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Supreme Court Sides With Doctors Prescribing Opioids

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in favor of two doctors accused of overprescribing opioids, raising the standard of proof the government must meet to secure a conviction in “pill mill” cases. The case defines the standa… Read More
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Categories: Drug Crimes, Federal Law
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Rise in Warrantless Searches at the FBI

In late April of 2022, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released its Annual Statistical Transparency Report Regarding the Intelligence Community’s Use of National Security Surveillance Authorities – Calendar Year 2021. T… Read More
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Categories: Federal Law
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3rd Circuit Ruling on Trade Secret Theft Case

Government Must Prove Intent to Cause Actual Loss In an August 2, 2022, decision by the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, the court found that two defendants who admitted to stealing intellectual property and trade secrets from London-based pharmaceutica… Read More
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Choosing the Best Criminal Defense Lawyer

It is important to know whether the person you choose will actually be handling your case at all stages of the proceedings. If a criminal case is in federal court, it is essential to have a lawyer who practices there regularly. Read More
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DOJ Changes Federal Corporate Crime Policies, Leading to Increased Enforcement Actions

In October, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a roll-back of a series of Trump administration policies that Biden administration officials say were too lenient toward corporate crimes. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco outlined a set o… Read More
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What Happens if Federal Agents Show Up at Your Door?

It’s 6 a.m., and you wake to someone pounding at your door. You stumble out of bed. Answer the door. And you cannot believe your eyes. Two federal agents are on your front stoop, showing their badges and asking to come inside. You are sleepy, disor… Read More
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Prosecutors Garnish Retirement Funds For No Restitution Payment

In the March 2021 decision of United States v. O’Brien, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Manhattan prosecutors could garnish the wages of a former partner at Sullivan & Cromwell who made no restitution payment after a 2011 convict… Read More
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Categories: Federal Law
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What to Expect in a Federal Criminal Case

Facing criminal charges in federal court is intimidating and scary. Any criminal case, and a federal criminal case, in particular, is complicated. It can be helpful and reassuring to understand how a criminal case works, and what to expect. If you be… Read More
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Second Circuit Update on Insider Trading Cases

On January 11, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated a Second Circuit decision that had affirmed four convictions for insider trading. The Supreme Court recommended that the lower court reconsider its finding that confidential government information c… Read More
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US vs. Razzouk: Second Circuit Addresses the Mandatory Victims Restitution Act

In 2011, Sassine Razzouk pled guilty and was convicted of accepting bribes in violation of 18 U.S.C. §666(a)(1)(B) and three counts of tax evasion in violation of 26 U.S.C. §7201. Razzouk was accused of manipulating contractor bidding systems while… Read More
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