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Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski On Corporate Compliance And His Odd Use Of The Term “Deterrence”

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Last week Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski gave this speech at the 20th Annual Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Compliance Congress – an event frequently on the DOJ’s speech calendar.

As highlighted below, Benczkowski delivered typical Department of Justice corporate compliance talking points.

However, what stood out in his speech was his repeated odd use of the word “deterrence.”

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Deputy Assistant Attorney General Matthew Miner On ….

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Recently Deputy Assistant Attorney General Matthew Miner delivered this speech at an American Bar Association event in Prague.

During the speech, Miner touched upon international cooperation; the DOJ’s so-called “no piling on” policy; the DOJ’s “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs” guidance document; gathering evidence in foreign countries; voluntary disclosure, cooperation and so-called declinations; and enforcement actions against foreign companies.

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Friday Roundup

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Whistleblower award, interesting observations, scrutiny update, why in the world, you lose some and you win some, and guilty plea. It’s all here in the Friday roundup.

Whistleblower Award

According to this report, “a former Brazilian surgeon who blew the whistle on a medical device company that allegedly bribed doctors to win business will get a $4.5 million award from U.S. regulators, according to his lawyers. The surgeon will get the money for playing a crucial role in helping the SEC uncover a bribery scandal at Biomet Inc. that spanned the globe. (See here for the SEC release).

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Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General – “Subregulatory Guidance Isn’t Law – It’s Just Paper”

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This previous post discussing the DOJ’s recent release of a non-binding guidance document titled “The Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs” (ECCP) noted that the ECCP is not a legal document that establishes liability for non-compliance. In other words, if compliance professionals and others strive to have a compliance program that exceeds statutory requirements that is great, but it is not legally required. (See also this recent FCPA Flash podcast episode discussing related concepts as well as here).

Earlier this week new Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General Claire McCusker Murray (pictured) delivered this speech in which she touches upon similar issues and made the spot-on observation that “subregulatory guidance isn’t law – it’s just paper.”

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FCPA Flash Podcast – A Conversation With Ryan McConnell Regarding The DOJ’s “Evaluation Of Corporate Compliance Programs” Policy Document

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The FCPA Flash podcast provides in an audio format the same fresh, candid, and informed commentary about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and related topics as readers have come to expect from written posts on FCPA Professor.

This FCPA Flash episode is a conversation with Ryan McConnell (a former federal prosecutor and founder of the boutique Houston law firm R. McConnell Group). The focus of the podcast is the DOJ’s recent release of a policy document titled “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs” (see here and here for prior posts) and during the podcast McConnell responds to the following questions: (i) whether the business community deserves more stability rather than ever-changing DOJ guidance; (ii) how the recent guidance is not really an update, but more of a consolidation” of prior guidance and thus generally a yawner; (iii) why the word “effective” is so prominently mentioned in the guidance; and (iv) how business organization compliance with the guidance should be measured.

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