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Supreme Court 2016-17 Recap

The politics surrounding the appointment of a new justice to the U.S. Supreme Court dominated the news cycle during the 2016-17 term, but the Court’s decisions themselves have been far from controversial. As the term draws to...more

New Fed Policy Eliminates Ability of Settlement Options to Include Payments to Non-Party NGOs

by Snell & Wilmer on

On June 7, 2017, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum to all Department of Justice (DOJ) components and 94 United States Attorney’s Offices prohibiting them from entering into any agreement on...more

A Look at Trump's First Wave of United States Attorney Nominations

On June 12, 2017, President Donald Trump made his first nominations of prospective United States Attorneys...more

AG Sessions seeks repeal of Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Since the new Presidential administration took office late last year, the cannabis industry has received a mixed set of signals from this administration as to how it will treat the growing cannabis industry in relation to the...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 56

by Thomas Fox on

This week, Jay and I have a wide-ranging discussion on some of the week’s top compliance related stories. We discuss: 1. The Kokesh case at the US Supreme Court is significant for SEC enforcement of the FCPA around profit...more

SEC and U.S. Attorney’s Office Continue Their Pursuit of Criminal Actions Against Purveyors of “Political Intelligence”

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On May 24, 2017, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) launched their latest criminal and civil salvos against prohibited insider trading by...more

Proposed Legislation Would Combat Terrorist Financing, Money Laundering

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

- Proposed legislation targets current gaps in U.S. financial crime law and enforcement - Bi-partisan Senate legislation would likely expand compliance obligations for banks and others in financial services industry -...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 41, Reality Winner and Internal Controls

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into the weeds around the story of Reality Winner, the leaking of the NSA report of Russian hacking of the US Presidential campaign and election. We tie it to internal...more

Interpreting the renewed Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment: A loophole for enforcement?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In 2013, the U.S. federal government shut down while federal legislators debated about various political issues of the year. However, during that debate, an amendment was added to the final spending bill that stated as...more

Til Death Do Us Part – Second Circuit Vacates Deceased Former New York State Senator’s Criminal Fine and Special Assessment under...

In United States v. Libous, 15-3979 (2nd Cir. May 30, 2017) (Katzmann, Winter, Stein), the Second Circuit vacated the jury conviction of former New York State Senator Thomas W. Libous’ and remanded the case to the district...more

New Criminal and SEC Charges Signal Aggressive Enforcement of Insider Trading Liability for Disclosure of Political Intelligence

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On May 24, 2017, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (“SDNY”) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced insider trading charges relating to a scheme in which a federal...more

Trending Wonkology: What is 'Special Counsel'?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Special Counsel - Definition: A person appointed by the U.S. Attorney General, or their designee, in cases where an internal investigation may present a conflict of interest or when it may be in the public interest....more

Special Counsels in U.S. Government

by Bryan Cave on

Appointments of "special counsels" in the United States government are historically very rare and only called upon to investigate politically complicated matters, but they have been in the news lately as Deputy Attorney...more

Understanding Special Counsel Mueller’s Authorization

by Michael Volkov on

Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein’s appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller last week was a blockbuster development in the investigation of the administration....more

North Carolina Legislative Update - May, 2017 #3

by Brooks Pierce on

This week at the General Assembly the Senate focused on moving legislation through committees while House Budget leaders focused on the budget bill (S 257). House leaders have indicated they hope to hold votes on the budget...more

Everything Compliance-Episode 11, the first 100 Days of the Trump Administration, Part II

by Thomas Fox on

In this second of a two-part series, we conclude the panel’s discussion of the first 100 days of the Trump administration as it relates to compliance. This episode concludes with the panelists’ rants. 1. Matt Kelly opens...more

Tax Round Up - May 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Budget and Finance Bill - General Election – Finance Bill (No.2) 2017 Curtailed - The Finance (No.2) Bill received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017, becoming the Finance Act 2017. However, as a result of Theresa May...more

Bill 202: New Alberta Tort for Non-Consensual Distribution of Intimate Images

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Alberta joins those provinces and the Federal government who have enacted protection for intimate images to provide a legal framework to protect those who have such images wrongfully distributed....more

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Since mid-2000s investigation of Siemens, and the resulting $800 million penalty for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the FCPA has been an enforcement priority of the U.S. Government. Although a dip in...more

Everything Compliance-Episode 10, the first 100 Days of the Trump Administration-Part I

by Thomas Fox on

This episode is the first of a two-part series of podcasts dedicated to the chaotic (at best) first 100 days of the Trump administration as it related to compliance. This episode includes Jonathan Armstrong and Jay Rosen. The...more

Blockchain Week in Review – April 2017 #3

by Perkins Coie on

Below is a summary of some of the significant legal and regulatory actions that occurred over the past week. This alert is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all such developments, but rather a selection of...more

AG Jeff Sessions Left Compliance Officers with More Questions than Answers … and an Invitation

by NAVEX Global on

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was a keynote speaker at the 2017 Ethics & Compliance Initiative’s Annual Conference last week. Whatever your politics are, it was important that we hear from him on his priorities for...more

What Should the Medical Marijuana Industry Prepare For If the New Rider Is Not in the Next Appropriations Bill in September?

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

The House Appropriations Committee released the 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill on May 1 as part of the fiscal year. Congress decided to continue the 2015 rider[1] that prohibits the Department of Justice from spending funds...more

Red Notice Newsletter - April 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Former Magyar Telekom Executives Settle Bribery Charges – On April 24, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that two former executives of Magyar Telekom, a...more

Labour and Employment Alert: Taking the High Road: the Federal Framework and Preparing for the Legalization of Marijuana

by Field Law on

On April 13, 2017, the federal government tabled two new cannabis related bills before Parliament, Bill C-45: An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts...more

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