Category Archives: Criminal Prosecutions

Who Says There’s No Crying in Baseball?

To those who shrug off cybertheft as a victimless crime that shouldn’t involve any real punishment, there’s a federal judge in Houston who just officially delivered a very different message on the subject. U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes sentenced former … Continue reading

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Criminal Prosecutions Growing in Trade Secret Cases

Trade secret theft has been a federal crime since 1996, with the passage of the Economic Espionage Act. But it wasn’t until 2010, with the U.S. Justice Department’s creation of the Task Force on Intellectual Property, that it became more … Continue reading

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Is It Time To Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

The intriguing and continuously unfolding Wal-Mart Mexican bribery story brings up an issue of great importance to executives these days: when it is time to find yourself a good criminal defense lawyer? After all, with Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank, and the Foreign … Continue reading

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Radio Shack Knew of Monster Risk When Hiring Exec

 A few weeks ago, I wrote about the phenomenon of individual executives being held criminally liable for the acts of their employers. Now, we have a case that opens the possibility of the opposite happening: an executive who is the … Continue reading

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CEOs Facing Criminal Prosecution Not Out of the Question

The recent manslaughter case against a Connecticut pool company CEO highlights the criminal liability executives can face, even when they are far removed from any alleged criminal acts. David Lionetti pleaded guilty in April to a charge of criminally negligent … Continue reading

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