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Author Archives: Joseph Tacopina

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The Problem of Prescription Drugs in New York

As aggressive criminal defense attorneys in New York City, we provide strategic representation to physicians and others facing serious drug charges. With the Internet System for Tracking Over Prescribing (I-STOP) program, New York hopes to grapple with the problem of addicts and doctor shoppers and reduce the flow of illicit prescription drug use.  In October… Read More »

Jury Decides against Wrongful Death Verdict in Jackson Case

I talked earlier about the deposition of the children of Michael Jackson as part of the wrongful death action brought by their maternal grandmother, Katherine Jackson after the death of her son, pop star Michael Jackson.  In early October, a California jury ruled against Mrs. Jackson and the children of Mr. Jackson. While the jury… Read More »

Justice Department: What about Those Wiretaps?

In July, the Justice Department acknowledged that terrorist suspects must be notified if government surveillance programs produced evidence being used against them. The statement relates to Alam Qazi and Sheheryar Alam Qazi, brothers accused in a terrorism plot.  Later, the government stated it did not intend to introduce evidence against the two suspects that was… Read More »

Insider Trading Fells SAC

First JPMorgan Chase agrees to accept fault for manipulating the market, then SAC Capital Advisors makes financial history the wrong way — by accepting a record $1 billion fine and agreeing to admit to insider trading charges.  In July, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced insider trading charges against SAC Capital companies. The FBI… Read More »

Revolving Doors: Anthony Marshall Out Again

I talked earlier about fiduciary duty and the conviction of Anthony D. Marshall, the son of Brooke Astor, on charges that he breached that duty while handling her financial affairs at the end of her life. In a six-month trial, Mr. Marshall was convicted on 14 charges including fraud and financial exploitation. Sentenced to one… Read More »

The Curious Case Concerning Edward Snowden

In June, the United States filed criminal charges against Edward J. Snowden. The charges were expected in light of the disclosure by Mr. Snowden of top secret information about United States and British domestic spying programs.  The complaint against Mr. Snowden lists three charges:  Theft of government property Unauthorized communication of national defense information Willful… Read More »

A Whale of a Tale: JPMorgan Accepts Fault

In a legal and regulatory scandal once described by JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon as a tempest in a teapot, the bank agreed in October to pay a $100 million fine and admit wrongdoing, which is an unprecedented move the bank greatly sought to avoid.  In filing and settling the charges against JPMorgan Chase, the Commodity… Read More »

Predicting the Fraud Risk of CEOs and CFOs

An interesting new study crossed my desk the other day. Three researchers conducted a study of “off-the-job” behaviors of chief executive officers and chief financial officers at companies subject to fraud claims by the Security and Exchange Commission and compared them to their counterparts at similar companies that had no reported fraud. The purpose of… Read More »

Beware: Federal Investigators Can Know Where You Roam in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi

Recently newsworthy: the competing interests of privacy versus security when it comes to the government’s collection of telephone call data from Verizon and other carriers. A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit highlights the issue. The case began in Texas when federal government officials tried to get court orders… Read More »

If You Are a New York Homeowner Facing Foreclosure, You May Have Rights to a Court-Mandated Settlement Conference … Even if Your Lender Doesn’t Think So

If you are one of New York’s many homeowners behind in mortgage payments and have been served with a foreclosure complaint, New York law may offer you an important right — to meet with your lender to try to work out a settlement enabling you to keep your home. Unfortunately, some lenders’ foreclosure practices have… Read More »