4, 2013 at 9:01 AM
  • iStock_000006498906XSmall-RF

    Divorce Train Wrecks, Lawsuit of the Day, Romance and Dating

    Cuckolded Attorney Sues Ex-Fiancée For Behavior ‘Intolerable In a Civilized Society’

    Breaking up is hard to do. Filing a lawsuit over it is surprisingly easy for jilted lawyers.

    106 Comments / / Aug 8, 2013 at 12:06 PM
  • casey-anthony-smile

    Banking Law, Crime, D.C. Circuit, Department of Justice, Education / Schools, Federal Judges, Gay Marriage, Law Professors, Law Schools, LSAT, Minority Issues, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Securities Law, State Attorneys General, State Judges, Television, Trials, UVA Law

    Morning Docket: 08.07.13

    * The speed (or lack thereof) of justice: The DOJ filed suit against Bank of America, alleging that the bank defrauded mortgage-backed securities investors in 2008. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Sri Srinivasan, the newest member of the D.C. Circuit’s bench, is getting ready to hear his first arguments, while litigants try to commit the spelling of his last name to memory. [Legal Times]

    * The LSAT is not to blame for the dearth of minority enrollment in law schools, said a UVA Law professor, and then a Cooley Law professor had to swoop in to slap him down. [National Law Journal]

    * After teaming up with Touro, the University of Central Florida is working with Barry on an accelerated degree program. The dean of FAMU is upset. Don’t worry, you’ll get your turn, too. [Orlando Sentinel]

    * New Jersey is in no rush to legalize gay marriage. To support their views, officials point out that people with civil unions are just like married couples — except for the married part. [New Jersey Law Journal]

    * Meanwhile, a judge in Illinois will decide whether she’ll dismiss a challenge to the state’s gay marriage ban by the end of September. In her defense, early fall is a great time for a wedding. [Daily Herald]

    * Belvin Perry, the judge who presided over the Casey Anthony murder trial, may be getting his own Judge Judy-esque television show. Oh, Flori-duh, you never, ever cease to entertain us. [MSN News]

    6 Comments / / Aug 7, 2013 at 9:07 AM
  • Steve Cohen SAC Capital

  • She didn't want to be a 'sexytary.'

    Biglaw, Career Alternatives, Death Penalty, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Divorce Train Wrecks, Family Law, Federal Judges, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Murder, Secretaries / Administrative Assistants, Small Law Firms

    Morning Docket: 02.20.13

    * Should the mentally disabled receive the death penalty? Neither SCOTUS nor Georgia’s Supreme Court stayed Warren Lee Hill’s execution, but the Eleventh Circuit saved the day. [Washington Post]

    * If you’re looking for a mishmosh of Biglaw news, from new offices to new hires to new firm leaders, then look no further. If only this list were in alphabetical order! [Law Firm Insider / U.S. News & World Report]

    * Dewey know why this partner who was sued by Barclays in the U.K. over his capital loan is suing the bank in the U.S.? It involves an alleged fraud and Joel Sanders. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * So much for that “silly sideshow”: Judge Richard Sullivan of the S.D.N.Y. hasn’t made a ruling in the Greenlight case yet, but he says David Einhorn may have a “likelihood of success on the merits” if the matter proceeds further. [Bloomberg]

    * One of the partners at this small law firm apparently watched Secretary a few too many times, and he’s now accused of threatening to “whip” his ex-assistant into shape because she was a “bad girl.” [New York Post]

    * The University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law named an interim successor to former dean Hiram Chodosh, but we can’t say he’s a law dean hottie. He looks like Van Pelt from Jumanji. [Salt Lake Tribune]

    * The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law will house the first clinic in the nation devoted to pardons and the law. It figures that a religious school would focus on legal Hail Marys. [Blog of Legal Times]

    * Career alternatives for law school dropouts: mining magnate and financier of the Titanic II. Much like the value proposition of going to law school for today’s generation, this idea is unsinkable. [New York Times]

    * Prosecutors have upgraded the charge against Oscar Pistorius to premeditated murder, and one could now say the track star doesn’t have a leg to stand on when it comes to being released on bail pending trial. [CNN]

    * D is for… divorce? Sesame Street is talking about divorce in a way that children can understand, but alas, the series neglects important topics like “why mommy is a whore” and “why daddy drinks.” [Law Firm Newswire]

    4 Comments / / Feb 20, 2013 at 9:04 AM
  • Justice never sleeps... except at the SOTU.

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Career Alternatives, Crime, Department of Justice, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Gay, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Tax Law

    Morning Docket: 02.11.13

    * “You just sit there, looking stupid.” The justices of the Supreme Court aren’t required to show up and look like “potted plants” at the State of the Union address, but some of them do every year. [CNN]

    * Well, thanks to the DOJ’s fraud lawsuit filed against ratings agency Standard & Poor’s, it’s starting to look a lot like a litigation gang bang up in here as far as the states are concerned. [Bloomberg]

    * Dewey know whether D&L’s retirees are still kicking (legally speaking) or if they’ve decided to send their claims to hospice? We certainly do, and we’ll have more on this later. [Am Law Daily]

    * That “death and taxes” thing may be true, but when you’re trying to navigate the U.S. tax code as a married same-sex couple and the government won’t even recognize your union, there’s an uncomfortable air of uncertainty. [New York Times]

    * “Have we seceded already? The execution is faster than I thought.” Guess which state in the Deep South accidentally raised a Confederate battle flag over the building that houses its Supreme Court. [Clarion-Ledger]

    * Mama said knock you out: if you’re trying to figure out how to get a job after graduating from New England Law School, moonlighting as a champion boxer will help you beat down the competition. [Boston Herald]

    0 Comments / / Feb 11, 2013 at 9:01 AM
  • Denzel Washington Flight

    Airplanes / Aviation, Billable Hours, LSAT, Non-Sequiturs, Rape

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.08.13

    * Everybody is entitled to a competent defense. It’ll make justice possible. I’m just so thankful I don’t have to defend people like this. [CNN International]

    * In other terrible rape news, make no mistake, we need more people prosecuting rapists than we need defending the few falsely accused. [Slate]

    * More news that fewer people are taking the LSAT. Somebody better tell Dean Lawrence Mitchell that it’s time to fire off another op-ed. Maybe he can tell people that getting a Case Western J.D. comes with a chance to enter a drawing to attempt a half-court shot for a million bucks. [Faculty Lounge]

    * If you want to put a billable hours requirement on your bonuses, things like this are bound to happen. [The Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Law graduate makes fun of “sloppy” recruiters. I hope his loan officer doesn’t end up making fun of a sloppy payment schedule. [Legal Cheek]

    * Here’s a real fishy case. [Winston-Salem Journal]

    * Wait, so if you try to pull off Denzel Washington stuff in a real cockpit it doesn’t turn out so good? [Legal Blog Watch]

    * We got this spam today too. And yes, it was annoying. [Associate’s Mind]

    0 Comments / / Jan 8, 2013 at 5:47 PM
  • billing time time is money LF

    Biglaw, Billable Hours, In-House Counsel, Partner Issues, Shameless Plugs

    Inside Straight: The Managing Partner On Billing Time

    Mark Herrmann imagines what a managing partner might say to the troops about billing time.

    15 Comments / / Dec 13, 2012 at 10:16 AM