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FLIR FCPA Action Highlights: Continued Focus on Penalizing Improper Expenditures for Government Officials

FLIR Systems, Inc. (“FLIR”), a publicly traded company based in Oregon, agreed to pay approximately $9.5 million to settle allegations of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) on April 8, 2015. The U.S....more

SEC Message to Government Contractors: Don't Limit Whistleblowing

On April 1, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) settled its first enforcement action against a company for violating whistleblower protections by including restrictive language in confidentiality agreements used in...more

Reed Smith's Government Contracts Weekly Rundown - April 2015

Here is a rundown of last week’s top developments related to government contracts to get you back on track and ready for this week....more

SEC Enforcement Action Puts Publicly-Traded Contractors’ Internal Investigation Policies in the Crosshairs

KBR, Inc., has agreed to pay a civil money penalty of $130,000 to settle allegations by the Securities and Exchange Commission that KBR violated the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Specifically, the...more

SEC Brings Its Sixth Insider Trading Action As An Administrative Proceeding Since September

The SEC is clearly bringing more cases as administrative proceedings. To be sure, many of its “broken windows” actions are brought in that forum. At the same time, it is brining other cases which are traditionally brought as...more

The Whistleblower Era

It has taken a long time but the status of whistleblowers has reached an all time high. Whistleblowers can expect even more encouragement and protections in the future. ...more

SEC Adopts New Disclosure Rules For Extractive Industries

On August 22, 2012, the SEC adopted rules mandated by Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which added a new section Section 13(q) to the Exchange Act....more

Lessons Learned for the SEC from the False Claims Act and Whistleblowers

If you want to see how the SEC’s whistleblower program may look in a few years, all you need to do is take a look at the False Claims Act and the role that whistleblowers play in the enforcement of the...more

MSRB Cautions Underwriters Against Providing Bondholder Consents -- Client Alert February 2012

On February 7, 2012, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (“MSRB”) issued for public comment draft interpretive Notice No. 2012- 04 (the “Notice”). The Notice provides an interpretation of...more

California to Require its Contractors to Comply with SEC Conflict Minerals Reporting Obligations

On September 16, 2011, the California Legislature passed SB 861,[1] a law that requires public companies contracting with the State of California to ensure that their supply chains are free of “conflict minerals” sourced from...more

Bill Aims To Add Bite To Federal Conflict Minerals Disclosure Requirement

Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act added a new Section 13(p) to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Section 13(p) requires the SEC to promulgate disclosure and reporting regulations regarding the use of conflict minerals...more

New California Lobbyist Legislation Regulates Private Fund Sponsors and Placement Agents

Recent California legislation dramatically expands the regulation of private fund sponsors and placement agents. Both outside placement agents and certain employees of investment managers who solicit investments from CalPERS...more

Innospec Agrees to Pay $40.2 Million for Global Corruption Settlement

On March 18, 2010, specialty fuel and chemical manufacturer Innospec Inc., with principal offices in the United States and the United Kingdom, agreed to pay $40.2 million to resolve global corruption claims by the Department...more

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