Not Guilty Verdict for U.S. Government Employee with U.S. 8th Army: Announcement

We are proud to announce that, today, we received a not guilty verdict at the Seoul Central District Court for a crime concerning the trafficking in contraband into Korea.  The Korean prosecution requested, in the matter, a three-year jail sentence for the defendant.  The defendant, a former U.S. senior NCO and, now, U.S. government official working with the 8th Army was found not guilty by a three-judge panel. Last week,

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Good Criminal Lawyers in Korea Obtain Non-Guilty Verdicts

We are proud to announce that we received a not guilty verdict for a U.S. service member in an appeal of a conviction at the first trial court.  We did not handle the case at the case of first instance. Please when ever you consider hiring an attorney, in Korea, it is best to retain an attorney that, formerly, was a retired judge and will actually work on your case

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Sentences Lower for the Wealthier in Korea – According to Recent Study

The Korea Herald reported on an interesting study regarding sentencing differentials between, inter alia, those that embezzled lower sums of money to those that embezzled greater sums of money.   The study was commissioned by the Supreme Public Prosecutors Office.  I have not taken a look at the study, but will in the near future. The impression by many, in Korea, is that the most noteworthy cases of embezzlement and bribery

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Captain of Korean Ferry Receives 36 Year Jail Sentence: Likely Life Sentence for Elderly Captain

The prosecution has requested the death penalty based on a charge of murder.  The captain was found not guilty of the murder charge and guilty of the charge of grossly negligent homicide in the death of 304 passengers. We will be reviewing the decision and will post more details in the near future. I am happy to see that the court did not make a mere political decision.  The facts,

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Weekly Korean Legal News From International Law Firm – IPG Legal for the Week of July 28, 2014

Weekly Korean Legal News From International Law Firm – IPG Legal for the Week of July 28, 2014Korean Legal News Reported by the Media on the Week of July 28, 2014 IMC may blacklist Korean builders over collusion Prosecutors continue probe into ferry owner’s driver Foreign workers upset by severance pay formula Restructuring urgent for big Korean companies Relocation of USFK Headquarters to Go Ahead Most Recent Posts from the

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Weekly Korean Legal News From International Law Firm – IPG Legal for the Week of July 21, 2014

Weekly Korean Legal News From International Law Firm – IPG Legal for the Week of July 21, 2014Korean Legal News Reported by the Media on the Week of July 21, 2014 South Korea Plans $40 Billion Stimulus to Tackle Weakening Growth Seoul to push tax on corporate cash reserves U.S. Chamber of Commerce chief urges FTA implemantation Workers in Their 60s Outnumber 20-Somethings Mortgage deregulation raises concerns Most Recent Posts

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Weekly Korean Legal News From International Law Firm – IPG Legal for the Week of July 14, 2014

Weekly Korean Legal News From International Law Firm – IPG Legal For the Week of July 14, 2014.Korean Legal News Reported by the Media on the Week of July 14, 2014 LG outpaces Samsung in UHD TV panel market in May: data Hana Bank set for merger with KEB Economists Doubt Korea Can Return to Solid Growth Line to Be Listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange Korea ranks third in e-trade

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Korean Fugitives on the Run: Getting more Difficult with Change of Law

Korea, last May, changed it law to allow the statute of limitation on crimes not to toll for fugitives.  Before the law change,if a defendant was not sentenced, the statute of limitation could toll (expire), thus, the defendant could avoid a conviction based on the tolling of the statute of limitation. For example, if a person is being questioned for a crime with a ten year statute of limitation, prior

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Weekly Korean Legal News From International Law Firm – IPG Legal for the Week of June 9, 2014

Weekly Korean Legal News From International Law Firm – IPG Legal for the week of June 9, 2014 Korean Legal News Reported by the Media on the Week of June 9, 2014 Global game makers oppose addiction bill ‘Korean firms should pay more attention to privacy’ Criminal justice in Korea: Interrogations and appointed attorneys< Criminal breach of duty (bae-im) under Korean law Law expert re-elected as judge on UN sea

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Defamation Law Under Korean Law

As an attorney educated in the United States, one of the greatest differences I’ve noticed between the Korean and American legal systems is in the area of defamation. Back in the US, the extent to which speech can be curbed by the law is tempered by First Amendment protections.  US law protects truthful statements and even false statements, when in the form of parody, hyperbole, or not with malice etc.

