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DOJ hosts roundtable discussion on criminal antitrust compliance

by Hogan Lovells on

On 9 April 2018 the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division (Antitrust Division or Division) hosted the second of a series of roundtable discussions on antitrust enforcement. ...more

Court Holds New York Second-Degree Robbery is Crime of Violence Under 2014 Sentencing Guidelines

In United States v. Smith, No. 15-3313-cr, the Second Circuit (Winter, Cabranes, Restani, sitting by designation) held that New York second-degree robbery is a “crime of violence” under § 4B1.2(a) of the 2014 United States...more

The Supreme Court’s Current Cases On Jurisdictional Rules, Consolidation, And Plain Error

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

In a term chock-full of blockbuster cases, the three cases featured here won’t make many top 10 lists. But for appellate litigators, these cases are likely to figure much more prominently in their daily practice than cases...more

Third Circuit Vacates Insider Trading Sentence Based In Part On Third-Party's Trading

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On February 14, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated Steven Metro’s 46-month prison sentence for insider trading and remanded the case to the district court for resentencing. United States...more

Circuit Clarifies Guidelines Provision Allowing Post-Conviction Reduction Of Drug Sentences

In United States v. Carosella, 17-896-cr, the Second Circuit clarified an open issue relating to Amendment 782 to the Sentencing Guidelines. Amendment 782 is sometimes called the “drugs minus two” amendment because it...more

Violation of supervised release sentences must be reasonable

On February 9, 2018, the Second Circuit issued a summary order vacating a sentence imposed for a violation of supervised release. United States v. Kalaba, 17-328, involved a defendant who had been convicted for credit card...more

Acquitted conduct still can be used at sentencing

In a short summary order issued on February 9, 2018, in the case of United States v. Muir, 17-150, the Second Circuit affirmed a sentence and reminded everyone that nothing about Apprendi, Booker and their progeny changes the...more

Circuit Vacates Sentence for Failure to Correctly Apply Acceptance-of-Responsibility Guideline

In a summary order on January 2, 2018 in United States v. Reyes, the Court (Winter, Lynch, Droney) vacated and remanded a life sentence as procedurally unreasonable on the ground that the district court failed to properly...more

2018 FCPA Predictions (Part II of II)

by Michael Volkov on

I always take a deep breath when starting this posting – not that I am the kiss of death, but sometimes my predictions come true and most times they do not. But with that caveat, I am brave enough to venture into 2018 and...more

In Rare Ruling Vacating Sentence as Both Procedurally and Substantively Unreasonable, Second Circuit Expounds on the Role of Mercy...

In United States v. Singh, 16-1111-cr (Kearse, Hall, Chin), the Second Circuit vacated the defendant’s 60-month prison sentence—which was nearly three times the top of his Guidelines range—for illegally reentering the United...more

DOJ Announces DPA And Guilty Plea Involving Netherlands-Based Energy Services Firm That DOJ Claims Failed To Promptly Report...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 29, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that SBM Offshore N.V. (“SBM”), a Netherlands-based maker of offshore drilling equipment for the energy industry, entered into a deferred prosecution...more

Mental Gymnastics: Silenced Voices Of Victims In The Sexual Assault Case By USA Gymnastics Team Physician

by Ifrah PLLC on

The high-profile prosecution of the disgraced physician who treated U.S. Olympic gymnasts ended with a stern sentence but a lingering mystery regarding victim rights. U.S. District Court Judge Janet Neff, serving in the...more

DOJ Issues New Policy Encouraging Self-Reporting FCPA Violations

by Bracewell LLP on

On November 29, 2017 the Deputy Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Rod J. Rosenstein, announced a new FCPA enforcement policy that seeks to incentivize voluntary self-reporting by providing companies...more

White-Collar Motive, Gun Crazy Movie

In 1950, producers Frank and Maurice King released Gun Crazy, a sometimes surreal Bonnie-and-Clyde story with an introverted, pacifist gun lover (Barton Tare, played by John Dall) and an English femme fatale sharpshooter...more

DOJ’s FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy Creates Greater Certainty for Companies

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (FCPA) makes it unlawful for certain classes of persons and entities to make payments to foreign government officials to assist in obtaining or retaining business. On November 29,...more

DOJ's New FCPA Enforcement Policy Continues its "Carrot-and-Stick" Approach

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Companies that learn of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") violations by employees or agents are faced with significant uncertainty as to whether the benefits and risks of self-disclosing the conduct to the...more

DOJ Announces New FCPA Cooperation Policy

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Department of Justice announced a revised FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy. The new policy, designed to enable the DOJ to efficiently identify and punish criminal conduct while encouraging voluntary disclosures of wrong...more

DOJ Announces Revised FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy

In a speech yesterday at the 34th International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) revised Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

Legal Risk Management Forum: panel highlights

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Watch panels – in their entirety – from our Legal Risk Management Forum: http://bit.ly/2AirKK3. The Legal Risk Management Forum, a half-day forum hosted by the Financial Times and Ropes & Gray, brought together risk...more

Deciding Not To Look Away: Ethics v. Compliance

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

For most of us, we do not get into trouble for intentionally doing something wrong. We do not steal. We do not commit fraud. We do not hurt people on purpose. But, if we are truthful with ourselves, we have sometimes looked...more

Developments in Antitrust Capacitor Investigation: Eighth Capacitor Manufacturer Charged

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

On October 18, 2017, a federal grand jury sitting in San Francisco indicted capacitor manufacturer Nippon Chemi-Con for participating in a multi-decade conspiracy to fix prices for electrolytic capacitors. Nippon Chemi-Con is...more

Second Circuit Affirms Sentence Based on Correct Application of Career Offender Guideline, Yet Majority of Panel Agrees the Result...

On Monday, September 11, the Second Circuit issued a published opinion in United States v. Jones, No. 15-1518 (Walker, Calabresi, Hall), a case with a complicated procedural history in which the Court affirmed a defendant’s...more

Circuit Amends Decision Affirming Sentence Two Panel Members Deemed “Absurd,” Remands for Resentencing

On October 5, 2017 the Circuit published an amended opinion in United States v. Jones, No. 15-1518 (Walker, Calabresi, Hall), which supplanted a decision issued on September 11 that we covered in an earlier blog post. The...more

Unique Issues in Sentencing for Money Laundering Convictions: The “Business of Laundering Funds” and “Sophisticated Laundering”...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Most individuals convicted of federal money laundering charges face prison time. These prison sentences are often increased by the judge’s determination that certain sentencing enhancements unique to this crime apply. ...more

Second Circuit Demonstrates the Difficulties in Withdrawing a Guilty Plea and Challenging a Below-Guidelines Sentence

In United States v. Rivernider, 13-4865, the Court (Livingston, J., Lynch, J. and Rakoff, D.J., sitting by designation) affirmed the judgment entered by the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut...more

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