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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…

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,…

SEC Releases 2015 Whistleblower Report

January 15, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

On November 16, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released its 2015 Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program Annual Report with noted activity in four key areas: Whistleblower Activity Up -- In the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, the SEC reported an eight percent increase in whistleblower…

Texas Treatment of Whistleblower Differs From New York’s

January 14, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

A former in-house attorney turned whistleblower has received very different treatment from two very different states:  Texas and New York. Former Vanguard Group Inc. in-house counsel David Danon acted as a confidential informant during a tax audit of the company.  Danon worked for Vanguard as a…

Lubbock County Medical Examiner Files Whistleblower Suit

January 06, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

Dr. Luisa Florez, the former Lubbock County Deputy Medical Examiner, has filed a lawsuit alleging that she was wrongfully terminated for reporting purported illegal activity in the Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s Office. Florez filed the suit against Lubbock County Commissioners, Lubbock County Commissioners, the Lubbock County…

DOJ Uses FCA Whistleblower Provisions to Intervene in SavaSeniorCare Suit

November 03, 2015 by Cogdell Law Firm

The U.S. Department of Justice has intervened in three False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuits against SavaSeniorCare LLC, filing a consolidated complaint that alleges Sava submitted false Medicare claims for rehabilitation therapy services that were medically unreasonable and unnecessary.  Sava operates approximately 200 skilled nursing facilities in…