Category: White-collar Crime

January 28, 2011

Ifrah Law’s Semi-monthly Blog Wrap-up, January 15-31

This is the first of a regular series of posts that summarize and wrap up our latest thoughts that have appeared recently on Ifrah Law’s two blogs. 1. Can Police Read a Suspect’s Text Messages Without a Warrant? What happens when the usual rules of search and seizure collide with the new world of information in… Read More

January 14, 2011

Government Uses Wrong Statute to Prosecute Ex-D.C. Employee

On January 7, 2011, the D.C. Circuit threw out the conviction of former D.C. government employee Ikela Dean, noting that while she might be guilty of something, she was not guilty of the offenses for which she was indicted. Dean, a former employee of the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, was involved with reviewing… Read More

January 11, 2011

It’s Not Just the Conviction — It’s Also the Consequences

Attention: top executives in the healthcare industry. Take heed, or you could be forced to seek employment in a different industry, as three former top executives at Purdue Pharma recently found out. In May 2007, Purdue Frederick, a subsidiary of Purdue Pharma L.P., pleaded guilty to felony misbranding of its painkiller drug, Oxycontin, as part… Read More

January 3, 2011

A Tragic Result of the Stevens Case

We have discussed the fallout from the Ted Stevens prosecution several times in this blog. See this post, this post, and this post. The Jan. 3, 2011, issue of the New Yorker magazine has a fascinating article about another, very sad result of that case – the September 26, 2010, suicide of Nicholas Marsh, a… Read More

December 28, 2010

Skilling Fallout Doesn’t Spring Ex-Gov From Prison

The Supreme Court’s June decision in United States v. Skilling doesn’t give former Illinois Gov. George Ryan a “get out of jail free” card, a U.S. district judge has ruled. Ryan was convicted in 2006 of a series of fraud, racketeering, and similar crimes growing out of his abuse of public office while he was… Read More

December 23, 2010

Judges Push Back Against Prosecutorial Abuses

Prosecutorial overreaching is still occurring in courts across the nation, but judges are beginning to push back. In the Ted Stevens case, the former senator was prosecuted on charges that he failed to properly report gifts from a lobbyist—only for the government to later drop all charges against him, saying that his jury conviction should… Read More

November 10, 2010

Did Drug Company Lawyer Make False Statements to FDA?

When regulatory agencies ask major corporations to hand over documents to them as part of an ongoing investigation, there’s normally a pretty clear understanding of how things work: if the agency doesn’t receive the full set of documents it is asking for, it negotiates with the company, or ratchets up the urgency of the request,… Read More

November 3, 2010

GTSI Settlement Could Mark Crackdown on Contracting Abuses

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced a tough settlement with GTSI Corp., one of the nation’s largest government contractors. GTSI, which had been accused of improperly obtaining contracts that are meant for small businesses, avoided a one-year suspension from new work for the federal government. But two of its top executives are stepping down,… Read More

October 27, 2010

Are We Losing That White-Collar Distinction?

A recent speech by a U.S. Attorney sent white-collar defense attorneys a strong message: The government often doesn’t see much difference between your white-collar client and a drug lord – and you’d better prepare your defense accordingly. After all, most people think they intuitively understand the difference between white-collar crime and its counterpart, violent or… Read More

September 17, 2010

For Convicted CEO, Legal Fee Payment Depends on the Agreement

When is a company obliged to pay the legal fees of a wayward employee? The answer generally depends on the precise wording of the employee agreement, if an agreement exists.   A good case in point is the recent one of Frances Flood, the CEO of ClearOne Communications, who left the company in 2004 while… Read More