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California Supreme Court: Government Communications on Private Accounts Are Public

Recent decision points to the original intent of the California Public Records Act in the evolving debate over government transparency. Key Points: ..California Supreme Court rules that emails and text messages sent...more

E-Communications on Private Accounts May Be Subject to Disclosure Under the California Public Records Act

The California Supreme Court has finally decided a question that has, for years, vexed courts, public officials, the media and citizen watchdogs: Are electronic communications — emails, voicemails and texts — on private...more

California Supreme Court Rules that Public Business Conducted on Personal Devices Result in Public Records

In a major development impacting all public entities subject to the California Public Records Act (Gov. Code § 6250 et seq., hereafter “CPRA”), on March 2, 2017, the California Supreme Court unanimously held that public...more

Officials’ Top 10 Things to Remember About Public Participation in Local Government

As the national political climate heated up recently, some local governments are facing spillover effects, with local and sometimes even out-of-town activists and provocateurs attending city council, school board and other...more

[Event] Nossaman's 2017 Southern California Eminent Domain Seminar - March 2nd, Los Angeles, CA

Nossaman LLP invites you to join us for our 2017 Southern California Eminent Domain Seminar, "Right of Way & Legal Strategies for Successful Project Delivery." This complimentary afternoon seminar will provide insight on...more

Texas Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Jackson Walker Media Clients in Important Free Speech Case

Houston partner John K. Edwards argued before the Texas Supreme Court in September 2016 on behalf of a newspaper and reporter in an important libel case that started in 2003 concerning an article published in a Fort Bend...more

Avoiding Bribery Violations During This Year’s Gift-Giving Season in Korea

Happy New Year of the rooster! This week marks the beginning of Seollal, or the Lunar New Year, which is one of the most significant holidays in Korea and the greater Asia region. During this celebratory season, multinational...more

A HUUUUGE Hire:  Learning From the Actions of Our Future President

Before we begin, a disclaimer: this IS NOT a political blog, or an endorsement or a criticism of our President-elect. This is merely an informational blog. Accordingly, please delete the emails you have started typing,...more

Oman's ratification on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials

With the adoption of Sultani Decree 41/2016, the Sultanate of Oman ratified the Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions (the Convention)....more

CFTC Issues Interpretation on Federal Transition and Inaugural Contributions

On December 23, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued a staff interpretation saying that, in its view, contributions by swap dealers and their...more

The Ethics Advisor: Good Governance Floats on a Sea of Integrity

“In civilized life, law floats in a sea of ethics,” the late Earl Warren, who served as a U.S. Supreme Court chief justice and as California attorney general and governor, stated in a 1962 speech. In a closely related sense,...more

Hey! Did You Hear? The United States Imposed Sanctions Against Russia.

For those of us who live and breathe U.S. economic sanctions, we are used to most people largely ignoring what goes on in our world. The United States’ recent imposition of new sanctions against Russia, however, was not one...more

The Third Circuit Court Of Appeals Denies Teacher Qualified Immunity Under The “State-Created Danger” Theory Where The Teacher...

L.R. v. School Dist. of Philadelphia et. al. No. 14-4640 (3rd. Cir. Sept. 6, 2016). The Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an Order from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denying...more

"Cross-Border Investigations Update - December 2016"

This issue of Skadden’s semiannual Cross-Border Investigations Update looks at Brexit’s impact on corporate crime and investigations, the U.S. DOJ’s increased use of forfeiture actions with international implications, current...more

Update on the Anti-Corruption Landscape in Mexico

After an aggressive grassroots campaign, in mid-2016, the Mexican government signaled substantial progress in its fight against corruption when it adopted a new anti-corruption program. The new legislation promised increased...more

Reversal of Probation Dept. Convictions Means Ortiz Term Ends with a Whimper

Carmen Ortiz’s term as U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts runs for only a few more weeks. If she’s wishing it were over today, I’d understand. ...more

Are Private E-mails & Text Messages “Public Records?”

Decision Expected Soon from California Supreme Court - Public agencies in California should prepare for the likelihood that communications on officials’ and employees’ private devices related to the agency’s “conduct of...more

The SEC’s Continuing Refinement of Internal Controls Enforcement

My good friend and colleague, Tom Fox, has written an interesting post on the SEC’s recent United Airlines settlement for $2.4 million for domestic bribery. As Tom has noted, the interesting aspect of the SEC’s enforcement...more

The “French Bribery Act” That is Soon to be Enacted

The last version of the “French Bribery Act” gives more shape to the new provisions of the law and confirms that it contemplates to substantially change the legal anti-corruption scope in France. Since March 2016, French...more

6th Circuit Orders Pay-to-Play Challenge to Merits Panel

The Sixth Circuit this week declined the SEC’s request to dismiss a Constitutional challenge to the new MSRB pay-to-play rules. Instead, the Court ordered the case to a merits panel for consideration. The Republican parties...more

United Airlines Settles with SEC for Side-Stepping Its Own Anti-Corruption Controls: Management Override for a Ride Over to South...

In a settlement highlighting the need for public companies to implement – and adhere to – effective internal controls, United Airlines “United” recently paid a $2.4 million civil penalty to the Securities and Exchange...more

The Chairman’s Flight and the US Corrupt Practices Act

Earlier this week a most interesting non-Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) bribery and corruption enforcement, actions was announced by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It involved a clear quid pro quo benefit...more

The Domestic Corrupt Practices Act Arrives According to the SEC

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that the parent company of United Airlines has agreed to pay $2.4 million to settle charges for providing a public official with more convenient flight options. The parent...more

PAC FOIA Opinions Address “Unduly Burdensome” factor, Personal Privacy Exemption and Public Records

In three separate opinions rendered in November, the Public Access Counselor (PAC) of the Illinois Attorney General provided guidance regarding the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) on the definition of “unduly burdensome,”...more

New Rule: The Fight Against Corruption Speaks French

On November 8, France adopted its new framework legislation against corruption, the Law on Transparency, the Fight against Corruption and Modernization of Economic Life, otherwise called the “Sapin II Law” from the name of...more

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