<![CDATA[Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC]]> http://www.maglaw.com/misc/feed.xml en-us <![CDATA[Class Arbitration—Dying but Not Dead]]> http://www.maglaw.com/publications/articles/00401 http://www.maglaw.com/publications/articles/00401 Many entities doing business with the public have long preferred arbitration as a forum for resolving disputes with their customers. The Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Stolt-Nielsen v. Animal Feeds International Corp. provided strong protection against class litigation for these entities. In this article, we discuss class arbitration and Judge Colleen McMahon’s recent decision in Edwards v. Macy's highlighting the risks associated with drafting broad arbitration clauses.

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<![CDATA[Morvillo Abramowitz Partners Recognized in <em>Best Lawyers 2016</em>]]> http://www.maglaw.com/news/releases/00607 http://www.maglaw.com/news/releases/00607 NEW YORK, August 17, 2015 — Several Morvillo Abramowitz partners have been recognized in the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers. The following partners were listed in the Bet-the-Company Litigation category: Elkan Abramowitz and Paul R. Grand. The following partners were listed in the Criminal Defense: White-Collar category: Elkan Abramowitz, Catherine M. Foti, Paul R. Grand, Lawrence Iason, and Richard D. Weinberg. Partner Lawrence Iason was also listed in the categories of Corporate Compliance Law and Corporate Governance Law.

Published in almost 70 countries around the world, the Best Lawyers publication is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. The selection process for Best Lawyers is designed to fully “capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.”

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<![CDATA[Morvillo Abramowitz Partners Recognized in <em>Best Lawyers 2016</em>]]> http://www.maglaw.com/news/recognitions/00646 http://www.maglaw.com/news/recognitions/00646 On Monday, August 17, 2015, several Morvillo Abramowitz partners have been recognized in the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers. The following partners were listed in the Bet-the-Company Litigation category: Elkan Abramowitz and Paul R. Grand. The following partners were listed in the Criminal Defense: White-Collar category: Elkan Abramowitz, Catherine M. Foti, Paul R. Grand, Lawrence Iason, and Richard D. Weinberg. Partner Lawrence Iason was also listed in the categories of Corporate Compliance Law and Corporate Governance Law.
 
Published in almost 70 countries around the world, the Best Lawyers publication is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. The selection process for Best Lawyers is designed to fully “capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.”

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<![CDATA[Whistleblowers Who Take Company Documents May Risk Criminal Prosecution]]> http://www.maglaw.com/publications/blog-posts/whistleblowers-who-take-company-documents-may-risk-criminal-prosecution http://www.maglaw.com/publications/blog-posts/whistleblowers-who-take-company-documents-may-risk-criminal-prosecution Federal law now protects whistleblowers in many instances from retaliation and encourages them, through financial incentives, to bring qui tam lawsuits and report possible wrongdoing to the SEC and IRS. In this fashion, the law turns company employees into potential confidential informants. As informants, employees have a powerful incentive to provide federal authorities secretly with business-related information (including documents) that a company would ordinarily consider confidential and strictly for internal use. The regime of whistleblower law expects and even promotes such conduct – though at least one recent state case demonstrates that taking an employer’s confidential information, when it is done for private purposes, still violates the law. [...]

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<![CDATA[Morvillo Abramowitz Partner Jeremy Temkin Quoted in <em>Law360</em> Article]]> http://www.maglaw.com/news/media-mentions/00605 http://www.maglaw.com/news/media-mentions/00605 On August 14, 2015, Morvillo Abramowitz partner Jeremy Temkin was quoted in a Law360 article, “Willfulness Key In IRS Exams Of Offshore Account Disclosures.” The article discusses the expansion of the IRS’s offshore voluntary disclosure program (OVDP) to provide streamlined procedures for declaring income in foreign financial accounts for taxpayers whose noncompliance with tax rules was not willful. In the article, Mr. Temkin states that taxpayers “wishing to declare offshore accounts understandably want to choose the streamlined program because it saves them a lot of money compared with other options, but it is an attorney's job to determine if that is appropriate.”
 
To read the full article, please click here.

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<![CDATA[Obstruction? Barry Bonds Prosecutors Strike Out in the Ninth]]> http://www.maglaw.com/publications/articles/00400 http://www.maglaw.com/publications/articles/00400 For some, the Ninth Circuit’s reversal of home run king Barry Bonds’ obstruction of justice conviction and the government’s recent decision to drop any further prosecution may prompt a reassessment of Bonds’ place in baseball history. For those who focus on white collar crime, the case presents another example of how the breadth of the federal obstruction laws makes them a nearly irresistible choice for prosecutors, and of the seemingly endless struggle of the courts to define appropriate limits on their reach. This article discusses the federal obstruction of justice statutes and the implications of the Bonds decision.

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<![CDATA[LAW vs. LORE: The Lack of Judicial Precedent in FCPA Cases]]> http://www.maglaw.com/publications/articles/00399 http://www.maglaw.com/publications/articles/00399 When delivering legal advice, lawyers attempt to provide informed guidance based on controlling law. Yet, when it comes to significant chunks of the white collar criminal and regulatory landscape, practitioners often are forced to provide advice based on professional “lore” derived from negotiated settlements rather than enacted laws or judicially established caselaw. In this two-part article, we discuss the lore that counsel must rely upon when tackling FCPA enforcement actions, as well as the downside of such reliance.

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<![CDATA[Morvillo Abramowitz Partner Robert J. Anello Quoted in New York Daily News Article]]> http://www.maglaw.com/news/media-mentions/00604 http://www.maglaw.com/news/media-mentions/00604 On August 1, 2015, Morvillo Abramowitz partner Robert J. Anello explained extradition law in a New York Daily News article, “Kids are all right,” which discussed the recent killing of Cecil the Lion by Minnesota dentist, Walter Palmer.

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<![CDATA[Morvillo Abramowitz Partner Elkan Abramowitz Named a Law360 “Trial Ace”]]> http://www.maglaw.com/news/releases/00606 http://www.maglaw.com/news/releases/00606 NEW YORK, July 27, 2015 – Morvillo Abramowitz partner Elkan Abramowitz was named a Law360 "Trial Ace." The “Trial Aces” list consists of 50 top litigators who will be profiled by Law360 in its inaugural Trial Aces Series. The profile of Mr. Abramowitz will be released on September 9, 2015. 

According to Law360, “the winners were selected based on the number of high-stakes trial they've worked on, the role they played at trial and the trial outcome. The 50 attorneys on Law360’s Trial Aces list are champions in the courtroom, leaders in their law firms and heroes to their clients. They're the lawyers to call when losing is not an option.”

To view the Trial Aces list, please click here.

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<![CDATA[Interpol: How to Catch a Thief – International Style]]> http://www.maglaw.com/publications/blog-posts/interpol-how-to-catch-a-thief-international-style http://www.maglaw.com/publications/blog-posts/interpol-how-to-catch-a-thief-international-style In my last blog post, I discussed the federal government’s increased focus on criminal activity that occurs overseas and the recent high-profile indictment filed by the Justice Department against nine FIFA officials. On June 3, 2015, INTERPOL, the world’s largest international police organization, issued Red Notices for six of the FIFA defendants. Red Notices issued by INTERPOL are the closest thing to an international arrest warrant. The FIFA cases present an opportunity to examine the work of INTERPOL and the significance of the notices it issues. [...]

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