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Another Oil Field Contamination Plaintiff Waits Too Long

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Suggestions to Texas lessors after ExxonMobil v. Lazy R Ranch, et al: Claiming that you were not aware of contamination from oil spills you’ve know about for 20 years is a tough sell, and suing your long-time lessee for...more

De vervuiler van bodemverontreiniging betaalt niet meer? (Dutch)

by Dentons on

The polluter pays (we always thought). No, for soil contaminants that originated before 1987 (the so-called 'historical pollutants'), this point of departure does not last long. Since 2006, the Land Protection Act has entered...more

Day 7 of One Month to Better Investigations and Report-How Investigations Inform Remediation

by Thomas Fox on

There is nothing like an internal whistleblower report about a FCPA violation, the finding of such an issue or (even worse) a subpoena from the DOJ to trigger the Board of Directors and senior management attention to the...more

Day 22 of One Month to Better Compliance Through HR-10 Questions to Better Operationalize Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

I conclude this month’s series inspired by an article in the Harvard Business Review, entitled “Does Management Really Work?” by Nicholas Brown, Raffaella Sadun and John Van Reenen. I found the article very useful because it...more

EPA Issues New Contaminated Sediments Guidance

by Williams Mullen on

Earlier this year, EPA released revised guidance for remediation of contaminated sediments at sites being addressed by EPA under CERCLA (the “New Sediment Guidance”). The guidance identifies six key clarifications to EPA...more

EPA TechDirect Reports Availability of NanoRem Toolbox

The May 1, 2017, issue of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) TechDirect includes an item on the availability of the Taking Nanotechnological Remediation Processes from Lab Scale to End User Applications for the...more

Sally Yates’ was Already Famous for Changing the Focus of Compliance Investigations - The Yates Memorandum

by Ruder Ware on

By now the whole world knows about Sally Yates. We are likely to see a lot more of her as a central figure in Congressional investigations. For some of us who deal with compliance investigations, Sally Yates was famous long...more

Stretching Sovereign Immunity: The New Jersey High Court Immunizes the State from New Jersey Spill Act Liability for Pre-1977...

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: The New Jersey Supreme Court’s decision in NL Industries, Inc. v. State of New Jersey will frustrate the equitable allocation of cleanup costs at sites involving pre-1977 discharges where the State would...more

FCPA Remediation Focus on Supervisory Personnel

by Michael Volkov on

The Justice Department’s FCPA enforcement and remediation focus on supervisory personnel is an interesting development. On the one hand, DOJ has been slow to bring individual criminal enforcement actions for FCPA...more

DOJ Announces Continuation and Ongoing Review of FCPA Pilot Program

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The extension of the program — which emphasizes voluntary self-disclosure of FCPA violations, raises considerations for corporate entities and individual executives. The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced...more

Corporate Compliance Programs: US and UK Perspectives

by Dechert LLP on

In today’s regulatory environment, companies face mounting pressure from law enforcement agencies to maintain robust compliance programs to deter and detect misconduct by employees, third-party vendors and business partners....more

DOJ Announces Extension of FCPA Pilot Program

by Morgan Lewis on

The US Department of Justice plans to extend its FCPA Pilot Program, an initiative developed to encourage companies to self-report bribery violations and provide extensive cooperation in exchange for reduced penalties,...more

Oregon DEQ Pilot Program to Review Long-term Controls at Cleanup Sites

by Stoel Rives LLP on

This March the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (“DEQ”) is launching a pilot program to take a fresh look at long-term institutional and engineering controls implemented at cleanup sites that have received No...more

EPA Issues Guidance for Characterization and Remediation of Contaminated Sediment Sites Under CERCLA

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

In a Directive sent to Regional Administrators on January 9, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Office of Land and Emergency Management has identified eleven recommendations intended to facilitate the...more

D.C. Remediation Contract Can Trigger Duties to Third Party at Construction Site

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

In a case highlighting common-law tort duties that can arise from contractual relationships, an environmental contractor at a construction site may be liable to a subcontractor's employee who claims he was injured when...more

The General Cable FCPA Enforcement Action

by Thomas Fox on

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continued their stunning run of 2016 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions right up to the end of the year with the announcement...more

Oil & Gas Related Bills Introduced in the 2017-2018 Legislative Session

by Stoel Rives LLP on

February 17, 2017 marked the deadline by which legislators had to introduce bills for the first half of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. The Stoel Rives’ Oil & Gas Team has been and will continue to monitor bills...more

First ‘Trial of the Century’ and the SQM FCPA Enforcement Action – Part II

by Thomas Fox on

Today I conclude my two-part series on the recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action involving the Chilean chemicals and mining company Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM), which agreed to pay a...more

New DOJ Evaluation – Valuable Document for the Compliance Practitioner: Part I

by Thomas Fox on

I guess Matt Kelly cannot leave his journalist roots for it was he who broke the story within the greater compliance community that the Department of Justice (DOJ) very quietly released a document, entitled “Evaluation of...more

Yikes: The Perils of Remediation and Corporate Monitors

by Michael Volkov on

The Justice Department has raised the stakes on anti-corruption compliance. In other words, DOJ prosecutors expect companies to have more sophisticated and mature compliance programs. If a company walks into the Justice...more

"CFTC’s Enforcement Division Issues New Advisories on Cooperation"

On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Enforcement issued two new enforcement advisories outlining the factors the division will consider in evaluating cooperation in the agency’s...more

CFPB Continues to Expand Its Meaningful Involvement Requirements for Debt Collection Law Firms

The CFPB recently issued its third consent order involving a debt collection law firm and appears to be expanding its interpretation of “meaningful involvement”. The order, which was entered against two related debt...more

FDA Finalizes Guidance on Postmarket Management of Medical Device Cybersecurity

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On December 28, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance on the postmarket management of cybersecurity in medical devices. The guidance outlines nonbinding recommendations on how device manufacturers...more

Teva FCPA Enforcement Action – Part II

by Thomas Fox on

Yesterday, I began an exploration of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action involving Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. (Teva). It was brought jointly by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities...more

CFPB Consent Orders Serve as a Reminder to Mortgage Industry on Advertising Practices

A recent series of CFPB consent orders should remind the mortgage industry to carefully monitor its advertising practices. The MAP Rule prohibits deceptive and misleading commercial communications regarding any term of any...more

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