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Audi CEO arrest “unusual”, German lawyers say

Audi CEO arrest “unusual”, German lawyers say

June 20, 2018, GIR

The CEO of Volkswagen-owned Audi has agreed to testify in the ongoing Munich investigation into the emissions scandal following his “astonishing” arrest on 18 June.

FTC loses LabMD data security appeal

FTC loses LabMD data security appeal

June 13, 2018, GIR

A US federal appeal court has thrown out a Federal Trade Commission measure ordering cancer diagnostic tester LabMD to overhaul its cybersecurity programme, potentially challenging the FTC’s practice in cybersecurity cases.

GIR launches the 2018 Due Process Guide

GIR launches the 2018 Due Process Guide

June 11, 2018, GIR

Germany’s Public Prosecutor’s Office kept its top A grade in this year’s Due Process Guide, while last year’s joint top scorer, Hong Kong’s SFC, was marked down after lawyers criticised the agency for its overly aggressive stance to legal privilege.

FRC launches formal complaint against Autonomy auditors

FRC launches formal complaint against Autonomy auditors

May 31, 2018, GIR

The UK Financial Reporting Council has initiated formal disciplinary action against two Deloitte auditors and two former executives at Autonomy in connection with an investigation into the company’s financial reports ahead of its sale to HP in 2011.

CPS costs in first-ever contested section 7 prosecution revealed

CPS costs in first-ever contested section 7 prosecution revealed

May 24, 2018, GIR

The Crown Prosecution Service has revealed how much it spent to bring a case against dormant British office interior design company Skansen Interior Limited over a £6 million bribery scheme, following a GIR Freedom of Information request.

“I don’t feel good about it,” DOJ official says of Flotron trial loss

“I don’t feel good about it,” DOJ official says of Flotron trial loss

May 11, 2018, GIR

Sandra Moser, a senior fraud section official in the DOJ's criminal division, discussed the implications of a recent trial defeat for the department in a spoofing case.

Update: DOJ settlement ends last major US mortgage-backed securities investigation into RBS

Update: DOJ settlement ends last major US mortgage-backed securities investigation into RBS

May 10, 2018, GIR

Lawyers from WilmerHale and Davis Polk helped the Royal Bank of Scotland enter into an agreement in principle to pay $4.9 billion to settle DOJ allegations that it mis-sold mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis.

High Court rejects SFO application for costs in XYZ judicial review

High Court rejects SFO application for costs in XYZ judicial review

April 25, 2018, GIR

Judges declined the SFO’s request to have the claimant in the failed XYZ-related judicial review cover its legal costs because of the authority’s flawed approach to the case.

CJEU: Italian defendants should not face double jeopardy

CJEU: Italian defendants should not face double jeopardy

April 23, 2018, GIR

The Court of Justice of the European Union has made preliminary rulings in favour of Italian citizens, holding that they should not be subject to both criminal and administrative enforcement action over the same matter.

KBR fights SFO on extraterritorial application of section 2 notices

KBR fights SFO on extraterritorial application of section 2 notices

April 17, 2018, GIR

A lawyer acting for US engineering company KBR has argued that the UK parliament never intended section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act to apply to documents held by foreign companies outside of the UK.