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Cryptocurrency, and its most-noted asset Bitcoin, has been breaking into the mainstream press. While most lawyers have heard terms like “blockchain” and probably even know a few people who have been deeply interested in the world of cryptocurrency, far more of us have at best a vague understanding of crypto markets and how crypto is acquired, traded and converted to everyday dollars (or fiat currency). Given that the price of a Bitcoin is up over 750% since April 2020 and approximately $56,000 per coin at the time of writing, the incentive to pay attention has increased. What was once thought to be a solely a niche product is becoming more widely accepted, as evidenced by an recent article in Forbes estimating that 10% of stimulus funds, or $40 Billion, will be used to purchase Bitcoin.
By Jacqueline C. Wolff and Michael Herrmann
The prevalent view is that telehealth will remain an integral part of our healthcare system post-PHE and may even continue to expand. And that means criminal and civil enforcement focused on fraud committed using, or furthered by the use of, telehealth will be expanding as well, particularly when one looks at the dollars that a regulator can bring in for fraud or noncompliance.
By Carolyn H. Kendall and Abraham J. Rein
Hillary Clinton's 2015 statement about the possibility of incarceration for employment-related failures was, to many, an alarming prospect. Since that time, this movement has grown, and has recently gained momentum. Today, prosecutors across the country increasingly seek criminal fines and jail time for what were previously seen as non-criminal labor violations.
By Elkan Abramowitz and Jonathan S. Sack
This article describes pending federal prosecutions, which level corruption charges against high-level officials, considers how the theories of prosecution in these cases might be viewed in light of court decisions in other public corruption cases, and concludes with some observations about the outer limits of federal public corruption prosecutions.
By Alexandra Poe and Bryan Sillaman
Corporate ESG (environmental, social and governance) integration is becoming less optional every day, driven by increasing regulation, investor demand and the recent embrace of stakeholder capitalism.