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Feds Open The Gates and Seize the Domain Names

Does the federal government have the right to seize a domain name without notice? With growing frequency, the feds have seized the domain names of thousands of websites for alleged criminal wrongdoing. The latest example is...more

Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - April 2016

Welcome to Dorsey & Whitney’s monthly Anti-Corruption Digest. In this digest, we draw together news of enforcement activity throughout the world and aim to reduce your information overload. Our London, Minneapolis, New York...more

Is the DOJ’s New FCPA Pilot Program an Offer You Can’t Refuse?

Earlier this month, Assistant US Attorney Leslie Caldwell announced that the US Department of Justice’s Criminal Division Fraud Section will try to entice companies to self-report potential FCPA issues. The DOJ included...more

Supreme Court To Resolve Circuit Split Over Bank Fraud Statute

On Monday April 25, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in United States v. Shaw, a closely watched case out of the Ninth Circuit addressing the bank fraud statute, 18 U.S.C. § 1344. That statute has two subsections,...more

The Panama Effect: UK Government accelerates proposals to criminalise failure to prevent tax evasion

10 considerations for professionals and corporates worldwide in advance of the new law. Overview - In a move widely seen as a response to the so-called “Panama Papers” revelations, the UK Government has enhanced...more

For Theranos, Life is Not All Rainbows and Unicorns: Government Conducting Criminal and Civil Investigations of Blood-Testing...

In a memorandum released on April 18, 2016, the private blood-testing company Theranos – once valued at over $9 billion – announced that it is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the...more

FireEye report shows PoS attacks have compromised more than 20 million cards

FireEye recently issued a report that indicates that bank card data of over 20 million individuals has been compromised since 2014. According to the report, point of sale attacks that have affected the retail and hospitality...more

A transatlantic consideration of recent developments in corporate self-reporting

More carrot, less stick? On 5 April 2016, the Fraud Section of the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Criminal Division issued an Enforcement Plan and Guidance (the DOJ Guidance), setting out the steps that it is taking to...more

Shakespeare Week – Part III: Much Ado About Nothing and Incorporation of Social Media into Your Compliance Program

How does Shakespeare portend social media in the 21st century? I would submit that one only need look at Much Ado About Nothing to see how it should all play out. As with all Shakespeare’s plays there is quite a bit going on...more

Federal FCPA Pilot Program Encourages Self-Disclosure and Cooperation

“Voluntary self-disclosure of criminality,” “full cooperation” and “timely and appropriate remediation” in connection with violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) are the main ingredients in the recipe for...more

Consultant Pleads Guilty to FCPA Charges Before Trial

On April 20, the DOJ announced that Dmitrij Harder, the former owner and president of two Pennsylvania consulting companies pleaded guilty to violations of the FCPA. Mr. Harder pleaded guilty to two counts of violating the...more

The DOJ’s Self-Disclosure Program Is Not Even Half the Story

Lots of people are talking about the DOJ’s new self-disclosure pilot program, but it was only the last of three steps announced in the DOJ’s Fraud Section FCPA Enforcement Plan and Guidance. One of them has the potential to...more

Electrical contractor fined $537,500 after death of resident from faulty electrical work

An electrical contractor has been hit with a huge fine after its faulty electrical work led to a resident’s death. The contractor had installed an in-floor heating system in the bathroom of a home. The resident, an...more

Florida Law Mandates Police Body Camera Policies—Then Lets Agencies Fend for Themselves

Police body cameras are the hot new item on the procurement “wish lists” of law enforcement agencies at all levels of government. Following well-publicized police encounters with citizens throughout the United States,...more

As Panama Papers Illustrates, IRS Discovery of Undisclosed Assets Just a Matter of Time

As the recent leak of the "Panama Papers" reminded the world, some secrets don't keep well, particularly those related to undisclosed foreign assets. And once a person's identity is disclosed as a holder of undisclosed...more

French Anti-Corruption Reform Expected In 2016

France to introduce significant changes affecting large companies and top management, to improve current anti-bribery system. The French Parliament is expected to enact “Sapin II” on transparency, anti-corruption and...more

Expectations of Privacy: Location Matters

Sometimes law enforcement needs a warrant to access cellphone data, sometimes a court order. Sometimes nothing is required. Roaming while you roam. Depending on where you use your cell phone, law enforcement may...more

Mike Duffy Acquittal Sheds Light on Criminal Code Corruption Offences

Last week’s acquittal of Senator Mike Duffy on fraud, corruption and bribery offences shows Ontario courts will not find “corrupt” intent lightly. The decision underscores the importance of subjective criminal intent in...more

Forex Investment Scheme Results in Criminal Charges

Investment fund fraud and Ponzi schemes have become a staple of SEC enforcement. The investment fraud schemes often cross from securities into other areas such as the currency markets. In such instances either the CFTC or the...more

Second Circuit To Determine Whether Artful Pleading Can Extend FCPA Jurisdiction

Prosecutors in the District of Connecticut have appealed a district court’s ruling that conspiracy and aiding and abetting charges cannot be used to extend the FCPA’s jurisdictional reach. The FCPA has three...more

FINRA Targets AML Programs and “Culture of Compliance” as 2016 Enforcement Priority, Particularly for High-Risk Broker/Dealers

Under Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) authorization, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) is “responsible for regulating (1) all securities firms that do business with the public[,]” (2) key stock...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2016 #4

Environmental and Policy Focus - Three Michigan state and local officials face first criminal charges in Flint water crisis - The Guardian - Apr 20 - Three state and local officials involved in Flint’s water...more

Are Changes in Store for the Stored Communications Act?

Last week saw action on two fronts regarding the Stored Communications Act (SCA) – the US federal statute regulating government searches of online accounts in criminal investigations. In Congress, a proposal to reform the SCA...more

Compliance 2.0: DOJ Pushes the Compliance Agenda

The FCPA Paparazzi have a thick head and a stubborn chin. They just do not understand the significance of Compliance 2.0 to corporate governance and they blindly adhere to simplistic, yet unexplained, solutions to complex...more

European Banking Authority Opinion on Customer Due Diligence for Asylum Seekers

The European Banking Authority published an Opinion on the application of customer due diligence measures to customers who are asylum seekers from higher-risk third countries or territories. The Opinion, addressed to national...more

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