<![CDATA[Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC]]> http://www.maglaw.com/misc/feed.xml en-us <![CDATA[Morvillo Abramowitz Partners Edward M. Spiro and Judith L. Mogul Receive the Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing]]> http://www.maglaw.com/news/releases/100667 http://www.maglaw.com/news/releases/100667 New York, March 22, 2017 – Morvillo Abramowitz partners Edward M. Spiro and Judith L. Mogul have been selected as winners of the Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing. Only 25 elite articles were chosen from over 1,000 submissions from the nation’s most prestigious law firms. The winners will be celebrated at a ceremony held on May 22, 2017, at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

The Burton Awards, established in 1999, is funded by the Burton Foundation, a non-profit, academic effort devoted to recognizing and rewarding excellence in the legal profession. The Burton Awards honors the finest accomplishments in law, including writing, reform, public service and interest, regulatory innovation, and lifetime achievements in the profession.

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<![CDATA[Morvillo Abramowitz Partners Edward M. Spiro and Judith L. Mogul Receive the Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing]]> http://www.maglaw.com/recognitions/100667 http://www.maglaw.com/recognitions/100667 On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, Morvillo Abramowitz partners Edward M. Spiro and Judith L. Mogul were selected as winners of the Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing. Only 25 elite articles were chosen from over 1,000 submissions from the nation’s most prestigious law firms. The winners will be celebrated at a ceremony held on May 22, 2017, at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

The Burton Awards, established in 1999, is funded by the Burton Foundation, a non-profit, academic effort devoted to recognizing and rewarding excellence in the legal profession. The Burton Awards honors the finest accomplishments in law, including writing, reform, public service and interest, regulatory innovation, and lifetime achievements in the profession.

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<![CDATA[Bribery vs. Extortion: The Deductibility of Illegal Payments]]> http://www.maglaw.com/publications/articles/00447 http://www.maglaw.com/publications/articles/00447 The line between legitimate business expenses and commercial bribery can be a fine one, and while businessmen who are prosecuted for having crossed that line are rightfully most concerned with the loss of liberty and stigma associated with a criminal conviction, lawyers and accountants representing them need to be mindful of the tax consequences of their clients’ conduct. This article provides a roadmap for lawyers and accountants to consider when evaluating the tax consequences of payments made to obtain business.

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<![CDATA[Trump Not Only Victim of Leaks: Courts Are Handcuffed in Responding to FBI Leaks]]> http://www.maglaw.com/publications/blog-posts/trump-not-only-victim-of-leaks-courts-are-handcuffed-in-responding-to-fbi-leaks http://www.maglaw.com/publications/blog-posts/trump-not-only-victim-of-leaks-courts-are-handcuffed-in-responding-to-fbi-leaks The Trump White House feels besieged by near-constant leaks. The divulged inside stories have ranged from the trivial, such as rumors that President Trump enjoys watching the news in his bathrobe, to the more consequential, such as revelations connecting Trump advisers to Russian intelligence. The resulting atmosphere of suspicion culminated in Trump’s tweets earlier this month alleging that former President Obama ordered the “tapping” of then-candidate Trump’s “wires” at Trump Tower during the Presidential election. [...]

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<![CDATA[DOJ Announces It Will Extend FCPA “Pilot Program”]]> http://www.maglaw.com/publications/blog-posts/doj-announces-it-will-extend-fcpa-pilot-program http://www.maglaw.com/publications/blog-posts/doj-announces-it-will-extend-fcpa-pilot-program The Department of Justice (“DOJ”), Fraud Section’s guidance for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) investigations and prosecutions, commonly referred to as the “Pilot Program,” will remain in place when the one-year pilot period ends on April 5. The extension was announced on March 10, 2017 by Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco in a speech at the American Bar Association’s National Institute on White Collar Crime. Blanco explained that when the Pilot Program expires, the DOJ will evaluate its “utility and efficacy” to determine “whether to extend it, and what revisions, if any, we should make to it” and stated that “[t]he program will continue in full force until we reach a final decision on those issues.” [...]

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<![CDATA[Morvillo Abramowitz Partner Jeremy H. Temkin Featured as a Legal Analyst on Fox Sports Radio]]> http://www.maglaw.com/news/media-mentions/00665 http://www.maglaw.com/news/media-mentions/00665 On Friday, March 10, 2017, Morvillo Abramowitz partner Jeremy H. Temkin appeared on Fox Sports Radio to discuss the high-profile Buss family feud over control of the Los Angeles Lakers. During the interview, Jeremy answered questions relating to Dr. Jerry Buss’s estate plan, which gave control of the team to his oldest daughter, Jeanie Buss. As noted by Jeremy, while there are dysfunctional family issues at play, it is unlikely that Jeanie’s brothers will be able to force a sale of the team.

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<![CDATA[When is a Tweet an Official Act?]]> http://www.maglaw.com/publications/blog-posts/when-is-a-tweet-an-official-act http://www.maglaw.com/publications/blog-posts/when-is-a-tweet-an-official-act Twitter has come to play a central role in political discourse. Just last week, during a Supreme Court argument in a First Amendment case, Justice Kagan observed that “everybody uses Twitter”:  In addition to “the President,” Justice Kagan explained, “[a]ll 50 governors, all 100 senators, [and] every member of the House has a Twitter account,” which has made Twitter a “crucially important channel of political communication.” [...]

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<![CDATA[FCPA Enforcement Trends: Will They Continue?]]> http://www.maglaw.com/publications/articles/00446 http://www.maglaw.com/publications/articles/00446 In recent months the Department of Justice has announced the resolution of a number of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations. This level of enforcement activity reflects increased resources and attention devoted to foreign bribery allegations in recent years as well as a 2016 DOJ initiative to encourage corporate cooperation and voluntary disclosure. In this article, we discuss DOJ’s FCPA "Pilot Program” and several aspects of recent FCPA resolutions, and we suggest that current enforcement trends may continue in the Trump administration.

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<![CDATA[Stricter Standards For Standing]]> http://www.maglaw.com/publications/articles/00444 http://www.maglaw.com/publications/articles/00444 Following the U.S. Supreme Court's May 2016 decision in Spokeo v. Robins, courts have been re-examining whether plaintiffs seeking statutory damages, particularly under various consumer protection laws, have Article III standing to pursue their claims. This article discusses how judges in the Southern District of New York are beginning to flesh out this new approach to standing.

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<![CDATA[I Sentenced Criminals To Hundreds More Years Than I Wanted To. I Had No Choice.]]> http://www.maglaw.com/publications/articles/00445 http://www.maglaw.com/publications/articles/00445 This essay critiques federal mandatory minimums, examining both the inherently unfair outcomes they generate for convicts, and the predicament in which these mandatory minimums place our federal district court judges – who are forced to levy penalties they know to be unjust. It was written by associate Peter Dubrowski and Shira A. Scheindlin, a former federal judge in the Southern District of New York.

To view this essay, please click here.

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