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New Pennsylvania Bill Makes Spousal Abuse Victims’ Divorce Process Easier

Recently, Governor Wolf signed a bill into law giving spousal abuse victims in Pennsylvania additional rights when pursuing a divorce. This law will become effective in the middle of June 2016. It has been said that, “this...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - April 2016 #4

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - House of Representatives approves bill requiring warrants for email searches - It was a productive week on the Hill, as the House passed the Email...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

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

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

New Business Opportunities in Iran! Who Will Be Your Banker? Non-U.S. Banks Hesitant to Process Lawful Iran Transactions…and for...

- Sanctions relief presents new business opportunities with Iran - Most U.S. companies are still prohibited from Iran business, but the U.S. government is encouraging lawful business by non-U.S. companies - The...more

The Supreme Court - April 2016

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in two cases on April 4, 2016: - Evenwel v. Abbott, No. 14-940: In this legislative redistricting case, certain voters brought a challenge to the redistricting in...more

SC Public Policy Update - April 2016

What's New - SENATE - The Senate took furlough this week and did not meet in statewide session. The Senate will reconvene Tuesday, April 5th, at noon....more

Committee OK's Bill to Address Suicide Among Correction Officers and Prisoners

Here’s a thumbs-up to the legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. Last week, the committee rightly gave a favorable report to a bill, SB 1284, mandating a study of how to keep prisoners and...more

Path to recreational cannabis narrowing in California

Many advocates for cannabis reform laws in California believe that 2016 is the year that recreational cannabis will become legal in the state. As many as 60 state initiatives have been authorized to move forward and circulate...more

FinCrimes Update - February 2016 Summary, Volume 4, Issue 2

OCC AND FINCEN ASSESS CIVIL MONEY PENALTIES AGAINST FLORIDA-BASED WEALTH MANAGEMENT FIRM FOR BSA VIOLATIONS - On February 25, the OCC, in coordination with FinCEN, announced that it took action against a Florida-based...more

Sharper Teeth For Sanctions Enforcement?

The current UK sanctions enforcement regime is a complicated web reflecting the requirements of UN Security Council Regulations, EU Regulations, and UK Primary and Secondary Legislation. Penalties for breaches of sanctions...more

UK Financial Sanctions Enforcement – New Powers and Tougher Sentences

The UK Government put a package of proposals to Parliament in February to increase both the type and the potential severity of consequences for persons and companies who breach EU financial sanctions. If approved, these...more

China Proposes Revisions to Laws on Commercial Bribery

On February 25, 2016, China's State Council released proposed draft amendments to the anti-bribery provisions of China's Anti-Unfair Competition Law ("AUCL"), a broad –ranging law with provisions on commercial bribery as well...more

Impact of the 2016 Elections on Government Investigations

The results of the 2016 elections will no doubt shape policymaking in a wide range of areas across the Federal government. The impact on government investigations should be far less direct if the system works as it should....more

A "French Bribery (and Sunshine) Act" is about to be launched - a legal revolution is underway in France

France has been for a long time lagging behind on the field of anti-corruption laws. In 2012, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development raised serious concerns regarding the lack of bribery convictions in...more

Catching up on developments posted on the blog

Some quick updates on stories I have been following: SENTENCING FOR DEADLY PAIN-MEDS DOC: An Orange County, CA., physician has been sentenced to 30 years to life imprisonment. She was convicted of murder for her...more

U.S. Regulators Disagree On Government Access To Encrypted Information

On January 25, 2016, at the State of the Net Internet Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell from the Department of Justice and Commissioner Terrell McSweeny from the Federal Trade...more

Spies, Hacking & Civil Liberties in the UK

In late 2015, Theresa May, the UK Home Secretary introduced the Investigatory Powers Bill (the “Bill”). Mrs May stated that the Bill was introduced to ensure that surveillance laws are “modern, fit for purpose and can...more

Supreme Court Agrees to Review Definition of “Official Act” in McDonnell Appeal

Late last week the United States Supreme Court agreed to take up former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s appeal from his 2014 conviction in a widely followed public corruption prosecution. The outcome of this appeal could...more

Cash for Scalps: Governor Cuomo Announces New Round of Grants for Tax Prosecutions

Last week, Governor Cuomo announced the latest round of grants to district attorneys’ offices in 29 New York State counties under the Crimes Against Revenue Program (also known as “CARP”). The program provides substantial...more

Africa Update - January 2016 #2

Leading the News - Burundi - On January 12th, the Burundian Justice Ministry indicated the verdict on the trial of former Defense Minister Cyrille Ndayirukiye and 27 others accused of plotting the failed coup...more

False Claims Act: 2015 Year-in-Review

In 2015, the Justice Department (DOJ) continued to give high priority to False Claims Act (FCA) investigations, bringing in nearly $3.6 billion in settlements and judgments. More than 630 qui tam suits were filed. DOJ's...more

Online Terrorism Reporting Act Revived In Light Of San Bernardino Shootings

Within hours after a pair of shooters killed fourteen people in San Bernardino, California, reports emerged that one of the perpetrators had sworn allegiance to ISIS immediately before the attack. In the week following,...more

New Police Procedures Laws for Illinois Municipalities

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed Public Act 99-352 into law on Aug. 12, 2015, amending several Illinois statutes concerning local police operations and procedures. The law takes effect on January 1, 2016. Several aspects of...more

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