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Entries in Attorney-Client Privilege (34)

Tuesday
Oct032017

Bill Steinman: Remember the privilege and keep it sacred

Lawyers: As a group, we think we’re pretty special. Servants of the law and all that. But in truth, there’s really only one thing that sets us apart from other professionals: the attorney-client privilege (yes, yes, we can also represent others in court, but that’s not the point of this post). 

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Wednesday
Jul122017

TI-Canada recommends a deferred prosecution agreement scheme (with conditions)

A report released Wednesday by Transparency International Canada recommends the government consider adopting legislation to create a deferred prosecution agreement scheme as a way to increase transparency and promote compliance.

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Friday
Mar172017

Tom Fox: Raid on Jones Day German office clouds FCPA investigations

International investigations are the heart and soul of FCPA inquiries. As denoted by its title, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act deals with bribes and offers to foreign officials and those of foreign state owned enterprises.

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Thursday
Mar312016

SFO: How should companies handle attorney-client privilege during investigations?

Alun Milford, SFO General Counsel (image courtesy fo the SFO)In a speech this week to compliance professionals at the European Compliance and Ethics Institute in Prague, the general counsel of the UK Serious Fraud Office talked about attorney-client privilege in connection with SFO corruption investigations.

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Tuesday
Aug112015

Breaking: Federal appeals court protects KBR internal investigation documents from civil discovery

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Tuesday that documents produced during an internal corporate investigation are protected by attorney client privilege and don't have to be disclosed to a whistleblower who alleged the company took kickbacks from subcontractors during the Iraq war.

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Tuesday
Jun232015

Joseph Spinelli: Risk assessment best practices

The DOJ and SEC expect diverse functional areas of organizations to participate in compliance risk assessments. Among them are compliance, legal, internal audit, procurement, and finance. Human resources, marketing, and public relations also usually have a role.

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Monday
Mar162015

Colombia arrests six linked to alleged PetroTiger bribes

Prosecutors in Colombia charged six current and former employees of the state-controlled oil company with taking bribes from services company PetroTiger Ltd.

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Monday
Jan122015

Secret recordings by PetroTiger general counsel admitted as evidence against former CEO

A federal judge in New Jersey ruled last week that prosecutors can use secret video recordings in the trial of the former PetroTiger CEO that the FBI made with a camera attached to the executive's lawyer.

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Monday
Aug042014

Trinidad & Tobago court strikes historic blow for transparency

There was news of an important Trinidad & Tobago High Court decision from Afra Raymond -- an anti-corruption activist from T&T and the author of the popular Thinking Man's Weblog.

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Monday
Jul282014

Walmart's wall of silence comes tumbling down

The veil of secrecy that the "old" Walmart drew over bribery allegations in Mexico since 2005 is falling apart. One reason is because the "new" Walmart has taken robust compliance initiatives and is more transparent. Another reason is because the Delaware Supreme Court is forcing the world's biggest retailer to open up about the past.

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Friday
Jul112014

Showdown in Delaware: Walmart fights to keep its secrets

Walmart argued Thursday to the Delaware Supreme Court that shareholders aren't entitled to internal documents from an FCPA investigation that might show what executives and directors knew about alleged bribes paid to officials in Mexico.

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Monday
Feb172014

Are all FCPA lawyers and compliance officers fair game for NSA spying?

Image courtesy of the Australian Signals DirectorateA document from Edward Snowden dated February 2013 showed that the Australian Signals Directorate spied on an American law firm and passed the results to the NSA, the New York Times said Saturday.

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