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Controversy looms over ECPA amendment in wake of Orlando terrorist attack

After the terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida, early this month, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) has been discussed quite a bit. The ECPA, a law which took effect in 1986, limits the government’s access to...more

Legislative Update

With negotiations on the budget bill (HB 1030) still continuing outside the public view, this week the General Assembly focused on other issues. Tax Proposals; Services Tax Clarifications and New Market Jobs Act - ...more

The Ethics Advisor: Vamos a la Playa!

Fifth in a series by BB&K Partner Ruben Duran for the Southern California Latino Policy Center Newsletter - Summer’s approach often brings thoughts of travel. Whether with family or friends, by train, bus, car or plane,...more

The Supreme Court - June 2016

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in two cases on June 6, 2016: Simmons v. Himmelreich, No. 15-109: Respondent Walter Himmelreich, an inmate at a federal prison, brought two suits against prison...more

“Hacking” Warrants: A Question of Procedure or Substance?

Typically, the process for amending the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure is a sleepy affair. Proposed amendments wend their way through a series of judicial committees and, if approved by the Supreme Court, take effect...more

Physician-Owned Distributor (POD) Update

For some time, we have been reporting on issues involving federal government scrutiny of physician-owned distributors ("PODs"). From the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s ("OIG") issuance...more

New Law Imposes Additional Requirements on NGOs Operating in China

Until recently, there have been few formal regulations regarding the operation of foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in China. While the Chinese government has expressed skepticism and, at times, hostility toward...more

Private Equity and the Och-Ziff Enforcement Action

Since 2010, the Justice Department and the SEC have been “investigating” a number of private equity and hedge funds for FCPA violations. The launch of the inquiries was a big deal with lots of fanfare and focus on private...more

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

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

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