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Supreme Court Update: Texas Department Of Housing And Community Affairs V. The Inclusive Communities Project (13-1371) And Johnson...

A few hours ago, the gavel banged a close to October Term 2014, after the release of the final three decisions of the term—Glossip v. Gross (14-7955), holding that the use of a particular drug in a three-drug execution...more

Real Guidance (Finally) On the Compliance Oversight Role of Boards

New guidance for boards of directors on what it means to have “reasonable oversight” for the implementation and effectiveness of corporate compliance programs could signal the beginning of a global trend towards more—and more...more

Four Compliance Metrics That Need to Die: Empty Metrics that Aren’t Worth Tracking or Reporting

I’m continuously struck by the compliance industry’s challenges around program measurement and reporting. Most recently, it was the annual Compliance Trends Survey from Compliance Week and Deloitte that delivered the bad...more

Senn Interview, Part II – A Discussion of the Decision to Self-Disclosure

In today’s post, I continue to explore my recent interview of Mara Senn, a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington DC. Senn is a white-collar practitioner who whose practice includes representing companies in...more

US Sentencing Commission Revises Sentencing Guidelines for Fraud

The United States Sentencing Commission recently adopted new guidelines for sentencing in cases involving fraud and economic crimes, seeking to better account for the actual harm to victims, individual culpability and the...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 15

In this issue: - Update: Proposed Amendments to DGCL, Including Ban on Fee-Shifting and Permitting Exclusive Forum Provisions - CFTC and Australian Regulator Sign Memorandum of Understanding Regarding...more

U.S. Sentencing Commission Approves Amending Sentencing Guidelines to Reduce Penalties for Economic Crimes

As previously reported, the United States Sentencing Commission has proposed amendments to the widely criticized federal sentencing guidelines for economic crimes. On April 9, 2015, after hearing extensive public comment on...more

Will Judge Rakoff Get His Wish? – Changes to Federal Sentencing Guidelines May Alter the Plea Bargaining Process

In an article last fall, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff lamented the prevalence and process of plea bargaining in today’s criminal justice system. While plea bargains currently resolve an estimated 97 percent of federal...more

U.S. Sentencing Commission Approves Major Changes to Fraud Guidelines - The Updates Could Significantly Affect White Collar...

On April 9, 2015, the United States Sentencing Commission voted to approve changes to §2B1.1 of the sentencing guidelines. The changes will take effect on Nov. 1, 2015, unless Congress objects. If they go into effect, these...more

DOJ Opposes Amendments to Economic Crime Sentencing Guidelines

As previously reported on this blog, the U.S. Sentencing Commission has proposed several amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines for economic crimes. The amendments are designed to address criticism that § 2B1.1 of...more

Supreme Court Update: Omnicare, Inc. V. Laborers Industry Pension Fund (13-435), B&B Hardware V. Hargis Industries (13-352) And...

The Court began its March sitting this week (just in time for April), and issued decisions and two new cert grants. In this Update, we'll discuss Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers Industry Pension Fund (13-435), on issuer liability...more

Board Reporting: Elevating Your E&C Program & Engaging the Board

In This Presentation: - The Board’s Roles and Compliance Responsibilities - The Board Report & Briefing vs. Training - Important Considerations for your Board Report - Case Study - How Can I Tell if my Board is...more

The Over-Criminalization of Regulatory Compliance

The Supreme Court is about to send another shockwave in criminal law. No one suspected that the Roberts Supreme Court would become a pro-defendant court but with the support of some conservative justices, the tide against...more

California Lawyer 2015 Roundtable Series: White-Collar Defense

The latest developments in white-collar criminal law include a gamechanging decision on insider trading, new sentencing guidelines for fraud convictions, more options for filing charges under the bank fraud statutes, and a...more

Supreme Court Reaffirms That an Appellee Who Does Not Seek To Enlarge Its Favorable Judgment Need Not File a Cross-Appeal To...

One of a litigator’s most crucial tasks is ensuring that issues and arguments in support of a client’s position are available if and when the case is presented to an appellate tribunal. While issue preservation is always a...more

U.S. Sentencing Commission Proposes Amendments to Widely Criticized Economic Crime Sentencing Guidelines

In recent years, a growing chorus of federal judges and defense attorneys have protested that the Federal Sentencing Guidelines for economic crimes regularly recommend inconsistent and unjust sentences. Critics claim that §...more

Government Seeks Extended Prison Term in Securities Fraud Case

In a sentencing memorandum filed January 2, the United States Attorney’s Office in Washington asked the US District Court for the Western District of Washington to sentence Dickson Lee, the former chief executive of L&L...more

New UK Sentencing Guidelines - What Does This Mean For Corporates?

The Sentencing Council’s Definitive Guidance for Fraud, Bribery and Money Laundering Offences (the “UK Guidelines”) came into force on 1 October 2014. The UK Guidelines set out a ten step process for sentencing and apply to...more

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

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