GoalTwo former television executives ensnared in the latest salvo of the long-running FIFA corruption scandal have petitioned the Eastern District of New York for an opportunity to review cellphone evidence from a government cooperating witness that might have been languishing on the shelf for the past six years.

Carlos Martinez and Hernan Lopez (the “Defendants”)

National DefenseOn January 1, 2021, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021. Included among its provisions is the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA), which, in short, requires qualifying businesses to disclose so-called “beneficial owners.” The purpose undoubtedly is to root out shell companies that avoid detection, regulation or enforcement through complex, opaque ownership

RansomeOver the past few weeks, revelations of ransomware cyber-attacks on U.S. businesses have rocked the country’s infrastructure and have held hostage companies’ computer systems that are necessary to provide essential services to the nation.  In a typical ransomware attack, hackers exploit a security vulnerability to gain access to a company’s computer system.  After gaining access,

Recent Developments and Emerging Risks2020 was a unique year in the world of white-collar criminal investigations and prosecutions. In this two-session presentation, Thompson Hine’s compliance and white-collar team will review the enforcement risks created by the global pandemic and discuss what we expect to happen as the new administration begins to implement its enforcement priorities. We will also identify

Facebook LikeIf it seems like 2020 was the year when everyone was talking about antitrust on their socially distant Zoom calls, that is because government antitrust lawyers have been busy. Just before the year began, the Department of Justice announced the formation of the Procurement Collusion Strike Force and, in January 2020, the Antitrust Division rolled

PillsOn December 22, 2020, the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) Civil Division, Consumer Protection Branch, and five U.S. Attorneys’ Offices announced a groundbreaking civil enforcement action against Walmart Inc. (“Walmart”).  The 160-page complaint alleges that the world’s largest company (by revenue) and the operator of over 5,000 in-store pharmacies contributed to the national opioid crisis by

Locked SafeTrade secrets are often a company’s most valuable asset, whether those secrets involve cutting-edge medical research or the formula for Coca-Cola. Businesses must take significant steps to protect these valuable “crown jewels” at all costs, whether by securing them on a network or a locked room, encrypting them, or restricting employee access on a need-to-know

State of OhioCOVID-19 continues to rage on after months of impacting our lives, businesses, and the economy. Ohio, at one point a beacon of the country’s COVID-19 response, has recently set state records for new daily cases, hospitalizations, and, sadly, deaths. In response to the increased number of cases in Ohio, last week, Governor DeWine announced a

The nation is slowly reopening. Businesses showcase signs that proudly announce “OPEN” in bright neon letters. But the legal landscape is different from the pre-COVID-19 days, and businesses should be aware of the inherent risks involved with re-opening and take the utmost care to ensure employee and customer safety to avoid or minimize government intrusion,

courthouse and moneyOn Tuesday July 28, Eastman Kodak, Co. in conjunction with the Trump Administration publicly announced that Kodak would receive a $765 million loan for purposes of manufacturing generic drug ingredients. Just a few days later, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) penned a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton demanding an investigation into the