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Global Anti-Bribery Year-in-Review: 2017 Developments and Predictions for 2018

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This past year marked the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). Since its enactment in 1977, the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ”) has brought approximately 300 FCPA enforcement actions,...more

Following A Long Thaw, ICE Returns With Increased Worksite Enforcement

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: “ICE will enforce the law, and if you are found to be breaking the law, you will be held accountable.” Referring to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) early morning raids at nearly a hundred...more

New Fed Cannabis Policy Hits California Local Government - Potential Fiscal Impacts and Confusion

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Just days after the sale of recreational cannabis became legal in California, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a new policy regarding cannabis-related activities that is causing confusion for local governments — and...more

Regulators Continue to Scrutinize Initial Coin Offerings

by Carlton Fields on

As reported in the most recent issue of Expect Focus, the SEC issued an investigative report in July cautioning market participants that distributed ledger (blockchain) technology-based offers and sales of digital "tokens" or...more

Now We Know the Government Means Business: Prepare for an ICE Raid

by Barley Snyder on

The federal government has done everything but release a road map of what businesses U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will raid to weed out illegal immigrants during President Donald Trump’s term of presidency....more

Regulatory Update and Recent SEC Enforcement Actions

by Blank Rome LLP on

Funds and Investment Management - REGULATORY UPDATES - Novel Exchange Traded Fund (“ETF”) to be Powered by IBM’s Watson - On October 17, 2017, San Francisco-based “EquBot” announced that it is launching an ETF...more

Court dismisses defendants’ counterclaims against CFPB for fees and expenses

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A New York federal district court dismissed the counterclaims of the defendants in a CFPB enforcement action claiming that, pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA), they were entitled to fees and expenses incurred....more

Heavy jail sentence handed down on illegal set-top boxes sellers in Hong Kong

by Hogan Lovells on

On 28 December 2017, the District Court of Hong Kong handed down sentences varying from 21 to 27 months’ imprisonment against 3 individuals who took part in a scheme that enabled users of the “Maige Set Top Box” (the “Maige...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Robert Jackson and Hester Peirce were sworn in as Commissioners yesterday by Chairman Clayton. Mr. Jackson joined the agency from NYU School of law where he was a professor....more

Rescission of Medical Marijuana Memoranda

by Dickinson Wright on

Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a one-page memorandum on January 4, 2018 (the “Sessions Memo”) rescinding both the Cole and Ogden Memoranda which essentially established a Department of Justice (“DOJ”) prosecutorial...more

Global Connection - January 2018

by Snell & Wilmer on

Dear Friend of Snell & Wilmer: The past year brought significant changes across a variety of political, legal, and policy spheres, and the world of U.S. international trade law was no exception. This edition of the...more

DOJ Releases its 2017 False Claims Act Recovery Statistics

On December 21, 2017, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) released its annual False Claims Act (FCA) recovery statistics for fiscal year (FY) 2017. The press release measures the DOJ’s total haul at $3.7 billion....more

Could the Crypto-Rouble Spell Crypto-Trouble for Sanctions?

Russian President Vladmir Putin has directed his government to develop a state-backed cryptocurrency, according to a Financial Times report published on January 2nd. A Putin advisor says that the “Crypto-rouble” could be used...more

What Canadian Companies Need to Know About Effective Compliance with Canadian, U.S. and Global Anti-Corruption Laws

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Issue-Spotting and Compliance Best Practices - An understanding of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA) provides a framework to consider how, when and why these...more

A Last Hurrah - David Green CB QC’s Final Appearance Before the Justice Committee

by WilmerHale on

On 13 December 2017, the Justice Committee held an evidence session on the work of the Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”). In his last scheduled appearance before the Justice Committee, David Green CB QC—Director of the...more

FTC Brings First-Ever “Connected” Toys Privacy and Data Security Case; US, Canada, and Hong Kong Privacy Regulators Coordinate...

by WilmerHale on

On January 8, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) brought its first-ever privacy and data security case involving Internet-connected toys. VTech Electronics Limited and its US subsidiary (VTech), maker of...more

Blockchain, Virtual Currencies and the Regulators

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The public interest in anything relating to virtual currencies, blockchain technology or bitcoin is not just very high bit reaching near hysteria. For example, the Long Island Iced Tea Corporation saw its share price jump as...more

2018 Begins With Early Signs of Increased Worksite Enforcement Action

by Littler on

As it signaled in late 2017, the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s investigative arm) began 2018 with an increased emphasis on targeting employers and unauthorized employees...more

U.S. Dental Supply Company Penalized for Violating Iran Sanctions

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

•Many medical products can be exported to Iran – so long as a license is obtained •Imposition of successor liability underscores importance of pre-transaction due diligence •OFAC enforcement, as in the past, continues...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

AT&T has dropped plans to sell the Mate 10—the newest smartphone from China’s Huawei Technologies—just before the partnership was to be announced. AT&T gave no reasons for its abrupt reversal, but lawmakers have recently...more

New FDA Enforcement Discretion Leans Business-Friendly

by Barley Snyder on

The Food and Drug Administration seems to have made a New Year’s resolution to lessen the regulatory burden under the Food Safety and Modernization Act rules. The FDA issued guidance on January 4 that details four areas of...more

Court Rejects SEC Request For “Obey The Law” Injunction

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The statute of limitations and the decision in Kokesh v SEC, 137 S.Ct. 1635 (2017) clearly present challenges for the SEC. In that case the Court rejected the SEC’s claim that its disgorgement remedy is equitable and not...more

SEC Cyber Unit Increases Efforts to Regulate Crypto-Currency

by Nossaman LLP on

Based on how 2017 ended, entities and individuals in the crypto-currency markets should expect increased scrutiny from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) in 2018. The SEC’s Cyber Unit commenced its...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Russian

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Keppel Offshore Reaches Deal with DOJ and Guilty Plea by Counsel Unsealed – On December 22, 2017, Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd. (KOM), a Singapore based company that operates shipyards and...more

Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - January 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

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