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  • Big Banks Are Accused Of CDS Market Manipulation Scheme
    07/02/2021 | Law360

    Major Wall Street banks have taken part in a more than decadelong, multibillion-dollar scheme to manipulate the benchmark prices used to value credit default swap contracts at settlement, New Mexico's State Investment Council has alleged in a new proposed antitrust class action.  

  • New York False Claims Act & Tax Whistleblower Podcast
    06/30/2021 | Fraud in America

    Did you know there is more than one False Claims Act? States all across the country passed their own versions, with some being even more robust than the original law!

    On today’s Fraud in America, we examined New York’s False Claims Act, which has a provision allowing whistleblowers to alert the state to tax frauds. Randy Fox and David Koenigsberg are two lawyers who’ve won big tax cases, recovering millions of dollars for the state. They discuss how the New York False Claims Act works, how these cases are different from typical False Claims Act cases, and whether this law could work at a federal level.

  • NY Lawmakers OK Expanding Tax Whistleblower Law
    06/10/2021 | Law360 Tax Authority

    The New York Legislature passed a bill that would expand the state's False Claims Act to hold taxpayers liable for failing to file state returns, as opposed to only for providing false records.

  • NY Panel OKs Bill To Expand Scope Of Tax Whistleblower Law
    04/27/2021 | Law360 Tax Authority

    A New York Senate committee advanced a bill that would expand the state's False Claims Act to hold taxpayers liable for failing to file state returns, as opposed to only for providing false records.

  • Md. Lawmakers OK Bill For IRS-Like Whistleblower Plan
    04/14/2021 | Law360

    Maryland residents who suspect tax fraud would be able to tip off the state tax agency and receive a monetary reward if the agency recovered money, in an IRS-like program approved by state lawmakers and sent to the state's governor.

  • Five Tax Whistleblowing Fallacies
    03/15/2021 | Bloomberg Tax

    In 2010, New York amended its False Claims Act to enable whistleblowers to sue individual and corporate defendants with a net income or sales exceeding $1 million that cheated on their taxes in excess of $350,000. Other states are considering similar legislation. Randall Fox of Kirby McInerney LLP debunks some common fallacies regarding the New York law.

  • New York’s Tax Cheat Haul Has States Eyeing Whistleblower Laws
    03/4/2021 | Bloomberg Tax

    New York’s record $105 million fraud settlement against a hedge fund billionaire is sparking renewed interest in aggressive state whistleblower laws to bust tax cheats and replenish coffers emptied by the pandemic.

  • Facilitating Tax Fraud? Sotheby's Faces New York False Claims Act Action
    12/23/2020 | Bloomberg Tax

    New York state is going after businesses that help their clients and customers avoid taxes using the state’s False Claims Act. The targets include such esteemed businesses as Sotheby’s and its wealthy clients. Randall Fox of Kirby McInerney tells how Sotheby’s allegedly ran afoul of the Act and explains how the state is pursuing facilitators of tax fraud.

  • Judge Consolidated JPMorgan Spoofing Suits, Taps Counsel
    10/09/2020 | Law360

    A New York federal judge on Friday consolidated seven proposed class actions alleging JPMorgan Chase has been illegally spoofing the futures market since 2009 and appointed Lowey Dannenberg PC and Kirby McInerney LLP as interim lead co-counsel.

  • Legal Association Leader-Settles Obstruction Suit with Board
    05/01/2020 | Law360

    A Spanish attorney and officials with an international legal nonprofit told a D.C. federal court on Friday they struck a deal to settle claims that board members blocked him from assuming his duties as the organization's president after he was elected.

  • Investors’ $187M Big Bank Deals OK’d In Libor Rigging Case
    03/03/2020 | Law360

    The exchange-based investor class, represented by attorneys at Kirby McInerney LLP and Lovell Stewart Halebian Jacobson LLP, won initial approval of a $187 million settlement with Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan and five other big banks in a complex, multidistrict case claiming that the banks rigged the London Interbank Offered Rate benchmark.

  • California, Michigan, D.C. Eye Revenue From Tax Whistleblowers
    02/20/2020 | Bloomberg Tax

    Kirby McInerney Partner Randall Fox was quoted in this Bloomberg Tax article about tax-related false claims suits. California, Michigan, and the District of Columbia are considering bills that add tax code violations to the list of actionable frauds coming under their false claims laws. Mr. Fox notes that New York’s tax whistleblower law has resulted in “very stong and important cases.”

