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The recent acquittal in the Eastern District of New York of Thomas Barrack, a longtime friend and ally of former President Donald Trump, who was accused of acting as an unlawful agent of the UAE to influence Trump’s decision-making, is only the latest example of the DOJ’s difficulties successfully prosecuting cases of non-traditional foreign influence in U.S. affairs. DOJ has also faced repeated setbacks in its prosecution in the Eastern District of Virginia of Bijan Rafiekian, former business partner of Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, accused of acting as an illegal agent of the Turkish government in an effort to obtain the extradition of a Turkish dissident. Both Barrack and Rafiekian were charged under §951 of the U.S. Criminal Code, which has roots in the Espionage Act of 1917, and broadly prohibits agents of foreign governments from acting in the United States without first notifying the Attorney General. Despite the statute’s broad language, the DOJ has faced significant hurdles in pursuing §951 prosecutions outside the traditional espionage context, and particularly where the alleged foreign agent’s activity involves ostensibly legitimate international business dealings.
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By Patrick T. Campbell, Jonathan B. New, James A. Sherer, and Lauren E. Sternbach
This article describes the DOJ’s new M&A safe harbor policy and also provides practical insights on how companies engaged in M&A can meet the DOJ’s expectations.
By Gretchen L. Jankowski and Abigail L. Cessna
While some jurisdictions are enacting or proposing AI-specific regulation, many existing regulatory frameworks apply to new technologies, including antitrust. Companies may experience different potential antitrust risks depending on the type of AI technology and their use of that technology.
By Ross Aronowitz
With the beginning of a new year around the corner and the introduction of new compliance obligations under the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA), many law firms are scrambling to determine how they will assist clients who may be subject to these additional regulations.
By Cat Casey
Packing more tricks and treats than a suburban soccer mom, this sweeping order was ambitious, to say the least, artfully seeking to thread the needle and balance fear and desire when it comes to the AI renaissance sweeping the globe. And yet, hidden within the body of the order lay something that might make this sweeping and ambitious order flop.