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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…

Compliance Date for Final SEC Rule Requiring Companies to Disclose Relationship Between Executive Pay and Financial Performance is 1/1/17

February 23, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

The compliance date for the final SEC rule that requires publicly held companies to report on the relationship between executive pay and company financial performance is January 1, 2017 for companies whose fiscal years begin on January 1. The new rule implements Section 953(a) of the…

Texas Judge Sentences Irish National to One Year in Prison for Illegal Trafficking of Rhino Horns

February 23, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

A federal judge in Waco, Texas, has sentenced an Irish national to 12 months in prison for conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act in connection to illegal rhinoceros horn trafficking, Patrick Sheridan was arrested in the United Kingdom in January 2015 pursuant to a provisional arrest…

Nigerian Man Arrested in Dallas for Elaborate Email Fraud Scheme

February 22, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

A Nigerian man has been arrested in Dallas, accused of defrauding 17 Texas companies out of more than $600,000 in an elaborate business compromise email (BCE) scheme, according to a news report. Amechi Colvis Amuegbunam, 28, is accused of creating false documents and fake Internet domains…

Two Texans Convicted in Separate Health Care Fraud Cases

February 18, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

A San Angelo psychiatrist and a Denton nurse have been convicted of health care fraud in two separate cases. Dr. Robert Hadley Gross of San Angelo pleaded guilty to health care fraud and has been sentenced to six years in federal prison and ordered to repay…

Directors of American Standard Energy Sued for Fraud

February 17, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

Two former directors of American Standard Energy Corp. (ASEN) are being sued in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas by the company for allegedly selling company property they didn’t own and putting a $20 million sale of the company’s assets in jeopardy.…