Thursday, March 3, 2011
The opening panel of this morning discussed some recent white collar cases: Karatz (alleged options backing); WebMD (alleged financial statement fraud), and Petters (alleged Ponzi scheme). Ronald J. Nessim was listed as moderating this panel, but Vince Marella filled in for him. Particularly interesting were the remarks of John Lauro, who talked about how a group of defendants stuck together for a long time - and the importance of this for the case. Both he and John Keker discussed the initial corporate investigation in their cases and how the companies did not conduct it with a purpose to demonize their clients, although in one instance the later relationship might not have been as amicable.
In the Petters case, the prosecutor explained how the case came to light and how quickly it moved forward. This was contrasted with the WebMD case where there was no discussion with the prosecutors. What was noted in the WebMD case was the importance of having resources to make the case - Lauro said it would not have been possible without resources.
John Lauro explained that one of the biggest challenges for the defense was the discovery. He also explained how a Daubert challenge allowed them to educate the judge about the case.
I only wish I could have stayed to listen to more of this fascinating presentation - but off to a meeting for my panel on ethics.
(esp)(blogging from San Diego)