Wiretaps not so helpful when the people know they are under investigation

WSJ reporting that the SDNY’s latest investigation into high-profile insider trader has be derailed by the subjects of the investigation learning that they were under investigation.  Loose lips sink ships.  Or in this case, investigations.   http://online.wsj.com/articles/insider-trading-probe-1401665146?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTWhatsNewsCollection

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This year’s law firm survey survey: bye bye billable hour. Hello [?]…

  This year’s survey on law firms- subtitled “This is Not Your Father’s Oldsmobile” -and we all know what happened to Oldsmobile. The billable hour as a metric of compensation is on its way out and law firms haven’t figured out a substitute that is as economically satisfying for them. Change isn’t coming.  It is […]

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Patton Boggs settles against Chevron

Patton Boggs was the lawyer for the Ecuadorian plaintiffs in an environmental case against Chevron.  It just settled with Chevron and agreed to pay $15 million to its former adversary to stop Chevron’s suit against Patton Boggs for RICO and other violations. http://abovethelaw.com/2014/05/patton-boggs-raises-the-white-flag-in-the-chevron-battle-agreeing-to-an-eight-figure-settlement/

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White collar sentencing in Orange County

Below is an article from Scott Moxley concerning white collar sentencing in Orange County….   Judge Carney White Collar Sentence   There is a reference to the Broadcom case at the bottom:   “In 2009, a Wall Street Journal writer celebrated Carney for dismissing charges against Broadcom Corporation officials accused of illegally backdating documents and […]

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Karen Hanover Agrees to Plead Guilty

The OC Weekly posted that Karen Hanover agreed to plead guilty to defrauding her investors out of over $1.4 million.   Hanover Agreed to Plead Guilty

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Comprehensive decision on litigation funding

A federal magistrate in Illinois just handed down an important order regarding litigation funding.  I’ve attached a link to the opinion but, in a nutshell, the court denies virtually all efforts of a defendant to obtain the particulars of a plaintiff’s relationship with its litigation funder.   It is a long opinion but is worth […]

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Paternity leave

Why don’t Dad’s take it?   Article from the WSJ on paternity leave.

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The follow-up column

Not one to let the facts get in the way of a good story…   http://www.ocregister.com/articles/stolper-243567-marmaro-case.html

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