Category: Federal Criminal Law

February 20, 2012

D.C. Circuit Tackles Ex-Prosecutor’s Allegations of Privacy Violations

After a nearly decade-long legal battle, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking to dismiss once and for all the privacy suit of Richard Convertino, a former federal prosecutor in Detroit who alleges that the DOJ illegally gave the press details of an internal investigation into his alleged misconduct. In February 2004, Convertino filed a… Read More

February 9, 2012

Does 5th Amendment Protect Computer Files From Decryption?

A U.S. District Court in Colorado recently considered whether the constitutional privilege against self-incrimination extends to the compelled production of decrypted computer files. It is beyond dispute that the government may not force a suspect to provide an encryption password if the password would provide a necessary link in the chain of evidence leading to… Read More

January 31, 2012

Private Suits Under FCPA — An Ill-Advised Idea

Late last year, Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would amend the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to permit private suits against certain foreign companies and individuals. The bill, entitled the “Foreign Business Bribery Prohibition Act of 2011,” would significantly alter the landscape of FCPA enforcement, and not… Read More

January 23, 2012

Indictments of Megaupload Are a Greater Threat to Web Users Than Piracy

In last week’s Megaupload indictment, the U.S. government has raised the debate over copyright infringement on the Web to a whole new level – treating the operators of one of the most popular sites on the Internet as if they were part of organized crime. On January 19, 2012, a federal grand jury in the… Read More

January 5, 2012

Will Facebook Become a Key Player in U.S. Online Gaming?

Arguably the most popular social media platform in the world, Facebook appears poised to expand its ever-growing empire into the online gaming industry. Rumors circulated in early December 2011 that Facebook was developing a platform for its United Kingdom users to gamble online for real money, perhaps even as soon as in the first quarter… Read More

December 26, 2011

New DOJ Opinion Paves Way to Legal Online Poker

On December 23, 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice revealed that it has reversed a long-held position by stating that the Wire Act applies only to sports betting. This marks a major change in policy for DOJ, which has long contended that the Wire Act prohibits all forms of Internet gambling, including poker. Late that… Read More

December 15, 2011

Secret Service Steps Up Its Activity Against Cyber Crime

In recent testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Pablo Martinez, the Secret Service’s Deputy Special Agent in Charge, testified regarding recent trends in cybercrime and the efforts of the Secret Service to combat those emerging threats. That’s right, besides its responsibility to protect the President and other VIP’s, the Secret Service plays a little-known role… Read More

December 6, 2011

Ifrah Law Blog Wrap-Up for November 2011

In November 2011, we at Ifrah Law expressed our views on a number of current issues in our blogs, Crime in the Suites and FTC Beat. This post summarizes and wraps up our thoughts from the month.   ACLU Wins FOIA Appeal on Prosecutors’ Use of Cell Phone Location Data The Justice Department must turn… Read More

November 30, 2011

More Big Pharma Companies Cough Up Big Dollars in DOJ Settlements

The parade of major drug companies coughing up nine-digit or ten-digit dollar amounts in settlements with the U.S. government is continuing. GlaxoSmithKline recently broke a record by agreeing to pay the federal government $3 billion to settle an illegal pharmaceutical marketing case. This surpasses the previous record of $2.3 billion paid by Pfizer in 2009… Read More

November 27, 2011

New House Hearing Shows Strength of Hill Support for Legal Online Gaming

On Nov. 18, 2011, the House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held its second hearing on the legalization of online gaming. The subcommittee had held an initial hearing on the subject last month. The hearing began with an opening statement from subcommittee chair Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.), who noted that… Read More