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The Burden of Corporate Probation May Follow an Antitrust Conviction

The Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (the “Division”) has announced a major policy shift. When a company has been convicted for a criminal antitrust offense, the Division may seek to impose the significant...more

DOJ Enforcement to Trend Even More Towards White Collar?

On April 29, 2009, just weeks after being sworn in as the Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, Lanny Breuer testified before Congress that “[t]he Administration believes Congress’s...more

Code of Conduct, Compliance Policies and Procedures-Part I

For the remainder of this week, I will have a four-part episode on your Code of Conduct and anti-corruption compliance policies and procedures. In today’s post I will review the underlying legal and statutory basis for the...more

Will the Zwerner FBAR Fine Pass Constitutional Muster?

Last week, a federal jury in Miami found that Carl Zwerner had willfully failed to disclose his foreign bank account to the Treasury Department for calendar years 2004, 2005 and 2006. Zwerner now potentially owes the United...more

Another SDNY Judge Finds the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines Wanting

In a sentencing hearing yesterday in the Southern District of New York, yet another judge reached the conclusion that the quasi-mathematical formulaic approach of the United States Sentencing Guidelines fails to account...more

Recent Sentences for Federal Tax Crimes in 2014 – Part 3

Today we conclude our review of recent sentences imposed in federal tax crime cases in 2014. In our two previous posts here and here, we reviewed sentences relating to Foreign Bank Account, Tax Evasion, Employment Tax, False...more

Recent Sentences for Federal Tax Crimes in 2014 – Part 2

On Friday, we posted a review here of sentences imposed on defendants in 2014 for Foreign Bank Account, Tax Evasion, and Employment Tax crimes. In this post, we review sentences imposed on defendants in cases involving False...more

The Zen of Compliance Best Practices is Intrinsic and Ethics-Based

No compliance officer worth her salt would argue with this statement: “We strive to maintain an ethics-based organization.” But compliance teams, with all of the internal and external scrutiny, with all the regulations and...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 30-Interview with the FCPA Professor-Part 2 [Video]

This episode 30 is Part 2 of my interview with the FCPA Professor. ...more

Peugh Ruling Affirms Sentencing Guidelines at the Time of the Crime are Applicable

In a key sentencing decision handed down this year, the United States Supreme Court held that the Ex Post Facto Clause is violated when a defendant is sentenced under provisions of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines...more

D.C. Circuit Clarifies Key Issue in Wake of High Court’s ‘Honest Services’ Decision

A recent D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision narrows the ability of the government to revisit uncharged crimes against a person whose plea has been vacated due to a change in the law....more

What Is ‘Acceptance Of Responsibility’ Under The US Sentencing Guidelines?

One of the things that I am often asked is how are fines and penalties calculated for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations? ...more

Designing The Right Structure For Your Compliance And Ethics Program

People love to make mountains out of mole hills. Or to put in another way (as my daughter might say), “She/he is a drama freak.”...more

Our Approach to Risk Assessment

Program and culture assessments - Assessments have long been recognized as having a critical impact on the effectiveness of ethics and compliance efforts. Best practice programs have often employed assessments – formal...more

Appeals Court Strikes Fraud Sentence for Lack of Proof by Government

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit recently ruled on an issue lying at the intersection of fraud conspiracies and the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines: the government’s separate burden of proof against each co-defendant...more

Appeals Court Set to Consider Key Sentencing Issue on Profits Derived From Fraud

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit is currently considering a sentencing issue of great significance in cases in which a number of individuals work together to bring about a financial fraud. The question posed is...more

Doing Time: A Requirement for White Collar Crime?

A recent decision from the Eleventh Circuit indicates that deterring future white collar crime is a substantial factor in shaping appellate court rulings relating to appropriate sentences for fraud, particularly when a...more

Establishing an Effective Compliance Program: An Overview to Protecting Your Organization

In This Issue: - Overview - Standards and Procedures - Organizational Leadership and Culture - Reasonable Efforts to Exclude Bad Actors From Managerial Ranks - Training and Education - Monitoring,...more

Insider Trading Annual Review - 2012

In This Issue: Overview Of Insider Trading Law; 2012 Enforcement activity; Galleon Update; Expert Network Cases; What Does Cooperation Buy You?; Global Trading, Global Enforcement; Legislative Reform; 10b5-1 Plans: Not...more

What Lessons Can Be Learned From Tragic Death of An Internet Activist?

There can be no dispute that the death of Aaron Swartz – the Internet activist who took his own life on Friday, January 11 – is tragic. There can also be no dispute that the grief and anger his family feel is very real. The...more

Seven Elements: Staying Aligned with the Federal Sentencing Guidelines

A best-practices approach provides a solid foundation by which to identify, communicate, resolve and remediate any fraudulent or unethical behavior, protecting your organization by remaining in-step with the US FSGO’s “seven...more

Health Care Reform: Key Legislative Changes Impacting the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, and Medical Device Industries

Last week, Congress adopted comprehensive health care reform through the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (H.R. 3590) (signed into law on March 23) and the Health Care and Education...more

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