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A Primer on Competition Investigations in Canada

The Competition Bureau just telephoned. They have started an "inquiry". Your company is about to receive a "section 11 Order". What's happening, and what's next?...more

Want the government to give you credit for cooperating with their investigation? Get ready to certify your investigation...

Late last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that the US Department of Justice's (DOJ's) fraud section is developing a process for settling companies to certify that they have disclosed fully all information about...more

New Ninth Circuit Decision Clarifies Standard for Pleading Loss Causation in Securities Cases

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently answered a question explicitly left open by its earlier precedent: Can the announcement of an SEC investigation form the basis for a viable loss causation...more

Brother Can You Spare Some (Compliance) Advice?

Usually I have Houston professional sports teams to hold high as example of true bone headedness around compliance issues. However, as my beloved Houston Astros took the World Series Champions, KC Royals, to the 7th inning of...more

A New Trend? NY AG Settles First Climate Change Disclosure Case

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman may be leading the way again. In the past the office has lead ground breaking investigations using New York’s Martin Act that presaged significant SEC investigations and actions....more

3 Major Mistakes Companies Make When Being Investigated: The SEC’s Steven Cohen on Do's and Don'ts During an Investigation

On Thursday, October 29th, a call was hosted by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) with Steven Cohen, Associate Director of the Securities and Exchange Committee (SEC). For over an hour, Mr. Cohen spoke...more

DOJ Sharpens Focus on Corporate Compliance in Deciding Whether to Prosecute Companies

One of the factors that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) considers in deciding whether to bring charges against a corporation is the existence and effectiveness of the corporation’s pre-existing compliance program. On...more

Australian Anti-Bribery & Compliance Trends

Today we welcome Ted Williams, Partner, Piper Alderman. Ted, can you share some of your background and experience? TW: Thank you, Richard, for the opportunity to engage with your community, and it was a pleasure to...more

Justice Department Charges Pharma President with Kickback Conspiracy

In the public relations battle following the issuance of the Yates Memo, the Justice Department can now cite one example for the new policy – the recent arrest and charging of Carl Reichel, former President of Warner...more

When The Government Comes Knocking: Maximizing Insurance Coverage for Government Investigations

As many readers will know, a government investigation can begin with something as seemingly innocuous as an email from a governmental agency to a company’s general counsel asking for information, or as attention-grabbing as a...more

Department of Justice Mandate: Prosecute Individuals for Corporate Wrongdoing

On September 9, 2015, Sally Quillian Yates, the Deputy Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), issued a directive to the leaders of the divisions of the DOJ and to U.S. Attorneys to combat corporate fraud by...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

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

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

Financial Industry Compliance: Enforcement Challenges in the US and Europe

“If you look at the landscape pre-financial crisis, i.e. in 2006-2007, compliance looked very different than it does now,” said Latham & Watkins partner Dr. Finn Zeidler. “In the meantime, compliance in the financial services...more

A Deeper Dive: Regulatory Investigations Following a Reported Breach

In our inaugural Data Security Incident Response Report (the Report), we found that regulators inquired about a company’s breach 31% of the time and multi-state state Attorneys General investigations were launched less than...more

Taking the Rolls Out for a Spin? Maybe You Should Avoid Brazil

Just as the GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK) case in China heralded a new day in international anti-corruption enforcement, the Petrobras case may be equally important going forward. The scope and breadth of the investigation is...more

Despite settlement, EEOC continues and expands discrimination investigation

At this point, employers have become all too familiar with the new, aggressive enforcement agenda of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The agency’s systemic initiative to root out alleged discriminatory employment...more

Court Dismisses Shareholder Derivative Action Targeting Directors and Officers for Data Breaches

Earlier this week a federal district court in New Jersey dismissed with prejudice a shareholder derivative suit, Palkon v. Holmes, No. 14-CV-01234 (SRC) (D.N.J.), that tried to blame the directors and officers at hospitality...more

Expanding Liability for Audit Committee Members

When one considers the corporate bureaucracy designed to ensure good corporate citizenship, the audit committee stands out. No committee of the board has the broad ranging purview of the audit committee, and those powers and...more

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