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Cooperation, Leniency, Internal Investigations, Self-Incrimination, Privilege and All That Jazz

I recently attended a Fraud Conference in Miami where I heard a French lawyer insisting that since he was a defence advocate, his job was to defend his clients against fraud allegations, not to prosecute them. Instead of...more

Marijuana Regulations Growing Like Weeds in California

Although California legalized medical marijuana in 1996, cities have differed widely in their response to medical marijuana dispensaries. Recently, Newport Beach joined Huntington Beach, Laguna Hills, Anaheim and Rancho Santa...more

Expanding Scope of Federal Wiretapping Powers

USA Today’s front-page headline, above the fold, on November 12, 2015 read, “Massive Wire-tapping Operation in L.A.” The secondary headline read, “Drug Agents Intercept More Than 2 Million Conversations in USA.” ...more

UK Executives Acquitted of Charges in Respect of Alleged Redundancy Consultation Breaches

As reported in a previous Onpoint three former directors of the collapsed parcel delivery firm City Link have been prosecuted relating to their failure to notify the Secretary of State of the redundancies which resulted from...more

When are Supervisors Liable for the Actions of Subordinates in Federal Civil Rights and Police Liability Cases?

In Federal civil rights actions under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, supervisors are frequently named as defendants, even in circumstances were the supervisor was not directly involved or did not even have knowledge of the actions of the...more

Yet Another Revision of the Justice Department’s Requirements for Corporations to Obtain Cooperation Credit in Criminal...

On September 9, 2015, Justice Department Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates issued a memorandum titled “Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing.” The “Yates Memo,” as it has become known, outlined six specific...more

Reality Check: Fantasy Sports Sites Facing Serious New Challenges

Fantasy sports, especially Daily fantasy sports (“DFS”), are big business in the United States. Two DFS sites in particular, FanDuel and DraftKings, are the most dominant players in this industry (they control 95% of the DFS...more

Lab tech indicted for identity theft

A lab tech working at a Las Vegas pediatric cardiology practice has been indicted on one count of illegal use and disclosure of patient health information and one count of aggravated identity theft. The lab tech had...more

Yates on Yates Memo

On Monday, November 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates spoke at the American Bankers Association and American Bar Association Money Laundering Enforcement Conference in...more

Pizza franchisee jailed for wage violations

Most employers know that failing to pay minimum wage or overtime pay to their employees can lead to serious consequences. When employees file lawsuits claiming unpaid overtime wages, they can bring in their co-workers,...more

DOJ revises USAM "Filip Factors" – focus on prosecuting individuals, cooperation credit, privilege and coordination

Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates has announced revisions to the United States Attorneys’ Manual (USAM), with particular emphasis on Title 9, Chapter 28, “Principles of Federal Prosecution of Business...more

Justice Department Updates United States Attorneys' Manual to Emphasize Priority on Prosecuting Individuals in Corporate Criminal...

On November 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice revised the United States Attorneys’ Manual (USAM) to align the principles by which federal government prosecutors investigate and prosecute criminal cases involving...more

Corruption Risk and Prosecution are Real and They are not Going Away

On November 11, the The Wall Street Journal ran a story with a fairly provocative headline: "U.S. Justice Department Makes Radical Shift on Foreign Bribery Enforcement." Whether DOJ is making a radical shift or not, corporate...more

DOJ, SEC Change “Cooperation Credit” Process, Add Resources to Fight Corruption

During recent speeches Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and SEC Enforcement Division head Andrew Ceresney announced changes to the processes the DOJ and the SEC will use to decide if a company will receive “cooperation...more

DOJ’s New Compliance Expert Brings Private Practice Insights to the Role

DOJ’s new compliance expert brings private practice insights to the department. The Fraud Section of the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced earlier this month that it has hired Hui Chen as its “full-time compliance...more

Collective redundancies – can directors of financially distressed companies breathe a sigh of relief?

In October we issued an article on the criminal charges that had been brought against the former directors of City Link Limited (in administration) for their failure to notify the Secretary of State of proposals for...more

Corporate Officers Charged Personally for Export Violations

A South Carolina company, Streit USA Armoring LLC (“Streit USA”), along with two of its executive officers and its UAE affiliates, were charged with export control violations in connection with the sale of armored vehicles to...more

CBP Studies Use of Body-Worn Cameras in Certain Circumstances

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) is expanding its camera review, including the possibility of integrating new body-worn camera testing into law enforcement operations such as checkpoints, vessel boarding and...more

The Crown Wraps Up Chocolate Case

Earlier today, the Crown stayed charges against Nestlé Canada Inc. and one of the company’s former executives, in the long-standing prosecution of Canadian chocolate manufacturers under section 45 of the Competition Act. This...more

Deciphering the Regulators’ Statements: Fish & Richardson’s Outlook on Securities Regulation and Enforcement for Year-End 2015 and...

In a series of statements over the last several weeks, the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission have sought to clarify the government’s current securities regulation objectives and to provide an...more

How Does an Antitrust Compliance Program Meet DOJ Standards? For the First Time, the DOJ Explains

For the first time, the Department of Justice has described what makes a company-imposed antitrust compliance pro­gram effective enough to earn a recommended lowering of the antitrust fine under the Unit­ed States Sentencing...more

California Updates Privacy Rights with the Electronic Communications Privacy Act

Starting on New Years Day 2016, a new law will prohibit California law enforcement agencies from compelling California residents and businesses to turn over metadata or electronic communications (e.g., texts, emails,...more

New UK Regime to Strengthen Senior Management Accountability

On 7 March 2016, two new regulatory regimes governing the accountability of senior managers will take effect—the Senior Managers and Certification Regime will cover the banking sector, and the Senior Insurance Managers Regime...more

A New FCPA Policy May Be Coming, but Questions Remain

Just a week after the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) introduced its new Compliance Counsel, and just a month after the DOJ issued the “Yates memo,” it is now being reported that the DOJ is considering a new policy that...more

New York Sacks Daily Fantasy Sports; Gives Pass to Traditional Fantasy Sports

The New York attorney general issued a cease and desist order to a number of daily fantasy sports (DFS) operators alleging that DFS constitutes illegal gambling under NY state law. According to the AG’s interpretation, DFS...more

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