By: F|G Marketing / Date: 22, July 2021

Facilitating Ransomware Payments Can Result in Sanctions Violations and OFAC Penalties

Cybercrime has made its way into the mainstream with more businesses, organizations, and individuals falling victim to this widespread threat. Cybercriminals, who are often backed by nefarious groups, have gone international and can now effectuate an attack from the other side of the globe. It seems no industry sector is off limits to these attacks, with healthcare organizations, food producers, and even large–scale infrastructure falling victim. It is important for businesses to understand the types of threats targeting their industry,… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 15, June 2021

China's Anti-Sanctions Law Poses Compliance Challenges for Businesses

On 10 June 2021, China passed an anti-sanctions law to counteract the sanctions imposed by the US, EU, Canada, and the UK against various Chinese entities, and officials, in recent years. The new law permits China to penalize individuals or entities involved in the design or implementation of foreign sanctions, including those entities engaged in “discriminatory practices” against Chinese citizens and organizations. The phrase “discriminatory practices” is not defined in the new law, but the broad language appears to encompass… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 27, April 2021

Biden Administration Prioritizing Tax Enforcement Efforts Against High-Earners and Corporations

This week the Biden Administration is expected to announce a proposal to provide the Internal Revenue Service an additional $80 billion in funding and expanded authority to prioritize enforcement and audit efforts against high earners and corporations. As part of his “American Families Plan” which he will detail in his address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, President Biden is expected to announce his proposed funding increase could raise at least $700 billion over the next ten years.… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 26, April 2021

NFL Draft in Cleveland Draws Heightened Law Enforcement Presence

The NFL Draft descends on Cleveland the weekend of April 29 to May 1, with League representatives, team personnel, players, their families, and fans from across the country in tow. As with any other national event, draft weekend will bring heightened attention from law enforcement. This increased law enforcement presence often results in very public arrests for a litany of offenses. For example, during Nashville’s 2019 NFL Draft, an NFL player was arrested for public intoxication and vandalism. Another person… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 05, April 2021

The Ramifications of the New Anti-Money Laundering Act for Banks and Small Businesses

By: Perry Mastrocola, Partner; Robert J. Porter, Associate; Kevin J. Vogel, AssociateCongress recently mustered a rare, overwhelmingly bipartisan majority—in both houses—to pass the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (“NDAA”), overriding a White House veto for the first and only time in President Trump’s presidency. What could have brought such unity? The most significant anti-money-laundering legislation since the 2001 Patriot Act, among a number of other provisions relating to the nation’s security. The Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 24, March 2021

Flannery | Georgalis Secures Dismissal of Bribery and Public-Corruption Charges Against Former Cuyahoga County Land Bank Official

After years-long advocacy by Flannery | Georgalis, federal prosecutors recently dropped all bribery and public-corruption charges against a former official of the Cuyahoga County Land Bank in a highly publicized criminal matter. These charges together carried a maximum sentence of over twenty years in prison. F|G’s client received a sentence of two years’ probation and a fine on a different, much lesser charge. The dismissal of these charges was reported on cleveland.com and ideastream.org, where F|G attorneys were also quoted.

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 09, March 2021

Judicial Conference Considers New Expert Disclosure Requirements

Pandemic or no pandemic, the yearly process of updating the federal rules continues. This year, the Judicial Conference of the United States is considering significant changes to Rule 16 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure that would expand the information federal prosecutors must provide defendants about their expert witnesses. In August 2020, the Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules proposed what the New York City Bar described as “the first set of changes—and the most sweeping ones—to criminal expert discovery… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 28, January 2021

Potential Changes in Trade and Economic Sanctions under the Biden Administration

The Biden Administration’s trade policies and positions signal a return to relations with U.S. allies and multilateral trade. With Janet Yellen confirmed as Treasury Secretary, we expect to see reviews of, and modifications to, U.S. sanctions. And the pending confirmation of Gov. Gina Raimondo as Commerce Secretary could bring changes to Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum products, as well as further actions on antidumping/countervailing duties.COVID-19 and Humanitarian AidWith COVID-19 continuing to wreak global havoc, the Biden Administration announced… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 20, October 2020

Kevin Vogel to Present at Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's October 29th Professional Conduct Seminar

It comes from the shadows to possess you into turning your own clients in to the police. The most secure safes open at its command. Friends, ignore it at your peril...it’s the physical-evidence rule! On October 29 at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (virtually), Kevin Vogel will be discussing the super scary implications of Comment 2 to Ohio R. Prof. Cond. 3.4 for lawyers who may come into possession of physical evidence of client crimes. Need more Ohio Attorney Conduct… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 30, September 2020

Department of Justice Announces Multi-Billion Dollar Health Care Fraud Take Down Involving Telehealth Fraud, Residential Treatment Fraud and Opioid Fraud

On September 30th, Brian C. Rabbit, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, Department of Justice announced the largest ever nationwide healthcare fraud takedown. As part of the takedown, the Department of Justice announced charges in 50 separate federal districts and the participation of over 40 different United States Attorney’s Offices, including offices in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. Charges were brought against a wide variety of individuals, including 50 doctors, 20 healthcare executives, and more than… Read more