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California Attorney Convicted of Using Paid Recruiters to Prey on Accident Victims

Attorney Walter Martinez has pled guilty to 43 felony counts of using cappers (recruiters paid from victims' insurance settlement) to get clients for his practice. Martinez ran this scheme with at least three cappers. Martinez was sentenced to 365...

Williams Mullen
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Holds that Required Records Doctrine Trumps Fifth Amendment

BY: THOMAS W. ALDOUS, JR. On December 13, 2013, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in United States v. Under Seal , 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 24785 (4th Cir. Va. Dec. 13, 2013) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], held that the required...

Barry Zalma
Fraud Proved – Lie About Cause Of Fire Sufficient to Support Guilty Verdict

Arson for profit is a difficult crime to prove. The prosecution must both prove that the fire was intentionally set and that the owner and person insured caused the fire with the intent to defraud the insurer. Insurance fraud, on the other hand, is fairly...

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Kansas v. Cheever: A Defendant's 5th Amendment Rights and Opening the Door Through the Use of Psychiatric Testimony

By Jay Shapiro In this commentary, Jay Shapiro, co-chair, White Collar Defense, Investigations and Corporate Compliance Group, White & Williams LLP, analyzes the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Kansas v. Cheever , in which the court...

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Orlando Attorney Charged With Stealing Personal Injury Settlement Money

Orlando Attorney Raymond (Ramon) Ismael Melendez of the Melendez Law Firm, P.A.has been arrested for allegedly stealing insurance settlement proceeds totaling nearly $80,000 from three personal injury clients. The charges allege that between February...

Jack Townsend
The Intersection of Chevron Deference for Agency Interpretation and the Criminal Rule of Lenity in Statutory Interpretation

In Carter v. Wells-Bowen Realty, Inc. , ___ F.3d ___, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 23852 (6th Cir. 2013), here , a nontax case, Judge Sutton in a concurring opinion addresses the intersection of the venerable rule of lenity in interpreting criminal statutes and...