As long as U.S. federal law enforcement priorities remain the same, licensed cannabis operators are unlikely to be prosecuted if they are completely compliant with state laws. However, if the DOJ or state regulators discover that a license was acquired through corrupt means, the license will not provide any protection.… Continue Reading
With the U.S. government encouraging businesses to earn cooperation credit at the penalty phase of enforcement actions through the “naming of names” at the onset of investigations, there might be momentum for more executives being held personally accountable in regulatory enforcements.… Continue Reading
How should SEC whistleblower awards be calculated? In a working paper, I address this timely question.… Continue Reading
TechnipFMC plc paid the SEC $5 million Monday to settle FCPA offenses related to bribing Iraqi officials to win business with state-owned oil companies.
The London-headquartered oil and gas company disgorged $4.3 million plus pre-judgment interest of $735,000 to the SEC. … Continue Reading
American communication technology provider Polycom Inc. settled FCPA books and records and internal accounting controls provisions charges with the SEC Wednesday for using resellers and distributors in China to bribe government officials. … Continue Reading
CHS Inc. disclosed in an SEC filing Monday that it self-reported possible FCPA violations related to Mexican customs payments.
The Minnesota-based agriculture company said in a 10-K that it voluntarily disclosed the potential violations to the DOJ and SEC.… Continue Reading
Vantage Drilling International agreed to disgorge $5 million to the SEC Monday to settle FCPA internal accounting controls offenses related to drilling services contracts with Petrobras.
The Securities and Exchange Commission awarded an overseas whistleblower $4 million for “extensive assistance” resulting in a successful action, the agency said Monday.
Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower Jane Norberg said, “Whistleblowers, whether they are located in the United States or abroad, provide a valuable service to investors and help us stop wrongdoing.”… Continue Reading
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Wednesday hackers broke into its electronic document storage system last year.
The hackers may have traded on information they found, the SEC said.