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Effects of Schrems Ruling on International Internal Investigations

In a recent landmark decision, Maximillian Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner, Europe’s highest court struck down a US-EU agreement that allowed companies to move personal electronic data between the European Union and...more

HR Influence in Disciplinary Proceedings Can Render Dismissals Unfair

In Ramphal v Department for Transport (EAT – 2015), the EAT has provided guidance on the appropriate level of HR involvement in disciplinary proceedings. The case concerns an employee who was dismissed for gross...more

Business Litigation Report - September 2015

Alleging Fraud in a Financial Crisis: The Second Circuit Articulates a Less Stringent Pleading Standard for Loss Causation: Loss causation has emerged as a central obstacle to post-financial-crisis fraud cases. The loss...more

Deflategate: Four Games and Four Lessons for Unionized Employers

This week would have marked the return of Tom Brady, had his four game suspension not been reversed by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Much ink has been spilled over Brady’s suspension...more

How Does The DOJs Recent Yates' Memo Impact Your Insurance Coverage For Government Investigations?

On September 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ”) issued a memorandum that was authored by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and titled, “Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing” (the “Yates...more

Pay Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain: DOJ Memorandum Adds Further Weight to CPSC Enforcement Efforts Against Corporate...

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) recently issued a memorandum to various enforcement agencies. The memorandum, available here, focuses on holding individuals accountable for corporate fraud and misconduct. The...more

KBR And Maintaining Privilege Throughout Investigations

Last month, for the second time, the D.C. Circuit in In re Kellogg Brown & Root Inc., No. 14-5319, slip op. (D.C. Cir. Aug. 11, 2015), granted a writ of mandamus sought by KBR and vacated a series of district court orders...more

The Chill is Gone: SEC Wants Unfettered Whistleblowers

The SEC continues its efforts to support whistleblowers. The whistleblower program promulgated by the Commission under the Dodd-Frank Act offers rewards to individuals who report securities law violations. As we have...more

The D.C. Circuit Issues Another Privilege-Friendly Decision: Part II

Last week's Privilege Point discussed the D.C. Circuit's refusal to order disclosure of privileged communications a Rule 30(b)(6) deponent reviewed before testifying. In re Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc., No. 14-5319, 2015 U.S....more

And The Beat Goes On… The NLRB's Attack on Confidentiality Continues

Many employers believe they have the absolute right to prohibit their workers from disclosing “confidential” information to coworkers and third parties. They are dead wrong. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has...more

D.C. Circuit Reinforces Attorney-Client Privilege Applicable to Internal Investigations

On August 11, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District Court of Columbia issued a decision of importance to all companies that seek to maintain privilege with respect to internal investigations. The D.C....more

DOJ Reaffirms Commitment to Prosecuting Individuals, Toughens Expectation for Corporate Response

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently issued a memorandum ("The Yates memo") on September 9, 2015 by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, reaffirming the Government's commitment to prosecuting individuals. Say...more

Warning to HR Against Over Involvement in Disciplinary Investigations

In Ramphal v Department for Transport UKEAT/0352/14, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether heavy involvement by HR in a disciplinary investigation rendered a subsequent dismissal unfair....more

UBS Puerto Rico, Others Tied to SEC Fraud Action

When the bond market collapsed in Puerto Rico many clients at UBS Financial Services Incorporated of Puerto Rico had significant losses. Many had purchased shares of UBS PR closed-end funds or CEFs. UBSPR had been selling...more

Five Ways to Ensure Board Support for Compliance

A Chief Compliance Officer has a number of important relationships to maintain in an organization. Aside from the support of senior level executives, the CCO has to build an effective working relationship with the board and...more

“Cat’s Paw” – Or Perhaps “Tiger’s Paw” Theory Now

For those interested in the origin, the term “cat’s paw” derives from a fable of a monkey who employs flattery to convince a cat to pull chestnuts out of a fire. Today the term commonly refers to a person used unwittingly or...more

Accessing an Employee’s Social Media Account? A Patchwork of State Laws

The water cooler, it seems, is a thing of the past. Or at least the actual physical water cooler is. These days, many of the office conversations take place online. Employees air their grievances, connect with each other, and...more

DOJ Clarifies Position on Individual Accountability in Corporate Investigations

Earlier this month, we discussed a memorandum issued by Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). This memorandum, referred to as the “Yates Memo,” reaffirms the Government’s...more

DOJ's New Guidance Directing Prosecutors to Target Individuals Responsible for Corporate Wrongdoing Calls for Clarification

On September 9, 2015, the Department of Justice ("DOJ") issued written guidance by the Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillen Yates on investigating and prosecuting individuals involved in alleged corporate wrongdoing (the...more

U.S. Department of Justice issues new guidance on individual accountability for corporate wrongdoing

On Sept. 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice issued new guidance (“DOJ Guidance”) instructing DOJ criminal and civil attorneys to place a greater emphasis on accountability of the individuals responsible for corporate...more

The D.C. Circuit Issues Another Privilege-Friendly Decision: Part I

In 2014, the D.C. Circuit adopted a very favorable privilege standard — protecting communications if "one significant . . . purpose[]" was corporations' need for legal advice, even if that was not the communications' "primary...more

Despite Criticism, DOJ’s New Policy On Internal Investigations Could Be a Good Thing

While naysayers believe the Department Of Justice's (DOJ’s) memo is going to result in major complications and headaches for companies experiencing government investigations, ethical companies are unlikely to be affected much...more

Can I ask an employee to stop talking about a harassment claim at work?

One of our employees filed a sexual harassment claim with HR. We conducted an investigation but found no evidence to support her claim. The employee continues to discuss the situation with coworkers, and it’s becoming...more

Assistant Attorney General Caldwell Clarifies Application of Yates Memo on Individual Accountability

On September 22, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division, Leslie R. Caldwell, spoke at the Global Investigations Review Conference in New York, addressing the...more

Is an Internal Investigation Privileged?

An internal investigation into whistleblower allegations was privileged, thus protected from disclosure, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench recently held in Talisman Energy Inc v Flo-Dynamics Systems Inc, 2015 ABQB 561...more

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