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Federal Authorities are Targeting Individuals with Ties to Foreign Governments

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently issued two press releases highlighting cases against U.S. citizens and foreign nationals charged with acting as (or conspiring to act as) agents of foreign governments in the United States. It appears that several similar cases may be pending, and this could currently be...

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Recent Prosecution of Home Security Technician Highlights Feds Crack Down on Cybersecurity Crimes

In today's high-tech society, privacy has never been more important. As technological developments now allow things we once never thought were possible, state and federal laws quickly become outdated. However, federal law enforcement agents are constantly on the lookout for those who invade the privacy of others. This is especially...

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FTC Rules and Guidelines in a Digital Era

Experienced FTC Defense and Compliance Team If you are under investigation by the FTC or suspect an investigation is coming, it is time to hire an experienced FTC compliance and defense attorney right away. The FTC has the authority to regulate social media platforms and posts where they contain unfair...

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Defending FERC Data Requests

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") is a federal entity that regulates energy companies for compliance with federal law. If your company has received a FERC data request, it is important to understand how to approach your answer and the next steps in the FERC’s investigation. What Is A FERC...

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The DOJ is Continuing to Target Multiple Forms of Fraud Related to COVID-19 in 2021

As the federal government races to get as many people vaccinated against COVID-19 as possible, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is waging a war on a different front. The DOJ has identified several forms of fraud arising out of the pandemic, and it is continuing to aggressively target individuals...

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Facing Discipline Under SEC Rule 102(e): What Professionals Need to Know

While the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has substantial resources at its disposal, it cannot fully monitor the domestic securities markets and enforce companies’ obligations under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 on its own. As a result, it relies on so-called “gatekeepers”—attorneys,...

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President Trump Issues Executive Order in Final Days of Presidency, “Protecting Americans From Overcriminalization”

In his second-to-last day as President of the United State, Donald Trump signed an executive order intended to limit the government's ability to criminally prosecute those in violation of certain regulations. The thrust of the Executive Order is to clarify when a violation of a regulation may result in criminal...

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After Major Takedown, DOJ Continues to Target Cardiovascular Genetic Testing Fraud

As cardiovascular genetic testing continues to garner widespread use, the DOJ is targeting health care providers that fraudulently bill for predictive testing and preventative services. In September 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a major takedown involving doctors, testing laboratories, and telemarketing companies accused of fraudulently billing Medicare...

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10 Ways to Avoid an FTC Investigation in 2021

10 Ways to Avoid an FTC Investigation in 2021 The Federal Trade Commission ("FTC")—created in 1914—enforces the consumer protection laws in the United States at the federal level. These laws prevent fraud and deceptive and unfair business practices and prohibit anticompetitive conduct. The FTC's mission is to protect consumers and...

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I Was Served with a Subpoena. Now What?

If you have been served with a subpoena, you need to respond, and at this point crafting your response should be among your top priorities. But, how should you respond, exactly? What information do you need to be prepared to provide? What information are you entitled to withhold? Do you...

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