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HTMLProposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
Stephen J. MacGillivray, Raymond M. Ripple; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 5, 2014, previously published on January 2013
Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure - the procedural rules that govern the life of a case in the federal trial courts - are on the horizon. On June 3, 2013, the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (the “Standing Committee”) approved for publication a report...

 

HTMLFalse Claims Act Whistleblower Bounties Exceed $345 Million in Fiscal Year 2013
Anthony Navid Moshirnia; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 31, 2014, previously published on January 21, 2014
The DOJ has released its Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2013 totals for civil settlements and judgments recovered under the federal False Claims Act (“FCA”). To say that the Department had a successful year in prosecuting fraud against the government would be putting it mildly. ...

 

HTMLChief Judge Kozinski’s Ninth Circuit Dissent in U.S. v. Olsen Offers Hope that Courts Will Keep Prosecutors Honest
Joseph D. Barton; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 31, 2014, previously published on January 21, 2014
On December 10, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied a request for a rehearing en banc in United States v. Olsen, 2013 WL 6487376 (9th Cir. 2013) (ord. denying reh’g en banc). The defendant, Kenneth Olsen, sought to vacate, set aside, or correct his sentence on...

 

HTMLDepartment of Labor Whistleblower Update
Igor M. Babichenko, Mary E. Pivec; Williams Mullen;
Legal Alert/Article
January 27, 2014, previously published on January 23, 2014
In recently released decisions, the DOL Administrative Review Board took further action in two whistleblower actions of interest to employers.

 

HTMLCFPB, DOJ Announce Largest Auto Loan Discrimination Settlement in History
Richard M. Haggerty, William M. McSwain; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 3, 2014, previously published on December 23, 2013
On December 20, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that the federal government has reached a $98 million settlement with Ally Financial, Inc., and Ally Bank (Ally), resolving allegations that Ally had allowed automobile dealers to...

 

HTMLSecond Circuit Clarifies Statute of Limitations in Criminal Conspiracy Cases
Robert E. Bloch, Kelly B. Kramer, Stephen M. Medlock; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 16, 2013, previously published on December 12, 2013
On December 9, 2013, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit significantly expanded the protections of the statute of limitations in criminal matters by holding that transactions such as interest payments that are tainted by conspiracy are insufficient to extent the statute of limitations....

 

HTMLSEC Releases Annual Report on its Whistleblower Program: Progress, Priorities, and Payments
Nicholas S. Feltham, Mary P. Hansen, Ronald A. Sarachan; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 16, 2013, previously published on November 27, 2013
On November 15th, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission released its 2013 Annual Report to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program. The report contains helpful insight into the operation of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower (OWB), and details OWB’s progress to date,...

 

HTMLBrazil’s New Anti-Bribery Act Goes into Effect in January 2014—Is Your Company Ready?
Shawn M. Wright; Blank Rome LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 13, 2013, previously published on December 2013
Brazil's stringent new anti-bribery law, the "Clean Companies Act," takes effect on January 29, 2014 and will, for the first time, subject Brazilian and multinational companies operating in Brazil to severe civil and administrative sanctions for bribing domestic or foreign government...

 

HTMLA Race To Disclose Secret Offshore Accounts: New Justice Department Program Pits Swiss Banks Against Their U.S. Accountholders
Stephanie C. Chomentowski, Matthew D. Lee; Blank Rome LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 13, 2013, previously published on December 2013
The Department of Justice has announced another program designed to identify United States taxpayers who have unreported foreign bank accounts. Continuing the unprecedented cooperation between U.S. and Switzerland to combat tax evasion, the two countries issued a joint statement earlier this fall...

 

HTMLSFO Spotlight on Construction Sector
Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 11, 2013, previously published on December 10, 2013
The construction sector has recently come under the spotlight following comments made by the Director of the Serious Fraud Office (the ‘SFO’) that it is one of the key industries facing increased levels of scrutiny as a result of the new proactive and aggressive approach being initiated...

 


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