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Corporate Actors Held Individually Accountable in Recent False Claims Act Settlement

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has sent a clear message that individuals cannot hide behind the corporate shield in its recent settlement with Med-Fast Pharmacy, Inc. and the charges brought against its associated...more

In the Third-Largest FCPA Enforcement Action Ever, Telia Agrees to Pay Almost $1 Billion to Resolve Bribery Inquiry in Uzbekistan;...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In the first blockbuster FCPA action of the Trump administration, on September 21, 2017, Swedish telecommunications company Telia agreed to pay $965 million in total penalties to the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and...more

SFO Criminally Charges Barclays, 4 Executives Tied to Market Crisis

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Judge Roy Bean was known as a hanging judge. A saloon-keeper and justice of the peace he called himself the law west of the Pecos. ...more

The Responsible Corporate Officer Doctrine in the Wake of DeCoster

Executive Summary: The most important Park doctrine case in over forty years may be heading to the Supreme Court – but not if the federal government has its way. The Responsible Corporate Officer doctrine (“RCO doctrine”),...more

Navigating Yates Memo Minefield and Broadening of Excess Side-A DIC D&O Insurance Policies

by Perkins Coie on

Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates issued a memorandum (the Yates Memo) in September 2015 setting forth guidance on how the U.S. Department of Justice would handle future corporate investigations and, to the extent...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - March 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Executive Compensation Developments - The general counsel should anticipate questions from the board and its executive compensation committee from recent media coverage of executive compensation (especially in the...more

How Effective is Your Corporate Compliance Program?

On February 8, the Fraud Section of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) posted on its website a document entitled “Evaluation of Compliance Programs” (the “Guidance”). This is the first formal guidance issued by the...more

Higher Filing Thresholds for HSR Act Premerger Notifications and Interlocking Directorates Announced

1. Higher Thresholds For HSR Filings - On January 19, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission announced revised, higher thresholds for premerger filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. The...more

"Revised HSR Thresholds Announced"

On January 19, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the revised thresholds for determining whether companies are required to notify federal antitrust authorities about a transaction under the Hart-Scott-Rodino...more

The Federal Government Holds Individuals Responsible for Involvement in Corporate Healthcare Fraud and Abuse

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

In September 2016, three corporate officers in two healthcare fraud and abuse cases settled allegations that they were personally liable for violations of federal fraud and abuse laws. These settlements come one year after...more

Board Interlocks On Antitrust Enforcement Hot Seat: A Must-Read Guide for Board Members and Officers

by Goodwin on

Recent enforcement activity by the Department of Justice (that required restructuring a live transaction) and the Federal Trade Commission makes clear that enforcement of Section 8 of the Clayton Act, the prohibition against...more

The Spring Meeting Confronts the Yates Memo: Execs in the Front Lines of Corporate Criminal Responsibility; Presentation of the...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Business Law Section’s Director and Officer Liability Committee conducted a program at the Section’s Spring Meeting in Montréal. The program focused on the recent Yates memorandum of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ),...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - August 2016

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Hershey Governance Settlement - On Friday, July 29, the Pennsylvania Attorney General, the Hershey Trust Company and the Milton Hershey School, entered into a written settlement resolving an investigation conducted...more

DOJ’s New FCPA “Pilot Program” Targets Corporate Officers and Other Individuals

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

For years, FCPA observers have predicted that the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) will increase its prosecutions of corporate officers and employees for FCPA violations. These predictions have so far proven disputable, as the...more

The Justice Department’s Yates Memorandum and Three Tips for Government Contractors to Manage the Risks

by Blank Rome LLP on

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) is setting its sights on individual accountability for corporate wrongdoing. That is the message that DOJ has been promoting following the recent internal memorandum issued by Deputy Attorney...more

Certification: A New Yates Memo Requirement?

by Alston & Bird on

On February 4, the Wall Street Journal reported that the DOJ’s Fraud Section will now require companies to certify that they have “fully disclosed all information about individuals involved in wrongdoing before finalizing a...more

Corporate Governance Considerations in Light of the Yates Memo

Last fall, United States Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates released a memorandum titled “Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing.” The “Yates Memo” is the latest installment in a series of prosecution guidelines...more

Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - October 2015

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Welcome to Dorsey & Whitney’s monthly Anti-Corruption Digest. In this digest, we draw together news of enforcement activity throughout the world and aim to reduce your information overload. Our London, Minneapolis, New York...more

DOJ’s Pursuit of Individual Liability for Corporate Misconduct: The Yates Memo

by DLA Piper on

Cooperation credit is a critical issue for corporations that become embroiled in investigations or enforcement activity. In both the criminal and civil contexts, it is the only way to mitigate the financial impact of...more

The Yates Memo: A New DOJ Investigative Approach - Update

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Since at least the market crisis there has been a clamor to convict senior corporate officials of federal felonies – or at least name them in a civil law enforcement action by the SEC or another agency. For years the...more

The Yates Memo – A Warning to Execs and Employees: Effects of Expanding the DOJ’s Efforts to Combat Corporate Wrongdoing and Hold...

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

“The buck needs to stop somewhere where corporate misconduct is concerned,” said Attorney General Eric Holder in a September 17, 2014 speech to NYU School of Law. He went on to say that “corporations are structured to blur...more

Pay Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain: DOJ Memorandum Adds Further Weight to CPSC Enforcement Efforts Against Corporate...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) recently issued a memorandum to various enforcement agencies. The memorandum, available here, focuses on holding individuals accountable for corporate fraud and misconduct. The...more

Bridging the Week - September 2015

Alleged Flash Crasher's Formal Indictment Provides More Details Regarding His Purported Spoofing - The US Department of Justice filed a formal indictment against Navinder Singh Sarao in a US federal court in Chicago on...more

US Department Of Justice Targets Corporate Individuals

by Morgan Lewis on

DOJ announces tough new approach to the investigation and prosecution of corporate officers and employees. On September 9, in a major change to its approach to the investigation of alleged corporate crime, the US...more

Executives Beware: DOJ’s New Policy Memo Signals Focus on Prosecuting Individuals

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

In light of the near-unbridled discretion of the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) to bring federal criminal charges, businesses and their leaders are wise to pay close attention to the prosecutor’s “playbook.” Sometimes...more

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