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Criminal Post-Employment Violation Alleged

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia recently charged a former federal executive branch official with violating post-employment restrictions. The former official is accused of violating a life-time ban imposed by...more

News Now: Your One Minute Legal Insight (Embryos, Marijuana, TABOR, and More)

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

As always, there are a lot of topics to cover in this edition of News Now. Here are your highlights...more

Materiality Part II: Government Knowledge

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a five-part series on how U.S. district courts and courts of appeal have applied the materiality standard set forth in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, 136...more

The Next Step toward Open Government – Preserving Text Messages

by Ruder Ware on

The Wisconsin Public Records Board is looking into the next step in preserving open government, which is how to save text messages and social media messages authored by local government officials. The Public Records Board...more

OFAC Designates Diamond Mining Billionaire, “Thieves in Law,” and Many Other International Targets as Subject to U.S. Sanctions...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) wrapped up 2017 by issuing a series of high-profile designations generally prohibiting U.S. persons from conducting financial or other transactions with the identified individuals...more

Illinois General Assembly Takes Steps to Address Sexual Harassment in Government

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In the past several months, it often seems like the news brings daily revelations of a new individual in a position of power committing sexual harassment, or even sexual assault, against employees. Springfield is no stranger...more

Frederic Lalance Weighs in on FCPA Investigation Into Mozambique Maritime Security Deals

Frédéric Lalance, a partner in Orrick’s Paris litigation team and a member of the firm’s global Africa practice, recently spoke with Mozambique-based Zitamar News regarding an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice...more

US Implements Changes to Cuba Sanctions

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Government this week announced changes to U.S. sanctions against Cuba to implement various policy changes announced by President Trump in July 2017 (for additional background, see our prior OnPoint from June 2017)....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

More on the Saudi crackdown initiated by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the weekend, including the government’s move to confiscate and freeze more than $800 billion in assets from the detailed princes and other...more

Breaking Down Telia: One of the Largest FCPA Settlements and the First of the Trump Administration

The recent settlement by Telia Company AB (“Telia”), the first of the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) under the Trump administration and one of the largest FCPA enforcement actions to date, has been touted by some as a...more

Federal Court Holds That Banning a Commenter From a Public Official’s Public Facebook Page Violates the Commenter’s Right to Free...

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Davison v. Loudoun County Bd. of Supervisors, 1:16CV932 (JCC/IDD), 2017 WL 3158389 (E.D. Va. July 25, 2017). The District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia issued a declaratory judgment holding that an elected...more

Where O’ Where Did Our Monitors Go? — The Telia Bribery Case

by Michael Volkov on

Just when everyone was anticipating the beginning of an uptick in FCPA enforcement in 2017, the Justice Department and the SEC delivered a resounding message to remind everyone that FCPA enforcement is here to stay. However,...more

FinCEN Issues Advisory on Widespread Public Corruption in Venezuela

by Dechert LLP on

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) released an advisory on September 20, 2017, to alert financial institutions of widespread public corruption in Venezuela and the methods Venezuelan senior political figures...more

Telia FCPA Enforcement Action: Part IV – Getting Some Monies Back

by Thomas Fox on

I have spent the past few blog posts reviewing the many lessons that can be garnered by the compliance practitioner from the Telia Company AB (Telia) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) resolution. However, there is one...more

Conducting investigations in China: four common pitfalls

by DLA Piper on

Conducting an investigation in a foreign country can be challenging, given the unfamiliarity with local laws, dynamic market conditions, the unpredictability of local enforcement actions, and language barriers. Deep local...more

The Telia FCPA Resolution: Part III – The Individuals

by Thomas Fox on

I continue my exploration of the Telia Company AB (Telia) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action and the parallel actions. Today I will consider the individuals who have been criminally indicted in Sweden and...more

The Telia FCPA Resolution: Part II – The Bribery Schemes

by Thomas Fox on

Over the next few blog posts, I will be exploring the resolution and what lessons the compliance practitioner can draw from the Telia Company Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, (FCPA) enforcement action, the parallel actions and...more

Diwali: An Opportune Time for an Anti-Corruption Compliance Reminder

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

This year, India celebrates Diwali on October 19, 2017. “The Festival of Lights,” as Diwali (or Deepavli) is commonly called, is celebrated across India with great aplomb, joy and, of course, delicious sweets. Diwali...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 2017 Mid-Year Update

by BakerHostetler on

The first half of 2017 has been eagerly anticipated following the record-setting year in 2016 for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) enforcement by both the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the U.S. Securities and...more

Who Needs Parliamentary Procedure Anyway? Part 2

My last post provided the simple answer to why organizations still use (the seemingly outdated, archaic-sounding) parliamentary procedure: They use it because they are following state law, or because their bylaws say that...more

United States Imposes Sanctions on Venezuela’s President and 13 Current and Former Government Officials

On July 31, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced the addition of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to its list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons...more

Top U.S. Cyber Official Resigns

Christopher Painter, the State Department’s “Coordinator for Cyber Issues” stepped down on July 28, 2017. Described as the Department’s “weary soldier in America’s cyber war,” Painter traveled the globe advancing U.S....more

Mexican Anti-Corruption Law Enters Into Effect

by Locke Lord LLP on

On July 19, 2017, Mexico’s new General Law of Administrative Responsibilities (Ley General de Responsabilidades Administrativas) (“GLAR”) went into effect. The GLAR punishes bribery of government officials, as well as bribery...more

In Shot Across the Bow, U.S. Sanctions Venezuela’s Maduro

by Hogan Lovells on

One day after the Venezuelan government held elections for a Constituent Assembly that the United States has asserted is aimed at rewriting the national constitution, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets...more

Ahead of Maduro Power Play, Trump Administration Sanctions Venezuelan Officials

by Hogan Lovells on

Ahead of a Constituent Assembly that could re-write the Venezuelan Constitution and dissolve state institutions, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has designated 13 current and former Venezuelan...more

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