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Court Dispenses With Fraud Defense Based on Gumball Victims’ Disclaimers

The Chicklets and Runts vending machine at your local car repair shop last decade may have been one piece of a fraudulent enterprise that ensnarled roughly 7,000 victims. As CEO of Vendstar, Defendant Edward (“Ned”) Weaver...more

US Second Circuit Finds Testimony Compelled by UK Regulators to be Inadmissible in Criminal Proceedings

Creating a potential new impediment for collaboration between UK and US investigators, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York recently held that evidence derived from compelled testimony cannot be used in a...more

Anti-Corruption Compliance: The Need to Look Under the Cloak of Materiality

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Sarbanes-Oxley revolutionized the auditing profession. Section 404 imposed stringent requirements for disclosure of the state of a company’s internal controls and financial reporting. The company’s independent auditor is...more

Record-Setting Prosecutions in the Money Transmitting Business: Ways to Avoid Compliance Violations

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In the first several months of 2017, we have seen significant anti-money laundering settlements and penalties in the money transmitting business arising from lax compliance programs, including the record-setting Western Union...more

Jones Day’s Review of Business-Related Cases in the Supreme Court’s October Term 2016

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During what many have labeled a “quiet Term,” the U.S. Supreme Court, working with only eight justices for most of the session, still delivered at least 30 rulings of particular interest to business and industry. These...more

White Collar Watch (July 2017 • Vol 1, Issue 2)

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Welcome to the summer edition of Blank Rome’s White Collar Watch. In a world that seems to bring new challenges daily—such as the global cybersecurity attacks that were launched in late June—this newsletter is designed to...more

The FinTech Revolution: Enforcement Actions Brought against FinTech Companies and Their Implications

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This is the second installment in a series of articles. For an understanding of FinTech products and services and how they are disrupting the financial services industry. As law enforcement authorities and government...more

The Sessions Memo: A Significant Reversal of Policy?

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In May 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum to U.S. attorneys, ordering all federal prosecutors to "charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense" as a "core principle" of charging and...more

FCPA under the New Administration

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The single most frequently asked question by our international clients over the past several months is whether there will be changes in white collar prosecution priorities under the new administration, specifically with...more

Is Your Company At-Risk for a Government Enforcement Action?

by Michael Volkov on

For some reason, I have always believed that picking successful stocks should not be very difficult. Unfortunately, my record in the stock market does not back up my self-assessment. On the other hand, when it comes to...more

Should You Record Internal Investigation Interviews?

by Michael Volkov on

As a former federal prosecutor, I noticed a renewed discussion of the important question of whether witness interviews should be recorded (either audio or video). I have always found this issue to be interesting and have...more

You Can’t Run From Justice

by Ifrah PLLC on

Just last week, a Kentucky lawyer by the name of Eric Conn was sentenced to twelve years in prison by a federal judge for bribery and theft of government money. Though similar sentences are doled out around the country on a...more

Alleged Nigerian Oil Industry Corruption and Civil Forfeiture: More Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Law; More High-End Real...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On Friday, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) filed a civil forfeiture complaint in the Southern District of Texas seeking recovery of approximately $144 million in assets that allegedly represent the proceeds of foreign...more

New Revenue Recognition Standard – Part VI: What Does Mean?

by Thomas Fox on

Over several blog posts, I have explored in detail the new Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), which set forth a new Revenue...more

United States v. Nixon – An Important Reminder

by Michael Volkov on

In these days of political turmoil, it is always important to know specific and relevant events from our country’s past. I was fascinated by the Watergate scandal and was enamored with the role played by prosecutors and...more

Farewell to George Romero, Zombies and District Court Supervision of DPAs

by Thomas Fox on

I take a break from my series on the new standard for revenue recognition to honor George Romero who passed away this weekend. If you have watched any monster/zombie picture over the past 50 years, you have witnessed the...more

Important Polling Results from BVD Webinar on Beneficial Ownership

by Michael Volkov on

On July 5, 2017, Bureau Van Dijk, a sponsor of my blog, conducted a webinar on the importance of beneficial ownership information to corporate compliance functions....more

Under Delaware Law, the Occurrence of Alleged Illegal Conduct at a Company Is Not Enough to Plead Demand Futility Sufficient to...

In a shareholder derivative action, to survive a motion to dismiss for failure to plead facts showing demand futility, a derivative plaintiff must plead particularized facts showing either actual involvement by a majority of...more

The Second Circuit Overturns Watershed Conviction Of Sheldon Silvery Based On Recent Supreme Court Decision

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 13, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit overturned the high-profile, political corruption conviction of one of the most powerful politicians in New York State— former Speaker of the New York State...more

New Revenue Recognition Standard – Part V: Allocation and Revenue Recognition

by Thomas Fox on

I continue to explore the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), for public business entities, certain not-for-profit...more

New Revenue Recognition Standard – Part IV: Determining the Transaction Price

by Thomas Fox on

This week I am exploring the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), for public business entities, certain not-for-profit...more

European White Collar Crime Report: Views on the key developments across Europe

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Europe at a glance - Across Europe, law makers are steadily expanding the circumstances in which companies can be found liable (whether criminally or otherwise) for the criminal conduct of their employees and other...more

New Revenue Recognition Standard – Part III: Performance Obligations

by Thomas Fox on

This week I am exploring the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), for public business entities, certain not-for-profit...more

New Revenue Recognition Standard – Part II: Contracts

by Thomas Fox on

This week I am exploring the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), for public business entities, certain not-for-profit...more

Comey And Executive Privilege — What Could Have Been

Former FBI Director James Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8, 2017, as part of the committee’s investigation into Russia’s influence on the 2016 presidential election. And the committee’s...more

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