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Executive Sentenced to 8 Years over Kickbacks Highlights Internal Fraud Threats

Compensation of at least $14 million apparently wasn't enough for the former executive of a national specialty retailer recently sentenced to eight years in prison. Instead, he garnered an additional $25 million in kickbacks…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Labor & Employment Law, Business Torts

Tips for Managing and Disclosing Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of interest arise in any relationship where a duty of care or trust exists between two or more parties. For financial services companies the identification and management of conflicts of interest must be a core…more
| Finance & Banking

17 Red Flags for Potential International-Sanctions Violations

Recent events in Ukraine and the Middle East have expanded sanctions placed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) against certain foreign financial institutions and individuals. This…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Unpaid Interns Suing for Back Wages Part of Growing Trend

The question of whether employers should pay interns remains a difficult one. While in some fields it is traditional to hire college students and recent graduates as unpaid interns, this can become a costly mistake if a…more
| Labor & Employment Law

10 Tips for Handling Religious-Accommodation Requests

Despite workplace diversity and inclusion initiatives, religious discrimination complaints continue to be an issue for employers. This makes it more important than ever for organizations to be prepared to respond to…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

6 Tips for Preventing Employee Abuse of the Family and Medical Leave Act

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows eligible employees to take time off for certain serious health conditions, or to care for a spouse, parent or child with a serious illness or injury. While most FMLA leave is…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Hospital Operator Pays $98 Million to Settle False Claims Act Lawsuits

A large operator of acute-care hospitals reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to resolve multiple whistleblower lawsuits, which alleged the company knowingly defrauded government healthcare systems by…more
| Civil Remedies, Labor & Employment Law, Health

Mishandling Medical Records Turns Into an $800,000 HIPAA-Compliance Mistake

A non-profit healthcare company agreed to pay $800,000 as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for allegedly mishandling 71 boxes of medical records in violation of the privacy rule of…more
| Privacy, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology, Nonprofit Law

Investment Firm Fined $15 Million for Cherry Picking and Soft Dollar Schemes

An investment firm's plan to defraud clients out of $10.9 million landed it a $15 million penalty from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). On top of the penalty, the firm must disgorge — or give up the profits…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Workplace-Diversity Data Continues To Drive Awareness in Silicon Valley

The technology industry has been criticized in recent years for its lack of diversity in its mostly male workforce as advocates call on companies to be more transparent with their demographic information. Apple Inc. is one of…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

EEOC Sues Employer for Forcing “Onionhead” Religious Practices on Workers

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently sued a health network, alleging that the company fired employees who refused to participate in activities that the federal agency claimed were religious practices…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

California Court Dismisses CMIA Claim Based on Possession of Stolen Medical Data

A health organization narrowly averted paying a potential $4 billion in damages under the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA) for losing the medical records of more than 4 million patients. Plaintiffs…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Privacy, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Proposed FERPA Update Would Strengthen Student Data Privacy

On July 30, 2014, two U.S. senators introduced the Protecting Student Privacy Act, which would update the sections of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) that deal with protecting the privacy of students'…more
| Education, Privacy

Dodd-Frank Splits Courts on Granting Whistleblower Protections

As more claimants take advantage of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) whistleblower program created under the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, courts have increasingly been called upon to decipher the law's provisions…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Anti-Corruption Enforcement Targets Financial Service Industry

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently made enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) a top priority, second only to terrorism. While an overall increase in enforcement puts all industries on alert, the…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade
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