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    Supreme Court Reins in Broad Reading of Fraud Statutes with ‘Bridgegate’ Case Ruling

    Robert J. Anello and Richard F. Albert

    When federal prosecutors focus their attention on high profile misconduct that is not an obvious violation of federal criminal law, they often cannot resist the attractions of broadly worded “catch-all” fraud statutes. From time to time, however, the U.S. Supreme Court has pushed back on efforts to further expand the boundaries of these statutes, leading to reversals of some well-publicized criminal convictions.

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    Shareholder Class Actions During, and After, COVID-19

    Margaret A. Dale and Mark D. Harris 

    Given the current turmoil in the markets, an increasing number of plaintiffs are bringing shareholder class action suits, citing corporate statements about COVID-19. As first-quarter earnings season draws to a close, now is a good time to reflect on the shareholder class actions that have been brought to date related to COVID-19, and others potentially yet to come.

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    What TARP Investigations Can Teach Us About Stimulus Fraud

    Terence M. Grugan, David L. Axelrod and Emilia McKee Vassallo

    For more than 10 years, federal investigators have investigated criminal conduct in connection with the 2008 recession-era TARP program. From those investigations, U.S. Attorneys across the country brought cases and earned convictions for offenses spanning the federal criminal code. We can expect that these same agencies will use the same techniques and strategies to investigate crimes and bring cases involving fraud related to the COVID-19 stimulus packages.

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    SEC Targeting Fraudulent Disclosures During Pandemic

    Russell Koonin and Adam Schwartz

    In the midst the current COVID-19 pandemic, the SEC is paying attention. The Division of Enforcement has made clear that it will act, and act quickly, to stop fraudulent conduct that falls under its jurisdiction related to the pandemic.

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