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White-Collar to Blue-Collar in One Day

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two notable decisions on the same day. One was a civil white-collar case, the other a criminal drug-trafficking case, and in both cases, the Court reversed the lower-court ruling on appeal. In the civil case, the Court imposed a five-year statute of limitations on SEC cases that seek to disgorge profits. That’s Read More

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Back to Basics, Again

Speaking of the U.S. Supreme Court, we shouldn’t have to rely on the country’s highest court to decide some questions correctly. But we do. This week, the Court issued a friendly reminder about the presumption of innocence. If you’re convicted of a crime, but your conviction is overturned on appeal, and there won’t be a retrial, the government has to return Read More

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When It Rains, It Pours

Here’s another case that blurs the line between civil and criminal laws. It started as a civil dispute between a homeowner and contractor. The homeowner hired the contractor to paint her house and install ten windows. Six months later, he had painted her house and installed eight-and-a-half windows, but no one was happy. He wanted $8,000 more to finish the work, Read More

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