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Disclosure, Internal Controls, Cooperation - The SEC Continues Anti-Corruption Enforcement Themes

On December 15, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Bruker Corporation with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by making $230,000 in improper payments to Chinese government officials to win business....more

FTC $19 Million Settlement with Google: Unauthorized In-App Charges Are Not Child’s Play

The FTC recently approved a final Order resolving allegations that Google unfairly billed customers millions of dollars for unauthorized charges made by children using mobile apps downloaded from the Google Play app store....more

Advertising Law - December 2014 #3

FCC Proposes Online Disclosures for Broadcast Contests - The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a rule change that would allow broadcast stations to disclose on the Internet the material terms for contests...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission brought two FCPA cases this week, one of which was in conjunction with the DOJ. Both centered on the payments for gifts and travel in China. In addition, the SEC filed three manipulation cases, an action...more

Winter Begins in Valley Forge and the FCPA Professor Teaches in Miami

Today we celebrate one of the seminal turnarounds in US history for on this day in 1777, George Washington lead his beleaguered troops into winter quarters at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. At that point in time, things could...more

FINRA Sanctions 10 Banks for Conflicts-Of-Interest Violations

On December 11, FINRA fined 10 financial firms a total of $43.5 million dollars for allegedly violating the industry-regulator’s conflict of interest rules. According to FINRA, in pitch meetings, the firms’ equity research...more

CFPB sues company for alleged credit card sham

A new lawsuit filed by the CFPB alleges that a Texas-based company, Union Workers Credit Services, deceived consumers into paying fees to sign up for a “platinum card” that purported to be a general-use credit card but, in...more

CFPB sues company for alleged credit card sham

A new lawsuit filed by the CFPB alleges that a Texas-based company, Union Workers Credit Services, deceived consumers into paying fees to sign up for a “platinum card” that purported to be a general-use credit card but, in...more

Student Debt Relief Services Slapped with TSR and UDAAP Claims

On December 11, 2014, the CFPB filed two actions against debt relief companies. Complaint for Permanent Injunction and Other Relief, Consumer Fin. Prot. Bureau v. IrvineWebWorks, Inc., No. 8:14-cv-1967 (C.D. Cal. Dec. 11,...more

Tip-Related Claims Will Continue to Be Served Up as the Lawsuit du Jour Against the Hospitality Industry in 2015

The hospitality industry is particularly fertile ground for a wide variety of wage and hour issues, which continue to plague management through steadily increasing federal and state department of labor investigations and...more

Lawler Foods Refused to Hire Non-Hispanics EEOC Charges in Discrimination Suit

Bakery's Word-of-Mouth Hiring and Ads Stating a Preference for Spanish Speakers Also Discriminatory, Federal Agency Says - HOUSTON - Lawler Foods, Inc. and Lawler Foods, Ltd., a Houston-area production bakery, violated...more

Avon Settles FCPA Charges with the DOJ and SEC

Travel, entertainment and gifts continue to be a central focus of FCPA enforcement. Earlier this month, and last month, the Commission filed settled FCPA actions centered on these items. Now the SEC and the DOJ have settled...more

Dallas Airmotive, Inc.'s FCPA Matter Offers Practical Insights and Continuing Lessons

On December 10, 2014, DOJ filed a criminal Information alleging (i) conspiracy and (ii) violation of the bribery provisions of the FCPA against Dallas Airmotive, Inc., an aircraft engine maintenance, repair and overhaul...more

Gifts, Meals and Then . . . FCPA Enforcement

Life can be very humbling. The SEC has definitely humbled me. For years now, I have been claiming that companies spend too much time worrying about gifts, meals and entertainment expenses under the FCPA, rather than...more

DOJ Recovers Nearly $6 Billion under False Claims Act in 2014

The Department of Justice (DOJ) obtained a record $5.69 billion from civil cases involving fraud and false claims against the government in the fiscal year ending September 30. This marks the first year the DOJ recovered more...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 115-Tom Fox and Matt Kelly on COSO, Bruker Corp, Dallas Airmotive and Alstom [Video]

In this episode Compliance Week editor Matt Kelly and I discuss the COSO 2013 Framework implementation and its changes from the prior Framework. We also discuss the recent Bruker Corp & Dallas Airmotive FCPA enforcement...more

SEC Continues To Focus On Microcap Fraud

The Commission continues to focus on microcap fraud actions with two new manipulation cases involving penny stocks. In one a former registered representative acted as an unregistered broker and then engaged in a series of...more

Searching for Greener Pastures: SEC Insider Trading Enforcement in a Post-Newman Era

In United States v. Newman, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit dealt a substantial blow to federal prosecutors’ epic crackdown on insider trading by raising the bar for the government’s burden of proof in...more

Hong Kong Regulatory Update - December 2014

This Hong Kong regulatory update is intended to provide a brief overview of the principal Hong Kong regulatory developments in the preceding three months relevant to companies listed or proposed to be listed on The Stock...more

SEC Files Settled FCPA Action Centered On Improper Travel

A “world tour” was at the center of FCPA violations by two employees of FLIR Systems, Inc., In the Matter of Stephen Timms, Adm. Proc. File No. 3-16281 (Nov. 17, 2014). Travel was also the focus of the Commission’s latest...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - December 2014 #3

In this issue: - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Bank Structure - Credit Ratings - Derivatives - Enforcement - Financial Market Infrastructure - Funds...more

Department of Labor Targeting Oil and Gas Contractors

On December 9, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced that it had achieved $4.5 million dollars in settlements from private employers as a result of a two year investigation into contractors working in the...more

CFPB announces lawsuits against student loan debt relief companies

On December 11, the CFPB announced lawsuits against two student loan debt relief companies alleged to have deceived borrowers into paying upfront fees for federal student loan repayment benefits that are available for free....more

An Update on FAA Regulatory Revisions, DOT and FAA Enforcement Actions, and Other Aviation-Related Regulatory Matters

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update provides an overview of recent FAA regulatory initiatives involving crew pairing, alcohol and drug testing rates, the use of aviation fuel taxes by airports and...more

Justrite Manufacturing Company to Pay $418,000

TO SETTLE EEOC CLASS INVESTIGATION EEOC Found Employer Discriminated and Retaliated Against Disabled Employees - CHICAGO - Justrite Manufacturing Company, a Mattoon, Ill.-based manufacturer of storage, handling and...more

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