Will the Supreme Court limit civil forfeiture?

This week, the United States Supreme Court decided to take up a case involving the constitutionality of civil forfeiture laws. “Civil forfeiture” occurs when law enforcement seizes the property of a person suspected of committing a crime, even if that person is never arrested or charged with a crime. While some argue that civil forfeiture…

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New IRS Policy on Returning Money from “Structuring” Violations

The federal government recently changed its policy for seizing money for alleged “structuring violations” when that money was deposited by otherwise innocent individuals and business owners. “Structuring” refers to the act of intentionally making cash deposits in an amount not more than $10,000 to avoid the federal currency reporting requirements. Our firm has represented several…

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“Operation Pilluted” is Another Example of DEA Excess in Alleged “Pill Mill” Cases

The DEA just announced that law enforcement officers have arrested hundreds of people, including 22 doctors and pharmacists, in connection with “Operation Pilluted.” This DEA investigation targeted alleged “pill mills” where physicians were supposedly over-prescribing pain medication including Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax. Although the DEA and Department of Justice have been prosecuting…

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