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Business News Digest – April 2014

In this issue: - Cybersecurity Assessments – Using the Tool Well - A SOX in the Gut: Supreme Court Vastly Expands Workplace "Whistleblower" Law - SEC to Scrutinize Never-Examined Investment...more

SEC Enforcement Trends: Focus on the FCPA

This is the first in an ongoing series of posts focusing on current trends in SEC enforcement actions, and how those trends impact current and potential whistleblowers. We’ve chosen to highlight actions brought under the...more

From FCPA to Export Compliance: Avoiding the Slippery Slope to a Compliance Violation

The second half of 2013 saw the continued expansion of FCPA enforcement by the DOJ and the SEC. The decrease in the scope of protections afforded to whistleblowers will lead to an increase in the number of FCPA potential...more

Board Investigations And The Curse Of The Mummy’s Tomb – Part II

Yesterday I began an exploration of a recent article in the Corporate Board magazine, entitled “Successful Board Investigations” by David Bayless and Tammy Albarrán, partners in the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP. In...more

The Compliance Crystal Ball—Top 10 Compliance Trends For 2014

It is that time of year again when we dust off the compliance crystal ball and take a look at what might be in store for 2014. 1. Executive Order 13627 Changes Government Contracting - Want a government contract...more

Little Help From My Friends – Predictions For Ethics And Compliance In 2014

When it comes to predicting ethics and compliance trends and events for the new year, I admit I needed some help. So I reached out to two leading ethics and compliance specialists in the industry – Donna Boehme and Michael...more

Top 10 Compliance Trends For 2014

As 2013 wraps up, it is that time of year again when we dust off the compliance crystal ball and take a look at what might be in store for 2014: 1. Executive Order 13627 on Trafficking in Government Contracts —...more

Admit-Deny Placeholder

First, the kerfuffle surrounding the Citi matter has wholly obfuscated the SEC staff’s achievement. Understand that these structured products cases are extremely complicated. Even when assisted by whistleblowers, the facts do...more

Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protection: For America Only

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has held that the whistleblower protection provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act do not apply outside the United States, even where the employee alleged he was...more

The Miami Dolphins-A Code Red For Compliance

Tom Cruise: Did you order a Code Red? Jack Nicolson: You’re G__D__ right I ordered a Code Red. The above lines were spoken in the movie version of “A Few Good Men”. If there was ever one scene which demonstrated...more

New York Court Declines To Find Extraterritorial Reach Of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protection

Liu v. Siemens A.G., No. 13-CV-317(WHP) (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 21, 2013) (Pauley, J.): Judge William H. Pauley III dismissed a retaliation claim under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank)...more

SEC Awards $14 Million to Whistleblower

The SEC awarded more than $14 million to a whistleblower earlier this month in exchange for information that helped the SEC bring an enforcement action against the perpetrators of an investment fraud in less than six months...more

Dodd-Frank Retaliation Cases Continue To Be a Mixed Bag For Companies

Two new Dodd-Frank decisions over the last week contain mixed results for employers. In Liu v. Siemens A.G., Judge Pauley in the Southern District of New York held that Dodd-Frank’s anti-retaliation provision does not...more

A Shift in Whistleblower Protections: New Incentives for Employees to Report to the SEC Directly

On July 17, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in Asadi v. G.E. Energy (USA) L.L.C. that whistleblowers are only eligible for protection under Dodd-Frank when they make disclosures directly...more

Two Cases From The Fifth Circuit Impacting Claims Of Bribery And Corruption

Over the past two weeks there were two separate Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals cases dealing with allegations of bribery and corruption....more

Chinese Detain Pharmaceutical Company Managers in Economic Crime Probe

This week, reports have arisen that Chinese authorities in the cities of Shanghai, Beijing, and Changsha detained high-level GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) managers as part of an investigation into potential “economic crimes.” The...more

The Rutgers Basketball Scandal – Some Questions For The Compliance Practitioner To Ask

The seemingly continuous saga of the Rutgers Athletic Department and the attendant fallout from the Mike Rice scandal has reappeared in the news recently....more

Litigation: Investigating whistleblower complaints: When whistleblowers raise issues, proceed with caution

Companies launch internal investigations based on information that comes from a variety of sources, including newspaper articles, government requests for information and information bubbling up from within the organization...more

Lunch With The FCPA Compliance & Ethics Blog – Phil Wedemeyer And The Audit Perspective In Compliance

One of my weekend reading pleasures is the Saturday section in the Financial Times (FT) entitled “Lunch with the FT”. ...more

Corruption in The Energy Sector: Criminal Fines, Civil Judgments, And Lost Arbitrations

Synopsis - This article examines the anti-bribery legislation of three countries, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The legislation of the three countries is compared and virtually all the criminal...more

Four Key Board Responsibilities for Monitoring Risk and Compliance

Introduction: High Pressure Regulatory Environment - Now more than ever, there is increased regulatory pressure on organizations – and their Boards of Directors – to create and maintain effective ethics and compliance...more

Global HR Hot Topic - April 2013: Internal Investigations in Overseas Workplaces

Challenge: In America, internal investigations into suspicions and allegations of employee misconduct follow an increasingly well-defined approach. But exporting US investigatory best practices raises unexpected...more

McNulty’s Maxim No. 3 and Response to Allegations of Bribery

In a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article by Chris Matthews, Joe Palazzolo and Shira Ovide, entitled “U.S. Probes Microsoft Bribery Allegations”, they reported that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange...more

What To Do If Your Gut Says It’s Wrong: Lessons from Project Alpha

I often write about what can happen to companies who run afoul of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Usually enforcement actions focus on companies and not individuals. However, as is often pointed out by commentators...more

Anti-Corruption Compliance Check-Ups

The Justice Department’s message is getting through. The two-fisted strategy of aggressive enforcement and public cajoling on the importance of compliance is being heard by the business community. The Justice Department and...more

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