Maybe it’s the season — leaves opening on the trees, blossoms everywhere filling the air with a sweet spring smell, cool mornings and warm afternoons in central Virginia.
Or maybe our lightness comes from being privileged, still, to be chronicling the FCPA and all that it stands for.
Probably it’s a bit of both — the season and the subject.
We’re grateful as always to be here, and to our readers, our contributors and researchers, and our great sponsors.
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During a presentation yesterday morning to a group of compliance professionals, we said it was a relief that GSK counsel Lauren Stevens had won a dismissal of the obstruction and false statement indictment against her. But we spoke too soon. Just a few hours later she was re-indicted, despite showing the first time around that she had extensive advice from outside counsel to help her respond to the FDA. These aren’t easy times to be lawyering for corporate clients who deal with the U.S. government.
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We’ll be in Palo Alto on Wednesday next week to talk about the FCPA and global enforcement trends (and the Stevens case). If you can make it, register for the free event and please say hello. We’ll be there with Ryan Morgan and Michael Volkov.
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Michael, by the way, is now at the helm of White Collar Defense and Compliance, a newly launched blog. There’s plenty of good stuff there so check it out.