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A little over 100 years ago, the Supreme Court declined to extend the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination to corporations responding to grand jury subpoenas for documents, establishing what has been termed the “collective entity doctrine.” Hale v. Henkel, 201 U.S. 43, 74-76 (1906) (corporate officer, who had been immunized in his individual capacity, attempted to assert Fifth Amendment right on behalf of his employer). Some Justices have expressed discomfort with the application of the collective entity doctrine to small corporations responding to grand jury subpoenas, and recent decisions by the Court have extended First Amendment rights to corporations that had previously been limited to individuals. These developments suggest that the Court, particularly with the arrival of Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, might be receptive to reconsidering the scope of the collective entity doctrine, a rule whose principal virtue seems to be that it is a bright-line, particularly in the context of small, closely-held corporations.
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By Patrick T. Campbell, Jonathan B. New, James A. Sherer, and Lauren E. Sternbach
This article describes the DOJ’s new M&A safe harbor policy and also provides practical insights on how companies engaged in M&A can meet the DOJ’s expectations.
By Gretchen L. Jankowski and Abigail L. Cessna
While some jurisdictions are enacting or proposing AI-specific regulation, many existing regulatory frameworks apply to new technologies, including antitrust. Companies may experience different potential antitrust risks depending on the type of AI technology and their use of that technology.
By Ross Aronowitz
With the beginning of a new year around the corner and the introduction of new compliance obligations under the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA), many law firms are scrambling to determine how they will assist clients who may be subject to these additional regulations.
By Cat Casey
Packing more tricks and treats than a suburban soccer mom, this sweeping order was ambitious, to say the least, artfully seeking to thread the needle and balance fear and desire when it comes to the AI renaissance sweeping the globe. And yet, hidden within the body of the order lay something that might make this sweeping and ambitious order flop.