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"The E-Discovery Digest - June 2016"

The fourth edition of The E-Discovery Digest focuses on recent decisions addressing the scope and application of the attorney-client privilege and work-product doctrine, spoliation, cost shifting and other e-discovery...more

DOJ - SEC Resolve FCPA Actions – Consider Cooperation

A Massachusetts based medical imaging company resolved FCPA charges with the DOJ and the SEC stemming from actions taken by its Danish subsidiary and its CFO. The actions center on about 180 suspicious transactions in Russia...more

Con Men, Criminals, and Compliance

What does it take (or not take) to be a con artist and/or a white collar criminal? Do not kid yourself — white collar criminals can be “dangerous,” in that they usually suffer from significant personality disorders. Many are...more

The UK Bribery Act: SFO Procedures and DPA Process

A couple of recent articles about the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) caught my attention. One was on thebriberyact.com, entitled “Opinion: DPA’s must show greater benefits. We discuss the Criteria & Process for a DPA set out...more

UK Bribery Act – 5 lessons in 5 years: No 2 – Unheard Voices

The corporate bribery offence has brought in a new age of enforcement, but at what cost to individuals who may be implicated? In the last few weeks of 2015, the enforcement landscape for corporate entities carrying on...more

Is Your Organization Prepared for Ontario Bill 132?

On September 8, 2016, new legislation in Ontario will go into effect requiring employers to investigate incidents or complaints of harassment or sexual harassment in the workplace. Employers with employees in Ontario will...more

Suspicious Activity Reports: Why They Matter

The Bank Security Act (BSA) states that financial institutions have an obligation to aid law enforcement in identifying suspicious financial transactions through what is known as a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR). As banking...more

Are You Leaving Whistleblowers Waiting?

One of the troubling findings in our most recent Ethics and Compliance Hotline Benchmark Report is that organizations are taking longer and longer to close cases, continuing a trend we’ve seen throughout this decade....more

The U.S. Chamber And the Yates Memo On DOJ Cooperation

Earlier this month Deputy AG Sally Yates defended her controversial memorandum on cooperation in remarks made before the New York City Bar Association White Collar Conference. The memo to which her name is attached redefined...more

Dawn raids: How to prepare for, manage, and mitigate the increasing risk to multinational tech companies

Dawn raids and enforcement actions throughout Europe are becoming more and more prevalent. And increasingly, the targets of these raids are multinational tech companies with foreign headquarters, which through their global...more

Internal Investigations and Privilege: A Redux

An internal investigation into a workplace accident was privileged, and thus protected from disclosure, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench recently held in Alberta v Suncor Energy Inc, 2016 ABQB 264 [Suncor]. The Court found...more

Is the Sky Falling? DOJ and Cooperation

Is the sky falling or are we on our way to a new normal when it comes to earning cooperation credit from the Department of Justice? These questions were raised in remarks by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates in remarks...more

What to Do When the Regulator Comes Calling

Before an Investigation/Inquiry - Prepare: Before any investigation arises, have a Crisis Management Plan in place. The plan should include a Response Plan and an Evidence Retention Plan as described below. At the...more

U.S. - India Newsletter Vol. 2016, Issue 2

Welcome to the second issue of our newsletter, which features news and articles of interest from Pepper’s U.S.-India Practice. In the first quarter of 2016, we saw a lot of activity in the international data privacy...more

Internal Investigative Reports That Lead to Discipline Are Not Exempt Adjudicatory Records under FOIA

An Illinois Appellate Court has further limited the public records that a public body can withhold from disclosure under Section 7(1)(n) of the Freedom of Information Act, which exempts “records relating to a public body’s...more

How Does a Company Satisfy the Work Product Motivation Element for Post-Accident Investigations? (Part II)

Last week's Privilege Point discussed a court's rejection of a work product claim for a routine post-accident incident report. That defendant did not establish that the report was different from reports following accidents...more

Incident Management – The New Frontier

Compliance programs are required to create and manage case investigation systems to handle potential misconduct, investigate allegations of wrongdoing and then dispense discipline. Lessons learned from these investigations...more

Are Your HR Investigation Notes Protected Against Disclosure? Maybe, Maybe Not.

Just last month, two federal district courts reached different conclusions, further contributing to the confusion as to whether notes taken during a Human Resources department investigation of a discrimination or harassment...more

Fifth Circuit Rejects EEOC's Position on Reasonable Belief Standard for Reactive Retaliation Claims

In 2009’s Crawford decision, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that an employee who participates in an employer’s harassment or discrimination investigation as a third-party witness, falls within federal anti-retaliation...more

Dismissal Denied For Discussing Disability: EEOC Case Against Employer Survives

Anti-discrimination laws command that “thou shall not retaliate…” The recent ruling in EEOC v. Day & Zimmerman NPS, Inc., Case No. 15-CV-01416 (D. Conn Apr. 12, 2016), is a case study in how employers can be taken to task for...more

How Does a Company Satisfy the Work Product Motivation Element for Post-Accident Investigations? (Part I)

Companies frequently investigate accidents and other unfortunate incidents. If they do so in the ordinary course of their business, the work product doctrine normally does not apply. How do companies establish that a...more

New FCPA Self-Reporting Pilot Program Formalizes Rewards but Relies on Discretionary Implementation

On April 5, 2016, the Department of Justice unveiled a one-year pilot program designed to encourage companies to self-report violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (the FCPA). Built upon the Department’s September 9,...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

SEC Awards Bounty to Whistleblower, But Offsets Award for a Judgment Against the Whistleblower - The extent to which the SEC would reward whistleblowers, who themselves engaged in wrongdoing, has been the subject of...more

New FEHA Regulations: Understanding California’s New Requirements for How Employers Handle Employee Complaints

New California regulations require that employers write discrimination, harassment and anti-retaliation policies which include extensive complaint management and investigation procedures. Snapshot - - What has...more

New DOJ Guidance and FCPA Pilot Program – Part II: Cooperation

Today, I continue my exploration of the implications from the Department of Justice (DOJ) announcement last week of a new program around Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FPCA) enforcement (herein “Pilot Program”)....more

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