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Overview of Annual Reporting Requirements/Statements of Financial Interests

Pursuant to the Public Official and Employee Ethics Act, public officials and employees are required to file a Statement of Financial Interests before May 1 of each year to report, among other things, gifts, transportation,...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

Public Interest and Corruption

Corporate Crime analysis: What is the relevance of public interest to corruption offences? Alison Geary and Sahil Sinha of international law firm, WilmerHale discuss the implications of the decision in R v...more

Definition of corrupt conduct: The High Court has limited the scope of the New South Wales Independent Commission Against...

A majority of the full court of the High Court of Australia has upheld the decision of the New South Wales Court of Appeal that the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has no power to conduct an inquiry into...more

The Ethics Advisor: Don’t be Such a Crybaby!

“No estés chillando, C@#$0n.” Loosely translated, and with the recipient of that message “BLEEP-ed” to make it G-rated, the quote above means “Don’t be such a crybaby!” Or, as George Lopez might ask: “Why you...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week

The “Legal Question of the Week” is a regular feature of the CAS Weekly NewsBlast. Readers are invited to submit short, law-related questions of practical concern to school administrators. Each week, CAS will select a...more

Maine Supreme Court Looks Past City Planner's "Unprofessional" Plea to Zoning Board of Appeals

This March, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court considered a claim that an "unprofessional" email from a city planner to the city's zoning board of appeals, pleading for a specific outcome on a land use appeal, does not per se...more

Proposed Legislation Would Toughen Economic Disclosure Requirements for California Officials

In the wake of various investigative reports and public scandals, California lawmakers have proposed reform legislation aimed at providing greater transparency and accountability in government. Three separate bills are now...more

Shooting for Effective Anti-Corruption Compliance: A Look at Recent Developments in Brazil

A recently disclosed bribery scandal related to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, along with other anti-corruption developments in Brazil, has reinforced the importance of implementing effective compliance policies and...more

Alert: Who Owns a Bribe: the Bribed Public Official or the Defrauded State?

A public official receives a bribe to award a contract. Does the bribe "belong" to the official or to the state that he or she represents? The answer to the question can matter a great deal to the success of a claim. But the...more

SEC Secures Federal Judge Order Against Mayor Based on Control Person Liability

On January 28, 2015, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan entered a final judgment against Gary Burtka, the former mayor of Allen Park, Michigan, upholding the Security and Exchange Commission...more

Legal and Ethical Framework for New Public Officials

As the new year begins, many around California are embarking on a new endeavor: Serving for the first time on a city council, school board or other public agency board or commission. Those newly elected this past November are...more

Are You Complying? New 2015 Laws Affecting Public Agencies

Community leaders need to be attentive to the new laws that will take effect in 2015 that deal with issues specifically relating to cities, special districts and other public agencies. These new laws cover everything from...more

Christie, Cowboys, and Conflicts: An Overview of New Jersey’s Ethics Rules

There’s a controversy brewing over Governor Chris Christie’s attendance at Sunday’s Dallas Cowboys game, which, according to published reports, was paid for by the Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones. Public officials are generally...more

FPPC Amends Conflict of Interest Regulations

As part of a larger project, the Fair Political Practices Commission adopted language amending the set of regulations that identify the standards for determining what constitutes a material financial effect of a public...more

Bribery Is Not a Free Speech Right, Judge Says

In late 2012, a California district attorney’s office obtained an indictment charging 18 defendants, including school board members, administrators and contractors, with conspiracy, bribery, perjury, filing false gift reports...more

N.C. Court of Appeals: Statutory "Custodian" of Public Records Is "In Charge of" the Relevant Office

Former Durham District Attorney Tracey Cline was removed from office by Court order in the first half of 2012. The story behind her efforts to return to the office has been detailed at great length by the local Raleigh and...more

Court Sets Aside SEC’s First Muni “Control-Person” Settlement

Earlier this month, the SEC used a “control-person” charge in a settled action against an elected municipal official in connection with municipal bond offering. Enforcement touted that “first” on the Monday after: “An...more

A Warning to Issuers: SEC Charges City and Two Officials with Fraud

In a first-time use of the Dodd-Frank Act, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Allen Park, Mich., its former mayor and its former city administrator with fraud in connection with $31 million in...more

SEC Charges City Mayor as a Control Person in Allen Park, Michigan, Enforcement Action

Thursday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced fraud charges against the City of Allen Park, Michigan (City), and two of its former officials—the former City Mayor and former City Administrator. It is the...more

Social Media Freedom of Expression Cases Pit the Public Against Public Officials

In perhaps the next battleground for government and education, citizens who comment on social media sites are facing off with local government officials public and school administrators who find their online expression...more

FPPC Revises Regulations Regarding Conflicts of Interest Involving Real Property

The Fair Political Practices Commission recently changed its conflict of interest regulation concerning real property owned or leased by public officials. The old rule was that if an official owned (or had a long-term lease...more

So You Want to See Messi, Neymar, Ronaldo, and Xavi: Brazil Issues Directive Barring Government Officials From Receiving World Cup...

Earlier today, the Office of the Comptroller General in Brazil, Controladoria-Geral da União (“CGU”), issued a sweeping directive barring government officials from accepting offers to attend or participate in the upcoming...more

"Virginia Adopts New Gift Law"

On April 23, 2014, Virginia adopted Senate Bill 649 amending the state's ethics laws. Effective July 1, 2014, the amendments, among other things, impose a gift limit on certain government officers and employees from...more

California Case Allowing Denial Of FOIA Request For Public Communications On Private Electronic Devices Instructive For Illinois...

While California and Illinois do not share the same weather, they seem to be similar in at least one aspect: Their court decisions support denial of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for most communications by public...more

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