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By Stephen Dockery | April 18, 2014

Only the third person to lead the DOJ's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit in the 37-year history the anti-bribery law, Charles "Chuck" Duross institutionalized prosecution and settlement procedure.

Duross’s FCPA Unit Legacy: Resource Guide, DPA Templates and Expanded Compliance

The Justice Department Criminal Division’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit resembled a start-up under Mark Mendelsohn in the mid 2000s; Chuck Duross began to institutionalize its procedures. What’s in store for new leader Patrick Stokes?

SEC Says Magyar Defendants Used 5th Amendment ‘Bait and Switch’

The three former telecoms employees have been charged with FCPA violations by the SEC over conduct in Macedonia.

Judge Denies Stay for Chinese-Owned Ralls Corp. As It Fights CFIUS Divestiture Case

The U.S. is seeking to compel a holding company with ties to Chinese mega-construction firm Sany Group to sell a wind farm near sensitive military sites in Oregon.

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.

Farenthold Introduces Bill to Nix Holder’s Pay

The Texas Republican doesn’t think federal officials found in contempt of Congress should be able to collect their paychecks.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Holder-Obama Gay Marriage Mind Meld?

New book claims POTUS and AG independently reached same conclusion on how not to enforce DOMA.

FBI’s KSM Defense Probe Causes Trial Disarray

Guantanamo trial delayed amid investigation.

Ex-Bridgestone Exec to Plead Guilty to Price Fixing

Three other employees indicted in price-fixing case.

Former U.S. Attorney Overseeing BP Spill Settlement Review

Raymond Lamonica is heading a three-member audit panel.

Christie Says Wildstein Claimed He Had Clearance for Bridge Closings

Wildstein said he had permission for shutdown, Christie told lawyers.

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.

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.

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.

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