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In May 2018, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a new policy to address a growing problem in white-collar criminal and civil enforcement. With increased frequency, law enforcement investigations of financial institutions and multinational corporations involve cooperation and information-sharing among governments, as well as among U.S. federal, state and local agencies. As Steven R. Peikin, co-director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Enforcement, observed in a speech in November 2017: “The level of cooperation and coordination among regulators and law enforcement worldwide is on a sharply upward trajectory.” As a result, companies have faced multiple — and often duplicative — penalties in numerous jurisdictions, particularly in the area of anticorruption enforcement.
By Marjorie Peerce and Mary K. Treanor
In Lagos v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that corporate victims of criminal offenses cannot recover expenses incurred from internal investigations that the federal government has neither requested nor required under the Mandatory Victims Restitution Act of 1996,
By Harry Sandick and Jacqueline Bonneau
Part One of a Two-Part Article
The United States Supreme Court’s October Term 2017 was a good year for criminal defendants in areas as varied as the Fourth Amendment, obstruction of justice, the death penalty, and criminal restitution. There was only one major criminal law decision this term — Carpenter v. United States — but there were several decisions that defense counsel would do well to study.
By Ashley M. Drake and Joseph F. Savage, Jr.
In fiscal year 2017, the DOJ collected more than $3.7 billion dollars from False Claims Act (FCA) cases — part of the $86 billion it has collected from FCA cases since 1986. States and municipalities are aggressively pursuing FCA recoveries as well. Whether or not such payments are deductible as business expenses under the Internal Revenue Code is an important consideration when negotiating a settlement with the government.
By Ryan Lovelace
The FARA feeding frenzy had already been building in recent years, but it gained traction in the months since Manafort's indictment last fall.
The U.S. Justice Department’s aggressive enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) has drawn blood throughout the consultant class in Washington, with lawyers assessing the casualties and prowling for new business.