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We have previously joined the widespread prognostication about what the advent of the Supreme Court’s new majority may mean for the evolution of the law. (See, Anello and Albert, “Implications of a More Conservative Supreme Court for White-Collar Practitioners,” in the December 2020 issue of Business Crimes Bulletin). Although it is too early to render judgment, the court’s June 3, 2021 decision in Van Buren v. United States, 141 S. Ct. 1648 (2021), one of Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s first majority opinions and her first addressing criminal law as a member of the court, provides some clues. In narrowly construing a provision of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 (CFAA) to avoid criminalizing “a breathtaking amount of commonplace computer activity,” Justice Barrett’s opinion likely will be welcomed by those concerned about overcriminalization and untethered prosecutorial discretion in the federal system.
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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.