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Potential Class Action Highlights Cyber-Identity Theft Issues in the Tax Industry >
April 30, 2015
By: Abraham J. Rein and Carolyn H. Kendall
The tax industry has an identity theft problem. According to the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”), the IRS estimates that in 2013 it paid out approximately $5.8 billion in tax refunds to filers later determined to be identity thieves.
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White Collar Principal Hardy and Associate Kendall Author Guest Blog on SCA Searches for Data Stored Abroad for the Federal Tax Crimes Blog >
April 25, 2015
In an April 25 guest blog post for Federal Tax Crimes, White Collar Principal and Data Protection/Breach Practice Group Co-Chair Peter D. Hardy and Associate Carolyn H. Kendall examine the Microsoft Appeal in In re Warrant to Search a Certain E-Mail Account, 15 F. Supp. 3d 466 (S.D.N.Y. 2014).
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Market Manipulation: Staying a Step Ahead >
April 8, 2015
By: Ronald H. Levine and Abraham J. Rein
The article, in the April 2015 issue of Public Utilities Fortnightly, examines U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) policing of fraud and market manipulation in energy markets, and notes that, "between 2007 and the end of 2014...FERC assessed civil penalties of $602 million and ordered disgorgement totaling almost $300 million."
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Recent Developments in FTC vs. Wyndham Underscore Importance of Cybersecurity Vigilance in the Hospitality Industry >
March 30, 2015
By: Abraham J. Rein and Marc H. Perry
On Friday, March 27, the parties in FTC vs. Wyndham, a key data security case with the potential to deeply impact the hospitality industry's cybersecurity practices" filed special supplemental briefs that the Third Circuit Court of Appeals requested during oral arguments earlier in the month.
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Pennsylvania Bank Consents to $1.5 Million Assessment for Failing to File Required Suspicious Activity Reports Regarding Transactions by Bank Insider >
March 3, 2015
By: Carolyn H. Kendall
On February 27, 2015, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) assessed a $1.5 million civil monetary penalty against the First National Community Bank of Dunmore, Pennsylvania for willful violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA).
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The Philadelphia Inquirer: How Lawyers Prepare for Supreme Court and High-Profile Case >
February 8, 2015
By: Ronald H. Levine and Abraham J. Rein
In a February 8 article, Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Chris Mondics profiles Ronald H. Levine and Associate Abraham J. Rein as they prepared for oral arguments before the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in November/December 2014.
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Managing Wi-Fi Networks on Business Premises: Aggressive Enforcement and Unanswered Questions >
February 2, 2015
By: Abraham J. Rein
On Friday, January 30, 2015, Marriott International, Inc. (Marriott) the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), and Ryman Hospitality Properties (Ryman) announced the withdrawal of their petition seeking clarity from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding businesses' ability to control Wi-Fi connectivity on their premises. It was probably the right decision strategically. However, certain key regulatory questions are unresolved, with no promise of a ready resolution forthcoming.
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Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Pursues New Customer Due Diligence Requirements for Banks' Anti-Money Laundering Programs >
January 8, 2015
PABanker Magazine
In the December 2014 issue of PABanker, the magazine of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association, Internal Investigations & White Collar Defense Principal Peter D. Hardy and Associate Carolyn H. Kendall explore the obligation being added to the already significant requirements of banks' Anti-Money Laundering (AML) programs.
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First Circuit Upholds $50 Million Tax Refund for Business Deduction Beyond Single Damages in False Claims Act Settlement >
August 17, 2014
By: Barbara Rowland
The First Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a jury verdict finding that a company settling claims under the False Claims Act (“FCA”) can deduct a significant portion of the settlement payment beyond single damages where the “economic reality” of the settlement payment reflects a compensatory purpose and the settlement agreement includes no tax characterization of the settlement payment.
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D.C. Circuit Reaffirms Application of Attorney-Client Privilege to Internal Investigations >
July 2, 2014
By: Barbara Rowland
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeal's recent opinion in In Re Kellogg Brown & Root is a victory for corporations and their lawyers across the nation, reaffirming the application of the attorney-client privilege to documents prepared during an internal investigation conducted pursuant to a corporate compliance program.
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Third Circuit Decision Adopts More Lenient Pleading Standard in False Claims Act Litigation >
June 24, 2014
By: Barbara Rowland
A recent Third Circuit Court of Appeals decision could cause more whistleblowers to file False Claims Act (FCA) actions against health care providers based on limited allegations of wrongdoing.
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A Grimm Reminder: “Routine” Employment Issues Can Lead to Serious (and Potentially Criminal) Headaches >
May 1, 2014
By: Andrea M. Kirshenbaum
The indictment of New York Rep. Michael Grimm on federal fraud and tax charges flowed partly from alleged wage and hour violations at his Manhattan restaurant. The case serves as an example of how an issue that might arise in a civil action can lead to criminal charges.
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