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How Can We Spark Difficult Compliance Discussions?

In this six minute interview with Susan Côté-Freeman, Senior Network Manager, The Conference Board of Canada, we exchange perspectives on how business and compliance leadership can spark uncomfortable conversations among...more

10 Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program - #4 Risk Assessments

by Thomas Fox on

Episode Four of a ten-part series for compliance professionals. In this new series of audio white papers, Thomas Fox looks at the 10 Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program. Hallmark #4: Risk Assessment....more

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Launches Criminal Cartel Case: More to Come?

by Jones Day on

The Background: Earlier in 2018, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission warned that several domestic companies would face criminal cartel prosecutions in 2018. The Situation: The ACCC has begun to follow...more

Building Blocks for an Effective Due Diligence System (Part II of III)

by Michael Volkov on

Companies continue to face significant risks from their third parties. In response, companies are implementing sophisticated due diligence and third party risk management systems. FCPA enforcement risks are only one of...more

DOJ Announces Roundtable Series on Competition and Deregulation

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) Antitrust Division recently announced plans to hold a series of public roundtable discussions to analyze the relationship between competition and regulation, and its implications for...more

Senior Executive Type B Amnesty Redux - A Rare Correction From DOJ (Or Not?)

Last year, as noted in this blog, the Antitrust Division issued one of its fairly rare but critically important “Frequently Asked Questions” publications concerning its Amnesty Program. In January 2017, DOJ said explicitly...more

Episode 28 -- Due Diligence and Third-Party Risk Management (Part I of III)

by Michael Volkov on

Companies continue to face significant risks from their third parties.  In response, companies are implementing sophisticated due diligence and third party risk management systems.  FCPA enforcement risks are only one of...more

Formal Bidding Process Required to Find Bid-Rigging Violation, Quebec Court Rules

The Superior Court of Québec (Court) recently acquitted an individual charged with bid-rigging under the Competition Act in R. v. Rousseau because the prosecution failed to prove that the alleged bid-rigging occurred in the...more

DOJ: No-poach Agreements Violate Antitrust Laws, Criminal Penalties Against Companies Are On the Way

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Expect criminal indictments in the near future against companies that have agreed not to recruit or hire each other's employees. That was the strong message from Makan Delrahim, the new Assistant Attorney General for the...more

DOJ Antitrust Division Announces Imminent Criminal Prosecution for ‘No Poaching’ Agreements

by Morgan Lewis on

The US Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division will soon announce its first criminal charges involving “no poaching” agreements—agreements to refuse to solicit or hire another company’s employees—after previously...more

Assistant Attorney General Announces that DOJ Antitrust Division is Building Criminal Cases Against Companies for Anti-Poaching...

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced that the DOJ is currently developing criminal cases against companies who form agreements not to hire each...more

China Redefines Commercial Bribery and Increases Penalties

by Morgan Lewis on

China amended its Anti-Unfair Competition Law on November 4, 2017—the first time the law has been amended since it was promulgated in 1993....more

Corporate Agreements Not to Recruit Employees From Competitors Could Lead to Criminal Actions, Per DOJ Antitrust Chief

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

In a speech on January 19, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division’s chief antitrust enforcer, Makan Delrahim, said the Division is investigating and plans to pursue criminal actions against employers who have agreed not...more

Lead Antitrust Attorney Hints At Upcoming Prosecutions For No-Poach Agreements

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The chief prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division signaled last week that his unit expects to initiate criminal actions against multiple companies accused of entering unlawful pacts not to hire each...more

DOJ Antitrust Division Signals Forthcoming Indictments in No-Poach Investigations

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Speaking at an antitrust conference on January 19, 2018, Makan Delrahim, the Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division, stated that over the next few months DOJ will be announcing indictments charging criminal...more

Alert: Antitrust 2018: Trends and Developments to Watch

by Cooley LLP on

1. Trump’s appointments set the antitrust agenda for 2018 - Almost a year into the Trump Administration, leadership at the Department of Justice Antitrust Division is now set. The Senate confirmed Makan Delrahim as...more

Episode 22 -- Test and Evaluate Your Ethics and Compliance Program

by Michael Volkov on

As more companies implement ethics and compliance programs, chief compliance officers are increasingly focusing on the need to test and evaluate their compliance program. An effective testing program provides important...more

Criminal antitrust prosecutions still loom for employers with ‘no-poaching,’ ‘wage-fixing’ agreements

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Agreements to refrain from soliciting another company’s employees (“no poaching” agreements) recently came under increased scrutiny — including the ominous potential for felony charges. A year ago, under the Obama...more

Jury Gives Auto Parts Manufacturer a Pass on DOJ Conspiracy Claims

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On November 29, 2017, a Japanese auto parts manufacturer and its US subsidiary defeated the US Department of Justice’s claims that the companies conspired with others to fix prices and rig bids for automotive body sealing...more

Health Update - November 2017

Fraud and Abuse 2017: Understanding Trends and Avoiding Actions - Editor’s Note: In a recent webinar for Bloomberg BNA, Manatt examined game-changing fraud and abuse trends and cases—and revealed strategies for avoiding...more

Everything Compliance Reports from the SCCE 2017 Compliance & Ethics Institute [eBook]

by Thomas Fox on

In October 2017, nearly 2000 compliance professionals gathered in Las Vegas for the annual Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) Compliance and Ethics Institute. The event was a great success for all involved, it...more

Episode 10 -- How to Conduct a Risk and Compliance Program Assessment

by Michael Volkov on

An effective ethics and compliance program requires a careful assessment of risks and existing controls. In order to design and implement an effective program, a chief compliance officer has to identify and prioritize...more

Episode 9 -- The Need for a Robust Criminal Antitrust Compliance Program

by Michael Volkov on

Global companies and corporate officers and employees face significant criminal antitrust risks.  The US Department of Justice's Antitrust Division has a mature and aggressive enforcement program targeting illegal cartel...more

FTC and Illinois AG Settle With “Phantom” Debt Collectors For $47 Million

by Goodwin on

?On November 1, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Illinois Attorney General’s Office (Illinois AG) announced that they had reached a settlement to resolve a joint action brought against affiliated Chicago-based debt...more

French HOP Complaint May Test Whether Planned Obsolescence Is a Misdemeanour

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

In August 2015, the French government amended the French Energy Transition Law to include provisions rendering “planned obsolescence” a misdemeanour. In the latest wording of the provisions, article L.441-2 of the Consumer...more

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