Category: White-collar Crime

May 1, 2013

Let the Games Begin: Legal Online Poker Starts Up in Nevada

April 30 was an historic day for online poker players in the United States. Just a bit more than two years after the indictment and civil cases that were termed “Black Friday” shut down the industry, Ultimate Poker became the first live real-money online poker site in the United States after Black Friday. Nevada became… Read More

April 24, 2013

Latest U.S. Efforts to Prosecute Trade Secret Theft Hit a Few Snags

Earlier this year, the Department of Justice announced an initiative to step up its enforcement of trade secret theft. In a February 20 press conference, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Obama administration aimed to make it a top priority to prosecute intellectual property crimes. At the press conference, the DOJ unveiled a report… Read More

November 15, 2012

China, Other Nations Need to Crack Down on Software Piracy

Reuters recently quoted Tian Lipu, head of China’s State Intellectual Office, complaining about China’s reputation for rampant software piracy. According to Tian, “China is the world’s largest payer for patent rights, for trademark rights, for royalties, and one of the largest for buying real software . . . We pay the most. People rarely talk… Read More

October 17, 2012

DOJ Opinion on Key FCPA Issue Makes Sense, But What’s Next?

We have previously advocated for the Department of Justice to employ a more narrow reading of the term “foreign official” in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Therefore, we were pleased to see that the DOJ recently issued an opinion that parsed the definition and came to the conclusion that a member of a foreign royal… Read More

August 17, 2012

Executive’s Internet Searches Give SEC the Road Map to Make an Arrest

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has charged an executive at Bristol-Myers Squibb with insider trading, citing his Internet searches as support that he tried to cover up his illegal acts. As a high-level executive in the treasury department at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Robert D. Ramnarine helped the company target, evaluate, and acquire other pharmaceutical companies…. Read More

June 4, 2012

DOJ’s Response to Grassley Gives Details, but Not the Right Details

The Justice Department showed off some fancy dance moves in a recent sidestep it used to respond to an inquiry from Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). Grassley wanted detail from Justice to support its claims that it has brought thousands of mortgage fraud cases, including numerous convictions against Wall Street execs, following the 2008 housing crisis…. Read More

April 20, 2012

An Interview With Jeff Ifrah of Ifrah Law

On April 15, 2012, the White Collar Crime Prof Blog ran an interview with Jeff Ifrah, founding partner of Ifrah Law. Here is the text of the interview, which can also be found here.     Q: Why did you start the blog? A: We wanted to share our analysis of breaking news in the… Read More

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