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12-05-2016 - Legal Updates

In Texas, a juvenile criminal record can be sealed in two ways:  (1) automatically restricted to everyone except criminal justice agencies; and (2) permanently sealed and concealed from all.  The…

11-05-2016 - Legal Updates

In Texas, sexting crimes committed by minors and adults are treated differently, with different laws used to prosecute minors versus adults and differing penalties as well. Minor Sexting Texas’ law…

10-05-2016 - Legal Updates

The mother of “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch, who received probation for killing four people while driving drunk, made the grave error of trying to help her son escape more trouble…

09-05-2016 - Legal Updates

Typically, federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction over federal offenses and state courts have exclusive jurisdiction over state offenses.   In some cases, certain crimes can qualify as both federal and state…

06-05-2016 - Legal Updates

  Texas passed a stand your ground law in 2007, which allows for the use of force “when and to the degree the actor reasonably believes the force is immediately…

05-05-2016 - Fraud

A Watertown, Massachusetts, man has been convicted of securities fraud after a federal jury in Boston found him guilty of profiting from an insider trading tip he received on a…

Insider Tip on Cocktail Napkin Nets Securities Fraud Charge

May 05, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

A Watertown, Massachusetts, man has been convicted of securities fraud after a federal jury in Boston found him guilty of profiting from an insider trading tip he received on a cocktail napkin at a golf club.  He was acquitted of a separate charge of conspiracy to…

FBI Investigates California Hospital Computer Hack

May 04, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

The FBI is investigating the hacking of a Hollywood, California, hospital’s computer system after the hospital paid $17,000 in ransom to regain control of its files, according to a news report. Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center said that a hacker used malware to infect the hospital’s computers…

FDA Says Parmesan Cheese Fraud a Growing Concern

May 03, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has launched a criminal investigation into a Pennsylvania cheese factory it says has put fillers such as wood pulp and cellulose into its grated parmesan cheese products that are distributed to some of the nation’s largest grocery store chains. The…

Recent SEC Award Demonstrates Whistleblowers Don’t Have to be Insiders

May 02, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

In January, the SEC provided a $700,000 whistleblower award to an individual who was not an employee or contractor of the company sanctioned by the SEC but who “conducted a detailed analysis that led to a successful SEC enforcement action.” Andrew Ceresney, SEC Enforcement Division Director,…

DOJ to Require Cooperation Certificate Prior to Approving Settlement Agreements

April 29, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Fraud Section will now require certificates of cooperation from companies negotiating a settlement agreement to acknowledge that the company has cooperated fully and released all information about any individuals involved in alleged  misconduct, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The…