  • Roche Cyrulnik, Kirby, Robbins Geller Vie To Lead Bitcoin Suit
    02/10/2020 | Law360

    Kirby McInerney filed a response in support of interim lead counsel motion highlighting the firm’s experience and rigorous investigation regarding the direct impact on proposed class members in both the bitcoin and bitcoin related futures markets.

  • JP Morgan Whistleblower Case Tests Unclaimed Property Compliance
    02/09/2020 | FinOps Report

    Unclaimed property operations and compliance managers at US financial firms will soon find out that the task is more difficult than they thought should JP Morgan Chase lose its appeal of a New York civil court judge’s ruling about the bank’s required interest payment on unclaimed accounts reported late to New York State.

  • Chief Justice launches report on litigation funding and class actions
    01/31/2020 | Irish Legal News

    Kirby McInerney Partner Meghan Summers recently presented a report before the Chief Justice of Ireland. The report, which Ms. Summers co-authored, focuses on how class actions could be implemented in Ireland.

  • Roche Cyrulnik, Kirby McInerney Bid For Lead In Bitcoin Suit
    01/28/2020 | Law360

    Kirby McInerney filed a motion for interim lead counsel in the recently consolidated case in the Southern District of New York, highlighting the firm’s in-depth pre-filing investigation of market participants in consultation with experienced experts.

  • Quartet of Bitcoin Manipulation Cases Consolidated in SDNY
    01/27/2020 | Law360

    The Southern District of New York consolidated a case brought by Kirby McInerney and three others that all concern the manipulation of Bitcoin prices by cryptocurrency companies, costing investors hundreds of billions of dollars. 

  • Kirby McInerney Settles Moody’s Captive Fraud Case
    01/09/2020 | Captive International

    Moody’s has reached a settlement with New York-based law firm Kirby McInerney after it was accused of underpaying New York State and New York City business taxes between 2002 and 2014. Moody’s is alleged to have mischaracterised its income as premiums to its captive, Moody’s Assurance Company (MAC).

  • Tips for Japanese Companies When Responding to Discovery
    01/01/2020 | Kigyo Gaikyo

    Christopher Studebaker, Partner, and Yasuo Inada, Foreign Attorney, co-authored this article that provides a brief overview of discovery under federal law and outlines steps that the legal/IT departments in Japanese companies should undertake to ensure compliance with federal discovery obligations both before and during litigation.  The article is published (in Japanese) in a Japanese newspaper.

  • Recent Trends in U.S. Securities Litigation– ADR Litigation Risk
    Part II: ADR Cases Involving Japanese Companies
    11/06/2019 | Business Lawyers

    Christopher Studebaker, Partner, and Sawa Nagano, Of Counsel, co-authored this article discussing recent trends in ADR issuances and post-Morrison cases involving ADRs.  The article is published (in Japanese) in a leading Japanese legal news service.

  • Recent Trends in U.S. Securities Litigation– ADR Litigation Risk
    Part I: Overview of ADRs and Risks Related to Japanese Companies
    10/30/2019 | Business Lawyers

    Christopher Studebaker, Partner, and Sawa Nagano, Of Counsel, co-authored this article discussing recent trends in ADR issuances and post-Morrison cases involving ADRs.  The article is published (in Japanese) in a leading Japanese legal news service.

  • Firms Want $2M In Fees For Quantum Accounting Settlement
    10/11/2019 | Law360

    Kirby McInerney and Glancy Prongay & Murray asked a California federal court Thursday for roughly $2 million in fees for their efforts securing a tentative $8 million from data storage company Quantum Corp. to resolve a shareholder lawsuit over its accounting practices.

  • Treasure hunter helps companies, residents recover ‘lost’ money
    09/16/2019 | Crain’s New York Business

    Kirby McInerney Partner Randall Fox represents a whistleblower client in a case against JPMorgan Chase alleging that Chase held $60 million worth of unclaimed assets longer than it should have, depriving the state of about $12 million in interest income over roughly two years.

