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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…

First Circuit Vacates SEC Sanctions Against Two Bank Execs

February 10, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has vacated a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) order that imposed sanctions against two State Street Bank and Trust Co. executives, saying that the SEC had abused its discretion in assessing liability to the two bankers. In…

Understanding the Definition of White Collar Crime

February 08, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

White collar crime refers to deceptive acts that are designed to produce some type of financial gain.  White collar offenses are financial crimes and do not involve any violent or drug-related criminal behavior; in fact, many perpetrators of white collar crimes are typically involved in legal…

Dallas Broker Sentenced in Securities Fraud Case

February 02, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

A Dallas, Texas, securities broker has been sentenced to three years in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $1.5 million in restitution after pleading guilty to one count of securities fraud. Wade Lawrence, 43, worked as a broker in the Dallas office of Oppenheimer…

Texas Supreme Court Rules Life Settlements Are Securities Subject to Texas Securities Act

January 22, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that fractionalized life settlement interests are securities required to be registered under the Texas Securities Act, overturning its 2004 decision in Griffitts v. Life Partners where the high court reached a contrary result. Fractionalized life settlement interests provide investors with…