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UK Competition Authority acted irrationally in hotel room on-line pricing case

A decision by the UK’s former competition authority, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT – now replaced by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)) to accept commitments to settle its investigation into on-line prices for...more

Healthcare Industry Faces Heightened Criminal Exposure Under New Criminal Division Review Process for Qui Tam Suits

The Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, Leslie Caldwell, announced on September 17, 2014, that criminal prosecutors at the Justice Department in Washington will automatically review all new qui tam (i.e.,...more

How EU data protection laws impact cross-border FCPA investigations

EU data protection laws apply to "personal data" in the broadest sense. For instance, a business email sent by an employee from the office constitutes "personal data" as long as the email directly or indirectly identifies an...more

Judge Backs EEOC’s Right to Investigate Companywide Policy

Based on Applicant's Allegation That Company Required Unlawful Pre-Offer Health Questionnaire - TAMPA, Fla. - A federal court has ordered KB Staffing, Inc., a staffing firm servicing central Florida, to comply with an...more

What Does Delaware’s Wal-Mart Decision Mean for Attorney-Client Privilege and Internal Investigations?

The Delaware Supreme Court recently came to a decision in Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v. Indiana Electrical Workers Pension Trust Fund IBEW to uphold the order given by the Delaware Court of Chancery to require Wal-Mart to give the...more

Whistleblower Hotline Providers Can Even Save Lives

My mom and dad both have jobs in medicine, so I am some what familiar with how doctors, nurses, and specialists run their practice. My mom works with cancer patients so when I came across this rather shocking article about a...more

OFCCP Joins EEOC in Holding That Gender Identity/Transgender Discrimination is Sex Discrimination Under Title VII

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued a Directive on Gender Identity and Sex Discrimination (DIR 2014-02), announcing that it will follow the EEOC and investigate claims of gender identity...more

Judge Easterbrook on Appellate Review: There Are No "Writs of Erasure"

Judge Easterbrook provided a fundamental and valuable lesson on appellate review during today’s oral argument in O’Keefe v. Chisholm, a series of consolidated appeals that concern the John Doe investigation brought by...more

MN PUC Affirms Path of Contentious Litigation for Externalities Value Determination

The MN PUC held a hearing on September 4, 2014, to address the impending investigation of social costs of pollutants under Minn. Stat. § 216B.2422 subd. 3 (known as externalities values). First established in the late 1990s,...more

Corporate Responses to Investigative Requests by the Federal Government

In light of these new realities corporations face, the first step a company should take is to establish internal guidelines addressing interaction with government agents. Companies should have a response policy in place and...more

Extraordinary Rendition and Ripples From the Chinese Corruption Investigations

As many of you know, I am a recovering trial lawyer. So I was very interested when I received a book for review by Paul Batista, entitled Extraordinary Rendition. Not only is Batista a practicing trial lawyer specializing in...more

HHS OIG Issues Report on Questionable Billing for Medicaid Pediatric Dental Services

What you need to know: The Office of Inspector General for the US Department of Health & Human Services recently published the results of its study on Louisiana dentists who may be providing unnecessary dental...more

Long and Winding Road of FCPA Investigations

The Justice Department and the SEC attorneys have a duty to manage caseloads and move cases responsibly. I called it “cut and run.” Either the government has the evidence or it does not – and they now fairly early on what...more

A Surprise in Progressive Rock – FCPA Internal Investigations

The case has a long involved Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) history. It involves Panalpina and its customer Shell. David Smyth, in his great blog Cady Bar the Door, reported, in a post entitled “Texas Court of Appeals...more

Feds, States Sweep Country for Mortgage Relief Scams

In an enforcement sweep dubbed “Operation Mis-Modification,” the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and 15 state Attorneys General have targeted “foreclosure relief scammers that have...more

Land of Confusion: Insurance Coverage for Pre-Suit FCPA Investigation Costs under D&O liability Policies

Bloomberg recently reported that Walmart spent $439 Million in the past two years related to a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) investigation . Moreover, Walmart predicts that it will spend an additional $200 Million to...more

NLRB Continues Its Busy Summer with Important New Decisions on Weingarten Rights, Noel Canning Issues

The National Labor Relations Board continued its busy summer over the past two weeks. First, the Board issued a decision reaffirming the importance it places on an employee’s Weingarten rights, even if they impede an...more

Can You Hear the Whistle Blowing?: SEC Punishes Company that Did Not Address Fraud Allegations by Whistleblower

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced the latest whistleblower bounty awarded under the Dodd-Frank Act, which authorizes rewards for original information about violations of securities laws....more

Conducting Interviews in an Internal Investigation 2 13 14, 9 03 AM [Video]

The ability to conduct an effective internal investigation is critical for every organization. The interviews of witnesses are the most important aspect of any internal investigation. In response to interest in holding...more

DOJ Probes Subprime Auto-Lending under FIRREA

Two of the largest subprime auto-lenders disclosed last week that they have received subpoenas from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York is leading an...more

Assessing Witness Credibility—Is it Really Just “Opinion”?

I was challenged recently by a participant during an in-depth webinar on conducting investigations of employee misconduct that I was leading. As I discussed how to assess witness credibility—one of the most difficult...more

Gloves Are Off: FERC Issues Public Notice of Alleged Violations in Powhatan Investigation

On August 5, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") issued a public Staff Notice of Alleged Violations ("NAV") regarding alleged manipulative Up To Congestion trading by Powhatan Energy Fund (Powhatan) in the...more

Delaware Supreme Court Extends Shareholder Books and Records Inspection Rights to Privileged Internal Investigation Documents

A recent decision of the Delaware Supreme Court approved granting shareholders the right to inspect privileged and confidential internal investigation materials upon showing “good cause.” Directors and general counsels should...more

Oil Country Tubular Goods Orders Are Much More Likely As Domestic Industry Gains From The Department of Commerce's Final...

The high-profile unfair trade cases on oil country tubular goods (OCTG) are nearing completion. The antidumping investigations cover imports from India, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine,...more

What to Do When an Investigator Comes Knocking

Our firm has observed a significant uptick in the investigation of government contractors in the last few years. This is driven, in large part, by a political and regulatory environment that assumes fraud, waste and abuse are...more

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