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UK Regulator Sets High Bar for Corporate Cooperators

Last month, the UK Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) published non-binding, internal guidance expanding on its view of corporate cooperation in prosecutions. The guidance marks a notable departure from the SFO’s past reluctance to clarify its expectations for corporations seeking cooperation credit, while still making it clear that no outcome will be “guaranteed,” even for companies that have … Continue Reading

Preparing Your Company to Respond to Unannounced Government Visits (Part 2)

This series, written by recent in-house counsel and former federal prosecutors, aims to help in-house legal and compliance teams avoid the types of seemingly minor or inconsequential missteps that can lead to aggressive government responses, including parallel civil and criminal investigations. In part two, the authors explain what to do when a search warrant is … Continue Reading

U.K. Court Orders Disclosure of Internal Investigation Documents to Criminal Prosecutors

In a controversial ruling, London’s High Court has held that interview notes and other documents created by outside legal counsel and forensic accountants as part of an internal investigation into foreign bribery allegations are not protected by the legal professional privilege.  While the appeals process is already underway, the May 8th decision by the Honourable … Continue Reading

FBI Director Comey Takes Baton in DOJ’s Continuing Push for Access to Encrypted Data

At various times over the last several years, the DOJ has pushed for updates to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) that would include greater access to encrypted information stored on electronic devices. This week, FBI Director James Comey once again pressed for changes that would provide law enforcement with greater access to encrypted data, … Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit Rules that Google Earth Image and Location Marker Not Hearsay

In a decision that embraces the use of modern-day technology to assist the trier of fact, the Ninth Circuit recently ruled that neither a Google Earth satellite image nor a program-generated digital “tack” of GPS coordinates placed on the satellite image is hearsay for purposes of proving a defendant’s location at the time of arrest.  Defendant Paciano Lizarraga-Tirado was … Continue Reading
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