In the News Today - November 13, 2015

November 13, 2015

DoJ Considering Policy Shift in FCPA Enforcement? The U.S. Justice Department is ”considering a new policy that gives companies a clearer idea of what to expect when self-reporting foreign corruption violations to the government.” Said ILR’s Harold Kim: “The business community is situated to help cut off corruption at its inception. Trying to get more cooperation upfront is the best way of enforcing anti-corruption laws.” This article also highlights ILR’s 2010 FCPA reform report, “Restoring Balance.” (Wall Street Journal)

SCOTUS to weigh in on Tyson Foods “Trial by Formula” Class Action: In Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo, if SCOTUS rules in favor of the plaintiffs, there could be a flood tide of similar cases involving tens of thousands of employees. And the plaintiffs’ attorneys would have an incentive to manipulate the sampling, picking individuals who fall on the higher end, in order to drive up damages. If workers at the Tyson’s meat processing plant all get paid the same for dressing for work, you can bet that attorneys will use this to live high on the hog. (ILR Blog)

ILR’s Trial Lawyer Marketing Study Highlighted: “Tampa leads the nation in legal advertising on TV, and that’s one reason the city’s ad spending is healthy leading into what will be yet another busy political year in Florida.” (Medialife)