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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…

Federal Judge Says SEC’s Use of In-House Judges “Likely Unconstitutional”

July 14, 2015 by Cogdell Law Firm

A federal judge in Atlanta has temporarily halted the SEC’s insider trading case against Charles Hill, finding that the use of an in-house judge to preside over the administrative proceeding is “likely unconstitutional,” according to a Wall Street Journal report. The SEC has five administrative law…

Two Texas Men Convicted in Racketeering Conspiracy Case

July 13, 2015 by Cogdell Law Firm

Two Texas men and another man from California have been convicted by an Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, federal jury for participating in a racketeering conspiracy that involved money laundering and illegal gambling. Kelley Diebner, 43, of Houston, Texas, Rodger Bramley, 73, of Plano, Texas, and Leon Moran…

OIG Provides Guidance to Health Care Governing Boards on Compliance Oversight

June 16, 2015 by Cogdell Law Firm

The Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (“OIG”) -- along with  the Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors (“AHIA”), the American Health Lawyers Association (“AHLA”), and the Health Care Compliance Association (“HCCA”) -- has released a new publication entitled, Practical Guidance for Health…

U.S. Supreme Court Limits (Dog) Sniffing Around

June 04, 2015 by Cogdell Law Firm

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that police cannot delay a traffic stop in order to wait for drug-sniffing dogs, saying that “exceeding the time needed to handle the matter for which the stop was made violates the Constitution’s shield against unreasonable seizures.” In a 6-3…

SEC Goes After Confidentiality Agreements That Curb Whistleblowing

May 08, 2015 by Cogdell Law Firm

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has announced its first enforcement action against a company for violating whistleblower protection Rule 21F-17 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which prohibits companies from impeding whistleblowers from reporting potential securities violations to the SEC. According to the SEC, Houston-based KBR, Inc., …