In Good Times and Bad, Companies Must Guard Against Embezzlement

Imagine that a trusted employee has embezzled money from you, or worse, the employee is still stealing from you unchecked. The results of thefts like this can be dire for any company, and unfortunately, even a company’s own auditors usually can’t discover the damage before it’s too late.

In this podcast, Pepper partners Frank Devine, Frank Mayer and Joe Crawford discuss a recent matter in which Pepper was able to recover more than $5.2 million dollars of embezzled funds for our client, within seven months of the discovery of the theft. They also provide tips for companies to help prevent embezzlement in the first place.

If you would like to read more about litigation matters, email [email protected] to request the latest edition of Pepper Hamilton’s Corporate Litigation Update.

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Pepper Partner Helps Investigate Corruption in Saddam’s Regime

Pepper partner Greg Paw is a member of Pepper’s White Collar and Corporate Investigations and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups, in our offices in Philadelphia and Princeton, New Jersey.

Greg’s expertise led him to serve the United States Department of Justice in Iraq, as an advisor to the Iraqi government on criminal cases against former members of the regime of Saddam Hussein. He was deeply involved in the United States’ criminal prosecutions and investigations there, which were part of the United Nations’ wider examination of corruption involving funds and goods intended for the United Nation’s Oil-for-Food Program.

In this podcast, Greg discusses some fascinating tales about the inner workings of Saddam’s Iraq, and about the everyday people he met there.

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Changes to the Family Medical Leave Act

Since the beginning of 2008, there have been some major changes to The Family and Medical Leave Act and President Bush has signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008. In this podcast, Amy McAndrew, an attorney in the Berwyn office of Pepper Hamilton and a member of the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department, discusses why these changes are significant and how they affect employees.

If you are interested in the latest updates in the world of labor and employment, email [email protected] to subscribe to Pepper@Work. This is an electronic news alert that provides employers with advice on how recent labor judgments and opinions will affect their organization.

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Consequences of the Leegin Decision

Listen to a French podcast of Jeremy Heep, partner in Pepper’s commercial litigation practice group, being interviewed by French intern Jean - René Arnaud, on his activity in the firm and the consequences of the Leegin decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in antitrust.

Ecoutez un enregistrement de Jeremy Heep, avocat associé au cabinet Pepper en contentieux commercial, interviewé par Jean - René ARNAUD, stagiaire français, sur son activité au sein du cabinet et les conséquences de la décision Leegin de la U.S. Cour Suprême en matière d'antitrust.

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Court of Chancery Weighs In On Stock Option Backdating and Spring-Loading

Chancellor Chandler released two opinions in early February of 2007 in which the Court of Chancery held that the practice of backdating or spring-loading stock options may result in breaches of fiduciary duty under Delaware law.

Listen to this podcast with Albert Manwaring, a partner in the Wilmington office of Pepper Hamilton and a member of the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department, as he explains why these rulings are important and how they have followed a recent wave of publicity and a surge of litigation concerning improper directorial action in granting stock options at a number of large public companies.

If you would like to read more about litigation matters, email [email protected] to request the latest edition of Pepper Hamilton’s Corporate Litigation Update.

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Reversing Fortunes: Mack Trucks Wins Major Antitrust Case

During the past several years, Pepper Hamilton client Mack Trucks, Inc. faced complicated litigation when sued by a distributor for antitrust claims under the Sherman Act and Robinson Patman Act. Together with state law claims, the distributor sought nearly $100 million in trebled damages plus attorneys’ fees.

They didn’t get it. Listen to this short podcast with Jeremy Heep, a partner with Pepper Hamilton’s Commercial Litigation Group, as he describes how, with Pepper’s help, Mack won a complete victory and received total vindication. If you are interested in reading more about litigation matters, email [email protected] to request the latest edition of Pepper Hamilton’s Commercial Litigation Update.

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Information Management Plan Essential to Handling E-discovery Issues

On December 1, 2006, the amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure addressing e-discovery became effective.

Listen to this short podcast with Sharon Klein, a partner in the Orange County office of Pepper Hamilton, as she explains the importance of organizations having an Information Management Plan to handle e-discovery issues now that these changes are effective.


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Understanding the Changes to the Rules of Civil Procedure

On December 1, 2006, the amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure addressing e-discovery became effective. The amendments mark the beginning of a new era in business litigation. The lesson is clear: e-discovery can no longer be an afterthought; business litigants and their counsel must consider e-discovery and the role of e-documents at the outset of the litigation.

Listen to this podcast with Matt Lund, a partner in the Detroit office of Pepper Hamilton, as he explains these changes to the Rules of Civil Procedure addressing e-discovery.

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High Cost Loans to Military Personnel

President Bush recently signed into law an amendment to the Miscellaneous Prohibitions and Penalties chapter of the General Military Law which prohibits creditors from entering into payday loan and title loan agreements with active duty service members.

Listen to this short podcast with Rick Eckman and Albert Manwaring. Rick chairs Pepper’s Financial Services Practice Group and Albert is a Pepper partner and lieutenant colonel in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the U.S. Army Reserves. This podcast discusses the host of issues this amendment raises and why it is very troubling for the entire consumer credit industry.

Email [email protected] to subscribe to Pepper Hamilton’s Financial Services Update to receive regular updates on these types of topics.

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