Federal prosecutors leveled insider-trading charges against an employee of an investor-relations firm, the latest of insider-trading probes by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office.
Laurence Colletti from the Legal Talk Network interviews e-discovery expert Bennett Borden about how electronic data collection and analysis is increasing the efficiency and accuracy of large scale litigation. This historically unparalleled ability “to get to an answer” is having a significant effect on the legal industry. Not only is it driving companies to faster settlements and empowering small plaintiffs’ firms to take large cases but it is also impacting the billable hour model used by large firms. Borden is a partner and Co-chair of the information governance and e-discovery group at Drinker Biddle and Reath LLP.
[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of California [official website] has ruled [opinion, PDF] that a California gun law [text, PDF] that requires a 10-day waiting period for gun purchases cannot be applied to those who already own firearms. Senior Judge Anthony Ishii ruled that the law was unconstitutional and violated the Second Amendment [text] rights of gun owners. He stated that the California law should not apply to citizens who have passed a…
Recalls. Congressional Investigations. Litigation. General Motors (GM) has taken center stage over its ignition switch problem, which has been linked to drivers’ catastrophic injuries and in some cases, death. On Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen welcomes Attorney Jere Beasley, the senior member of the Beasley Allen Law Firm, to give an update on litigation involving the GM ignition switch problem and talk about the current investigation into General Motors.
[JURIST] Chinese officials in the western region of Xinjiang [official website, in Chinese] executed eight individuals charged with terrorism- and separatism-related crimes on Saturday. According to a press release by China’s state-run news agency, the execution was conducted with approval [Xinhua report] by the Supreme People’s Court [official website, in Chinese]. Three of the executed individuals were sentenced during a mass trial [JURIST report] in May, in which 55 people were sentenced for terrorism-related charges before a crowd of more…
Regular Juice readers know about the various ways people smuggle things into jail, many of which are NSFW. This is a new one on The Juice. As reported by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office (Florida):
Deputies have arrested a Trinity woman after she concealed suboxone strips behind stamps on envelopes and mailed them to two inmates at the Pinellas County. The inmates in turn distributed and sold the controlled substance to other Pinellas County Jail inmates. Since the investigation began on August 1, 2013, deputies intercepted a total of 11 pieces of mail containing the opiate.
Pretty clever. Suboxone is also known as “heroin in a breath strip.” These folks had quite a business going, what with each stamp selling for $20. You can read more, and see the mug shot of smugglerÂ here.