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Spying in the Business Context Almost Obsolete in the Digital Age

Spying in the Business Context Almost Obsolete in the Digital Age

Clients often call us for advice on investigating their employees and competitors.  They really want the benefit of recorded clandestine conversations, of following employees to catch them in the act of meeting with the competition, of an evening ‘stake-out’ to catch the theft and passing of trade secrets.  Some extremely few times, this is merited; most often it is not.  And the way clients often try to do surveillance can be illegal, and even if successful, can produce evidence barred from use in court.

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Tips for Representing Bankers in OCC Investigations

Tips for Representing Bankers in OCC Investigations

Unlike the financial industry scandals of 2008, bank regulators are now increasingly holding institutions and individuals accountable for financial loss.  On January 23, 2020, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) announced it had resolved its administrative action against former Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf wherein he agreed to a lifetime prohibition from the banking industry and $17.5 million-dollar civil money penalty (“CMP”).  Other former senior bank management agreed to pay CMPs in the millions.  On the same day, the OCC issued a notice of charges against five former senior bank executives seeking similar sanctions. 

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Grail Law Firm Wins PA Supreme Court Privacy and Privilege Protections for Mental Health Records

Grail Law Firm Wins PA Supreme Court Privacy and Privilege Protections for Mental Health Records

On November 20, 2019, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled for our client, holding that the client’s inpatient mental health diagnosis and treatment records obtained via subpoena by the Fortieth Investigating Grand Jury (“the Grand Jury”), could not be published in a public Grand Jury Report.  The Court’s decision scored a major victory for confidentiality of mental health treatment records throughout Pennsylvania, and implicitly recognized the existence of a “limited waiver” in certain circumstances.

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Upcoming Event: The First Amendment

Upcoming Event: The First Amendment

Attorney Efrem M. Grail will present on the First Amendment as it pertains to a free press at the McKeesport Community Newsroom, as an initiative of the Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University Center. The Community Newsroom supports citizen journalism and...

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How To Not Become a Victim

How To Not Become a Victim

At least monthly — sometimes weekly — some attorney calls me seeking help for their client(s), whose long-time trusted employee has embezzled from the company; for a business whose systems have been hacked and their customers’ credit card numbers taken; or victimized...

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