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The Lacey Act in the 21st Century: An Old Law’s Renewed Clout Imposes Serious Consequences on Importers and Processors of Foreign...

In the past several years, some high-profile federal enforcement cases have confirmed the importance of awareness of, and compliance with, the Lacey Act. The first notable enforcement action under the Lacey Act took place...more

Fate of legalized cannabis hinges on key vote

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On Thursday, March 22, U.S. Congress will vote on the most recent omnibus spending bill, allocating the funds approved by President Trump when he signed a budget deal on February 8, 2018. Since 2014, every such spending bill...more

China's New Anti-Corruption Agency Will Wield Broad Powers

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On March 20, 2018, China's legislature passed the Supervision Law, granting extremely broad investigative powers to a new anti-corruption agency – the National Supervision Commission (“NSC”) – established by constitutional...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for February 2018

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary...more

Former Equifax Chief Information Officer Charged With Insider Trading

by Murtha Cullina on

The Equifax data breach saga continues, this time with civil and criminal charges for insider trading lodged against Jun Ying, Equifax’s former Chief Information Officer of its U.S. Information Solutions business unit. The...more

FCPA Self-Disclosure-Based Leniency for all Corporate Cases of Misconduct?

by NAVEX Global on

Ethics and compliance officers, take note of the Justice Department’s newest statement about its new FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy: it wants to drop the “FCPA” bit....more

State Crackdown On “Zappers” Continues: Washington State AG Files $5.6 Million Criminal Tax Case Against Restauranteur

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Calling it the largest sales suppression software case in state history, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced the filing of criminal charges last week against the owner of six restaurants for allegedly...more

DOJ Criminal Division Announces Major Change in Corporate Enforcement Policy

by Vedder Price on

On March 1, 2018, the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that it has expanded the scope of cases in which it will consider issuing a formal declination of criminal charges for a company that...more

Defending False Claims Act Cases: Two New Tools Under the Trump Administration

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Earlier this year, the Department of Justice, Civil Division, issued two policy memos that will directly affect its civil enforcement priorities, particularly with regard to healthcare and life sciences companies. The first...more

DOJ Announces Intent To Apply Principles From FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy To Other White Collar Contexts

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

At the recent American Bar Association’s National Institute on White Collar Crime, the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) Acting Head of the Criminal Division, John Cronan, announced that the Criminal Division will use the FCPA...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

Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - March 2018

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Keeping ahead of global anti-corruption trends is critical in today’s business markets. The Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest, which puts global trends at your fingertips, puts you ahead. The deep experience of the Dorsey...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

New DOJ Policy Grants Companies Expanded Credit for Voluntary Disclosure of Criminal Misconduct

by Dechert LLP on

In a development with potentially far-reaching consequences for white collar enforcement, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Criminal Division has expanded the opportunity for companies to earn credit for voluntary...more

UK Jury Returns Guilty Verdict in First Contested Failure to Prevent Bribery Case

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed that a refurbishment company, Skansen Interiors Limited, has been found guilty of failure to prevent bribery under section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010....more

The DOJ’s New Officially Unofficial Policy May Enable Federally Regulated Business to Avoid Criminal Charges

Last November, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced a new enforcement policy. Under the new policy, businesses subject to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) may avoid criminal liability by self-reporting...more

Corruption Perceptions Index for 2017 Reveals Little Improvement in Public Sector Corruption in Asia-Pacific

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On February 21, 2018, Transparency International (“TI”) released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index (“CPI”) for 2017, surveying and ranking perceptions of public sector corruption in 180 countries and territories, on a...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

10 Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program - #3 CCO Authority & Compliance Function Resources

by Thomas Fox on

Episode Three 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. In this audio white paper, a focus on Chief...more

DOJ Officials Suggest a Broadened Corporate Declination Policy Beyond the FCPA

by Morgan Lewis on

Recent statements by top US Department of Justice officials indicate that DOJ may consult the FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy for guidance outside of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act context in assessing whether a...more

Weekly Roundup (Men Gone Bad edition)

..The Oregon man who asked to be arrested for sending bitcoin to Edward Snowden back in 2015 got his wish this week. ..Meanwhile, a Southern California man who was convicted for offering bogus loan modification programs back...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

Washington Suburb Targeted by Cybercrime and Ransomware Attacks – Cyber News

by White and Williams LLP on

A recent report from The Seattle Times provides details on a series of social engineering and ransomware attacks successfully perpetrated on a Seattle suburb during the second half of 2017. The incidents of cyber scams...more

Two Mortgage Company Executives Plead Guilty to Fraud

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

Two mortgage company senior executives recently pleaded guilty in federal court to wire and bank fraud charges stemming from a scheme in which they conspired to obtain over $8.9 million in warehouse loans from banks by...more

When Data Scraping and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Collide

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

As the volume of data available on the internet continues to increase at an extraordinary pace, it is no surprise that many companies are eager to harvest publicly available data for their own use and monetization. Data...more

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