In this post, Perkins Coie attorneys discuss a U.S. Federal Trade Commission settlement regarding its most recent law enforcement action to monitor the marketplace for misleading cannabidiol product claims. The action targets Kushly Industries LLC and the company’s sole officer for allegedly making false or unsupported health benefit claims about Kushly’s CBD product.

Read the full post at Perkins Coie’s Cannabis Legal Highlights blog at FTC Continues Crackdown on Unsupported CBD Marketing.

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, we are highlighting the use and application of trauma-informed investigation techniques during internal investigations.

In this episode, Perkins Coie White Collar & Investigations partners Gina LaMonica and Caryn Trombino are joined by Dr. Brenda Ingram, EdD, LCSW, of the University of Southern California, to discuss conducting trauma-informed investigations at higher education institutions and the increasing use of these techniques during internal investigations in corporate settings.

Dr. Ingram, who serves as the Director of Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services at USC Student Health, shares her experience in conducting survivor-centered investigations in cases of sexual and racial trauma and other instances of power-based harm. She also reflects on how corporate employers can deploy trauma-informed investigative techniques and foster a work environment that addresses power imbalances that can lead to employee trauma.

Listen to “Trauma-Informed Investigation Techniques in the Workplace – Episode 28” on Spreaker.

In this post, Perkins Coie attorneys explore the statutory ambiguities that are prompting some in the hemp industry to “lawfully” sell hemp-derived Delta-8 THC. Entrepreneurs have swiftly responded to the current loophole and a Delta-8 market has exploded.

Read the full post at Perkins Coie’s Cannabis Legal Highlights blog at Delta-8: A New Low in Highs | Cannabis Legal Highlights.

Perkins Coie LLP White Collar & Investigations partners Lee Richards and Margaret Meyers are joined by the Hon. Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to discuss litigating in the federal district and appellate courts. Informed by his 26 years of federal experience, Judge Chin shares some best practices for attorneys appearing in the district and appellate courts, describes his experience sentencing white-collar criminal defendants under the post-Booker guidelines, and reflects on the importance of diversity in the legal profession. Continue Reading Discussion with the Honorable Denny Chin

During the investigation process, survivor-centered, trauma-informed techniques are used to keep investigation participants empowered and safe—physically, emotionally, and economically. Arising from sexual abuse and domestic violence contexts, these techniques are now being recognized for their usefulness and success in more traditional corporate settings. Continue Reading Will Survivor-Centered, Trauma-Informed Techniques Revolutionize Workplace Investigations?

Perkins Coie White Collar & Investigations Partner Caryn Trombino talks with Stephen Ravas, Counsel to Inspector General at AmeriCorps Office of Inspector General, about his experience in various roles at several federal Offices of Inspector General—including at the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and now AmeriCorps.
Continue Reading An Insider’s View on Responding to Federal OIG Investigations

White Collar Partner Kevin Feldis speaks with Tony Davis, chief executive officer and chief information officer of Inherent Group, a value-based investment company that uses environmental, social, and governance factors to make investment decisions. Kevin and Tony outline key ESG factors, describe how focusing on these factors can create value for companies, and also discuss the risks involved with failing to do so. Additionally, they offer insights into how the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s creation of a new Climate and ESG Task Force within the Division of Enforcement may affect how companies evaluate and disclose ESG compliance.

Listen to “ESG Rewards, Risks, Compliance, and Tips – Episode 25” on Spreaker.

Chelsea Curfman and Markus Funk are joined by Professor Mike Koehler, better known as the “FCPA Professor.” In 2009, Koehler launched his “FCPA Professor” blog, described as “the Wall Street Journal concerning all things FCPA-related.” During the conversation he reflects on his professional road to becoming “The FCPA Professor,” tracks the evolution of the blog, shares his critical views on what he terms “FCPA Inc.,” and charts what he sees as future U.S. Department of Justice enforcement under the Biden administration.

Listen to “A Candid Conversation with the “FCPA Professor” Mike Koehler – Episode 24” on Spreaker.

Antitrust lawyers Jon Jacobs and Kevin Schock join host Markus Funk to discuss the fundamental legal principles applicable to no-poach and wage-fixing agreements, explore current government enforcement priorities related to these types of agreements, and evaluate examples of recent enforcement activity in the no-poach and wage-fixing space.

Listen to “Criminal Antitrust Enforcement in Labor Markets – Episode 23” on Spreaker.

This episode’s guest is Cam Simpson. Cam is an award-winning writer and investigative journalist who has focused on supply chain, corruption, and forced labor and trafficking issues. He is the senior international correspondent for Bloomberg Businessweek in London and Bloomberg News. Previously, he worked for The Wall Street Journal, with posts in the Middle East and Washington, and as a foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune.

Cam and Perkins Coie White Collar & Investigations Chair Markus Funk discuss Cam’s diverse career and Cam’s work relating to human trafficking and other forms of forced labor. They also share their thoughts on the growing trend towards sustainable investing (specifically, on “ESG,” or environmental, social, and governance investing), as well as domestic and foreign enforcement activity aimed at stemming corruption, forced labor, and related supply chain and compliance misconduct.

Listen to “Investigative Journalist Cam Simpson on the Dangers of Forced Labor and other Supply Chain Risks – Episode 22” on Spreaker.