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EU Parliament Approves Legislation for Data-Protection Reform

On March 12, 2014, the European Parliament approved a data-protection reform bill that would, among other things, increase the maximum fine for violating the EU's data-protection laws to €100 million or 5 percent of the...more

3/31/2014 - Data Protection EU EU Data Protection Laws

Health Insurer Fined Unprecedented $6.8 Million for HIPAA Violations

Federal fines for violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) may not exceed $1.5 million per incident per year. That's already a big number to think about — but employers also need to...more

3/14/2014 - Breach Notification Rule Cybersecurity Data Breach Fines HIPAA HITECH Insurers Medicare Sanctions

Supreme Court: SOX Whistleblower Protections Cover Private Contractors of Public Companies

In Lawson v. FMR, decided March 4, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court greatly expanded the scope of whistleblower protections under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) by extending the Act’s reach to employees of private firms that...more

3/6/2014 - Fidelity Investments FMR LLC Lawson v FMR Sarbanes-Oxley SCOTUS Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Study: Companies Often Don't Perform Due Diligence on Third-Party Agents

Third parties create a wide array of corruption risks for companies operating in the modern business environment. As a result, it is imperative for a company to learn as much as possible about all agents, consultants,...more

2/26/2014 - Due Diligence Third-Party Agents Third-Party Risk

UK Boosts Anti-Corruption Enforcement Efforts

The UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is launching an investigation into whether claims of corruption by a former Rolls-Royce employee have any merit. Among the allegations is the assertion that Rolls-Royce gave Tommy Suharto,...more

2/14/2014 - Anti-Corruption Enforcement Actions SFO UK

7 Tips for Complying with the Conflict Minerals Rule

With the recent publication of Form SD, the disclosure form that all companies subject to the Conflict Minerals Rule must file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), it is a good time to brush up on the Rule’s...more

2/10/2014 - Compliance Conflict Mineral Rules Form SD SEC Supply Chain

7 Tips For Responding to Title IX Complaints

In 2014, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will continue to ramp up its Title IX enforcement efforts. Accordingly, universities should carefully review their anti-discrimination and anti-harassment...more

1/20/2014 - Discrimination Enforcement Actions Harassment OCR Sexual Assault Sexual Harassment Title IX

Jury Convicts Former Hedge-Fund Manager of Insider Trading

After deliberating for just a single day on December 18, a federal jury found Michael Steinberg, a former SAC Capital portfolio manager, guilty on one count of conspiracy and four counts of insider trading. This case marked...more

12/30/2013 - Convictions Criminal Conspiracy Insider Trading Portfolio Managers SAC Capital

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