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Pay the Piper: Restitution Payment to Victims Does Not Offset Mandatory Forfeiture to Government

In United States v. Bodouva, 16-3937 (March 22, 2017) (Katzmann, C.J., Pooler and Lynch, J.), the Court held in a per curiam order that a defendant convicted of embezzlement must forfeit the full amount of her illicit gains...more

LRN Compliance Program Effectiveness Report: Part III

This week I have been considering the LRN Corporation’s 2016 Ethics and Compliance Program Effectiveness Report (LRN Report) by outlining some of its general findings. Today, I want to conclude by using the Report as a road...more

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White Collar Watch dates itself considerably with its Perry Mason allusion, but its bigger point is an interesting one–good luck finding a true “gotcha” moment when dealing with what are “quintessentially offenses of the...more

Bridging the Gap: Uniting Compliance and Financial Controls (Part II of IV)

A Chief Compliance Officer has a number of important relationships to attend to in the corporate governance landscape. A critical relationship needed to “operationalize” a compliance program is a partnership between a CCO and...more

Understanding the New DOJ Guidance: Part 1 – Tone at the Top

In February, the Department of Justice’s Fraud Section offered a new perspective on what the government expects in a compliance program in the form of a series of questions that companies should be prepared to answer about...more

Justice Department Reveals How It Evaluates Corporate Compliance Programs

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Fraud Section recently published its "Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs" that lists 1) the topics it explores and 2) the questions it asks when it assesses the effectiveness of a...more

LRN Compliance Program Effectiveness Report: Part I (and Farewell to Chuck Berry)

Last week I interviewed Susan Divers, Senior Advisor at LRN Corporation, on the company’s 2016 Ethics and Compliance Program Effectiveness Report (Report). The Report was a fascinating review of the evolution of compliance...more

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The struggle to attract and retain businesses and the jobs they provide has increasingly led to states and cities squaring off against others, with competing tax incentive packages the very real currency of the battle....more

Updated Status of the DOJ FCPA Pilot Program

The FCPA Pilot Program was introduced on April 5, 2016 as a one year experiment that sought to ‘motivate companies to voluntarily self-disclose FCPA-related misconduct, fully cooperate with the Fraud Section and …remediate...more

Ninth Circuit Joins Second Circuit in Adopting Broad Definition of “Whistleblower” Under The Dodd-Frank Act

A divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently ruled in Somers v. Digital Realty Trust Inc. that the Dodd-Frank Act’s definition of “whistleblower” includes not only those who disclose information...more

Court Affirms Conviction In Case Involving $126 Million Loan For Shopping Mall Transaction, Rejecting Argument That Sentence...

In a summary order on March 8, 2017, the Second Circuit (Katzmann, C.J. and Pooler and Lynch, J.) affirmed the conviction and sentence for wire fraud in United States v. Frenkel. The case attracted some public attention...more

DOJ’s Compliance Program Evaluation Guidance

The Justice Department’s recent guidance on compliance programs, consisting of 110 separate questions, organized around specific compliance topics, has raised a number of interesting procedural and substantive issues....more

The DOJ Expects “Third-Party Management” from Compliance Programs

2016 was a banner year for global anti-corruption enforcement: the U.S. government set records in terms of both the number of FCPA actions brought and the total dollar amount of related fines. Meanwhile, governments from...more

"Trends in Corporate Integrity Agreements Reflect New HHS OIG Guidance on Use of Exclusion Authority"

2016 was a year of change for the Department of Health and Human Service's Office of Inspector General's (OIG) approach to corporate integrity agreements (CIA). The OIG began to use its new model CIA format and applied its...more

ZTE Pays the Price for Circumventing Sanctions and Export Controls

Here is a real zinger – clients sometimes do not tell their lawyers the truth. I will wait a minute while you get off the floor because I know everyone is shocked and amazed that this happens. But in the recent ZTE case,...more

Return to Sender: Aéropostale Employee’s Fraud Convictions Affirmed, But Restitution Order Sent Back for Recalculation

Aéropostale is known by many as a staple of adolescent wardrobes and shopping-mall standard. But as a patsy for kickback schemes? In United States v. Finazzo, 14-3213-cr, 14-3330-cr (Droney, J., joined by Judges Sack and...more

Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Bill was tabled in Parliament on 21 February 2017

Incidences of cybercrime and cybersecurity breaches are rapidly escalating, both internationally and in South Africa. South Africa is a target for cybercrime on the African continent, due to comparatively high internet...more

FCPA Pilot Program Motors On

No one was really surprised when Kenneth Blanco, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, US Department of Justice, announced last week that DOJ was planning to continue the FCPA Pilot Program past April...more

FCPA: 2016 Year in Review & 2017 Enforcement Predictions

Bass, Berry & Sims announces the release of its "FCPA: 2016 Year in Review & 2017 Enforcement Predictions," a review of trends and developments in FCPA as well as a look ahead into what to expect for 2017. The newly released...more

Ex-General Counsel Dodged Privilege Claims Before $14.5 Million Verdict

In our last post, we detailed how Sanford Wadler, the former general counsel of Bio-Rad Laboratories, won a $14.5 million verdict against Bio-Rad. Before Wadler could get to a jury, however, he had to surmount a...more

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There’s been a bit of a stir in the paint world, with Dutch firm Akzo Nobel rejecting a takeover bid from PPG Industries valued at $22 billion. In a statement, Akzo claimed that the offer “substantially undervalues” the...more

New Attorney General Issues Guidance on Corporate Compliance Programs

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Fraud Section has published new guidance for corporate entities on corporate compliance programs. The guidance, titled, “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs” (Compliance Program...more

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The SEC is set to decide this week whether to okay a new ETF that could provide investors easier access to bitcoin, a potentially transformative move for the virtual currency....more

Pitfalls of Using Big Data Alone

I often write about the use of big data in a best practices compliance program. However, care must be taken in the use and interpretation of big data. One of the clearest reads into this topic is the recent book by Cathy...more

The Fall of the Alamo and Empowerment of the Compliance Professional

Today is the anniversary of the most historic day of many in the history of the great state of Texas, the date of the fall of the Alamo. While March 2, Texas Independence Day, is when Texas declared its independence from...more

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