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Sentencing guidelines for environmental offences can lead to significant fines

The new sentencing guidelines for environmental offences (in force since July 2014) can lead to significant fines for companies – as shown by a recent case involving a house builder....more

DOJ Announces Pilot Program for Self-Reporting FCPA Misconduct

In an effort to move forward with the Department of Justice's (DOJ) policy of individual responsibility, the agency announced a pilot program to encourage corporations to self-report Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)...more

Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - April 2016

Welcome to Dorsey & Whitney’s monthly Anti-Corruption Digest. In this digest, we draw together news of enforcement activity throughout the world and aim to reduce your information overload. Our London, Minneapolis, New York...more

Is the DOJ’s New FCPA Pilot Program an Offer You Can’t Refuse?

Earlier this month, Assistant US Attorney Leslie Caldwell announced that the US Department of Justice’s Criminal Division Fraud Section will try to entice companies to self-report potential FCPA issues. The DOJ included...more

Federal FCPA Pilot Program Encourages Self-Disclosure and Cooperation

“Voluntary self-disclosure of criminality,” “full cooperation” and “timely and appropriate remediation” in connection with violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) are the main ingredients in the recipe for...more

Compliance 2.0: DOJ Pushes the Compliance Agenda

The FCPA Paparazzi have a thick head and a stubborn chin. They just do not understand the significance of Compliance 2.0 to corporate governance and they blindly adhere to simplistic, yet unexplained, solutions to complex...more

New US Department of Justice Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement Plan Creates "Pilot Program" to Encourage Voluntary...

The U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) released a memorandum (the “FCPA Enforcement Memorandum”) on April 5, 2016 detailing a new enforcement plan for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) investigations. The DOJ announced...more

"DOJ Adds Resources for FCPA Cases, Offers Incentives for Voluntary Disclosures"

On April 5, 2016, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Fraud Section made two related announcements in its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Enforcement Plan and Guidance. First, the Fraud Section announced a substantial...more

Government & Internal Investigations Advisory: DOJ’s New FCPA Pilot Program Provides Roadmap for “Cooperation”

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on April 5 announced a new, one-year pilot program for companies to self-report Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations. The announcement comes amid other increased FCPA enforcement...more

New DOJ Guidance and FCPA Pilot Program – Part IV: Impact

This week I have been exploring the implications of the Department of Justice (DOJ) announcement last week of a new program Pilot Program around Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FPCA) enforcement, together with the document,...more

New FCPA Self-Reporting Pilot Program Formalizes Rewards but Relies on Discretionary Implementation

On April 5, 2016, the Department of Justice unveiled a one-year pilot program designed to encourage companies to self-report violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (the FCPA). Built upon the Department’s September 9,...more

New DOJ Guidance and FCPA Pilot Program – Part III: Ongoing Remediation

I continue my exploration of the implications from the Department of Justice (DOJ) announcement last week of a new program around Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FPCA) enforcement, the “Pilot Program”. Contemporaneously, the...more

DOJ's New FCPA Guidance and Pilot Program

On April 5, 2016, in an effort to bolster FCPA Compliance, the Department of Justice issued its "Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement Plan and Guidance" identifying the following three steps to enhance its FCPA...more

DOJ Attempts to Encourage Corporate Self-Disclosures With the Announcement of a One-Year FCPA Pilot Program

Pursuing a classic “carrot and stick” approach to incentivizing corporate self-disclosure of FCPA violations and individual wrongdoing connected to FCPA violations, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Fraud Section announced a...more

DOJ Launches FCPA Pilot Program to Promote Company Self-Reporting

In a speech delivered last Wednesday by Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell, the Justice Department’s (“DOJ”) Criminal Division announced the launch of a new Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) “pilot program” that...more

DOJ FCPA pilot program pushes self-disclosures

On April 5, 2016, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) Fraud Section issued a nine-page memorandum describing a one-year pilot program designed to entice companies to voluntarily self-report FCPA violations and cooperate with...more

DOJ’s Fraud Section Issues Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement Plan and Guidance

On April 5, 2016, the Department of Justice’s Fraud Section (“DOJ”) issued its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) Enforcement Plan and Guidance (“Guidance”), which announced (1) a more than doubling of DOJ resources...more

Financial Gain Not Required to Prevail in Trade Secret Theft Claim - United States of America v. Yihao Pu

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit vacated a district court decision awarding substantial restitution for trade secret theft, determining that a loss calculation made by the district court was erroneous and that...more

New and Important Compliance Standards in DOJ’s Recent FCPA Guidance (Part II of II)

The importance of DOJ’s hiring of Hui Chen as Compliance Counsel was recently confirmed by DOJ’s release of new compliance remediation standards for FCPA compliance programs. DOJ has, once again, raised the bar on FCPA...more

Is Confession Good for the Corporate Soul?: DOJ announces new mitigation credit for self-disclosure of FCPA violations

On April 5, 2016, the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) Fraud Section Chief, Andrew Weissmann, issued a memo (the “Weissmann Memorandum”) announcing a one-year Pilot Program that offers a carrot and stick approach to...more

DOJ Launches FCPA Pilot Program to Encourage Corporate Voluntary Disclosure and Cooperation

On April 5, 2016, the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Criminal Division issued an enforcement plan and guidance (the Guidance) laying out three steps it is taking to intensify Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

DOJ’s New FCPA Enforcement Plan and Guidance (Part I of II)

The Justice Department finally released its long-awaited new FCPA enforcement plan. It took DOJ a little while to come up with this and in the end, like most initiatives, there is a mixed bag for global companies, FCPA...more

DOJ Fraud Section Offers Super Credit in FCPA Pilot Program

This week, the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a pilot program that extends additional “mitigation credit” to qualifying companies that “fully cooperate” in matters involving the Foreign Corrupt...more

DOJ Announces One-Year FCPA Enforcement Pilot Program

The U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) Criminal Division yesterday announced that its Fraud Section’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) Unit is conducting a one-year FCPA enforcement pilot program (“Program”). A company...more

DOJ’s “Half Off” Deals for Self-Reporting FCPA Misconduct: Certain Exclusions Apply, See Below for Details

For the next year, the Justice Department may be offering up to a 50% discount on fines imposed in FCPA cases. Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) Criminal Division announced the launch of a one-year pilot...more

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