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DOJ Makes Permanent Its Program to Incentivize Self-Disclosure in FCPA Investigations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) pilot program established in 2016 to incentivize companies to self-report violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) will, with slight revisions, be made permanent. •...more

SEC Enforcement Division Releases 2017 Annual Report as Industry Looks Ahead to 2018

by Dechert LLP on

Stephanie Avakian and Steven Peikin, the new Co-Directors of the U.S. SEC Enforcement Division (“Division”), released a report on November 15, 2017, summarizing the Division’s enforcement activity for the fiscal year ending...more

Anti-Money Laundering Update: California Card Club Clubbed by FinCEN for AML Violations

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Post at a glance: • FinCEN imposes $8 million penalty against California’s biggest and oldest card club • Club failed to implement and maintain an effective anti-money laundering (AML) program and failed to detect,...more

Investment Services Regulatory Update - October 2017

by Vedder Price on

New Rules, Propsed Rules, Guidance and Alerts - SEC STAFF GUIDANCE AND ALERTS - SEC Staff Extends No-Action Relief on Auditor Independence and the “Loan Provision” - On September 22, 2017, the staff of the SEC’s...more

Governor Brown Signs Bill to Significantly Alter California Retaliation Law to Benefit Employees

by Fisher Phillips on

Senate Bill 306, among other things, allows an employee or the Labor Commissioner to obtain a preliminary injunction (ordering the employee to be reinstated pending their retaliation claim) upon a mere showing of “reasonable...more

OFAC Pushes New Limits on Jurisdiction of U.S. Sanctions by Penalizing Non-U.S. Companies for “Causing” Violations by Making U.S....

On July 27, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced the civil settlement with CSE TransTel Pte. Ltd. (“TransTel”) and CSE Global Limited (“CSE Global”) in the amount of...more

Beware Regulators with Sharp Teeth: Insurance for Fines & Penalties

by Sedgwick LLP on

In the not-so-distant past, offshore financial centres ("OFCs") were perceived as having a very light touch when it came to taking enforcement action against regulated entities and individuals. "Deliberately toothless" was...more

Kokesh May Lead to Lower Monetary Sanctions in SEC Enforcement Proceedings

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Kokesh v. SEC provides the defense bar with significant ammunition to argue for lower monetary sanctions in securities enforcement matters pending in federal district courts. In...more

Rare Court Case Sheds Light on U.S. Sanctions Enforcement

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

It is rare for companies to go to court to fight penalties imposed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) for violations of U.S. sanctions. It is even more rare for a court to make any sort of finding against the...more

Do Read the Fine Print – California’s Recent Budget Makes a Number of Labor and Employment Policy Changes

by Fisher Phillips on

Last week, (by their constitutional June 15 deadline) the California Legislature passed and sent to the Governor a $184.5 billion budget for fiscal year 2017-18. Most of the media attention focused on tobacco tax...more

Kokesh v. SEC: Supreme Court Reins in SEC’s Powerful Disgorgement Remedy

This week, the Supreme Court in Kokesh v. SEC unanimously held that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) equitable disgorgement remedy is subject to a five-year statute of limitations because it is a “penalty”...more

U.S. Supreme Court Blocks SEC from Imposing Disgorgement beyond Five-Year Statute of Limitations

Our colleague Rebecca Zeidel just published a terrific blog posting on the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Kokesh v. SEC, in which the Court imposed a five-year statute of limitations on agency-sought disgorgement in...more

Supreme Court Decides Kokesh v. SEC

by Vedder Price on

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court (“Supreme Court”) issued its decision in Kokesh v. SEC, No. 16-529, unanimously holding that disgorgement claims brought as part of enforcement actions by the U.S. Securities and...more

Supreme Court Applies Statute of Limitations to SEC Disgorgement Orders

In a unanimous decision issued on June 5, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Kokesh v. SEC, 581 U.S. ___, held that disgorgement in securities enforcement cases is a “penalty” within the meaning of 28 U.S.C. § 2462, the general...more

Supreme Court Recognizes Five-Year Statute of Limitations for SEC Disgorgement Claims

by Dechert LLP on

In a unanimous decision with significant implications for Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) enforcement, the U.S. Supreme Court in Kokesh v. Securities and Exchange Commission1 held June 5, 2017 that disgorgement in...more

SCOTUS Sets a Clock on Disgorgement in SEC Enforcement Actions

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Kokesh v. SEC imposes a five-year statute of limitations on agency-sought disgorgement in SEC enforcement actions, resolving a Circuit split and definitively categorizing...more

Forfeitures for Ordinance Violations - When Are They Excessive?

by Ruder Ware on

An age-old problem faced by municipal officials is what to do about residents and landowners who fail to take care of their properties and allow junk, debris, and other unsightly items to accumulate.  This often leads to...more

CFPB Settlements: It’s Not Over Until It’s Over

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On April 26, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) broke new ground by imposing a fine – in excess of a million dollars – against a consumer financial services company for allegedly violating the terms of...more

2017 HIPAA Enforcement – Appears Not To Be Slowing Down

by Snell & Wilmer on

To state the obvious, there has been some uncertainty regarding how the Trump Administration will affect federal agency enforcement efforts. However, at least, in regard to HIPAA Privacy and Security, the U.S. Department of...more

Red Notice Newsletter - April 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Former Magyar Telekom Executives Settle Bribery Charges – On April 24, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that two former executives of Magyar Telekom, a...more

Beware Regulators With Sharp Teeth: Insurance for Fines and Penalties

by Sedgwick LLP on

In the not-so-distant past, offshore financial centres (OFCs) were perceived as having a very light touch when it came to taking enforcement action against regulated entities and individuals. ‘Deliberately toothless’ was how...more

Every Little Helps with a DPA

by Dechert LLP on

Lord Justice Leveson approved Tesco Store Limited’s (“Tesco”) Deferred Prosecution Agreement (“DPA”) on 10 April 2017, making them the fourth company since November 2015 to enter into a DPA with the UK’s1 Serious Fraud Office...more

Hiring Under-18 Workers This Summer?

by Fisher Phillips on

If you plan to employ anyone under 18 years old for the summer, you should be thoroughly familiar with the child-labor limitations prescribed under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act....more

Lessons from the Historic ZTE Enforcement Action

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On March 7, 2017, Chinese telecommunications company, Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corp. (ZTE), signed on to three separate settlement agreements with the United States, agreeing to pay $892 million for violations...more

The Competition Bureau applies strict standards to retail price claims in Canada

by Smart & Biggar on

Regular prices, sale prices, clearance sales – these terms are ubiquitous in the retail world and are a familiar component of marketing strategies intended to convince consumers that now is the best time to make a purchase...more

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