In July 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) indicted five men in the largest data breach conspiracy ever. The DOJ accused the men — four Russians and a Ukrainian — of targeting payment processors, retailers and financial institutions around the world. The men allegedly stole 160 million credit- and debit-card numbers at a cost of more than $300 million to just three of the 16 corporate victims. Those victims included NASDAQ, 7-Eleven, JetBlue and Dow Jones.
According to a recent decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, whistleblowers must directly report to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) if they wish to receive protection under the Dodd-Frank Act’s anti-retaliation provisions.
Claiming that the Bush Administration took a "narrowly defined, cookie cutter" approach to enforcing anti-discrimination rules against federal contractors, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is broadening its efforts to investigate and prevent discrimination by federal contractors.
Insurance companies receive hundreds of communications by phone, mail and e-mail on a daily basis, some of which consist of customers voicing their displeasure with the company. Employees who receive these communications need to be able to quickly identify when an expression of dissatisfaction qualifies as a non-regulatory complaint. While regulatory complaints are always in writing and are typically received from a government agency or the Better Business Bureau, non-regulatory complaints often are not as clearly identifiable.
Chicago-based home healthcare provider Help at Home Inc. will pay $302,500 to settle charges that it subjected three women to sexual harassment by a female manager and then demoted or fired the women when they complained about it.
On July 23, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia upheld the Conflict Minerals Rule adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in August of last year. A copy of the court’s decision can be found here.
The managed care company Wellpoint Inc. recently agreed to pay $1.7 million to settle allegations that it failed to properly safeguard electronic protected health information (ePHI) concerning 612,402 individuals.
Europe's largest bank, HSBC Holdings PLC, agreed to pay $1.9 billion and has admitted to violations of U.S. anti-money laundering laws under an agreement approved by a federal judge in New York earlier this month. It is the largest penalty ever imposed on a bank.
When interviewing job applicants, employers must be careful not to ask questions that might violate federal and state anti-discrimination laws. Questions that may otherwise seem harmless could lead to accusations of discrimination if asked during a job interview.
Rarely a day passes without news of a crass Internet post or tweet and the subsequent (usually futile) effort to put it right. Today the news brings you Matthew Billips, an Atlanta attorney who represents a woman who is suing celebrity chef Paula Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, for sexual harassment. When asked by one of his more than 200 Twitter followers how he was doing, Billips recently tweeted in reply: "I've been doing Paula Deen, but in a strongly metaphorical sense" and followed that up with "The lawsuit is real. It is the doing Paula which is metaphorical…. I plan on undressing her. Metaphorically."