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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. Sanford Wadler, the former general counsel of Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (Bio-Rad), alleged that he was fired from Bio-Rad after he wrote a memo to a committee of the Board of Directors stating that he believed senior management was “complicit” in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations he thought were being carried out by Bio-Rad’s employees in China. Though the Ninth Circuit found that a jury instruction was incorrect, and that Dodd-Frank no longer applied to the claims at issue based on intervening Supreme Court precedent, it affirmed Wadler’s state claim and roughly $8 million of the jury’s original award against Bio-Rad.
By Joseph F. Savage, Jr. and Marielle Sanchez
Elections have consequences, and the election of President Trump has resulted in a significant shift in law enforcement priorities. Corporate enforcement activity is at lows not seen in decades, despite an overall increase in federal criminal cases. This is a product of a change in priorities, both in terms of types of offenses and types of offender. So, for the time being, there will be almost unprecedented opportunity to achieve favorable resolutions for corporate clients.
By Harry Sandick and Danielle Quinn
A defendant who pleads guilty is usually required to waive a host of constitutional and statutory rights, such as the right to a jury trial, the right to confront and cross-examine adverse witnesses, the right to testify and present evidence. However, many defendants are also required to waive their right to appeal in order to receive a favorable plea agreement with the government.
By Robert J. Anello and Kostya Lantsman
Business has gone global. So too has business-related crime. In the interconnected business environment, white-collar criminal investigations and prosecutions frequently present cross-border issues and affect U.S. foreign relations. Indeed, in some recent high-profile cases, the Trump administration has implied that it sees law enforcement — or the lack of it — as one of the tools in its foreign policy arsenal.
By Surya Kundu
To Release or Not Release Grand Jury Documents? The D.C. Circuit Says No.