The Italian oil company, which has faced several allegations of corruption over the years, says it's in discussions with the SEC about a potential settlement.
Former corporate defence lawyer Claudius Sokenu has joined the in-house legal team at information technology company Cognizant. “I find it more interesting being on the ground floor and helping shape how business runs,” he said in an interview.
Following a successful monitorship, the DOJ has asked a Miami federal court to dismiss FCPA charges against Teva Pharmaceutical.
Barbara Martinez, a 20-year veteran of the DOJ, has moved to Holland & Knight. She’s already advising a defendant in the DOJ’s sprawling corruption case tied to PDVSA, the Venezuelan state-owned oil company.
The Fifth Circuit will opine on whether a defendant’s due process rights were violated by a decade-old foreign corruption prosecution in which a dozen defence witnesses have died.
In an attempt to thwart former Cognizant executives’ requests over “outsourcing” allegations, the DOJ has wielded a recent decision where a federal court was unconvinced by similar arguments.
Mara Senn will work as a senior counsel in the medical device company’s global compliance investigations unit.
“A federal prison with large groups of men living in close quarters, with no room for social distancing... is a perfect setting for serious health consequences for the inmates,” a former Och-Ziff executive said in his bid for early release. The federal court was unconvinced.
The criminal division’s fraud section is on the lookout for a compliance specialist to assist prosecutors and monitors in assessing corporate compliance standards and enforcement.
Since 2017 the number of new foreign bribery cases opened by the SEC has dipped. “Certainly, it means more competition for existing cases,” said one private practitioner.
Working from home, prosecutors and defence attorneys face a new reality as video calls can’t quite replicate what has always been an “in-person sport”.
The sudden departure of Pascale Dubois in November is emblematic of problems at the organisation’s enforcement arm.