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The Ethics Advisor: Vamos a la Playa!

Fifth in a series by BB&K Partner Ruben Duran for the Southern California Latino Policy Center Newsletter - Summer’s approach often brings thoughts of travel. Whether with family or friends, by train, bus, car or plane,...more

If I could turn back prosecutorial time...

The case of R v AIL, GH and RH, one of the first the Court of Appeal has considered in 2016, is an interesting one from the perspective of all white-collar crime practitioners. The Court of Appeal had to consider whether it...more

This Man Is Dodging Wall St.

Rather than confront accusations of baseless zeal and prosecutorial overreach, New York federal prosecutor Preet Bharara would rather spend his energy dodging accountability. In 2010, Bharara launched a crusade against...more

The McDonnell Case: Supreme Court Weighs Limiting Bribery Statute

We all suffer from a little myopia. Following FCPA enforcement and compliance issues makes a lot of sense in today’s enforcement environment. However, there is plenty of domestic enforcement of bribery laws – the New York...more

“Take Me Out to the Ballgame?” Asked the Inspector: Saying “Yes” May Now Be a Federal Crime

Imagine this hypothetical: A local fire marshal says to Mary Jones, who runs the residence halls at a major university, “It must be nice having seats at the Saturday football games.” Mary gets the message and thinks that if...more

Quid Pro Quo and FCPA Enforcement

Yesterday on the podcast, the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report, I posted the full oral argument from the Supreme Court in the case of McDonnell v. US (shout out to Web Hull for sending it to me), which is the appeal of the...more

Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in McDonnell Public Corruption Case

Last week, United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer framed the overarching issues facing the Court during oral argument in United States v. McDonnell this way: “One, political figures will not know what...more

China Regulatory Enforcement Quarterly - May 2016

The PRC regulatory landscape remains a hotbed of activity in Q1 2016 with government regulators tackling major scandals in the financial and healthcare sectors. While government regulators and corporations continue to focus...more

The Ethics Advisor: Bad Stuff Sometimes Happens, Even to Good People

Fourth in a series by BB&K Partner Ruben Duran for the Southern California Latino Policy Center Newsletter* Sometimes, it just happens. Tragedy strikes. Disaster hits. Whether self-inflicted or supernaturally caused,...more

Paul Watler Speaks: Texas Supreme Court Opinions Firm Up Anti-SLAPP Rights For Online Journalists

Online journalists and scholars from the Americas and around the globe recently gathered at the University of Texas at Austin to assess the state of internet-based journalism. The keynote address of the 16th annual...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – March 2016 #4

Dear Legal Mailbag: Have you noticed that parents increasingly have boundary issues as to what is their business and what is not? I have, and I need your help....more

How To Survive A Conflict of Interest Scandal

What happens when you own a business and hold a political position or serve on a non-profit board and you have to make a decision in one of those positions that could affect your business? Can you remain objective? Can you...more

Brown v. Canada Clarifies Obligations of Patent Applicants

Bennett Jones successfully represented the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), Canada’s preeminent association of intellectual property professionals, as an intervener before the Federal Court of Appeal in Brown...more

Miller Canfield Secures Court Order Stopping Enforcement of Law Barring Objectively Neutral Speech by Public Officials

On February 5, 2016, United States District Court Judge John Corbett O’Meara issued an Opinion and Order granting a preliminary injunction and blocking enforcement of §57(3) of the Michigan Campaign Finance Act, which barred...more

Red Notice Newsletter - January 2016

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Convicted Printing Company Ordered to Pay £2.2 Million - On January 8, 2016, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced that Smith & Ouzman Ltd, a U.K. security printing company, was...more

Corruption and Foreign Government Institutions

The FCPA can create a very one-sided view of corruption. The bribe payer is punished and most times the recipient is not. The Justice Department has used creative approaches to ensnare recipients as in the Direct Partners...more

Practical aspects of anticorruption legislation in Kazakhstan

Having clear, understandable and effective corporate rules is the best protection against possible risks Since its independence, Kazakhstan has made significant progress in combatting corruption and bribery. However,...more

A Brief Legal Guide for Local Public Officials in Responding to Terrorist Attacks

There are just some legal matters that should not be put off — and sorting out the legal authority local public officials have in responding to a terrorist attack is one such matter. Once the attack is already underway, it’s...more

Canada considers new requirements for monitoring politically exposed persons

The previous federal government introduced amendments to money laundering regulations this past summer to implement a program of financial surveillance of senior public officeholders, their family members and their close...more

The Ethics Advisor: I’ve Just Been Elected (or Re-Elected) to Local Public Office — Now What?

Fourth in a series by BB&K Partner Ruben Duran for the Southern California Latino Policy Center Newsletter* Congratulations, Ms. or Mr. Newly-Elected Public Official, and welcome to the world of local government and...more

Municipal Legal News: Volume 1, Number 2 November 2015

Employment Requirements for Building Officials - The Michigan Attorney General has interpreted a recent law requiring municipal building officials to be “employed” by a municipality to mean that building officials cannot...more

The Meaning of “Malfeasance in Office” and the Lifetime Ban to Holding Office it Carries

The California Attorney General concluded in a recent opinion that the City of Commerce has the right to sue a sitting city councilmember convicted of a crime to test if he has the right to hold office. The Attorney General...more

Cross-Border Investigations Update - November 2015

This issue of Skadden’s semiannual Cross-Border Investigations Update takes a close look at recent cases and enforcement trends, including developments in U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement; the introduction of...more

The Ethics Advisor: The Proper Roles of Staff and Elected Officials

Most cities in California (an overwhelming 97 percent) operate under the “Council-Manager form of government,” under which the elected councilmembers directly hire and oversee one top-level employee (the city manager) to...more

Government Fraud and Corruption: Ex-Mayor and Engineer Convicted in Major Municipal Corruption Case in Quebec

On September 15, 2015, the Court of Québec rendered a judgment? in which it found a former mayor and a vice-president of an engineering firm guilty of several criminal offences relating to municipal corruption. These...more

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