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Adultery in Korea: Suspended Sentences Under Korean Law

News of the Korean authorities having blocked adultering spouse hook-up site “Ashley Madison” has been getting a lot of attention this month.  Citing moral issues, the Korean government blocked internet users from accessing the site from Korea.  Those that are more tech savvy can, obviously, get around this block. The Republic of Korea is one of the few countries in the industrialized world where adultery is a criminal offense and

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Required Traits of a Great Criminal Lawyer in Korea: Hiring a Defense Lawyer in South Korea

There are few great criminal lawyers working in Korea, because of the nature of the Korean criminal justice system and other realities. In Korea, in all cases, where you are accused of a crime and you fear that you may be sentenced to time in a Korean jail, may be deported from Korea or the Korean conviction may harm your future – hire, quickly, an experienced and proactive attorney in

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Public Defenders in Korea: 77.6% of Defendants Satisfied with Public Defenders

The prosecutor office, recently, conducted a survey of defendants and found that 77.6% of defendants were “satisfied” with their public defender.  The survey, only, polled 134 suspects and, only, for a five week period.  It would be interesting to see how many of the suspects plead innocent.  I would assume most of these defendants plead guilty, thus, the role of the public defender was not as significant of a role

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Executive Compensation Necessary to be Publicly Disclosed in Korea: Korean Commercial Law

Until a recent amendment to the Korean Commercial Code, the compensation of executives in listed companies was not required to be disclosed to shareholders.   Most developed economies require this disclosure. The prior law, only, required the total compensation for all directors to be disclosed to shareholders. The new rule, which comes into effect on November 29, 2013, requires that all registered directors of companies annual compensation be disclosed if

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Criminal Convictions Finally Leading to Prison Sentences for Chaebol Leaders

Chey Jae-Won, younger brother of Chey Tae-Won (the former chairman of SK Group that was convicted of embezzling USD 43 million and sentenced to four years in prison earlier this year) just had his acquittal overturned last week by the Seoul High Court.  Jae-Won had, until now, managed to avoid experiencing the same fate as his older brother by convincing the Court that he had little to do with his

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Ministry of National Defense Abolishes Entertainment Soldiers

The majority of Korean men have to serve two years in the Korean military.  Refusal to serve or attempting to avoid service, typically, leads to a jail sentence.   The situation, in the past, was a little less burdensome for the rich, connected and for entertainers (singers, actors etc.).  The situation is changing.  Many of rich and connected that have attempted to avoid military service have been prosecuted and now entertainers

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Korean Unions Turning Violent Again: Solution is Jail

Labor competition from Korea’s Asian neighbors is leading to Korea becoming a less than favorable place for international and Korean manufacturers.  The Korean unions make the situation more dire. China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and other Asian countries are, in many cases, able to produce products that are of an equal quality to Korean products when the operations are managed by skilled management.  Korea, however, in many cases has a technological

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Korea Legal News for the Week of June 16, 2013

This Week’s Korean Legal News Reported by Media North Korea says surveillance leaks prove U.S. is “kingpin” of rights abuse Mark Zuckerberg Went To Korea To Ask Samsung To Make A Facebook Phone And Samsung Said No Korea completes price talks in Thai Flood Prevention Project After FTA, EU exports fall S.Korean shipper STX Pan Ocean seeks protection from US creditors Korea toughens sex crimes law Korea should address its

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Korea Enforcing Laws: Seoul Police Arrests Union Leader

The head of the Ssangyong Motors union has been arrested and detained by the Seoul Metropolitan Police Department for setting up tents for union protestors in the front of a heavily touristed downtime palace.  The arrest was obtained via a court detention warrant. The Seoul City, during past demonstrations, has been crippled by demonstrators hellbent on disrupting the lives of fellow citizens.  Protests have even lead to the burning of

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How to Protect your Brands, Trademarks and other IP in the Korean Market in 10 Not So Easy Steps

I just participated as a panelist for the United States Commercial Service Trade Winds-Asia Seminar for U.S. companies considering investing and/or exporting to Korea, China, the Philippines, Japan and Taiwan.  The Seminar brought together over 150 U.S. investors and exporters of products and services.  The U.S. Commercial Service did a wonderful job bringing together some of the leading experts on doing business in Korea.  I was impressed.  At the event,

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