  • Kirby McInerney Achieves 3rd Circuit Victory Reviving State-Law Fraud Claims in Merck Opt-Outs
    09/12/2019 | Law360

    The Third Circuit on Thursday revived fraud claims brought under state law by investors that opted out of class actions involving Merck & Co. Inc.’s statements about cholesterol drugs. 

  • JPMorgan Must Defend Claim It Saved Millions on Abandoned Assets
    09/03/2019 | Bloomberg Law

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. could be on the hook for millions in unpaid interest and penalties for delaying transfers of unclaimed property to the state of New York following a first-of-a-kind state court ruling.

  • Cattle Price-Fixing Cases Consolidated in Minnesota
    07/11/2019 | Law360

    A Minnesota federal court ruled Wednesday that some of the country’s largest meatpacking companies, including Tyson and Cargill, will now face consolidated allegations of colluding to drive down prices of cattle used for beef production.

  • Philly And Citibank Resolve Libor-Rigging Claims in MDL
    06/26/2019 | Law360

    Up next on Judge Buchwald’s docket is the distribution agreement of $182 million worth of deals the exchange-based plaintiffs struck with Bank of America, Barclays, Citibank, Deutsche Bank, HSBC and JP Morgan.

  • Schwab, Investors Ask 2nd Circ. To Revive Libor Claims
    05/24/2019 | Law360

    Charles Schwab Corp. and investors in financial instruments tied to the London Interbank Offered Rate on Friday urged the Second Circuit to reinstate claims against a slew of banks over their alleged manipulation of the benchmark, arguing they have proper antitrust standing and that the litigation belongs in U.S. federal courts.

  • Citi, JPM Get Nod For $182.5M Euribor Settlement Payout
    05/17/2019 | Law360

    A Manhattan federal judge on Friday approved a $182.5 million settlement between JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup and investors who accuse the two megabanks of rigging a key euro rate, signing off also on a roughly $36 million haul for plaintiffs’ firms that brought the antitrust class action.

  • Class-action lawsuit seeks damages for county ‘discriminatory conduct’ in tax assesment
    02/20/2019 | The Island Now

    Three Nassau residents have filed a class-action lawsuit against the county on behalf of non-white property owners who they contend were forced to bear the property tax burden of wealthier, white communities due to county policies beginning in 2010.  Kirby McInerney represents the plaintiffs.

  • Sprint To Pay NY $330M In Tax FCA Case, $63M For Tipster
    12/21/2018 | Law360

    Mobile giant Sprint Corp. will pay $330 million to resolve a New York False Claims Act suit that accused the company of shirking $100 million in state taxes, with almost $63 million of that sum going to a whistleblower, the state attorney general said Friday.

  • Spa Castle to fork over $2.5 million: AG
    08/30/2018 | Queens Chronicle

    Settling with the state, Spa Castle is going to pay $2.5 million in civil damages and criminal restitution over a tax fraud scheme, New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood and Acting Department of Taxation and Finance Commissioner Nonie Manion announced last Thursday.  “This is a case where tax cheaters would have stayed under the radar had it not been for a brave whistleblower reporting on the fraud,” Randall Fox of Kirby McInerney LLP, one of the two attorneys who represented the source.

  • 3rd Circuit rules banks can’t push clients out of FINRA arbitration, breaks with 2nd, 9th
    08/08/2018 | Reuters

    Kirby McInerney Partner Mark Strauss is quoted in this article about the Third Circuit’s recent decision that banks can’t push clients out of FINRA arbitration.

  • JP Morgan Can’t Duck FINRA Arbitration, 3rd Circuit Says
    08/07/2018 | Law360

    A Third Circuit panel ruled Tuesday that J.P. Morgan Securities must arbitrate a Pennsylvania health system’s claims over several pre-2008 auction rate securities offerings, finding the system hadn’t waived its right to arbitration before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority by signing on to agreements with clauses pegging New York’s Southern District as the forum for any disputes.

  • The Erosion of American Pipe Tolling
    06/26/2018 | Law360

    Kirby McInerney Partner Meghan Summers authored an article published in Law360 about the erosion of American Pipe tolling of the statute of limitations.

  • Tax Qui Tams Reach Maturity
    03/07/2018 | Bloomberg Tax

    Thanks to 2010 amendments to New York’s False Claims Act, whistleblowers can receive incentive awards of 15 to 30 percent of the government's recovery for bringing actions — called “qui tam” actions — on behalf of the government to help recover tax monies lost by fraud.

