2008 Archives

Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference

August 11-15, 2008 Marriot Hotel, Chicago Illinois

Mr. Philip H. Hilder appeared on a panel before a conference of Federal Judges and Practitioners regarding White Collar Crime 101 for the Civil Practitioner.

Panelist: CLE: White Collar Practice for the Business Lawyer and In-house Counsel

July 31-August 1, 2008 South Texas College of Law Houston, Texas

Mr. Philip H. Hilder was invited to be a panelist on the sub-prime markets and theories of liability.

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OSHA to fine Imperial Sugar $8.7M in deadly blast

Published: Jul 25, 2008 AP Online

Graham H. Graham, Imperial’s Vice President for Operations, is on the witness list and will testify about “dangerous dust conditions that he witnessed” at the Georgia plant before the explosion, according to the lawmaker chairing the hearing. Graham’s attorney, Philip Hilder, confirmed that he plans to testify before the Senate, but declined to give details.

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US hard line over risk of flight keeps Stanford hands tied

Published: July 11, 2008 Financial Times FT.com UK

Sir Allen Stanford, who is accused of operating a $7bn Ponzi scheme, has spent the past three weeks handcuffed, shackled and confined to a cell at a detention centre 48 miles north of Houston, Texas. While awaiting trial on charges ranging from securities fraud to bribery, Sir Allen, sporting a bright orange suit, has only been allowed to speak to visitors – including his attorneys – through a protective glass barrier, under the watchful eyes of prison wardens. The court could yet determine conditions that would permit Sir Allen’s release, other lawyers said, including restricting his movements to one county and forcing him to wear an electronic monitoring device. But Philip Hilder, who represented Enron whistleblower Sherron Watkins, said: “Unfortunately for him, it’s a very high-profile case, and the government has taken a hardline stance.”

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Reports: Little or no exit training for Sugar Workers

Published: July 10, 2000 Trading Markets.com

Imperial Sugar Co. failed to show many workers at its local plant how to escape during a fire prior to a 2008 tragedy that killed 14 people and injured many more, federal interview reports indicate. At least 20 of the dead and injured in the Feb. 8 incident suffered severe burns. Information on the lack of escape-route training came during interviews with workers conducted by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration after the explosions and fire at the Port Wentworth refinery. Graham Graham has testified that there was no evacuation plan or working fire alarm at Port Wentworth or at Gramercy when the local refinery blew up. Graham, a former Imperial vice president, is a key witness in lawsuits against the company and the OSHA case. His attorney, Philip Hilder, said Graham has no additional comment.

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Countrywide whistleblower reports “liar loans”

Aired Tuesday July 1, 2008 Nightly News with Brian Williams

Zachary’s attorney, Philip Hilder, says his investigation shows the practices his client alleges were not necessarily confined to the Texas region, but may have been systemic. He dismisses Countrywide’s claim that they have investigated Zachary’s allegations.

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Panelist: The ABA Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime

March 5-7, 2008 Miamu Marriott Biscayne Bay Miami, Florida

Mr. Philip H. Hilder was a panelist on: Security Enforcement: Trends, Frenzies
and Crimes De Jour. The panel addressed developments and trends in criminal securities enforcement including stock options, enforcement investigations, and policies regarding securities enforcement.

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