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By Jeffrey Benzing | April 15, 2014

Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold (R) refused to question Attorney General Eric Holder at a recent House hearing, asserting he shouldn't be there after being found in contempt of Congress in 2012.

Guinean Panel Publishes Evidence Linking Steinmetz to Alleged Mining Corruption

A Guinean government panel has published the declaration of a wife of the country’s late dictator that describes how she was allegedly bribed to use her influence with her husband. Mamadie Toure is also cooperating in a U.S. FCPA probe.

Conflict Minerals Rule Weakened, But Due Diligence Requirements Remain Intact

An appeals court panel rules a public reporting requirement violates the First Amendment, but companies are still required to probe their supply chains for evidence that materials are tied to armed conflict.

U.S. Charges Two More DAP Executives in Venezuela Bribery Case

Six people have now been charged in the brokerage-firm Venezuelan bribe scheme; four have already pleaded guilty.

Farenthold Says He Can’t Pretend ‘Nothing is Wrong’ When Holder Visits Congress

The Texas lawmaker continued a war of words between the Attorney General and House Republicans.

Shareholder Lawsuits Pile On Hyperdynamics After Contract Collapse

Houston-based Hyperdynamics had no oil exploration experience when it won a massive off-shore concession in 2006 from then-Guinean dictator Lansana Conté.

Conflict Minerals Rule Violates Free Speech, U.S. Appeals Court Decides

The SEC’s rule attempted to force companies to disclose if minerals they used came from conflict countries. OPINION ATTACHED

Manhattan DA’s Probe Focusing on Role of David Samson’s Port Authority Assistant

EXCLUSIVE: Subpoenas seek detailed information about the activities of an aide who followed former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Chairman David Samson to the agency from Wolff & Samson, the law firm central to many of the questions now swirling around Gov. Chris Christie.

Facciola Outspoken as Magistrate Judge on Limiting E-Discovery for Prosecutors

The magistrate judge is seen as an e-discovery expert for his efforts to make prosecutors show true probable cause in cases involving phone and other electronic data.

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DOJ Fraud Section Prosecutor Joins Shook, Hardy & Bacon

David M. Maria will focus on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act defense and compliance.

Republican Attorneys General Have Been ‘Brutalized,’ Gohmert Says, Defending Criticism of Holder

The Attorney General has complained of “ugly and divisive” treatment by Republican lawmakers. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) says Holder has no evidence and that the criticism is not based on race.

Griggsby Nominated to Federal Claims Court

The former prosecutor is currently chief counsel for privacy and information policy for the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Utah U.S. Attorney to Rejoin Sidley Austin

David Barlow, who previously worked for Republican Sen. Mike Lee, will return to private practice this summer.

Grassley Plans to Form Whistleblower Caucus

Grassley has been an outspoken advocate for whistleblower issues and a critic of the Obama administrations whistleblowing policies.

Sharing Cyber Data Won’t Trigger Antitrust Enforcement, Justice Department Says

Information sharing is encouraged to protect data networks, the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission said in a joint policy statement.

Holder Decries ‘Ugly’ Treatment Before House Panel

The Attorney General veered from prepared remarks Wednesday to discuss his treatment by House Republicans the day before.

Polish Official Confirms HP Settlement Before U.S. or HP Announces

The timing of Hewlett-Packard Company’s U.S. FCPA settlement was first disclosed by a Polish newspaper and confirmed publicly by the country’s interior minister.

Lawmakers Want Close Antitrust Scrutiny of Massive Comcast-Time Warner Merger

Cable executives say consumers benefit from the possibility of increased investment but lawmakers — and the Justice Department — have yet to be convinced.

House Republicans Angry Holder Hasn’t Investigated IRS Media Leak

Department doesn’t investigate every press leak, Attorney General says.

Facing Criticism, Holder Says Prosecutors Mobilized Quickly in Wake of Financial Crisis

Lawmakers lament the Justice Department’s meek attempts to hold individuals responsible for corporate crimes.

Ponzi Scheme Operator Illarramendi Asks to be Let Out of Jail Ahead of Sentencing

The former hedge fund manager claims he needs more free time to review thousands of documents that will be used in his sentencing.

Latvia to Join OECD Anti-Bribery Convention

Latvia will be the 41st party to the convention when its membership is made final at the end of next month.

Glaxo Investigates Bribery Accusations in the Mideast

The pharmaceutical company is also under investigation by Chinese authorities over alleged corruption.

First Whistleblower Award Recipient to Get Additional $150,000

The SEC previously awarded the whistleblower nearly $50,000 in 2012 for helping stop a securities fraud.

U.S. Secures First Ever Extradition on Antitrust Charge

Prosecutors had previously won extradition of a British national on obstruction of justice charges in an unrelated antitrust case.

Martinez Clears Judiciary Committee as U.S. Attorney Nominee for New Mexico

The nominee has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney since 2001.

