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Over the past few years, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has taken notable steps to advance the axiom that the business community and law enforcement are “partners, not adversaries.” In November 2017, DOJ promulgated its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Corporate Enforcement Policy, which is incorporated into the Justice Manual (formerly known as the United States Attorneys Manual). The FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy was intended to promote fairness and predictability in FCPA corporate enforcement and to incentivize self-reporting. Through a series of policy announcements, the DOJ expanded and clarified the reach of the FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy — first as “nonbinding guidance” in corporate criminal cases outside the context of the FCPA, and later as applied to successor FCPA liability in mergers and acquisitions (M&A).
By Jodi Misher Peikin and Justin Roller
The DOJ has signaled its intent to pursue prosecutions for spoofing — which the law defines as “bidding or offering with the intent to cancel the bid or offer before execution” — aggressively. This article begins with a brief discussion of the elements that the government must prove to establish commodities fraud and wire fraud. It then examines recent spoofing prosecutions that raise important questions about the applicability of the traditional fraud statutes to spoofing-related activity. How the federal courts answer these open questions will have significant implications for participants in the commodities markets.
By Jacqueline C. Wolff
Recent actions by the DOJ suggest that although the DOJ may continue to prosecute certain relators’ FCA cases, other relators may find themselves on the other side of a government motion to dismiss.
By Kate Monks
The Ninth Circuit affirmed the majority of an $11 million jury verdict brought by a whistleblower who claimed that his company fired him for raising concerns about possible FCPA violations.
By Kate Monks
The former CEO of a pharmaceutical company was found guilty by a jury on eight counts of wire fraud affecting a financial institution for orchestrating a scheme that led to the collapse of one of Puerto Rico’s biggest banks.