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Gulliver’s Travels, Truth or Fiction?

There was once a man named Gulliver who traveled widely and wrote a book about his adventures called Gulliver’s Tales. During his first voyage, Gulliver is washed ashore after a shipwreck and finds himself a prisoner of a...more

MD&A Lessons Learned from Broadwind Energy

On February 5, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Broadwind Energy, Inc. (Broadwind), its former Chief Executive Officer and its Chief Financial Officer for accounting and disclosure violations that, as the...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Conviction of Haitian Telecommunications Executive for Role in a Bribery Scheme

In a case against the recipient of bribes paid in a scheme by executives of US companies to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed the conviction...more

Gary Owens, Laugh-In and Accountability in Your Compliance Program

If you were alive at all during the 1960s, you will recall that one of the cultural phenomenon’s was NBC’s television show Laugh-In. It was brought to you from the NBC studios in beautiful downtown Burbank and featured one...more

What Price Love?

Apparently, about $1 million if you are the CEO of Johnson Controls, Inc. At least, that is one possible takeaway from the action of the board of directors of Johnson Controls with respect to the behavior of its CEO, Alex...more

Bone-headed Moves on the Football Field and Idiotic Statements About Corruption

That football truism (allegedly) came from former Texas Longhorn head coach Darrell Royal. While he intoned it in a different era, Pete Carroll and his Seattle Seahawks proved it still to be valid in the most recent Super...more

C-Suite – Changing Tack on the Sea of Data Breach?

The country awoke to what seems to be a common occurrence now: another corporation struck by a massive data breach. This time it was Anthem, the country’s second largest health insurer, in a breach initially estimated to...more

Channeling Jimmy Fallon into my Law Practice

When I asked my daughter what she wanted for her sixteenth birthday, she responded, “to see Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show live.” How hard could it be to make that wish come true? Short answer: very. ...more

Of Broken Leases and ‘Broken Windows’

On Dec. 3, 2014, the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission brought an enforcement action against two former top executives of Assisted Living Concepts LLC, a large provider of senior living...more

"Insights Focus: Key Observations for Directors and Senior Executives"

Although Insights is intended to cover a wide range of issues, there are a number of topics we believe will be of particular interest to directors and senior corporate executives. Below is an introduction to these topics and...more

Inside M&A - Winter 2015

Recent U.S. Cases Highlight Liability Risks to Executives in Mining, Heavy Industrial Transactions - Historically, corporate executives rarely faced personal or criminal liability resulting from mining or environmental...more

Earnings Call Practices: How Does Your Company Compare to Others?

Results from the 2014 Earnings Call Practices Survey conducted by the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), a professional association of corporate officers and investor relations consultants, confirm that an...more

RICO Indictment of NECC Executives for Acts of Second-Degree Murder

An Unprecedented Approach to Regulatory Violations - In December 2014, the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts obtained a sweeping indictment that charges business executives of the New England...more

Recorded Conversations with In-House Counsel Permitted as Evidence in FCPA Trial

Earlier this month, a federal judge in New Jersey held that a secretly recorded conversation between a former chief executive officer and his general counsel may be used by prosecutors as evidence against the former executive...more

Department Of Justice Emphasizes Expectation That Corporations Cooperate In The Prosecution Of Company Executives

The Justice Department continues to send the strong signal that it is looking to charge senior executives of companies. At a conference this week in London, senior Justice Department official Deputy Assistant Attorney General...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC named ratings giant Standard & Poor’s in three actions this week and one of its senior executives in another. The firm settled all three actions, admitting to a series of facts but not violations of the law in one...more

2015 Trends: #7 Crime and Punishment

On the accountability and punishment front, three trends bear watching: 1) Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) DPAs and Non-Prosecution Agreements (NPAs) allow prosecutors to require corporate reforms and...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 122-with Matt Kelly on Alstom, Avon and Petrobras [Video]

In this episode, Compliance Week Editor-in-Chief Matt Kelly and I discuss the Avon and Alstom FCPA enforcement actions and then take a look at the ongoing Petrobras corruption scandal and what it means for Brazil. ...more

Alstom Guilty Plea Sends Strong Message that DOJ Has Harsh View of Inadequate Internal Controls and Failure to Fully Cooperate

On December 22, 2014, French power and transportation company Alstom S.A. (“Alstom”) pleaded guilty to violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and agreed to pay $772.29 million, the largest criminal fine ever...more

CFTC Allows Swap Dealer’s CCO to Report to the Governing Body

On November 25, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued a no-action letter permitting the chief compliance officer (CCO) of a provisionally registered...more

USCIS Seeks Feedback on RFE Template for Multinational Executive and Manager Category

In April 2010, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) launched its Request for Evidence (RFE) Project, an initiative to review and revise the agency’s Service Center RFE templates. Since then, USCIS has published...more

CFTC Staff Issues CCO Annual Report Advisory and Related No-Action Relief

On December 22, 2014, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (“DSIO”) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) issued an Advisory providing guidance regarding the contents of chief compliance...more

Reconciling Sales Strategy With FCPA Compliance

When Ethical Boardroom asked me to contribute an article on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and international sales strategies, I thought it might be interesting to include an organisational change dimension in...more

Two company directors jailed 25 days after worker dies, no safety training provided

Rarely are senior corporate officials jailed for health and safety offences in Canada.  But recently, two company directors of an importer and retailer of furniture and accessories, were jailed for 25 days after a worker died...more

A Manager's New Year's Resolutions

One of the annual goals of every good CEO, manager or supervisor should be to reduce the company's exposure to employment litigation. The cost of state or federal litigation keeps going up, and just one employee lawsuit can...more

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