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Going for the Goal and the Gold – the Quest for Equal Pay

In late March 2016, five star players on the U.S. women’s national soccer team filed a complaint with the EEOC, alleging that they are paid 40% less than the U.S. men’s national soccer team. The women’s U.S. soccer team is...more

Members of U.S. Women's National Soccer Team Claim U.S. Soccer Should Be Assessed a "Red Card" for Its Payment of Female Athletes

On March 31, 2016, five key members of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team announced their filing of a wage discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") against the U.S. Soccer...more

U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team alleges gender wage discrimination

Five star players of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo) made headlines this week by filing a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment...more

New Complaint Highlights Continuing Battle over Pay Disparity by Gender in Sports

On March 31, 2016, came word that members of the U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team are filing a discrimination complaint against the U.S. Soccer Federation on the grounds that they are paid less than their male...more

Will the FCPA Go Down Under (again)?

We do not often have the chance to go ‘down under’ at the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Blog. However, there is a case brewing that may have some Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) implications as well as Australian...more

FIFA Seeks to Collect Millions as Victim in U.S. Case

On March 15, FIFA filed a Victim Statement and Request for Restitution (Statement) with the DOJ seeking a portion of the hundreds of millions of dollars that authorities could collect from the former FIFA employees who...more

FIFA Ethics Committee Issues Eight-Year Bans to President and Vice President

On December 21, the FIFA Ethics Committee announced that it would ban its embattled President, Sepp Blatter, and Vice President, Michel Platini, from all football-related activities for eight years. The ban was imposed as a...more

Structural Compliance and Cultural Ethical Change in an Organization

Sometimes corruption is so endemic in an organization that you wonder if the organization should just blow itself up and start over. In a company going through a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation, a Board of...more

DOJ Charges 16 Additional Individuals with FIFA-Related Corruption; Swiss Authorities Arrest Two High-Ranking FIFA Members

On December 3, the DOJ charged an additional 16 individuals in connection with its ongoing corruption investigation into FIFA. The new indictment included a number of high ranking FIFA members, including Alfredo Hawit, the...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 2015 Update

Despite a decline in enforcement actions by the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), the first half of 2015 has continued to highlight the relevance and ever-evolving effects of the...more

FIFA Investigation Ensnares President Blatter

After months of speculation about potential legal ramifications for FIFA President Joseph (“Sepp”) Blatter, the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland announced that Mr. Blatter is the subject of criminal proceedings...more

FIFA Investigation Expands In Scope; Former FIFA VP Extradited to United States

On September 14, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that the DOJ is expanding its FIFA investigation to pursue additional charges against individuals and companies. AG Lynch made these comments at a press...more

SEC Opens FIFA-Related Investigations

Although not yet confirmed by the SEC, media reports suggest that the SEC has opened several investigations of publicly traded companies who contracted with FIFA. Indictments in the FIFA cases have alleged that certain...more

FIFA Investigation Update: First FIFA Official Extradited to United States

On July 15, after 50 days of detention, a high-ranking FIFA official widely reported to be former FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb was extradited from Switzerland to the United States. Webb ultimately agreed to be extradited...more

Lloyd’s Likeness: A Hat Trick to Superstardom and Mega Endorsements

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last week, you know who Carli Lloyd is. If, however, you do not, she is the reigning World Cup MVP for Team USA. On Sunday, in perhaps the most astonishing World Cup...more

Not a Soccer Fan But SHEBELIEVES

Although I’m an avid sports fan, I rarely watch soccer and quite frankly I also rarely watch women’s professional sports. I have some very logical reasons for my avoidance of soccer (in what other sport does the clock tick...more

Advertising Around the Women’s World Cup

It’s only been a few hours since the US Women’s National Team beat Germany to secure a spot in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals, and we’ve already gotten questions from advertisers who want to capitalize on the victory. Is...more

Like a Rolling Stone and Charitable Donations Under the FCPA

Today we celebrate one of the seminal achievements in rock and roll for it was on this day, 50 years ago, in 1965 that Bob Dylan recorded his single Like a Rolling Stone. Columbia Records executives initially rejected the...more

FIFA and BHP Billiton: The Unique FCPA Challenges Present in International Sports

Recent enforcement actions by the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission have raised the profile of corruption in international sport and highlight unique FCPA compliance concerns. This note will explain...more

INTERPOL suspends FIFA donation funds, but what happens to the money now, and what happens to INTERPOL?

Last week, I addressed INTERPOL’s listing of several individuals who are wanted for prosecution by the United States for FIFA-related financial crimes. That post is here. In light of those listings, RNLJ requested...more

Why Should Americans Care About the FIFA Indictments? Part IV – Corruption is a Global Scourge

Today, I conclude my four-part series on the above question posed to me recently by a colleague. In Part I, I responded that only the US government had the wherewithal and will to do so and that it continued the...more

Why Should Americans Care About the FIFA Indictments? Part III – Corruption and US Companies

Today, I continue my four-part series on the above question posed to me recently by a colleague. In Part I, I wrote that only the US government had the wherewithal, tools and will to do so. Yesterday, I focused on corruption...more

Why Should Americans Care About the FIFA Indictments? Part II – Corruption Changes the Truth of the Game

Today, I continue my (now) four-part series on the above question posed to me recently by a colleague. (I know I wrote that it would be a three-part series but as usual I got carried away when I started writing.) Yesterday, I...more

Parallel Prosecutions and U.S. Jurisdiction: Looking Beyond the Bribes in the FIFA Scandal

Everyone is talking about the latest corruption scandal, this one with world-wide impact. The scandal engulfed FIFA as seven organization officials were recently arrested in Switzerland. Charges include a range of money...more

China – Football Reform Directive

On March 16, 2015, the Chinese State Council (“CSC“) issued a ten-year 50-measure football reform directive to boost the development of football in China, which includes streamlining the Chinese football management system and...more

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