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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

France Announces Its First Deferred Prosecution Agreement

In a move that could signal a new phase of government enforcement in France, on November 27, 2017, French authorities published a Convention judiciaire d’intérêt public (CJIP) with HSBC Private Bank Suisse SA (HSBC PB), the...more

SBM Offshore Finally Reaches the Finish Line and Settles FCPA Case for $238 Million

by Michael Volkov on

In a follow-on prosecution and end to a twisted investigation and enforcement path, SBM Offshore agreed to settle an FCPA enforcement matter for $238 million (including a $500,000 criminal fine and $13.2 million forfeiture)....more

Former National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, Charged with Lying to the FBI, and Pleads Guilty

On November 30, 2017, a two-page criminal information was filed by Robert S. Mueller III’s Special Counsel’s Office, charging Michael Flynn with two counts of “willfully and knowingly” making “materially false, fictitious,...more

Cross-Border Investigations Update - November 2017

This issue of Skadden’s semiannual Cross-Border Investigations Update takes a close look at recent cases, regulatory activity and other key developments, including new U.K. reporting obligations for sanctions violations,...more

The Propriety of Prosecutorial Bluffing

This year, the Innocence Project celebrated its 25th anniversary. With this milestone, Time magazine observed the increasing trend of exonerations of the falsely accused: “For the third year in a row the number of...more

Rolls Royce in America – Four Guilty Pleas and an Indictment

by Thomas Fox on

For those who might have wondered if the Sessions Justice Department (DOJ) was going to enforce the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), that question seems to have been answered in the affirmative. In September, the DOJ and...more

Criminal Enforcement/Resource Conservation and Recovery Act: United States Department of Justice Announces Guilty Plea of Metal...

The United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced in an October 18th news release that Phillip Michael Huddleston pleaded guilty to violating the Resource Conservation Recovery Act (“RCRA”). DOJ states alleges that...more

Targeted ICE Investigations ~ in it for the Long Haul with Record $95 Million Plea Deal for I-9 Violations

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Following a six year investigation, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) unit issued a statement confirming a guilty plea on September 28, 2017 by Asplundh Tree Experts,...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

Pennsylvania Tree Removal Company Fined $95 Million for Hiring Undocumented Immigrants

A Montgomery County, Pennsylvania tree removal company was fined $95 million after pleading guilty before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to violating several federal immigration laws due to...more

What Happens to Monetary Penalties When Convicted Defendant Dies with Pending Appeals?

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

This was the question in a recent Second Circuit Court of Appeals case. The defendant was convicted of securities fraud, mail and wire fraud and obstruction of justice, and entered into a negotiated guilty plea to criminal...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

Where The Full Record Indicates a Plea is Voluntary, Rule 11 Omissions Will Not Lead to Vacatur

In United States v. Pattee, 14-32163-cr (April 21, 2016) (GC, GEL, RJL), the Court affirmed a judgment of conviction and sentence entered in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York (Frank P....more

Should I Hire an Immigration Attorney Even if I Plan on Pleading Guilty?

by Ronald Shapiro on

Even if an immigrant plans on entering a guilty plea when charged with a crime, he or she should hire a Chicago immigration attorney. Working with an experienced attorney can help immigrants avoid deportation, conviction, and...more

Red Notice Newsletter - August 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - MTS Receives DOJ and SEC Declination Letters Concluding FCPA Investigations - On August 7, 2017, MTS Systems (MTS), a Minnesota based maker of test systems and industrial position...more

THE LATEST: Another E-Commerce Retailer Pleads Guilty in DOJ Investigation of Online Promotional Products Industry

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On August 14, 2017, we reported on an online retailer’s guilty plea for conspiring to fix the prices of “customized promotional products” such as silicone wristbands and lanyards, and the ongoing US Department of Justice...more

Judge Donato Rejects Corporate Pleas in Capacitor Cases

U.S. District Court Judge James Donato, of the Northern District of California, caught the attention of criminal antitrust litigators over the last several months with his refusal to accept the guilty pleas of three...more

DOJ Obtains Price-Fixing Guilty Plea

by Jones Day on

Texas-based e-commerce company Zaappaaz, Inc.—doing business as WB Promotions, Inc., Wrist-Band.com, and Customlanyard.net—and its president both agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to fix prices for customized promotional...more

Bad News for Whistleblowers: Defendant Pleads Guilty

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

At first glance, it looks nonsensical. How could it be bad news for False Claims Act whistleblowers that the defendant pleaded guilty to violating that statute—to committing the very Medicare fraud the whistleblowers alleged?...more

Blockchain Week in Review – August 2017 #6

by Perkins Coie on

Below is a summary of some of the significant legal and regulatory actions that occurred over the past week. This alert is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all such developments, but rather a selection of...more

Supreme Court To Decide Whether Prosecutors Can Use Pleas To Skirt Constitution

by Ifrah PLLC on

While the endless portrayal of jury trials in media might indicate otherwise, trials are actually quite rare in the U.S. criminal justice system. With 97% of federal cases ending in pleas, the Atticus Finch conception of...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Chinese

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - U.K. Opens Corruption Investigation of Rio Tinto over Guinea Operations - On July 24, 2017, the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced that it had opened an investigation...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Russian

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - U.K. Opens Corruption Investigation of Rio Tinto over Guinea Operations - On July 24, 2017, the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced that it had opened an investigation...more

DOJ Antitrust Corporate Dispositions May Protect Some Culpable Employees

by Jones Day on

Most companies under criminal investigation by the Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") eventually resolve their liability with the government short of going to trial, either by entering into a corporate...more

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