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In an environment of aggressive federal prosecution and regulation both businesses and public officials are challenged to identify the permissible line between proper financial transactions — things like campaign contributions and business entertainment — and unlawful payments. And, in what the First Circuit called a “novel theory of Hobbs Act extortion,” public officials now have to struggle with the scope of permissible advocacy — when does advocacy for constituents become extortion? United States v. Brissette, 919 F.3d 670, 684 (2019).
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By Fotis Konstantinidis, Michael Pace and Jason Wright
This article explains the DOJ’s recent emphasis on robust data analytics in anti-corruption compliance programs, outlines how data analytics can and should be used in these programs, and suggests an approach to help legal counsel and companies determine if corporate programs will pass muster with the DOJ.
By Brad Kutner
They say every defendant deserves an attorney, and that surely includes a former president, but how does a lawyer defend someone facing multiple indictments in multiple districts all while they’re running a campaign to return to the White House? Several white-collar defense attorneys who spoke with Business Crimes Bulletin’s ALM sibling The National Law Journal have some ideas.
By Robert J. Anello and Richard F. Albert
The Supreme Court’s Dubin decision is another worthy entrant in the long running series of SCOTUS decisions applying judicial restraints where prosecutors seem unable to restrain themselves.
By Maydeen Merino
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have proposed merger guidelines that reflect the Biden administration’s aggressive enforcement approach to corporate acquisitions that considers not only their effect on competition but on the labor market, antitrust attorneys said.