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Worth Another Look: Sentencing Reforms

In January of 2016, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) published a list of the top ten issues that will be before state legislatures across the nation this year. Since Pennsylvania will close out the...more

New SFO Bribery Case: Can’t Pay? That Might Be Okay…

The UK Serious Fraud Office has entered its second deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with a company accused of bribery. Links to the SFO press release, and the detailed preliminary and final judgments of the court are...more

The UK’s second DPA: a hopeful judgment

The approval of the Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) between the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and XYZ Limited (XYZ) by Leveson LJ on 8 July 2016 has generated much breathless commentary, not least because it is only the...more

Mens Rea in Bank Fraud? U.S. Supreme Court to Decide

In April the U.S. Supreme Court announced its plan to take a new case involving the relevance of intent in bank fraud. In the fall the Supreme Court will rule in Shaw v. United States whether prosecutors are required to prove...more

The Inside Scoop: What does Tabernula tell us about the future of criminal insider dealing enforcement in the UK?

The high-profile insider trading prosecution dubbed “Operation Tabernula”, brought by the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”), has this month secured two further convictions. After a 12-week trial, Martyn Dodgson and Andrew...more

The Supreme Court - May 2016 #3

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases on May 19, 2016: CRST Van Expedited, Inc. v. EEOC, No. 14-1375: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) brought a suit in its own name...more

White Collar & Investigations: Hastert Receives 15 Month Sentence in Federal Structuring Case

In June of last year former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Dennis Hastert was indicted for structuring and false statements to the FBI in an investigation that focused on more than $900,000 in cash...more

The Supreme Court - April 2016 #2

The Supreme Court of the United States issued one decision on April 18, 2016: - Welch v. United States, No. 15-6418: Last term, the Supreme Court, in Johnson v. United States, 576 U.S. __ (2015), held that the residual...more

Workplace Safety in the U.K. - Multi-Million Dollar Fines for Workplace Safety Offences by Companies - New U.K. Sentencing...

Accidents do sometimes happen, even in well-run factories and construction sites. Where there has been an accident in the U.K., companies face prosecution by the Health & Safety Executive (“HSE”) in the criminal courts...more

Companies Beware! New Sentencing Guidelines for Health & Safety and Food Hygiene Offences

On 1 February 2016, new guidelines on the sentencing of health and safety and food offences (Health and Safety Offences, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene Offences Definitive Guidelines the “Guidelines”) came...more

Update: LASPO reforms to apply to insolvency proceedings from April 2016

As reported in Reed Smith’s March 2015 client alert, insolvency practitioners currently enjoy an exemption from the provisions of Part 2 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). These...more

SHE Matters: Swingeing Fines for Large organisations: Can they be avoided? - The Court of Appeal Decision in the Thames Water Case

In early June, the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in an appeal against sentence brought by Thames Water Utilities Ltd. The company had been fined £250,000 after pleading guilty to a breach of the Environmental...more

Serving the cause from both sides: After sentencing policy changes, time to revisit old sentences

For 11 years until this past February, I was proud to work for the U.S. Department of Justice. It was an honor to say in court, on a weekly if not daily basis, “on behalf of the United States.” As described in the...more

The Connecticut Supreme Court, the U.S. Supreme Court and Pope Francis all address the death penalty

Are alleged sentencing arbitrariness in death penalty cases and a shift in public opinion setting the death penalty on the road to the U.S. Supreme Court? Last year, of the 31 states that allow capital punishment only seven...more

Focus on China - October 2015

Welcome to the third issue of Focus on China Compliance for 2015. According to the FCPA Blog’s October 2015 Corporate Investigations List, China leads the countries reported to be involved in FCPA investigations with 29...more

UK courts get tough on environmental crime: sentencing of environmental offences committed by large companies

There is a widely held belief that environmental laws in the UK are toothless in practice because enforcement authorities are under resourced and typical levels of fines and penalties imposed are far too low. This view...more

Third Circuit Decision Could Have Broad Implications For Sentencing In Federal Fraud Cases

Last week, the Third Circuit issued a decision that could have major ramifications for sentencing in federal fraud cases. United States v. Nagle dealt with a fraud perpetrated against the Department of Transportation’s...more

UK Regulators Address Manipulation of Trading Benchmarks and Other Misconduct

Concluding a year-long review, UK regulators issued the final report of the Fair and Effective Markets Review Committee last week, making a number of recommendations intended to restore confidence in the trading markets for...more

Reed Smith's Government Contracts Weekly Rundown - April 2015 #3

Here is a rundown of last week’s top developments related to government contracts to get you back on track and ready for this week....more

Challenging So-Called “Objective” Psychological Tests: The Use And Abuse Of Psychological Testing In Trials, Sentencing, Parole...

Criminal and civil courts and the New Jersey State Parole Board have accepted the use of psychological testing as an important component of making legal and factual determinations in both the civil and criminal litigation and...more

California Lawyer 2015 Roundtable Series: White-Collar Defense

The latest developments in white-collar criminal law include a gamechanging decision on insider trading, new sentencing guidelines for fraud convictions, more options for filing charges under the bank fraud statutes, and a...more

Supreme Court Justices Box The Fourth Circuit's Ears

Two Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court took the Fourth Circuit to task for not publishing a significant opinion. The ear-boxing came last month in the form of a denial of a Petition for Certiorari from which Justice Thomas...more

Government Seeks Extended Prison Term in Securities Fraud Case

In a sentencing memorandum filed January 2, the United States Attorney’s Office in Washington asked the US District Court for the Western District of Washington to sentence Dickson Lee, the former chief executive of L&L...more

Mandatory Jail Means Mandatory Jail under New Driving While Suspended Statute

As noted in an earlier post on this blog, New Jersey recently enacted a statute that made driving with a suspended license an indictable offense in certain circumstances, requiring a mandatory minimum period of incarceration...more

DOJ Enforcement to Trend Even More Towards White Collar?

On April 29, 2009, just weeks after being sworn in as the Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, Lanny Breuer testified before Congress that “[t]he Administration believes Congress’s...more

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