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Lawyer Couple Accused of Planting Drugs on School Worker

A California couple has been accused of planting drugs on a volunteer at their son’s elementary school. Kent Easter, 38, and Jill Easter, 39, are both lawyers, and have been indicted on charges of conspiracy to procure false arrest, conspiracy to falsely report a crime and other charges. They are currently free on $20,000 bail… Read More »

Former NYPD Officer Acquitted on Most Serious Charges: Rape and Burglary

In an emotional trial that captivated the city of New York for years, a jury acquitted two NYC police officers on most charges, including rape and burglary. The defense was based on the failure of the prosecution to present sufficient evidence to convict. The jury acquitted the officers based primarily on the following factors: DNA… Read More »

Breach of Fiduciary Duty: Son of Brooke Astor Convicted for Stealing Millions

In December 2009 Anthony D. Marshall, the 85-year-old son of longtime philanthropist and darling of New York high society Brooke Astor, was sentenced to one to three years in prison for stealing millions from his mother while managing her finances before she died. Mrs. Astor died in 2007 at age 105. This brought to a… Read More »

Inside the Lawyers Studio: Media Coverage on Cases Involving Insider Trading

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) defines illegal insider trading as “…buying or selling a security, in breach of a fiduciary duty or other relationship of trust and confidence, while in possession of material, nonpublic information about the security. Insider trading violations may also include “tipping” such information, securities trading by the person “tipped,” and… Read More »

Challenging the Condominium Association That Tried to Ban Judaism at the Door

This past April a Connecticut condominium association reversed its decision to prohibit Mezuzahs on the doorposts of residents’ apartments. A Mezuzah is a Jewish religious article in the shape of a small rectangle, which contains sacred parchment and is affixed to the doorpost. The Association had earlier threatened a Jewish resident, Barbara Cadranel with a… Read More »

Broken Dealer Audits: Accounting Deficiencies Uncovered by the PCAOB

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), the United States audit industry regulator, is supervised by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Last year, the PCAOB established an interim program to inspect the audits of broker-dealers. This program was long overdue and one of the steps taken to increase brokerage oversight after the Bernie Madoff scandal, where… Read More »

Defrauding Facebook: How One Man Almost Stole the World’s Largest Social Network

In October 2012 Paul Ceglia of New York was arrested on charges he forged documents in a multibillion-dollar scheme to defraud Facebook and its chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. Mr. Ceglia had brought a much publicized lawsuit claiming Zuckerberg signed a 2003 contract giving him a stake in the social media network. Zuckerberg had done programming… Read More »

Mexicali Sues: The Hidden Costs of Litigation to Small Businesses

The owners of a small Mexican restaurant in Bell, California were suddenly sued. The lawsuit claimed they violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, in that their bathroom mirror was too high for customers in wheelchairs. As it turned out the mirror was not too high. Even better, a check of the restaurant’s surveillance cameras confirmed… Read More »

What is Wrongful Death Compensation?

Wrongful death is defined as “the taking of the life of an individual resulting from the willful or negligent act of another person or persons.” In order to sue for wrongful death, it must be proven that the acts or omissions of the defendant were the proximate cause of the decedent’s injuries and death. This… Read More »

RICO Laws: Who, What and Why?

Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, is a federal law enacted in 1970. The original purpose of this was to help the police to bring mafia members to justice. It focuses on racketeering and provides tools to bring the leaders of these organizations to justice for crimes they ordered, or suggested to be… Read More »