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SEC Seeks Increased Access to Email

Jacqui Merrill, an Associate at The Volkov Law Group, joins us with a posting on the SEC’s request for increased access to emails. Jacqui’s profile is here, and she can be reached at jmerrill@volkovlaw.com. In a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting held on September 16, 2015, Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement Director Andrew Ceresney expressed his frustration over the entity’s lack of access to stored emails....

Ethical Business Decision-Making

An effective ethics and compliance program, by definition, translates into ethical business decisions. Believe it or not, to bring ethics into the equation you do not need to be a philosopher, historian, or professional ethicist. Ethical decision-making is a discipline. It is an approach to identifying and resolving issues in the business context. Of course, it occurs in many other contexts. Nor can ethical business...

Ashley Seeleman — A Courageous Woman

Forgive me for a moment, as I write about a personal matter.  My niece, Ashley Seeleman, at age 26, was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Rather than giving in, feeling sorry for herself or lamenting her diagnosis, she has demonstrated incredible courage in dealing with her condition.  I love her and admire her. Prior to her illness, Ashley was a hard-working college graduate.   She now...

The GM Criminal Settlement — Disappointing

The Justice Department has to do something about its timing – and more importantly, they need to reexamine exactly what they did (and are doing) with the criminal prosecution of GM. If you want a perfect example of talking out of both sides of your mouth, the last two weeks put the focus right on the leadership of the Justice Department.  The picture is not...

Prosecuting Doctors for Medicare Fraud

Federal prosecutors have turned their attention to physicians for Medicare fraud prosecution. Physicians who participate in the Medicare program have to be aware of the significant risks of Medicare fraud. In June, federal law enforcement orchestrated the largest nationwide Medicare bust of all time – 243 individuals were charged, including 46 doctors, nurses, and other licensed medical professionals for their participation in Medicare fraud schemes...

Webinar: Update to Internal Investigations Best Practices

Webinar: Update to Internal Investigations Best Practices October 13, 2015, 12 Noon EST Sign Up HERE The Justice Department’s recent announcement of a new policy governing individual accountability in corporate internal investigations will have a significant impact in the conduct of internal investigations. Companies will have to provide complete information about all individuals involved in potential misconduct in order to earn any cooperation credit. DOJ’s...

Antitrust Division Announces First Guilty Plea in Capacitor Cartel Investigation

The Department of Justice’s far-reaching criminal investigation into the alleged electronic capacitor cartel has borne fruit – NEC Tokin Corporation agreed to plead guilty and pay a $13.8 million criminal fine for conspiring with competitors between 2002 and 2013. NEC Tokin’s plea is the first criminal plea in this investigation, and the electronics manufacturing company also agreed to cooperate in the Antitrust Division’s ongoing investigation....

Misconduct in the C-Suite: The United Airlines Scandal

It was like a bolt out of the blue – United Airlines’ CEO and two senior executives hastily announced their resignation as a result of their involvement in a bribery scandal with the New York Port Authority. As alleged in various news reports, the United executives secured some concessions for its Newark operations in exchange for United’s operation of a specific flight from Newark to...

The True Impact of DOJ’s Individual Prosecution Memo

The Justice Department can surprise you – the release of the Yates Memo (here), as it is commonly referred to since it takes on the name of the Deputy Attorney General (e.g. McNulty Memo), is another strange example of DOJ responding to political winds. If anything, DOJ’s action appears a little bit late. The controversy surrounding DOJ’s failure to prosecute an appropriate number of individual...