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Prom, Graduation and the Dangers of Under-Aged Drinking. Who is Liable?

It’s the season for proms and graduation parties, which means increased underage drinking and serious safety concerns. What many adults do not know, is that they can be found liable when a teen consumes alcohol on their...more

How Have the Courts Dealt with Prop 47?

There’s continuing debate about whether California’s Proposition 47, which decriminalized certain felonies, is responsible for a rise in crimes. But what’s not up for debate is that Prop 47 has been expanded and challenged in...more

Tackling Tax Evasion: New UK Strict Liability Corporate Criminal Offences

To engage businesses in the fight against tax evasion and dovetail with ongoing efforts to tackle corruption both nationally and internationally, the UK Government has committed to introduce a corporate offence of failing to...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

OIG Issues Revised Policy Statement Regarding Permissive Exclusion

On April 18, 2016, the Office of Inspector General of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (“OIG”) issued a revised policy statement containing the new criteria that OIG intends to use in implementing its...more

Oxford, Alabama, City Council Adopts Ordinance Restricting Access to Bathroom Facilities Based on Biological Sex

The City Council of Oxford, Alabama, has enacted an ordinance regulating the utilization of bathroom or changing facilities within the City of Oxford, Alabama, making it unlawful for a person to use a bathroom or changing...more

Four Takeaways from the ABA Antitrust Section's 2016 Spring Meeting

Antitrust practitioners, enforcers and industry professionals came together in Washington, D.C. for the 64th installment of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law's annual Spring Meeting. The Spring Meeting provides a look at the...more

Foreign Financial Institutions Beware: United States Expands Economic Sanctions Against Hizballah

Effective April 16, 2016, the United States will implement sanctions pursuant to the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015. The new sanctions target Hizballah (or Hezbollah) and non-U.S. persons who support...more

DOJ's New FCPA Guidance and Pilot Program

On April 5, 2016, in an effort to bolster FCPA Compliance, the Department of Justice issued its "Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement Plan and Guidance" identifying the following three steps to enhance its FCPA...more

DOJ Attempts to Encourage Corporate Self-Disclosures With the Announcement of a One-Year FCPA Pilot Program

Pursuing a classic “carrot and stick” approach to incentivizing corporate self-disclosure of FCPA violations and individual wrongdoing connected to FCPA violations, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Fraud Section announced a...more

Are Your Company’s Legal, Due-Diligence, De-risking, or Compliance Obligations Impacted by the “Panama Papers”?

In an unprecedented event earlier this week, 11.5 million files from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca were allegedly leaked. Assuming they are genuine, as appears to be the case, these “Panama Papers” offer a...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

Overhaul of the Australian Foreign Investment Rules: A Summary

If you are conducting a transaction with a foreign person or you are a foreign person investing in Australia, you need to be aware of changes to Australia's foreign investment regime. With effect from 1 December 2015,...more

A Good Reminder: State and Federal Wildlife Laws Have Severe Penalties for Harm to Endangered Species

Welcome to the New Year! I have decided to declare 2016 to be the year of the endangered species. Why? We ended 2015 with a bang by seeing how serious the take prohibition in the California Fish and Game Code can be for fully...more

Alert: Top 10 Antitrust Developments and Trends to Watch in 2016

Attention in the US during 2016 will be on the presidential campaign, and the election in November will bring a change in the "antitrust guard" at the top of the DOJ and FTC – even if a Democrat wins – that will drive the...more

Contractor to Pay $3 Million for Alleged Use of Noncompliant Materials

The recent case highlights the importance of complying with domestic preference requirements in government contracts. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced that Novum Structures LLC (Novum) will pay $3...more

UK Supreme Court clarifies the law on penalties Cavendish Square Holding BC v Talal El Makdessi [2015] UKSC 67

The UK Supreme Court has recently clarified the English (and Scottish) law on penalties in the (joint) appeals in Cavendish Square Holding BV v Talal El Makdessi (“Cavendish”) and ParkingEye Ltd v Beavis [2015] UKSC 67...more

Enhanced Criminal Prosecutions of Worker Safety Violations – Employers Beware

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Labor (DOL) announced last week an expansion of its worker endangerment initiative to address worker safety violations through the use of enhanced criminal fines and...more

Revised Capital Markets Act: Amendments to Regulatory and Criminal Enforcement Provisions

The recently released revised consultation draft of the Capital Markets Act (CMA) for the proposed Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System (Cooperative System) includes changes to the proposed rules around regulatory...more

Regulatory Update: It's OK to Agree: The High Court of Australia Endorses Agreed Civil Penalties

Regulators and businesses can once again make joint submissions to the court proposing agreed penalties in civil penalty proceedings, after the High Court of Australia unanimously reversed a Full Federal Court decision that...more

Directors in the Twilight Zone: Administ(rate) With Caution

The recent criminal charges being brought against the former directors of City Link Limited (in administration) are a timely reminder for insolvency practitioners and directors to be mindful of their employment law...more

Commerce Department Survey of Financial Services Transactions with Foreign Persons Due November 1, 2015

The Commerce Department’s BE-180 Survey of Financial Services Transactions is a mandatory benchmark survey conducted every five years and administered by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (the “BEA”). Reports are required by...more

Pay Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain: DOJ Memorandum Adds Further Weight to CPSC Enforcement Efforts Against Corporate...

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) recently issued a memorandum to various enforcement agencies. The memorandum, available here, focuses on holding individuals accountable for corporate fraud and misconduct. The...more

IRS Seeks Identities of Americans with Undisclosed Belize Bank Accounts

Americans with secret accounts in Belize should take notice: the government is looking for you. The U.S. Department of Justice on September 15 filed a petition in federal court in Miami seeking permission to issue summonses...more

Fifth Circuit Decision in Citgo Case May Place Limits on Criminal Liability Under Migratory Bird Treaty Act

On September 4, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed convictions of CITGO Petroleum Corporation and CITGO Refining and Chemical Company, L.P. (collectively "Citgo"), and in so doing placed potentially...more

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