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What To Do If You Have Delinquent International Information Tax Returns

A U.S. taxpayer with international holdings and interests may not be fully compliant with U.S. tax reporting obligations even though they have currently reported all foreign source income on their annual tax return, filed...more

OSC “Pattern and Practice” Investigations to Continue

Over the past few years, the number of employer investigations—and perhaps more noteworthy, the amount of the penalties assessed—by the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) has...more

Broker-Dealer Beat - May 2015

FINRA has published updated and revised Sanction Guidelines that, among other things, highlight the SRO's position that penalties in disciplinary actions should be significant enough to achieve deterrence and not serve merely...more

Feds settle on final 2011 Southwest blackout penalty

Over four years after a major 2011 power outage in Southern California and parts of the Southwest, federal energy regulators have approved the sixth and final settlement of penalties for violations of law and reliability...more

Employer Paid Individual Health Insurance Policies Create the Potential for Significant Penalties, But Limited Relief Is Available

Despite guidance from the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), the Department of Labor (“DOL”) and the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) indicating the prohibition of the practice under the Affordable Care Act...more

Another SEC FCPA Action Tied to Hospitality

Hospitality and effective compliance procedures are often critical issues when dealing with government officials. Those two issues came into sharp focus in the SEC’s latest FCPA case. In the Matter of BHP Billiton Ltd., Adm....more

A $6 Million Reminder to Observe Corporate Formalities: Environmental Prosecutors Pierce Another Corporate Veil with Ohio Decision

With ever-growing concern about environmental liability exposures, many shareholders rely on corporate structures – both simple and complex – to help insulate themselves from direct responsibility for the acts and omissions...more

Class Action Plaintiffs Continue Attack on Residential Rent Late Fees

Plaintiffs’ lawyers have recently taken aim at REITS and other owners and managers of multi-family property portfolios - filing class action lawsuits seeking damages and to invalidate late fee charges imposed under...more

Non-U.S. Companies Should Use Caution When Investing in U.S. “Agricultural Land”

A non-U.S. company that buys or sells U.S. real estate that is or once was used for agricultural purposes may face reporting requirements in connection with such transactions. These reporting obligations might apply whether...more

The BE-10 Is Due Whether You Are “Invited” to Participate or Not

Did you hear? The BE-10 report is due. It is due at the end of May—May 29, 2015, to be exact—for U.S. reporters required to file fewer than 50 forms, and June 30, 2015 for U.S. reporters required to file 50 or more forms, as...more

China Regulatory Enforcement Quarterly - Q1 – 2015 |

Inside This Issue: - Executive Summary - PRC Legal and Regulatory Updates - Major Enforcement News - China Communist Party Titles 101 - AIC Penalties Increase Risk of Dual Enforcement Actions - Frequently Asked...more

DOJ Sets its Sights on Antitrust Violations in the E-Commerce Marketplace

The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (Antitrust Division) continues to intensify and expand criminal enforcement of the antitrust laws. The results speak for themselves. In fiscal year 2014, the Antitrust...more

Medicaid's Gift to Children Who Help Parents Postpone Nursing Home Care

In most states, transferring your house to your children (or someone else) may lead to a Medicaid penalty period, which would make you ineligible for Medicaid for a period of time. However, there are circumstances in which...more

Bribery Settlements in 2014: A Record-Setting Year

Corporations facing bribery charges under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) will pay significantly higher fines to resolve their cases, at least if recent settlements are a reliable guide. Last year, FCPA...more

FBAR Case Rules on Unknown Issues

A recent FBAR decision weighs in on some unknown and uncertain penalty issues relating to failure to file FBARs. These issues include...more

Late Fees More Feasible After The Full Federal Court Overturns Decision On Penalties

On 8 April 2015 the Full Federal Court of Australia has found that certain bank fees were not penalties or otherwise unconscionable, unjust or unfair under statute reversing the first instance decision of Gordon J. This brief...more

"What Every General Counsel Needs to Know to Comply With New Bureau of Economic Analysis Reporting Requirements"

In 1976, Congress passed legislation requiring the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce to collect information on investment flows between the United States and foreign countries. Subsequently...more

Employer’s confidentiality agreement triggers SEC action and penalty - review and revise agreements now

Consistent with its prior announcements that it will protect and encourage whistleblowers, the SEC recently announced its “first enforcement action” against a company for using allegedly restrictive language in an agreement...more

Coles' $10 Million Pecuniary Penalty Order For Unconscionable Conduct Is A Win For Businesses In Encouraging Good Standards Of...

On 22 December 2014, the Federal Court ordered Coles to pay $10 million in pecuniary penalties for engaging in conduct that constituted unconscionable conduct in contravention of section 22 of the Australian Consumer Law...more

Sweden: Proposed amendments to the Swedish Lotteries Act

An inquiry commissioned by the Swedish government has proposed amendments to remove the differences between the prohibition and sanctions against the promotion of unlicensed foreign lotteries and unlicensed national...more

Revision of UK Military List of Controlled Items

The list of military goods, software and technology that are subject to export controls has been revised on 24 March 2015. The changes have been made through the Export Control (Amendment) Order 2015 which replaces Schedule 2...more

Upcoming Energy Efficiency Requirements in the Rented Sector

The UK government has set a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050, compared to the 1990 baseline. Since energy use in buildings is a major source of UK carbon emissions, improving their energy...more

BSI Account Holders Now Face 50 Percent Penalty On All Undisclosed Offshore Accounts

On Monday, March 30, 2015, the Department of Justice (the "Department") announced its first settlement under the Swiss Bank Program, potentially exposing thousands of U.S. taxpayers to a steep 50 percent penalty for failure...more

CPSC Civil Penalty Trend Continues

At the end of last year, we reported that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued $12.2 million in civil penalties in 2014, more than double the amount issued in 2013. The number of companies fined increased as...more

The ACCC's hunt for franchisors starts with AU$500,000 penalty

In a wakeup call for franchisors, the Federal Court earlier this week imposed an AU$500,000 penalty on South East Melbourne Cleaning Pty Ltd (formerly Coverall Cleaning Concepts South Easy Melbourne Pty Ltd) (Coverall) for...more

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