  • Cigarette Kickbacks are Burning Small Distributors
    02/26/2018 | New York Post

    The suit was filed last week in Brooklyn state court by several small New York distributors of cigarettes and other candy store items — Amsterdam Tobacco, Donohue Candy, Kingston Candy, Mountain Candy and Sunrise Candy — claiming that bigger out-of-state distributors for years have been allegedly giving kickbacks to stores that buy cigarettes from them.

  • Small cigarette wholesales accuse large companies of violating state tax laws
    02/07/2018 |

    A lawsuit filed this week accuses five of the state’s largest tobacco wholesalers of giving secret rebates to customers to drive down competition as part of an alleged scheme which may have violated state laws that set minimum prices on cigarettes.

  • FCA Memo No Proof Of New DOJ Direction On Dismissals
    01/25/2018 | Law360

    A recently leaked memo setting out circumstances for when U.S. Department of Justice attorneys should use its rarely invoked authority to ask for “meritless” qui tam False Claims Act cases to be dismissed could foreshadow a more aggressive DOJ approach to dismissals, but proof will only come from seeing its future actions, attorneys said.

  • U.S. Company Settles Whistleblower Lawsuit, Pays for Importer’s Customs Fraud
    01/15/2018 | Global Trade Magazine

    Kirby McInerney Partner Mark Strauss authored this article on a whistleblower lawsuit involving customs fraud.  Federal prosecutors in New York recently announced the settlement of a remarkable lawsuit relating to a scheme to evade import duties.  The case involved an importer’s undervaluation of apparel to pay less duties than were really owed.

  • Tax Nonfilers Face Potential Liability Under New York FCA
    12/21/2017 | Law360

    A recent, little-noticed decision in the New York Supreme Court has confirmed that the tax provisions of New York’s False Claims Act apply not only to persons and companies that cheat on the tax returns they submit, but also to those who knowingly skirt their obligations by entirely failing to file any New York Tax returns.

  • FCA Cases Protect Claims by Relying on NY’s Favorable Pleading Standard
    08/16/2017 | New York Law Journal

    Fraud-related claims usually must be pled with particularity. But in a little-noticed provision at the end of New York’s False Claims Act, Sec.192(1-a), the New York legislature provided for a lower pleading hurdle when asserting violations of New York’s FCA in state court.

  • Trade Enforcement under Trump Likely to Involve Expanded Use of U.S. Whistleblower Statute
    07/25/2017 | Supply and Demand Chain Executive

    Kirby McInerney Partner Mark Strauss published an article in Supply and Demand Chain Executive regarding the use of U.S. Whistleblower laws under the current administration.

  • Expect Increased Use of Whistleblower Law Under Trump
    07/03/2017 | Global Trade Magazine

    Kirby McInerney Partner Mark Strauss authored the attached editorial for Global Trade Magazine regarding whistleblower law under the current administration.

  • 6 Years of Tax Qui Tams in New York
    06/06/2016 | TaxAnalysts

    In this viewpoint, Fox looks back at six years of New York tax enforcement through qui tam lawsuits. He concludes that the abuses predicted by opponents of the law have failed to materialize and that the statute, which allows tax recovery suits by private citizens, appears to have generated a good return on the investment. The full article is reproduced with permission of TaxAnalysts and is accessible on KM’s website.

  • Qui Tam Plaintiffs’ Bar Expects Increase in New York Whistle-Blower Cases
    12/29/2015 | Bloomberg BNA

    Bloomberg BNA quoted Kirby McInerney partner Randall M. Fox, former New York Attorney General Bureau Chief, in an article addressing a high profile whistle-blower tax case against Sprint Nextel Corp. for the company’s alleged failure to collect and pay sales taxes on flat-rate calling plans, and why the plaintiffs’ bar expects more of these types of cases to be filed.

  • Tax Fraud and the FCA: 4 Takeaways From NY’s Sprint Ruling
    11/03/2015 | Law360

    Kirby McInerney Partner Randall Fox published an article in Law360 discussing a whistleblower False Claims Act case against Sprint Corp. for failing to collect and pay more than $100 million in New York state and local sales taxes on its flat-rate monthly cell phone charges.

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