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Enforcement Provides Important Update for Auto Industry

For the last several years, the global auto industry has been rocked by unprecedented investigations and prosecution. Numerous international cartels, involving scores of companies and individuals, have engaged in...more

Here We Go Again—The Robert C. Byrd Mine Safety Protection Act

For the fourth time since the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion in April 2010, a Congressional bill proposes to further amend the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977. The Robert C. Byrd Mine Safety Protection Act...more

How to Effectively Handle a Wage and Hour Government Investigation

According to recent studies, companies paid $400 million in 2014 and $39 million in the first three months of 2015 to settle wage and hour lawsuits exclusively. Aside from the ever-increasing threat of private wage and hour...more

Cooperation, the SEC and FOIA

A critical part of cooperating with an SEC or DOJ investigation for FCPA or other possible violations is the production of documents. In order for the company to assess what happened it must conduct an internal investigation...more

Solicitor-Client Privilege: The Quebec Securities Regulator Can Summon In-House Counsel to Testify in an Investigation

On July 16, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) denied leave to appeal to an in-house counsel (referred to as Ms. X to protect her identity) in the case of X v. Autorité des marchés financiers. The SCC thus maintained the...more

FCC Announces $3.5 Million Settlement with Carriers to Resolve Consumer Privacy Investigation

On July 9, the FCC announced a $3.5 million settlement with carriers TerraCom, Inc. and YourTel America, Inc. to resolve an investigation into the exposure of personal information of over 300,000 of their customers online via...more

Corporation Pleads Guilty and Forfeits $1 Million for Hiring Unauthorized Workers

On July 14, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office, announced that a corporation domiciled in Pennsylvania pled guilty to a one-count Bill of Information charging the company with harboring unauthorized...more

Think Twice about DEA Voluntary Surrender

It can be an intimidating experience to be sure… A DEA agent or Diversion Investigator, on an unscheduled visit to your office, confronts you with a KASPER, a KBML complaint or some other state regulatory action and alleges...more

Are Public Companies Required to Disclose that the Government is Investigating Them?

For many public companies, the first issue they have to confront after they receive a government subpoena or Civil Investigative Demand (“CID”) is whether to disclose publicly that they are under investigation. Curiously, the...more

An Example of Cooperation Credit From The SEC

DOJ and SEC officials repeatedly encourage cooperation. There are benefits for both sides. Cooperation can facilitate the Government’s investigation, providing a road to the scheme. Testimony can aid in obtaining a favorable...more

Fifth Circuit Fires at the Department of Labor with Colorful, Precedential Prose

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently slammed the United States Department of Labor with a finding of abusive conduct and ordered an award of significant monetary sanctions for bad faith, harassment, and abusive...more

OSHA Clarifies Standards for Whistleblower Investigations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a new memo to clarify the investigative standards it has in place for its whistleblower investigations. There are more than 20 whistleblower protection laws...more

Unpacking the TracFone Cellphone Unlocking Settlement

On June 30th, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s or the Commission’s) Enforcement Bureau (EB) reached a projected $3.2 million consent decree to resolve an investigation into whether TracFone, the nation’s largest...more

Global Insight - Restructuring e-Newsletter: Oil and gas sector distress - UK and US perspectives; PRC real estate restructuring;...

A UK perspective on oil price volatility - industry impact and legal considerations - The dramatic decrease in the price of crude oil over the last eleven months has had ramifications across the globe. With prices...more

Red Notice Newsletter - June 2015

This month on the anticorruption front, an energy company announces the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has declined to bring charges following an Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)-related investigation, the protracted...more

From 20 Years to Zero in Six Trial Days

As widely reported in the national media, Quinn Emanuel achieved a stunning outcome in the trial of our client, Joseph Sigelman, the co-founder and former Co-CEO of a Colombian oil company called PetroTiger. When trial began...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Thank you for your readership. The First Regular Session of the 127th Legislature is nearing its end. For now, the Legislature has adjourned but plans to reconvene on July 16. As the pace of legislative developments is now...more

Privacy and Transparency in the Context of Government Data Requests

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) recently released its fifth annual report evaluating the practices of several online service providers with regard to government access to user data. The report rates the major online...more

DOT Issues Scathing Internal Report of NHTSA’s Defect Investigation Processes

In the wake of GM’s ignition-switch, the Secretary of Transportation, Anthony R. Foxx, directed an investigation into NHTSA’s defect investigation policies and procedures. Specifically, Secretary Foxx requested that the U.S....more

When the Friendly Government Inspector Arrives

When I used to work in the Office of Chief Counsel for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, I would see it all the time. A government agency institutes an investigation. An investigator may have been provided information by a...more

Update on Petrobas Scandal – Recent Arrests of Construction Company Executives

The sprawling Petrobas corruption scandal continues to grow and stretch across Brazil’s political and economic landscape. Prosecutors handling the case continue to reach new targets and arrest more individuals who profited...more

OSHA Clarifies Standards for Whistleblower Investigations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a new memo to clarify the investigative standards it has in place for its whistleblower investigations. There are more than 20 whistleblower protection laws...more

Corporate Espionage: Not Your Typical Sports-“Gate”

Generally when one refers to “competitors” in the context of protecting trade secrets, it is in regard to business competitors, not competing sports teams. And usually when the talking heads on sports radio and television...more

Cardinals Hacking Update

St. Louis Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt, Jr. threw staff members under the bus following the breaking story last week that the Cardinals have been hacking into the Astros’ database for up to three years. According to DeWitt, a...more

Court of Justice Finds Deutsche Bahn Dawn Raids Illegal

Commission’s dawn raids of Deutsche Bahn’s premises were illegal because improperly discovered documents triggered the action. Summary - On 18 June 2015, the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) partly allowed...more

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