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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…

SEC Targets Former NFL Player in Ponzi Scheme Fraud Complaint

May 05, 2015 by Cogdell Law Firm

Former NFL cornerback Will Allen and Susan Daub, his business associate at Capital Financial Partners, are the target of a federal fraud complaint filed on April 1, 2015, in Boston by the Securities and Exchange Commission, alleging they used investor funds for personal expenses and to…

Ambit Energy Sued in Class Action for Alleged Pyramid Scheme

May 04, 2015 by Cogdell Law Firm

Dallas-based Ambit Energy is the target of a class action suit that alleges the company illegally operates a massive pyramid scheme by using its customers to market its electricity and natural gas services to family and friends with the promise of lower rates and then raises…

Golf Channel May Want Mulligan in Fifth Circuit Fraudulent Transfer Ruling

May 01, 2015 by Cogdell Law Firm

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently overturned a lower court decision in Janvey, Receiver for Stanford International Bank Limited, et al v. The Golf Channel Incorporated, requiring the Golf Channel to return almost $6 million it received in advertising revenue from the…

FTC Announces Crackdown on Car Dealerships for Fraud and Deception

April 30, 2015 by Cogdell Law Firm

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has announced that it is broadening its enforcement of deception and fraud investigations into car dealership operations beyond advertising to include auto loans and other add-on products and services. Dubbed “Operation Ruse Control,” the initiative involves the FTC and 32 law…

SEC Continues Focus on Internal Fraud Controls

April 23, 2015 by Cogdell Law Firm

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) latest investigation into companies that lack adequate internal controls to identify fraud and other illegal activities has resulted in a settlement with a California communications technology company, Polycom, and its former CEO, Andrew Miller. The SEC has charged that Miller…