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The SEC’s Year of FCPA Enforcement

Say what you will – the SEC is making its mark this year in FCPA enforcement. So far, the SEC has brought nine separate enforcement actions, the latest with Bristol-Myers Squibb. I am sure we will see more before the end of...more

Compliance at the Tipping Point, Part I – The Yates Memo

This is the day that the US government traditionally celebrates Columbus’ discovery of the Americas, in the form of Columbus Day. My grandfather emigrated from Italy so he always took Columbus Day as his heritage day. My...more

HorrorFest 2015 Celebration Part II – The Cat People, the Schrems Decision and FCPA Investigations

It’s the second Friday in October and I am continuing my HorrorFest month. I usually call it Monster Movie Fest but this year I am celebrating the films of Val Lewton who really worked more broadly in the horror genre, rather...more

What Level of Litigation "Anticipation" Triggers Work Product Protection?

One of the great ironies of work product protection involves federal courts' widely varying interpretation of the single sentence codifying the Federal Rules' work product protection. Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(3)(A). Among many...more

The Modern Slavery Act 2015

The UK’s Modern Slavery Act is an effort by the government to end all forms of labour exploitation. The UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015 aims to prevent all forms of labour exploitation and increase transparency of labour...more

The Psychology of Cheating and FCPA Compliance

In the movie Margin Call, Jeremy Irons intones that there are three ways to win in business: (1) be the smartest; (2) be the fastest; and (3) cheat. I am currently out at the SCCE 2015 Compliance and Ethics Institute and as...more

The 5 Key Ingredients to a Culture of Ethics

Every company wants to create a culture of ethics. If the senior leadership ignores or downplays a culture of ethics, they have narrowed business opportunities for the company, its shareholders, and other stakeholders. A...more

Top 10 Ways To Be Disinherited (And How To Avoid That) (Part 1)

I’ve handled over 100 estate disputes, and based upon my experience the following are 5 of the top 10 factors that I’ve seen that lead to people being disinherited from a relative’s or friend’s estate plan. I’ll follow this...more

Ethics and Simplicity

Groucho Marx was (and is) my hero. No one else had a sharper wit. One of my favorite scenes was in Duck Soup when Groucho conducts a meeting as the President of Fredonia. In particular, when Groucho is given a report...more

T.J. Simers Discrimination Trial: Are You Paranoid If They Really ARE Out To Get You?

A psychologist retained by the Times testified this week that Mr. Simers scored “very high” for paranoia on the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory. His test results showed that he was “overly sensitive to criticism,”...more

Third Circuit Applies Constructive Knowledge Standard And Finds Waiver Of Arbitration Panel Challenge

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has found that post-award objections to an arbitrator were waived because the party had constructive knowledge of the arbitrator’s insufficient disclosure. The court held that a...more

5 Success Factors in Cutting-Edge Compliance: Compliance Becomes King When These Elements Are Integrated Into Day-to-Day...

Technology is doing more than bringing compliance fully into the digital age. It’s also initiating a revolution that is putting compliance and ethics at the forefront of how business is run, creating far greater operational...more

Highlights from the Tenth CEO/Innovators Roundtable: June 4 – 5, 2015

This past June, leaders from health systems, outpatient services companies, health insurers, IT and equipment suppliers, health retailers, home care providers, pharmaceutical companies, and investors gathered in Chicago for...more

Five Ways to Ensure Board Support for Compliance

A Chief Compliance Officer has a number of important relationships to maintain in an organization. Aside from the support of senior level executives, the CCO has to build an effective working relationship with the board and...more

Compliance Fatigue — A Dangerous Concept

I have a lot of pet peeves, especially when it comes to lawyers and compliance professionals. Do not worry this is a not a column about all of my pet peeves; I would never bore you with all those issues....more

Whistleblowing, VW’s Silence, and the Behavioural All Stars

This guest post is by Wendy Addison, Founder and Owner of SpeakOut SpeakUp Ltd. On the 2nd and 3rd of Sept 2015, I attended The International Behavioural Insights Conference in London. Hosted by the UK government’s ‘Nudge...more

CMS Issues Proposed Rule Significantly Modifying the Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities Participating in the Medicare and...

On July 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a proposed rule comprehensively updating and extensively revising the requirements for participation for long term care (“LTC”) facilities...more

TN Ethics Opinion Approves Lawyers’ Cloud Storage of Client Data

Tennessee has joined other states in formally approving lawyers’ cloud-storage of client-confidential data. The Board of Professional Responsibility (“BOPR”) held that lawyers ethically may use cloud storage for...more

Lucky You: Workplace Gambling Webinar Set for October 20th

My New York Football Giants are 0-2 so far this year. It’s been ugly. But all is not lost for me. Why? My fantasy football team — the Hartford Hotspurs (with a wink to my favorite soccer team, the Tottenham Hotspurs) —...more

Despite Criticism, DOJ’s New Policy On Internal Investigations Could Be a Good Thing

While naysayers believe the Department Of Justice's (DOJ’s) memo is going to result in major complications and headaches for companies experiencing government investigations, ethical companies are unlikely to be affected much...more

DOJ Targets Executives and Individuals in Corporate Investigations

Responding to criticism stemming from a lack of individual prosecutions as a result of the financial crisis, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates has issued a new guidance memorandum establishing six new steps for federal...more

The Defeat Device: Compliance and Ethics in the Auto Industry

Things are seriously bad when one of the world’s most respected business focused publications, the Financial Times (FT), asks if the auto “industry faces ‘Libor moment’”? Yet that was a headline yesterday in the lead article...more

Cleaning Up a Compliance Program Mess

You have just been hired as the new Chief Compliance Officer of a global company operating in over 80 countries, including numerous high-risk corruption countries. You have no staff and have been given a budget to hire 5...more

That is SO last week - September 2015 #3

Last week, The New York Times reported that men “feel entitled to take time off for family” too. The subject of the article was Josh Levs, a former CNN reporter who wanted more time off when his third child was born...more

Ethical Business Decision-Making

An effective ethics and compliance program, by definition, translates into ethical business decisions. Believe it or not, to bring ethics into the equation you do not need to be a philosopher, historian or professional...more

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