In the words of F. Scott Fitzgerald, "Show me a hero and I'll write you a tragedy." When the hero of the day is a company's compliance program, it's almost a surefire bet that that a tragedy is being written. But at the same...more
On April 9, 2015, the United States Sentencing Commission voted to approve changes to §2B1.1 of the sentencing guidelines. The changes will take effect on Nov. 1, 2015, unless Congress objects. If they go into effect, these...more
In Formal Opinion No. 2015-192, the California State Bar Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct addressed the difficult choices faced by lawyers who are ethically required to seek leave to withdraw from...more
Recent corporate scandals have made effective and honest corporate governance the chief priority for every company. Proactive and incisive white collar defense counsel in this area is a must. Reacting swiftly to serious...more
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently adopted a more defense-friendly position on criminal prosecutions under a commonly used federal charging statute, Section 1001. This statute makes it a crime to "knowingly and...more
U.S. government contractors and subcontractors may need to comply with two new federal procurement rules proposed by the Obama administration to prevent the use of forced labor.
Affected companies should review and...more
On September 27, 2012, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 2492 (AB 2492), which amends the California False Claims Act (CFCA). These amendments closely align the CFCA with the federal False Claims Act (FFCA)....more