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In recent months, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has raised expectations for companies to use data analytics to monitor the effectiveness of their compliance programs and to identify potential misconduct. By its terms, data analytics is the process of analyzing raw data in order to discover useful information to inform conclusions and decision-making. The DOJ has increasingly used data analytics to identify potential wrongdoing and has recently sent the message that it expects companies to follow suit and incorporate data analytics in their compliance programs. In June 2020, the Criminal Division of the DOJ issued revised guidance (June 2020 Guidance) about how it will evaluate corporate compliance programs, and it included specific references to the use of data analytics. U.S. Dep’t of Justice, Criminal Div., Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs (June 2020).
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A roundtable discussion on the topic of government investigations, corporate compliance efforts, and the potential for fraud or misbehavior in the time of COVID-19.
By Steven Paradise and Matthew Catalano
Gamm v. Sanderson Farms, establishes a high burden for a plaintiff to plead adequately failure to disclose illegal conduct — regardless of how much circumstantial evidence a plaintiff is able to amass or how much news coverage the alleged conduct attracts.
By Jacqueline C. Wolff
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue
this second edition contains some new “hypotheticals” — facts of actual cases the DOJ finds important enough to focus on — and, in keeping true to its name, has included additional resources and links for chief compliance officers looking to design and audit their companies’ anticorruption compliance programs.
By Robert J. Anello and Richard F. Albert
United States v. Napout
The U.S. government’s lead role in the prosecution of corruption within the Zurich-based FIFA may be a paradigmatic example of U.S. law enforcement acting as the world’s policeman. If corruption is based on foreign executives violating their duties of loyalty to foreign private entities, how does that translate into a violation of U.S. criminal law? Does it matter that the conduct in which the foreign executive engaged — commercial bribery — may not be illegal under the law of the executive’s home country?