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Supreme Court’s Interpretation of “Official Act” Poses New Challenge

The Court’s narrower interpretation of “official act” under the federal bribery statute creates a higher hurdle for federal prosecutors....more

Supreme Court Overturns Former VA Governor’s Conviction Based on Narrowed Federal Bribery Definition

On June 27, 2016, in an 8-0 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed and remanded to the Fourth Circuit the conviction of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell on honest services fraud charges and charges that Governor...more

The Supreme Court did not Condone the Conduct when it Vacated the Virginia Governor’s Conviction for Bribery

“There is no doubt that this case is distasteful; it may be worse than that. But our concern is not with tawdry tales of Ferrari’s, Rolex’s and ball gowns. It is instead with the broader legal implications of the...more

Supreme Court unanimously overturns public corruption conviction of former Virginia Governor: routine political courtesies such...

In a highly anticipated decision, on June 27, 2016, the Supreme Court narrowed the definition of “official acts,” making it substantially more difficult for the Justice Department to prosecute bribery and other public...more

The ICO: A force to be reckoned with

From recent prosecutions it seems that the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is a body to be taken seriously. Not only has it continued to bring enforcement action against organisations for data protection breaches, it...more

Construction Contractor Faces Manslaughter Charge in Worker’s Death

A New York man and two construction companies he owns have been indicted on manslaughter and other charges in the death of an employee who plunged six stories to his death after allegedly being directed to perform work...more

The Supreme Court - June 2016 #7

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases today: McDonnell v. United States, No. 15-474: Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen McDonnell, were federally indicted...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for May 2016

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary...more

Leading a Briber On Isn't the Same as Accepting a Bribe: How Gov. McDonnell Beat His Corruption Rap

The Supreme Court has reversed Gov. Bob McDonnell's conviction for bribery under the Hobbs Act. In ruling his conviction must be set aside, the High Court conceded the case was "distasteful," but unanimously concluded that...more

June 2016: Trial Practice Update

Jury Selection—Batson v. Kentucky Is Alive and Well. Last month the United States Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Foster v. Chatman, 578 U.S. (2016), reaffirming its 30-year-old decision in Batson v....more

Is Counterfeit Currency A Bank Note?

Counterfeiting was once considered to be tantamount to treason. It is still a serious, but not capital, crime. In fact, it is one of only four crimes specifically mentioned in the Constitution. Notably, however, the...more

Supreme Court Update: Mathis V. United States (15-6092), Utah V. Strieff (14-1373), Birchfield V. North Dakota (14-1468) And...

The Court finished up OT15 this morning with decisions in Voisine v. United States (14-10154), holding that a reckless domestic assault qualifies as a "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" under the federal...more

Jury Acquits Former Pharma Exec in One of the First Post-Yates Memo Health Care Fraud Prosecutions

Like many before it, this year has been one to watch in government health care fraud enforcement efforts. In September 2015, the Department of Justice (DOJ) released the “Yates Memo,” which reaffirmed the government’s...more

Supreme Court Decides McDonnell v. United States

On June 27, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States decided McDonnell v. United States, No. 15-474, holding that under the Hobbs Act and federal honest services fraud statute, the “official act” that is exchanged for...more

"Cross-Border Investigations Update - June 2016"

This issue of Skadden’s semiannual Cross-Border Investigations Update takes a look at recent cases and enforcement trends, including proposed amendments to China’s commercial bribery law, the use in U.S. courts of compelled...more

UK Bribery Act – 5 lessons in 5 years: No. 4 – International Hurdles

The SFO has spread its wings. It has visibly increased its efforts to investigate companies for bribery and corruption offences and in the last year it has had success with a new weapon: the Section 7 UK Bribery Act...more

Utah v. Strieff

EVIDENCE OBTAINED FROM AN UNLAWFUL DETENTION IS ADMISSIBLE IF A VALID ARREST WARRANT IS SUBSEQUENTLY DISCOVERED - Narcotics detective Douglas Fackrell conducted surveillance on a South Salt Lake City residence based on...more

For congressional overseers, red flags fly over issues at FDA

Congressional overseers of the federal agency that regulates drugs and medical devices have gotten red-flag warnings about problems at the Food and Drug Administration, including: two separate calls for improvements from...more

DOJ Folds Criminal Case Against Federal Express

In another set back last week, after a contentious criminal prosecution, the government dismissed its criminal charges against Federal Express. DOJ indicted Federal Express for drug trafficking relating to shipping of illegal...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Hawaii Cannabis Ministry’s RFRA Challenge

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently upheld the convictions of two ministers of the Hawaii Cannabis Ministry who admitted using and distributing large quantities of cannabis in accordance with their...more

Former Equities Trader Sentenced for Insider Dealing

Mr. Damian Clarke, a former equities trader at Schroders Investment Management, was sentenced to two years imprisonment having pleaded guilty to nine counts of insider dealing...more

First conviction made under the Bribery Act

A substantial fine of £1.4 million in addition to costs and a confiscation order of £851,152.23 has been made against The Sweett Group plc following its conviction under section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010. The company had...more

Supreme Court Rules that Pennsylvania Justice's Previous Involvement in Case Represented an Impermissible Risk of Bias

In a recent opinion, Williams v. Pennsylvania, --- S.Ct. ----, 2016 WL 3189529 (June 9, 2016), a divided United States Supreme Court held that judges must recuse themselves in cases in which they previously played a...more

DOJ Suffers Criminal Trial Setbacks: Warner Chillcott President Acquitted

Last week was a tough week for the Justice Department’s criminal prosecutors. Before everyone gets out their Yates Memorandum trending claims, it is important to recognize that DOJ’s loss in several high profile cases does...more

Bridging the Week - June 2016 #3

SEC Overturns CBOE Determination That Individual Traders of Two Omnibus Accounts Were Customers Requiring Application of Customer Identification Rule - The Securities and Exchange Commission set aside a determination by...more

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