Reaching For the Tipping Point

Off Topic => Across the Backyard Fence => Topic started by: mefree on October 31, 2015, 10:48

Title: Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing - Harvard Law School Forum
Post by: mefree on October 31, 2015, 10:48
Some interesting takes on The Yates Memorandum (http://www.wlrk.com/docs/IndividualAccountabilityforCorporateWrongdoing.pdf) which is intended to hold individuals more accountable for corporate wrongdoing.

Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing - Harvard Law School Forum (http://corpgov.law.harvard.edu/2015/09/21/individual-accountability-for-corporate-wrongdoing/)
Posted by Daniel P. Chung, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, on
Monday, September 21, 2015
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On September 9, 2015, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued a new policy memorandum, signed by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, regarding the prosecution of individuals in corporate fraud cases—”Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing” (“the Yates Memorandum”).

The Yates Memorandum has been heralded as a sign of a new resolve at DOJ, and follows a series of public statements made by DOJ officials indicating that they intend to adopt a more severe posture towards “flesh-and-blood” corporate criminals, not just corporate entities. Furthermore, the Yates Memorandum formalizes six guidelines that are intended “to strengthen [DOJ’s] pursuit of corporate wrongdoing.”

more at http://corpgov.law.harvard.edu/2015/09/21/individual-accountability-for-corporate-wrongdoing/

The FCPA Professor seems to think it's all the same rhetoric:

The Yates Memo - FCPA Professor (http://www.fcpaprofessor.com/the-yates-memo)
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This is rhetoric because the reality is that few DOJ corporate enforcement actions result in any related charges against company employees.  In the FCPA context, as noted in this prior post, between 2008-2014, 75% of DOJ corporate enforcement actions have not (at least yet) resulted in any DOJ charges against company employees.

more at http://www.fcpaprofessor.com/the-yates-memo

There are a slew of articles on the topic:
https://www.google.com/search?q=Yates+memorandum&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8