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Gas Company Receives First Declination of 2017 Under FCPA Pilot Program

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on June 16, 2017, announced its first declination of 2017 and the closing of its investigation of Linde North America Inc. and Linde Gas North America LLC (collectively, Linde) concerning...more

First Trump Administration FCPA Resolution is Tender not Tough

by Bryan Cave on

DC Partner Mark Sere and DC Senior Associate Kristin Robinson have presented a webinar providing a mid-year update on the FCPA. In it, Mark and Kristin read the tea leaves on whether the Trump Administration was going to be...more

Supreme Court Of The United States Finds Criminal Forfeiture Statute Does Not Provide For Joint And Several Liability

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 5, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously reversed a forfeiture judgment under Section 303 of the Comprehensive Forfeiture Act of 1984, 21 U.S.C. § 853(a)(1) (“Section 853(a)”), holding that...more

Supreme Court Substantially Reduces Government's Ability to Seek Criminal Forfeitures

by WilmerHale on

On June 5, 2017, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Honeycutt v. United States (No. 16-142), holding that a criminal defendant can be held liable to forfeit only crime proceeds the defendant personally obtained,...more

A Criminal Defendant Cannot Forfeit Property He Never Received

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On June 5th, the United States Supreme Court held in Honeycutt v. United States that a criminal defendant is not jointly and severally liable for property his co-conspirator derived from the crime, and that he only can be...more

In Two Unanimous Rulings, U.S. Supreme Court Limits Penalties in SEC Enforcement and Criminal Actions

In a pair of decisions issued on June 5, the Supreme Court sharply curtailed the scope of financial sanctions available in civil securities enforcement and criminal drug trafficking cases. In addition to the results, which...more

Alert: Supreme Court Reins in Criminal Asset Forfeiture Actions

by Cooley LLP on

On Monday, June 5, 2017, the US Supreme Court significantly curtailed the government's power to seize assets from co-conspirators in a criminal enterprise. In Honeycutt v. United States, — S.Ct. — (2017), the Supreme Court...more

5-Year Statute of Limitations Applies to SEC Disgorgement

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On June 5, 2017, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Kokesh v. Securities and Exchange Commission, resolving a circuit split and holding that the 5-year statute of limitations for civil penalties applies to SEC...more

Proposed 457(f) Regulations: Opportunities and Challenges

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The 2016 proposed regulations significantly expanded 457(f) plan sponsors’ ability to permit elective deferrals, use noncompetition agreements and make larger severance payments than otherwise permitted under 409A without...more

Honeycutt v. United States: Mandated Criminal Asset Forfeiture Receives Clear Limitation — Joint and Several Forfeiture Liability...

by Carlton Fields on

Introduction - On June 5, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Honeycutt v. United States, No. 16-142, 581 U.S. ___ (2017), narrowing the scope of federal criminal asset forfeiture for drug...more

Forfeitures for Ordinance Violations - When Are They Excessive?

by Ruder Ware on

An age-old problem faced by municipal officials is what to do about residents and landowners who fail to take care of their properties and allow junk, debris, and other unsightly items to accumulate.  This often leads to...more

German Constitutional Court Declares Parts of Provisions Regarding Forfeiture of Tax Losses and Loss Carry Forwards...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The German Constitutional Court held in its decision dated 29 March 2017 (published on 12 May 2017) Section 8c sentence 1 German Corporate Income Tax Act (KStG) (introduced in 2008 and replaced by the identical provision of...more

New IRS Guidance Allows Plan Sponsors to Use Forfeitures for Safe Harbor Contributions, QNECs and QMACs

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Earlier this year, the IRS released proposed regulations which permit employers to use forfeitures to fund safe harbor contributions, QNECs and QMACs. ...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19734 - Wall Systems, Inc. v. Pompa - Plaintiff - construction company - discovered one of its supervisors who was paid ~$200k/year was working for a competitor at the same...more

Civil Forfeiture Under Fire – Part II

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In this post, we consider the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General report (OIG Report), released on March 29, 2017, evaluating the DOJ’s oversight of its cash seizure and forfeiture operations. This...more

“Path to Marijuana Reform” Legislation Introduced in Congress

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

On March 30th, bipartisan U.S. lawmakers introduced a package of three marijuana reform bills collectively being called the “Path to Marijuana Reform” aimed to “pave the way for responsible federal regulation of the legal...more

IRS Announces Amendment Period for 403(b) Plans, Proposes to Allow Forfeitures to Fund QNECS and QMACs

by Williams Mullen on

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued a long-awaited Revenue Procedure regarding compliance for 403(b) plans and also offered flexibility to employers to fund employer contributions to their 401(k) plans with...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Navient Corp., facing CFPB allegations that it didn’t live up to its promises of helping its 12 million customers manage their loans, now has a two-faced problem after a recently filed motion to dismiss in which it argued...more

Pay the Piper: Restitution Payment to Victims Does Not Offset Mandatory Forfeiture to Government

In United States v. Bodouva, 16-3937 (March 22, 2017) (Katzmann, C.J., Pooler and Lynch, J.), the Court held in a per curiam order that a defendant convicted of embezzlement must forfeit the full amount of her illicit gains...more

Friends and Family and Criminal Forfeiture

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

One of the many potential consequences of a criminal conviction is that the government may seize assets held by the defendant’s family to satisfy a criminal forfeiture order against the defendant himself. In United States v....more

Germany: It's Time To Review Forfeiture clauses in standard employment contracts

by Dentons on

It is market standard in Germany to insist on forfeiture clauses in employment contracts, i.e., language providing that any claims arising under the contract are forfeited if not exercised within three months after their due...more

Financial Services Report - Spring 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

EDITOR’S NOTE - In like a lion, out like a lamb—it works for weather; does it work for new administrations? We’ll have to wait and see. We’ll have to wait and see about the length of CFPB Director Richard Cordray’s...more

New York Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Loan Modification Scheme

by Goodwin on

On March 7, 2017, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York announced the sentencing of an individual defendant to 15 years in prison and $2.5 million in forfeiture in connection with a loan...more

Real News - Winter 2016/2017

by DLA Piper on

Welcome to the winter 2016/2017 edition of Real News, DLA Piper’s quarterly real estate publication. This edition is a quick review of 2016 and a look forward to what 2017 may bring into the real estate world. I look...more

IRS Allows 401k Plan Safe Harbor and ADP ACP Corrective Contributions to be Funded from Forfeitures

We are pleased to bring you some good news for 401(k) plans from the IRS. The IRS just issued a proposed regulation that allows safe harbor contributions to a 401(k) plan, or employer contributions used to correct a...more

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