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Hotlines and Cross Border Issues

Whether voluntary or required, whistleblower hotlines create data protection dilemmas that need to be addressed in detailed, updated compliance programs. The implementation of a pan-European hotline is riddled with complexity and numerous steps because there is no one-size-fits-all solution. In this...

Fulbright's Litigation Trends Survey: Companies Expect More Litigation, Regulation

NEW YORK - (Business Wire) Following a year of doing business in a more litigious and cost-conscious environment, companies of all sizes expect those patterns to continue during the coming year, with roughly one-quarter saying legal disputes will increase again, according to Fulbright's 7th Annual...

What to Watch Now in the World of D&O

Every fall since I first started writing this blog, I have assembled a list of the current hot topics in the world of directors' and officers' liability. This year's list is set out below. As should be obvious, there is a lot going on right now in the world of D&O, with further changes...

From Whistleblower to RICO Claimant

The holiday season is past and many of us have returned to work. However, if you are a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) there is a gift that you may wish to give yourself, it is " T he Whistleblower's Handbook - A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What's Right and Protecting Yourself "...

It Ain’t Easy Being Clean: The Compliance Challenges of FCPA and Dodd-Frank

Misery loves companies . U.S. federal enforcement officials have declared this to be the "new era" of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and most executives are worried about their risk exposure, i.e, their chances of being miserable. Those who aren't concerned should be . To...

How Does Your Organization Treat Whistleblowers?

As almost everyone knows, Lance Armstrong spoke for the first time about his performance enhancing drug (PED) use recently on Oprah. On the first night he admitted for the first time that he used PEDs during his seven wins at the Tour De France. The title of my colleague Doug Cornelius' piece...

Re-Scripting The Bourke Case

This article was reprinted with permission from FCPA Professor Frederic Bourke, “another whistleblower put in prison by the Obama administration.” So begins this recent lengthy depiction of the Bourke case on Democracy Now. Over the course of the approximate 45 minute video, the viewer...

Another Accounting Scandal-Related Securities Suit

Earlier this week I wrote about the accounting scandal that has hit the UK-based grocer, Tesco, and the securities class action lawsuit against the company that followed in its wake. Now another company has reported accounting irregularities – and the company involved has also been hit with a securities...

Pennsylvania Pharmaceutical Company Agrees to Pay $56.5 Million to Settle Allegations It Engaged in Deceptive Marketing Practices

Pennsylvania-based pharmaceutical company, Shire Pharmaceuticals LLC, recently agreed to pay $56.5 million to resolve civil allegations that it violated the False Claims Act (FCA). Shire allegedly made false and misleading statements when marketing several drugs, including Adderall XR, the well-known...

Whistleblowing: What Difference Does it Make?

In recent years, one of the favored responses of legislative reformers and regulatory enforcement authorities to financial fraud and other corporate misconduct has been the encouragement of whistleblowing activity. Both the Sarbanes-Oxley and the Dodd-Frank Act contained elaborate provisions designed...

SEC Whistleblowing Program: The Agency Means Business

The SEC wants you to know that it means business about its whistleblowing program. On April 1, 2015, in the latest in a series of steps to protect and encourage whistleblowers, the agency entered an order in an enforcement action against KBR saying that the company’s confidentiality requirements...

King Arthur Week – The Round Table and Compliance Professionals and Lawyers as Whistleblowers – Part III

Today we use King Arthur’s Round Table as the entry into our topic. The Round Table is the famous table around which he and his Knights congregated. Its shape implies that everyone who sits there has equal status. Wace, who relied on previous depictions of Arthur’s fabulous retinue, first...

Economic Downturn Week, Part II–The Golden Gate Bridge and Employment Separation–Hotlines and Whistleblowers During Layoffs

Today, we celebrate one of the greatest engineering achievements of the century. On this date in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge opened. At 4200 feet long, it was at the time the world’s longest suspension bridge. But not only was it an engineering and architectural milestone, its aesthetic form was...

Contract to Share Qui Tam Awards is Enforceable

In Fair Lab. Practices Assocs., et al., v. Riedel, et al. , the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey ruled that a contract providing that two parties share potential qui tam awards is enforceable [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance...