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Measuring the Effectiveness of a Compliance Program

by Thomas Fox on

How does one measure effectiveness? In Wichita, Kansas, in 1876, when it came to town a Deputy Sheriff, the final measure was the elected government. On this day in that year, the town’s Commissioners voted not to extend the...more

Evaluating FCPA Pilot Program: The Data, The Trends

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

April 5 marked the one-year anniversary of the "Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement Plan and Guidance." Announced by the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division's Fraud Section, the guidance outlined three...more

Sally Yates’ was Already Famous for Changing the Focus of Compliance Investigations - The Yates Memorandum

by Ruder Ware on

By now the whole world knows about Sally Yates. We are likely to see a lot more of her as a central figure in Congressional investigations. For some of us who deal with compliance investigations, Sally Yates was famous long...more

The Supreme Court - April, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in two cases today: McLane Co. v. EEOC, No. 15-1248: Damiana Ochoa filed a discrimination charge against petitioner McLane Co. when she was terminated after...more

In Summary Order, Second Circuit Finds Plain Error in Miscalculation of Defendant’s Supervised Release Guidelines Range

In United States v. Shaday, 16-529, the Second Circuit (Jacobs, Livingston, and Kaplan (sitting by designation)) vacated and remanded the supervised release portion of defendant Yova Kana Shaday’s sentence after finding that...more

Code of Conduct Week: Part I – Introduction

by Thomas Fox on

I am joined by Eric Morehead as we begin a five-part series on the Code of Conduct, which serves as the foundational document of a compliance program. Morehead is well-known within the compliance community, having worked at...more

DOJ Defines Compliance

In the span of the last 18 months, the topic of corporate compliance programs has gotten considerable attention from the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and now finally, DOJ has published significant details about how it is...more

Beckles v. United States: Supreme Court holds that sentencing guidelines may not be challenged on vagueness grounds

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

In a unanimous (7-0) decision, Beckles v. the United States, the U.S. Supreme Court held on Monday that defendants cannot challenge the sentencing guidelines on vagueness grounds because the guidelines, unlike statutes, are...more

New Attorney General Issues Guidance on Corporate Compliance Programs

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Fraud Section has published new guidance for corporate entities on corporate compliance programs. The guidance, titled, “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs” (Compliance Program...more

The Supreme Court - March, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases yesterday: Rippo v. Baker, No. 16-6316: Petitioner Michael Damon Rippo moved to disqualify the Nevada state judge who presided over his criminal...more

DOJ Issues New Guidance on the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs in Federal Fraud Investigations

On February 8th, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) quietly issued new guidance on how the agency evaluates corporate compliance programs during fraud investigations. The guidance, published on the agency’s website as the...more

Department of Justice Fraud Section Provides Guidance on Evaluating Corporate Compliance Programs

by Jones Day on

On February 8, 2017, the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") Fraud Section published a blueprint for assessing corporate compliance efforts, titled "Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs" ("Guidance"). It...more

Insight from the DOJ Fraud Section

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Without fanfare, on February 8 the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice (DOJ) published new corporate compliance guidance on its public website. The guidance is presented as a set of topics and questions, entitled...more

Department of Justice Issues Principles of an Effective Compliance Program

by Ruder Ware on

The Department of Justice issued a directive entitled “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs.” The document provides insight into the analysis used by the DOJ to assess the effectiveness of a corporate compliance...more

In Summary Order, Second Circuit Provides Guidance to Courts Deciding Motions for Sentence Reductions

On February 16, 2017, the Second Circuit (Leval, Calabresi, Carney) issued a summary order in United States v. Lopez, No. 16-1019, vacating and remanding for reconsideration the district court’s denial of the appellant’s...more

New Guidance from the DOJ on Your Compliance Program

by NAVEX Global on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Criminal Division, Fraud Section, recently released new guidance associated with its Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The guidance, entitled Evaluation of Corporate...more

DOJ Releases New Guidance on Compliance Programs

by Bracewell LLP on

On February 8, 2017, the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) quietly published pointed and specific guidance on how it assesses – and intends to assess – compliance programs in a report titled “Evaluation of...more

Unpacking the Justice Department’s Compliance Remediation Standards (Part I of II)

by Michael Volkov on

The Justice Department has a lot to be proud about when it comes to its FCPA enforcement program. In one area in particular – promoting effective ethics and compliance strategies – DOJ’s FCPA prosecutors have played a...more

In Summary Order, Court Vacates Above-Guidelines Sentence for Lack of Justification, But Denies Request to Remand to Different...

Franco Lupoi was sentenced to 156 months on money laundering conspiracy and heroin trafficking conspiracy charges, in excess of the applicable Guidelines range and the 135 month sentence requested by the government. In its...more

New Health & Safety Sentencing Guidelines One Year On – Lessons Learned

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 1 February 2016 the Sentencing Council introduced new Health and Safety Sentencing Guidelines representing the biggest shake up to health and safety since the 1970s. Violation of the Guidelines means that corporates now...more

Compliance Officer and Legal Counsel Relationships

by Ruder Ware on

I am often asked my opinion whether a general counsel can also serve in the role of compliance officer. At first blush, it seems the general counsel would be a perfect fit for the role because of general knowledge of...more

Global Anti-Bribery Year-in-Review: 2016 Developments and Predictions for 2017

by WilmerHale on

The past year was consequential for FCPA enforcement in numerous respects, including blockbuster penalties, new policy initiatives, and the SEC’s first DPA with an individual for FCPA violations. In April 2016, the DOJ’s...more

Understanding the Benefits of Benchmarking & How to Do It Successfully

by NAVEX Global on

To begin, let’s define “benchmarking.” There is often confusion regarding the difference between benchmarking and assessment. ...the process of benchmarking is a subset of compliance program assessment....more

Second Circuit Affirms “One-Book Rule”: No Sampling from Different Versions of the Sentencing Guidelines

Yesterday the Second Circuit affirmed, in United States v. Ramirez (No.15-2570), the so-called “one-book rule”: if sentenced criminals want to seek a reduction in sentence based on changes in the Sentencing Guidelines, they...more

Court Vacates Term of Supervised Release

In a short summary order, the Court (Winter, Jacobs, Cabranes) vacated a term of supervised release because the district court had improperly calculated the advisory Guidelines range. Defendant Raddy Breton pleaded guilty to...more

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