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FCPA Enforcement – Watching the Enforcement River Flow

FCPA investigations are complex, time-intensive and far-reaching. They take time and resources. DOJ and the SEC have been criticized lately for failing to move their cases in a timely fashion. Criminal Division AAG Leslie...more

Between Bridges - April 2015

Navinder Singh Sarao, a London-based trader, was arrested at his home in the United Kingdom on April 21, 2015, and accused by both the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the US Department of Justice of engaging in...more

Southern District Allows SEC Insider Trading Case to Proceed, Distinguishing Newman

A recent decision from the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York allowing a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) civil enforcement action to proceed against two former stockbrokers for...more

DOJ Charges A Futures Trader With Contributing To The Flash Crash

Almost five years ago the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped about 600 points in five minutes, creating chaos in the markets and huge losses for many. The market debacle became known as the flash crash. The causes were...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition, April 2015

In this issue: - Adoption of Action Plan on Company Law and Corporate Governance - European Commission Green Paper: Building a Capital Markets Union - European Commission Publishes Consultation Paper on...more

DOJ Emphasizes Role of Criminal Prosecution in Addition to Regulatory Enforcement

The U.S. Department of Justice, through the Assistant Attorney General in charge of its Criminal Division, spoke forcefully on Tuesday regarding “the role of criminal law enforcement in prosecuting conduct that may also be...more

"Facilitation": A New Tool for Extraterritorial Sanctions Enforcement?

Recent OFAC and DOJ actions have focused on certain entities – overseas financial institutions – and particular conduct – US dollar clearing and associated “stripping.” The DOJ’s recent $232 million settlement and negotiated...more

Remote Tippees Beware: Even if the DOJ Can’t Reach You After Newman, The SEC Can

The fall-out from the Second Circuit’s decision in U.S. v. Newman continued last week in SEC v. Payton, when Southern District of New York Judge Jed S. Rakoff denied a motion to dismiss an SEC civil enforcement action against...more

Health Diagnostics Laboratory Agrees to Pay $47 Million to Settle Claims

Health Diagnostics Laboratory (HDL) of Richmond, Va., has agreed to pay $47 million to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by compensating physicians for ordering tests, according to a U.S. Department of...more

Brazilian Corruption Scandal Expands Past Petrobras – Is a FCPA Country Sweep Next?

The Brazilian corruption scandal took a new turn last week, when the Brazilian government announced that it was investigating the country’s health ministry and the state-owned bank Caixa Econômica Federal (Caixa). As reported...more

International Anti-Corruption Enforcement Efforts

While the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is still the most widely recognized and enforcement anti-bribery and anti-corruption law across the globe, there have been a number of initiatives which will lead directly to...more

U.S. Department of Justice Files Lawsuit Against Southeastern Oklahoma State University for Transgender Discrimination

Last week, in a rather bold move, the United States Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Southeastern Oklahoma State University (“Southeastern”), alleging that the school discriminated against a transgender professor...more

Department of Justice Antitrust Division Charges Former E-Commerce Executive with Price-Fixing in First Ever Online Marketplace...

On April 6, 2015, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division announced that David Topkins, a former executive of an e-commerce seller of wall décor, had pled guilty to a one-count felony charge for conspiring to fix the...more

DOJ's Pursuit Of Admissions — And The Risks Of Settling

On March 19, 2015, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced a proposed settlement of a civil fraud lawsuit against a large financial institution (bank). As with many of the U.S. Department of...more

SEC Files 1st Action Over Anti-Whistleblower Confidentiality Clause

Not April Fool’s for one public-company registrant, as the SEC filed its first settled action today over corporate confidentiality provisions that run afoul of Dodd-Frank whistleblower protections. The clause in question was...more

Courts Continue to Dismiss Shareholder Suits Based on FCPA Violations

On March 16, 2015, Judge Paul G. Gardephe of the Southern District of New York dismissed a shareholder derivative suit filed by Sylvia Pritika against the CEO and others of Avon Products Inc. ("Avon") alleging breach of...more

FCPA Books and Records and Internal Controls Enforcement – A Retrospective (Part III of IV)

Plan for the future because that’s where you are going to spend the rest of your life. – Mark Twain. The SEC enforces its books and records and internal controls provisions, most of which involve non-FCPA violations....more

Operation Chokepoint Yields Deals With Two California Banks

Why it matters - A pair of settlements between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and two California banks recently demonstrated that Operation Chokepoint is alive and well. CommerceWest Bank agreed to pay $4.9 million to...more

Justice Department Files Lawsuit Alleging that Southeastern Oklahoma State University Discriminated Against Transgender Woman

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department announced today the filing of a lawsuit against Southeastern Oklahoma State University (Southeastern) and the Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO) for violating Title VII of the...more

Worthless Services Investigations and Settlements: The Enforcement Trend Continues

In recent years, state and federal governments have shown their willingness to criminally pursue skilled nursing home owners and operators for allegedly administering “worthless” or substandard quality of care to their...more

U.S. Government Announces Significant Sanctions Enforcement Actions Against Schlumberger and PayPal

The U.S. Government announced two major sanctions enforcement actions this week that reinforce the compliance challenges faced by both U.S. companies with international activities and non-U.S. companies subject to U.S....more

Bank Settles Criminal Bank Secrecy Act and Civil Fraud Charges Arising from Its Inadequate Anti-Money Laundering Program

On March 10, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced a $4.9 million settlement of criminal and civil charges against CommerceWest Bank (“CommerceWest” or the “Bank”) brought pursuant to the Bank Secrecy Act...more

DOJ Assistant AG Delivers Remarks on Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crimes

On March 16, DOJ Assistant AG Leslie Caldwell delivered remarks at the annual ACAMS anti-money laundering conference regarding the importance of establishing and maintaining robust compliance programs within financial...more

A Stern Reminder from U.S. v. Fokker: The Execution of a Corporate Deferred Prosecution Agreement May Not Be the End of a...

A phenomenon virtually foreign to the 20th Century, the use of pre-plea agreements by the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), typically in the form of a deferred prosecution agreement (“DPA”) (or a non-prosecution agreement...more

DOJ Announces Two More ‘Operation Choke Point’ Settlements

With the recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that it had settled separate lawsuits against two small banks charged with facilitating consumer fraud through their relationships with third-party payment...more

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