André Birotte Nominated as U.S. District Judge in California

Birotte has served as U.S. Attorney in the Central District of California in March 2010.

Ralls Corp. Suggests Bias Against China in CFIUS Review Process

Ralls is appealing the dismissal of its presidential power and CFIUS challenge. The government has brought a lawsuit to force the divestiture of the company’s wind farm purchase.

Holder Defends Record on Corporate Prosecutions

Sen. Jeffrey Merkley (D-Ore.) asked the Attorney General today if the justice system is weighted in favor of the powerful.

Inspector General Complains About Justice Department Document Access

Michael Horowitz said it should be up to him, not Attorney General Eric Holder, to decide when documents should be available to investigators.

Members of Congress Ask Government, Corporations to Stop Silencing Whistleblowers

KBR is being sued by former employees for its secrecy agreements that allegedly prevented whistleblowing to the government.

Anadarko to Pay $5.15 Billion in Largest Ever Environmental Contamination Settlement

Subsidiary Kerr-McGee tried to avoid responsibility for 85 years of environmental contamination, Deputy Attorney General James Cole said.

Charges Against Ukrainian Oligarch Firtash Not a Typical FCPA Matter

While observers debate the U.S. assertion that the timing of the arrest of the powerful businessman-ally of ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych was a coincidence, the case does point to the growing use of the FCPA in non-traditional ways.

Jones Defends ATF Credibility in Storefront Stings

Rep. Darrell Issa questions the bureau’s accountability for problems identified in undercover gun-buying operations.

Mythili Raman, Former Criminal Division Acting Leader, Headed to Covington

Raman is following her former boss at DOJ, Lanny Breuer, to the prestigious white-shoe law firm in Washington, knowledgeable people say.

African Development Bank Fines Companies for Bonny Island Corruption

Kellogg Brown & Root LLC, Technip S.A. and JGC Corp. agreed to pay $17 million to settle a Nigerian corruption investigation that has already resulted in penalties in the United States.

Leaker Stephen Kim Sentenced to 13 months for Giving Sensitive Documents to Fox News Reporter

The former State Department contractor pleaded guilty to providing sensitive information on nuclear capabilities in North Korea to reporter James Rosen.

Appeals Court Decision Supports Case for Conflict Minerals Rule, SEC Argues

Industry wants the SEC’s conflict minerals transparency rule held to a stricter standard than the commission said is supported by precedent.

Carlin Confirmed By Senate to Lead National Security Division

After a 99-1 vote, Carlin is officially head of the division he has led on an acting basis since March 2013.

Alstom Foreign Bribery Investigation Appears to Be Yielding a Multitude of Cases

Six Alstom executives have now been implicated in a corruption scheme that may also ensnare the parent company and its subsidiaries.

UK Insurance Broker Fined by FCA for Lax Anti-Corruption Controls

Besso Limited agreed to settle after the Financial Conduct Authority pointed out nearly six years of third party due diligence failures.

Tipster Informed Orthofix of Alleged Kickbacks in Brazil

The company had already been looking into possible foreign bribery by a Brazilian subsidiary and is investigating internally.

Hong Kong Authorities Scrutinize Recently Departed J.P. Morgan Executive

U.S. authorities and others are looking into the bank’s hiring practices in Asia for possible corruption problems.

DOJ Sought Scapegoat for Fast and Furious, Former Arizona U.S. Attorney Says

Dennis Burke, who resigned in 2011 after leaking documents to the media, says his superiors in Washington tried to protect their own political interests by pinning blame for the failed gun operation on Arizona prosecutors.

Veteran Holder Associate Tapped to Helm Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys

Monty Wilkinson served as No. 2 at the office overseeing U.S. Attorneys until the retirement of Director H. Marshall Jarrett.

SEC Asks for Nigeria Law Ruling, Looks to Strike Witnesses Ahead of Bribery Trial

Mark A. Jackson and James J. Ruehlen are accused of FCPA violations in the country over an oil rig permit.

SEC Drops Internal Controls Claims Against Noble Executives Ahead of Trial

The executives are accused of taking part in a bribery scheme in Nigeria.

Nigerian NGO Presses Holder to Repatriate Funds for Victims of Former Dictator’s Corruption

The more than $458 million in assets stolen by late Nigerian Dictator Sani Abacha should be returned to the country, according to U.S. attorneys for the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project.

Inspector General Says ‘Troubling Conduct’ Hampered Review of Drug and Organized Crime Center

Two FBI agents may have been retaliated against for speaking to IG staff, report finds. DEA and FBI also fought over their roles at the multi-agency center.

Laurence Urgenson Joins Mayer Brown

Laurence Urgenson, who left Kirkland & Ellis LLP, previously served as Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General.

Thompson Tapped As Interim Head of Office of Legal Counsel

He replaces Caroline Krass, herself an acting head of the office, who was confirmed by the Senate to become general counsel at the Central Intelligence Agency.

