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2017 in Review: ERISA guidance and enforcement

In 2017, the principal focus in the administration of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA), by the Department of Labor (DOL) appropriately remained one of the extraordinary developments...more

Weekly Roundup of Local and Under-the-Radar White Collar News - February 2018 #2

..Two former Greek prime ministers and eight other former ministers implicated in corruption investigation involving Novartis ..Russian hackers known as “Fancy Bear” apparently tricked government contract workers into...more

Federal Enforcement Update: Can Again Kicked Down the Road

As we explained in our previous post, the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment protects against federal enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act with respect to medical cannabis in states that have legalized it. The Amendment...more

Agencies Indicate Efficient, Targeted Enforcement Priorities That Rely on Self-Disclosure

One year into the Trump administration, it remains difficult to forecast what lies ahead with respect to regulatory and white collar enforcement activity. Perhaps most instructive are recent public statements of officials at...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

DOJ Memo Clouds Marijuana Industry's Future

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The marijuana industry that was expected to generate roughly $40 billion in economic impact nationwide by 2021 is at a crossroads given a recent move by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to eliminate certain protections...more

U.S. Attorney General Reverses Policy on Legal Marijuana

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

On January 4, 2018, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded, effective immediately, previous enforcement priorities of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on marijuana, including the Cole Memo. The move creates uncertainty...more

DOJ Reverses Course on Marijuana Enforcement

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice released a memorandum on December 4th, directing all U.S. Attorneys to use their prosecutorial discretion to enforce the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of 1970 with respect to the cultivation,...more

Speed Bump Or Dead End? The 2018 Retrial Prospects For Sen. Menendez

by Ifrah PLLC on

This holiday season was undoubtedly festive for Senator Bob Menendez, whose corruption trial ended with a deadlocked jury in mid-November. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has yet to announce whether it will elect to re-try...more

The Sessions Memo

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

Attorney General Sessions rescinded, effective January 4, 2018, previous enforcement priorities of the DOJ related to marijuana – including the Cole Memo. The Sessions Memo dictates that federal prosecutors should follow the...more

Sessions Changes the US DOJ’s Position on Prosecutorial Discretion Involving Marijuana in States Permitting Use – But is that a...

by Fisher Phillips on

As predicted by Politico, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and other sources, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions today rescinded the 2013 Cole Memorandum “Guidance Regarding Marijuana Enforcement,” which has...more

Recreational marijuana shake-up: Sessions revokes Cole Memorandum

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Yesterday, Jan. 4, 2018 – just four days after recreational cannabis became legal in California – Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the long-standing “Cole Memorandum” issued in 2013 by Deputy Attorney General James M....more

Cole Memorandum Rescinded

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions yesterday rescinded the Cole Memorandum, which had directed the federal justice department to de-prioritize the prosecution of federal marijuana laws in states where the use of marijuana...more

Sessions Memo Resets Federal Marijuana Enforcement Policy

The U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a memo dated January 4, 2018 regarding federal marijuana enforcement policy, directing all U.S. Attorneys to enforce the laws enacted by Congress and to follow well-established...more

Trump Administration Establishes New Sanctions Regime Targeting Human Rights Abusers - Also Expands Existing Sanctions on...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Trump Administration rounded out the year with two sanctions-related actions: The first involved creating a new program regarding human rights abusers and global corruption; the second involved adding several individuals...more

Trump Administration Announces Sanctions Pursuant to the Global Magnitsky Act

On December 21, 2017, the Trump Administration released a list of foreign nationals it has identified to be sanctioned in accordance with the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act of 2016. In December 2016, we...more

Episode 18 -- Michael Volkov's Perspective on the Russian Investigation -- Next Steps for Special Counsel Mueller's Investigation...

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In episode three of a three-part series, Michael Volkov, who has 25 years experience as a federal prosecutor, reviews the important timeline of events and discusses next steps on Special Counsel Mueller's investigation....more

Episode 17 -- Michael Volkov's Perspective on the Russian Investigation -- The Michael Flynn Plea Agreement (Part II of III)

by Michael Volkov on

In part II of his three-part series, Michael Volkov offers his insights and perspective, based on 25 years of services as a federal prosecutor, on the ongoing Russian investigation. In this episode, Michael Volkov focuses...more

Episode 16 -- Michael Volkov's Perspective on the Russian Investigation -- Analysis and Review of Manafort/Gates Indictment and...

by Michael Volkov on

Michael Volkov provides his perspective, based on 25 years as a federal prosecutor, on Special Counsel Mueller's ongoing investigation of the Trump Administration and potential crimes involving illegal collaboration with the...more

Significant Reform Signalled for Australia's Foreign Bribery Regime

by Jones Day on

On 6 December 2017, the Commonwealth Government announced its intention to significantly reform Australia's existing anti-foreign bribery regime. The Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combatting Corporate Crime) Bill 2017, now...more

Takeaways from the 34th International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

by K&L Gates LLP on

At the 34th International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act held last week in Washington, D.C., industry executives, members of the defense bar, and regulators examined developments in the enforcement of the...more

Impeachment Lessons and The Midnight Special

This post will eventually test your affinity for the 1970s, which featured both Richard Nixon and The Midnight Special. The Special was formative in my teenage years, which explains a great deal. But first, many thanks to...more

AG’s Conflicting Marijuana Policy Comments Leave Some Dazed And Confused

by Fisher Phillips on

If you have been following recent comments by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in an attempt to predict marijuana policy under the Trump Administration, you might be left scratching your head. In recent comments before...more

Former National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, Charged with Lying to the FBI, and Pleads Guilty

On November 30, 2017, a two-page criminal information was filed by Robert S. Mueller III’s Special Counsel’s Office, charging Michael Flynn with two counts of “willfully and knowingly” making “materially false, fictitious,...more

Expansion of FCPA “Pilot Program” is Good for Companies, but Heed the Fine Print

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s Nov. 29 announcement that the Department of Justice FCPA “Pilot Program” will be permanently expanded is good news for companies that repeatedly faced the dilemma of whether or not to...more

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