FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 31-the FCPA Year in Review, Corporate Enforcement Actions
The Issues -
On November 5, 2014, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Yates v. United States of America. In layman's terms, the issue is whether an Enron-era antishredding provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act was...more
Hawley v. Mphasis Corp., 2014 WL 3610946 (S.D.N.Y. July 22, 2014).
In this employment discrimination case, the plaintiff moved for sanctions due to defendant’s alleged discovery violations. The plaintiff claimed that...more
Congress passed Sarbanes-Oxley in 2002 to deal with the accounting scandals that resulted in the downfall of the likes of Enron, Tyco, Worldcom, Arthur Andersen, and others. In its October Term 2014, the Supreme Court will...more
..May a lawyer ethically instruct a client to delete potentially damaging information from a client’s Facebook page? According to a new ethics opinion from the Philadelphia Bar Association, yes, so long as the information is...more
The court holds that, with rare exception, intent is required for spoliation instructions in Texas.
On July 3, the Texas Supreme Court issued its ruling in Brookshire Brothers, Ltd. v. Aldridge, holding, with a narrow...more
After years of awaiting clarity from the Supreme Court of Texas regarding spoliation under Texas law, the Supreme Court issued a significant decision that will shift how Texas state courts handle civil jury instructions...more
You probably didn’t think Florida’s Halifax Health could make its situation any worse. After all, only two months ago Halifax agreed to pay $85 million to settle just the first half of a Medicare fraud case. That still...more
A salesperson and her boss are attending a conference at a hotel. Their goals are twofold: learning the latest industry trends and mingling with clients to generate business. After the sessions end, they invite two potential...more
Earlier this year, Kazuaki Fujitani, the general manager of a Japanese company’s sales division, pled guilty to obstruction of justice for destroying numerous e-mails and other documents in a federal investigation by the...more
Calling its prior proposal “too restrictive,” the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules published a substantially revised version of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) in the agenda for its April 10-11 meeting. The Committee...more
The U.S. Attorney General’s office says it is reviewing an open letter submitted by a consumer group encouraging a criminal probe into the destruction by Johnson & Johnson (J&J) of pelvic mesh litigation documents....more
Sokn v. Fieldcrest Cmty. School Dist. No. 8, 2014 WL 201534 (C.D. Ill. Jan. 17, 2014).
In this discrimination lawsuit, the plaintiff was the only female principal in the defendants’ school district. The plaintiff...more
In 2003, Judge Shira Scheindlin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued five landmark decisions, which have since shaped the landscape of electronic discovery and document preservation. ...more
As 2013 wraps up, it is that time of year again when we dust off the compliance crystal ball and take a look at what might be in store for 2014:
1. Executive Order 13627 on Trafficking in Government Contracts —...more
In this episode, I review the corporate FCPA enforcement actions of 2013. ...more
What happens when seven of the smartest, most articulate ediscovery professionals come together for an hour talk about—quite frankly—whatever they want?
Just yesterday Josh Gilliland, Samir Mathur, Barry Murphy, Ralph...more
United States v. Halliburton Energy Services, Inc., No. 2:13-cr-00165-JTM-KWR (E.D. La. Sept. 19, 2013). In this criminal law case, the Justice Department accepted the defendant’s guilty plea for “unauthorized destruction...more
Imagine an app that lets you send 10-second picture messages… and then the pictures get deleted forever. Welcome to SnapChat, the app allegedly used by Wall Street moguls for insider trading and a platform for new fashion...more
Sekisui Am. Corp. v. Hart, 2013 WL 4116322 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 15, 2013). In this case, Judge Shira Scheindlin reversed an earlier order that denied spoliation sanctions for the plaintiffs’ deletion of ESI. The underlying breach...more
Part II: The Implications
What level of culpability should trigger sanctions? Negligence? Gross negligence? Bad faith? What arises to the level of prejudicing the non-producing party’s case? This case brings to light...more
Judge Shira Scheindlin’s latest opinion, Sekisui v. Hart, marks a major development for the latest footprint in spoliation case law and is sure raise eyebrows among federal rule makers tasked with reworking Federal Rule 37....more
Cottle-Banks v. Cox Commc’ns, Inc., 2013 WL 2244333 (S.D. Cal. May 21, 2013).
In this spoliation case, the plaintiff alleged that the defendant charged a rental fee to customers for use of “set-top-boxes”, even though...more
The disturbing saga of former New England Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez has continued to unfold before our eyes over the past few days. Hernandez has now been charged with one count of first-degree murder and is allegedly...more
Gatto v. United Air Lines, Inc., 2013 WL 1285285 (D.N.J. Mar. 25, 2013).
In this personal injury dispute, the defendants sought spoliation sanctions arising out of the plaintiff’s destruction of relevant social media...more
E.E.O.C. v. Ventura Corp, Ltd., 2013 WL 550550 (D.Puerto Rico Feb. 12, 2013). In this case, the plaintiffs sought sanctions against the defendant for allegedly destroying relevant evidence of discriminatory hiring practices...more
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