It is difficult to think of a comparable cyber event to the one that effectively shut down the fuel pipeline that feeds over a third of the United States. We are in the midst of a national cyber crisis, and while we may have a blueprint for the resolution of these other crises, things must urgently change on the cybersecurity front.
Daniel B. Garrie and Douglas A. Smith
While the private sector is undeniably in great need of cybersecurity professionals, the public sector must compete for the limited supply of qualified candidates, particularly those capable of filling high-level positions.
Significant concerns aren’t necessarily issues caused by real estate lending, borrowing or underwriting. They’re caused by government policy.
Just what is automated license plate recognition technology, and do you really have a reasonable expectation of privacy in a number emblazoned on the front of your Ford or the back of your Buick?
Brian Bewley, James D. Gatta and Kaitlyn L. Dunn
The federal government won or negotiated over $2.6 billion in healthcare fraud judgments and settlements in 2019. The government’s investment of resources toward combatting fraud, waste and abuse in healthcare can be expected to continue in full force, irrespective of a change in political administration. Accordingly, it is important for healthcare companies to focus on maintaining flexible and effective compliance programs.
Nekia Hackworth Jones
The government appears to be fulfilling its commitment to rooting out PPP fraud, even when the amount at issue falls below the $2 million threshold. No matter the size of the loan, a company that obtained PPP funds is not immune from a possible government investigation or audit. Borrowers have already started to submit loan forgiveness applications, and many more will be submitted in the weeks ahead, and both lenders and the government will be scouring these submissions for red flags.
Andrew Mohr and C. Kelly Kroll
A new wave of False Claims Act cases is crashing ashore. Based on the federal government’s inclusion of toughened cybersecurity requirements for government contractors, numerous FCA cases will undoubtedly be filed and litigated in coming years against prime contractors and their major subcontractors for allegedly failing to comply with their contractual cybersecurity obligations.
Carolyn H. Kendall and Yune D. Emeritz
It is axiomatic that companies cannot do wrong without the actions of individuals. However, the trend over the past few decades, with a few exceptions, has been that individuals generally were not prosecuted for their roles in corporate wrongdoing that harmed the public welfare. However, there appears to be a recent escalation in prosecutions of corporate executives.
With countries around the world examining and strengthening their data protection laws, this agreement could be the first of many and will undoubtedly have global repercussions.
Jodi Misher Peikin and Justin Roller
The DOJ has signaled its intent to pursue prosecutions for spoofing — which the law defines as “bidding or offering with the intent to cancel the bid or offer before execution” — aggressively. This article begins with a brief discussion of the elements that the government must prove to establish commodities fraud and wire fraud. It then examines recent spoofing prosecutions that raise important questions about the applicability of the traditional fraud statutes to spoofing-related activity. How the federal courts answer these open questions will have significant implications for participants in the commodities markets.