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Monthly Archives: July 2018

White Collar Crimes: What are the Benefits of Conducting an Internal Investigation?

White Collar Criminal Defense By Binnall Law Group - 2018/07/31 at 08:21pm

If you are currently under investigation by a government agency, or if you are simply concerned that you (or an employee/agent) might have committed a regulatory violation that could expose your organization to criminal liability, then it’s important to get in touch with an experienced Alexandria white collar defense attorney for further guidance.  Qualified white collar criminal defense attorneys will work with you to conduct an internal investigation and identify potential violations. Many businesses don’t fully understand the value of performing an internal investigation — after all, the internal investigation may be seen as an “extra” expense and effort that […]

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Detrimental Reliance and Compensation Without a Valid Contract

Business and Commercial Disputes By Binnall Law Group - 2018/07/27 at 08:14pm

Individuals and businesses are frequently unaware of their rights under the law.  Misinformation in the contract dispute context is quite common — after all, many mistakenly believe that contracts are automatically invalid unless they are written.  Similarly misunderstood is the fact that certain non-contractual promises are enforceable against the promisor (i.e., the party that made the promise at issue), pursuant to the doctrine of detrimental reliance. What is Detrimental Reliance? Detrimental reliance occurs when a party is reasonably induced to rely on a promise made by another party.  In many states, a detrimental reliance claim is actionable if the reliance […]

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Corporate Cooperation and the Joint Defense Privilege

White Collar Criminal Defense By Binnall Law Group - 2018/07/25 at 08:11pm

In the context of white collar criminal defense, there has — generally speaking — been a fundamental tension between employees and their employers.  After all, when government agencies begin to investigate the potential wrongdoing of a business entity (and the employees therein), conflicts of interest naturally arise. An employee, for example, may be suspected of committing fraud while working for their business employer.  If the employee acted alone and without the knowledge of their employer, then no tension exists — it is perfectly reasonable for the employer to engage with prosecutors separately, and to leave the employee on their own to […]

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The Interests of Employers and Employees Are Not Always Aligned

White Collar Criminal Defense By Binnall Law Group - 2018/07/20 at 08:07pm

When businesses are being investigated for white collar criminal activity, they generally make an attempt to control information leaks, to identify system failures that may have given rise to compliance issues, and to cooperate with certain employees in the organization who may have knowledge of the activities at-issue, whether direct or indirect.  If you are an employee at a business that is currently being investigated for white collar criminal activity, or has been charged with such crimes, then it’s important that you consult with a qualified attorney to serve as your independent counsel through litigation — though your employer may […]

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