Who Will Have the Better Season?

The baseball season is upon us and the Houston Astros have opened with their worst start since 1983. At 3-9, things may be looking a bit bleak for the hometown heroes. However several sportswriters have pointed out that the 1983 team ended up with a winning record, at 85-77. Things may be looking...

Top 3 FCPA Cases of 2010-Part III HP and (Lots of) Red Flags

This article concludes our series on what we believe to be the Top 3 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) cases in the first half of 2010. We have reviewed the facts surrounding each matter to come up with lessons that the FCPA compliance professional might use to assist putting forward a FCPA compliance...

Mixed Messages from Hewlett-Packard

On Friday, Hewlett-Packard fired its CEO because he violated the company's code of conduct. Mark Hurd had submitted inaccurate expense reports. That sounds like a good message from the Board. Anyone can be fired for violating the code. However, Mr. Hurd was given a severance package that...

The FCPA – Tone at the Top and in the Middle

Just how important is "Tone at the Top"? Conversely, what does it say to middle management when upper management practices the age old parental line of "Don't do as I act; Do as I say"? We wondered about this age old question as we read the Saturday's edition of the New...

How to Turn a Season Around

One of the more enjoyable aspects of a baseball season is its length. The fortunes of a team can ebb and flow over the course of a 162 games season. So even if a team starts out abysmally, it can pick things up over the course of the spring and summer and give some hope to the team in September and...