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On Jan. 1, 2021, the U.S. Congress rang in the new year by passing the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021. Buried in the massive spending bill is §6501, a provision authorizing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to seek disgorgement of unjust enrichment within 10 years for certain securities law violations, and five years for others. Congress passed this legislation in apparent response to a pair of U.S. Supreme Court decisions that limited disgorgement in SEC enforcement actions to a five-year statute of limitations and required that the remedy not exceed a wrongdoer’s net profits and be awarded for the benefit of victims. See, Kokesh v. Sec. & Exch. Comm’n, 137 S. Ct. 1635 (2017); Liu v. Sec. & Exch. Comm’n, 140 S. Ct. 1936, 1940 (2020).
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By Elkan Abramowitz and Jonathan S. Sack
This article describes pending federal prosecutions, which level corruption charges against high-level officials, considers how the theories of prosecution in these cases might be viewed in light of court decisions in other public corruption cases, and concludes with some observations about the outer limits of federal public corruption prosecutions.
By Alexandra Poe and Bryan Sillaman
Corporate ESG (environmental, social and governance) integration is becoming less optional every day, driven by increasing regulation, investor demand and the recent embrace of stakeholder capitalism.
By Joseph G. Poluka and David J. Oberly
Data breaches, while frequent in number and severity, remain big news events today. Even more newsworthy is when a corporate in-house attorney is criminally prosecuted in connection with his role in responding to a data breach event.
By Kyle R. Freeny and Benjamin G. Greenberg
Over the last decade or so, anti-money laundering (AML), counter-terrorism financing (CFT), and sanctions compliance have been the subject of increased enforcement efforts. We expect this trend to accelerate in 2021 and beyond, propelled at least in part by the recent enactment of the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020.