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Hammer Films’ Frankenstein and the Monster of Corruption in Brazil

Today we celebrate the initial two Hammer Films Frankenstein entries into the horror pantheon. These classic films, from the 1950s, were the The Curse of Frankenstein and The Revenge of Frankenstein. In both films Peter...more

Drone Law Enacted as Part of North Carolina Budget Bill

On Saturday, August 2, the North Carolina General Assembly gave final approval to the Appropriations Act of 2014. The 260-page budget bill—which is now on the Governor’s desk—contains several pages governing the use and...more

Pin the Blame on the Corporate Officer: Senators Introduce Hide No Harm Act

Three Senate Democrats recently introduced a bill that seeks to hold company executives of a product maker or seller criminally liable for knowingly "failing to inform and warn of serious dangers" associated with a product....more

Africa Update - July 2014

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from...more

The European Commission Unveils its First EU Anti-Corruption Report, Highlighting the Continuing Risk of Corruption in EU Member...

On February 3, 2014, the European Commission published its first Anti-Corruption Report (the “Report”). The Report covers all types of corruption, including political corruption, bribery of public officials, and private or...more

Executives: The Organization’s Gifts Policy Also Applies to You

Last week the Department of Justice formally charged ex-Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife with illegally soliciting and accepting lavish gifts and entertainment as well as loans from the (now former) CEO of Star...more

Restored to the Notice Paper

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon, who was first elected to the Senate on the back of an anti-poker machine campaign, has accused the Coalition Government of being captive to vested interests in the pokies industry. Senator...more

U.S. Senators Debate Toughening Cartel Penalties

On November 14, 2013, members of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights heard arguments regarding the effectiveness of current cartel prosecution and...more

New Brazilian Legislation Addresses Bribery By Corporate Entities

Bill Provides Important Incentives for Corporate Compliance Programs - The millions of Brazilians protesting in recent weeks in cities and towns across Brazil have brought important and far-reaching corruption reform...more

Corruption In Italy

Italy is a popular destination for tourists and those seeking connection with their Italian roots. (I confess—I married a beautiful and wonderful woman from Sicily, so I am a little biased). ...more

Competitive “(Dis)advantage” And Extraterritoriality Of Anti-Bribery Laws

I was recently interviewed by Branislav Hock, a Research Master in Law Tilburg University in The Netherlands in connection with his graduate studies. Bribery, including its various forms such as political contributions or...more

Perennial Legislative Bloomers

Certain issues come up year after year in the Legislature in the form of unsuccessful proposed bills, with the consistency and reliability of perennial blooms. Some come remarkably close to becoming law. Former State...more

Congress Drafts Compounding Legislation -- Defines Compounded Drugs as "New Drugs" Under the FFDCA and Creates Bright Line Between...

In the wake of the New England Compounding Center meningitis outbreak, the federal government has actively pushed for greater legislative oversight over compounding pharmacies. On April 26, 2013, the U.S. Senate Committee on...more

Will Connecticut's New Gun Restrictions Affect You?

Connecticut’s new firearms legislation will have a broad impact. The state made history this past week when Governor Dannel Malloy signed into effect one of the most restrictive gun laws in the United States. Public Act...more

Democratic Lawmakers Push Regulators For Independent Foreclosure Review Details

On March 25, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) sent a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry challenging the regulators’ response...more

New Nevada Bill Would Allow for Interstate Gaming Compacts

A bill has been introduced in the Nevada General Assembly, on behalf of the state’s State Gaming Control Board, that would allow for the state governor to enter into interstate gaming compacts with other states. This...more

N.J. Again Passes Online-Poker Bill; Decision Now in Governor’s Hands

New Jersey could soon become the third state to legalize online gaming within its borders. Its State Senate on December 20, 2012, voted 33-3 to legalize online poker in the state. The General Assembly had previously approved...more

Don't Fear The Reefer: Legalization of Marijuana To Have Little Effect on WA Employers

On November 6, 2012, Washington became a national trailblazer when voters approved a state initiative legalizing the recreational use of marijuana (Colorado passed a similar law the same day). As of December 6, 2012, it will...more

Gaming Legal News - November 8, 2012 • Volume 5, Number 24: The Aftermath Of The U.S. 2012 Election: Is Federal I-Poker...

The final verse has been written for the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election. That verse reads simply as a surprising status quo from the last two years: Barack Obama retains his job in the White House and Congress remains...more

Should the Justice Department Prosecute More Individuals?

The drumbeat of criticism continues – companies pay huge fines for illegal behavior and no individuals are prosecuted for criminal offenses. The political left and right are there to criticize every prosecutorial decision. ...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - August 2012

In This Issue: - 01 California Congressman Introduces Make It In America Act “To Bring Good Manufacturing Jobs Back To America” - 02 The United States Challenges China’s Auto Case At The WTO - 02 Pratt &...more

Whalen: Libor Is A Collusive Price Set By Collusive Banks [Video]

July 12 (Bloomberg Law) -- Chris Whalen, senior managing director at Tangent Capital Partners, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about the recent controversy surrounding Barclay's settlement with regulators over...more

Abacus Bank's Lawyer: Fannie Mae Earned $120M Profit From Us [Video]

June 20 (Bloomberg Law) -- Kevin Puvalowski, a partner at Sheppard Mullin representing New York's Abacus Bank, claims federal mortgage lender Fannie Mae made $120 million in profits from the bank at the same time that the...more

Environmental Crime Risks

Chief compliance officers have enough on their plate without having to worry about another risk. The Obama Administration came into power promising to increase enforcement of environmental laws and regulations. On the civil...more

UK Bribery Act – There's a New Constable in Town

Directorship of the UK Serious Fraud Office ("SFO") passed this month to David Green QC. Mr. Green joins the SFO from private practice, where he was a barrister specializing in serious crime. He also previously served as the...more

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