DOJ’s FCPA Policy Puts Companies on Notice Regarding Electronic Communications As cybersecurity concerns move more companies to batten down employee use of external email accounts and other websites through blocking software and other measures, the DOJ’s recently issued FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy—now incorporated in the U.S. Attorneys’ Manual—unequivocally states that companies seeking full cooperation credit from DOJ in FCPA cases must ensure that employees are prohibited “from using software that generates but does not appropriately retain business records or communications,” among other business-record retention measures.   View Full Post
Foreign Whistleblowers Continue to Collect Lucrative Bounties under Dodd-Frank On December 5, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an order awarding more than $4.1 million to a whistleblower who voluntarily provided original information to the agency concerning a widespread, multi-year securities-law violation.  The  award was paid pursuant to the SEC’s Whistleblower Program under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank).  View Full Post
Updating our prior post on the case of Hidalgo v Arizona, where a petition to the Supreme Court of the United States has been filed on behalf of Arizona Death Row inmate Abel Hidalgo.  This is the case that some argue could result in a SCOTUS finding that capital punishment is unconstitutional. For details read our earlier post, "Will SCOTUS Hear Hidalgo v Arizona and End the Death Penalty? View Full Post
The DOJ recently took another step to encourage corporate self-disclosure for FCPA violations through the announcement of a new FCPA Enforcement Policy based on the eighteen month FCPA Pilot Program.  The DOJ’s Pilot Program proved to be successful—the FCPA Unit received over 30 voluntary disclosures in the 18-month period the Pilot was in place—compared to only 18 voluntary disclosures in the previous 18-month period, according to Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein.  View Full Post
Essex County Police to Receive Federal Funding for Community Policing Efforts Police Departments in Essex County Will Hire More Officers with Grant Money Three law enforcement agencies in Essex County, NJ are set to receive federal grant money that will be used to hire additional cops to patrol streets. The Essex County Sheriff’s Office, the Nutley Police Department, and the West Orange Police Department were awarded several million dollars to help with efforts to stop violent crimes and drug crimes. View Full Post
Police Arrest Suspects Who Allegedly Planned to Sell Heroin at Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey Two Paramus Men Accused of Distributing Heroin in Bergen County, NJ Undercover cops with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) wrapped up a sting operation and arrested two men who have been accused of trying to sell heroin at the Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey. View Full Post
Court Denies Appeal of Man Convicted of Manslaughter in Morris County, NJ North Bergen Man Killed Victim with Hammer & Hid Body in Lincoln Park, New Jersey Carlos Rojas will stay in prison for the violent killing of his stepfather’s cousin. Rojas is a 27-year-old man from North Bergen, New Jersey. On August 3, 2011, he used a hammer to bludgeon 27-year-old Esteban Hernandez-Vazquez in a garage in Fairview, NJ. View Full Post
By Jennifer Boudet, Miranda Cole and Gemma Nash. On 6 December 2017, the Court of Justice of European Union (CJEU) issued its long-awaited Judgment in Coty Germany GmbH v Parfümerie Akzente GmbH.  Taking an approach similar to that adopted by Advocate General (AG) Wahl in his Opinion in July, the CJEU found that a supplier of luxury goods may prevent its authorised retailers from using third-party platforms in a “discernible” manner to sell its products, in order to preserve the products’ luxury image. View Full Post