Orthofix Discloses Potential FCPA Violations at Brazilian Subsidiary

The orthopedic-products maker said it became aware in August 2013 of potentially improper payments regarding a Brazilian subsidiary.

Criminal Information Unsealed in Orthofix Mexican Bribery Case

The unusual sequence in which the settlement was disclosed has an ordinary explanation.

Judge Says Wal-Mart Whistleblower’s Published Documents No Longer Privileged

Wal-Mart had agreed to withdraw its motion to strike the documents following a ruling from a parallel case in Delaware.

Rivera Favored for Tennessee U.S. Attorney Post

The Acting U.S. Attorney is on shortlist for permanent slot.


Cyber Ethics for Lawyers

Best practices for handling client data in the cloud.


ACLU Sues FBI, Carmen Ortiz for Todashev Documents

Todashev was killed during an FBI interrogation after the Boston Marathon bombing.


Albuquerque Police Used Excessive Force, Scathing DOJ Report Says

Justice Department found systematic deficiencies over several years.


FBI Gets Leeway with New Profiling Rules

Despite opposition from civil rights group, FBI will be able to continue many profiling tactics.


Times-Picayune Wants Commenter Info to Stay Private

Paper wants to block handover of information which may involve former prosecutors.


Bharara Criticizes Cuomo’s Closing of Corruption Panel

Manhattan U.S. Attorney is taking over files of political corruption commission.


Republicans Want Lois Lerner Taken to Court

The Justice Department is already investigating allegations that the IRS targeted conservatives.


SAC Capital Plea Deal Scrutinized by Judge

Sentencing hearing for $1.2 billion deal set for Thursday.


Louisiana Must Give Voucher Information to Justice Department

A federal judge has ordered state education officials to give data to DOJ lawyers.


U.S. Tries to Seize $12M in Swiss-Linked Tax Case

Accounts were set up by Swiss attorney who pleaded guilty last year.


Bitcoin Poses Risks, Holder Says

Justice Department is scrutinizing virtual currencies that hide illicit ties.


Holder Snaps at Gohmert after Contempt Quip

‘You don’t want to go there, buddy,’ AG says.


Al Sharpton – FBI Informant?

Controversial civil rights leader was also a ‘mob snitch,’ celebrity site says.


Former Prosecutor Selected as SAC Compliance Monitor

Bart M. Schwartz picked as independent consultant.


As Federal Probe Winds Down, Credit Suisse Faces Civil Scrutiny

Bank faces most jeopardy in criminal probe even as New York civil investigation begins.


Federal Prosecutors Probing High-Speed Trading

Holder tells lawmakers DOJ is evaluating possible insider trading problems.


Federal Judge Backs Off on Criticism of Philadelphia U.S. Attorney

Judge previously called government staffing in union extortion probe ‘unacceptable.’


Senate Intelligence Committee Votes to Release CIA Torture Report

Parts of a report on interrogation techniques will be made public.


Restoring the U.S. Patent System

Commentary: Vague patents leave inventors and startups vulnerable to patent trolls.


Law Firms and Client Data

In age of cybercrime, state bar opinions are offering guidance for reasonable care.


Andrew Luger Outlines New Initiatives in Minnesota

The new U.S. Attorney has set an ambitious agenda for his tenure.


ATF Allowed Official to Double-Dip Salary

Inspector General says superiors used ‘poor judgment’ to allow paid leave and employment at JP Morgan.


HSBC Has ‘Much Work’ Left to Fix Money Laundering Vulnerabilities

The bank has made improvements but must improve its data gathering, monitor says.


Justice Department Wrong to Withhold Tom DeLay Records, Court Rules

Ruling could increase access to documents in corruption investigations.


Public Integrity Section Finding Its Teeth Again

Once-shamed section moves back into public light.


Critics Say Dennis Burke Got a Pass From Arizona Bar

Darrell Issa called Fast and Furious document leak ’self-serving.’


Bharara Says Corporate Felony Charges Could Be Coming

The Manhattan U.S. Attorney said a significant financial institution might be charged “before too long”


Ex-Prosecutor Targets Former Colleagues and Media in New Orleans

Billy Gibbens has aggressively pursued online commenter scandal as a defense attorney.


Dennis Burke Should Have Been Celebrated

Editorial: Former U.S. Attorney should not have been sanctioned for Fast and Furious leak.


Ex-U.S. Attorney Reprimanded for Leaking Fast & Furious Documents

The Arizona State Bar disciplined Dennis Burke for leaking documents to the media.


FBI Raids Target Elected Officials in Three States

Officials in California and North Carolina were arrested and the office of a New York state senator was raided.


Justice Department Wants to Hack Cyber-Criminals

Federal investigators say they need more power to break into criminal computers.


Holder Says Terror Conviction Vindicates U.S. Trials

Verdict of Bin Laden son-in-law a ‘major milestone’ in anti-terrorism effort.


Africa: Optimism in the Land of Opportunity and Risk

Increased regulations offer new business opportunities in developing markets.


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