As we celebrate all things Star Wars on the May the Fourth Be With You edition, Jay Rosen and myself take a look at some of the top compliance stories over the past week.

  1. Panasonic settles FCPA enforcement action. Tom spends most of the week on it Background, the Bribery Schemes, a 20% Discountand Lessons Learned. Henry Cutter explores the due diligence and Trace Certification issues in the WSJ Risk and CorruptionJournal as does Kelly Swanson in GIR (sub req’d).
  2. Former VW CEO indicted in emissions-testing scandal. Jack Ewing reports in the NYTand Adrienne Roberts and Christina Rogers report in the WSJ. Dick Cassin reports in the FCPA Blog.
  3. What does the D&B declination mean for self-disclosure? Clara Hudson explores in GIR (sub req’d).
  4. An interesting UK court case considers whether lawyer interviews are privileged when the company agrees to a DPA with the SFO. For an English lawyer perspective, see article in the FCPA Blogby Susan Hawley. For another perspective, see the article by Debevoise & Plimpton lawyers Karolos Seeger, Andrew Lee and Robin Lööf in the NYU Compliance and Enforcement Journal.
  5. Are you using data to power your compliance program? If not you are missing the boat say Ren McEachern and Roy Pollitt in the FCPA Blog.
  6. Two looks at speaking up in a company. Jonathan Marks on how to win back employees trust so they will use a hotline. From an article in Fraud Magazine, he cross-posted on his blog. Henry Cutter interview Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. CCO Antonio Fernández on building a speak up culture in WSJ Risk and Compliance Journal.
  7. Matt Kelly joins us for a special breaking news segment on 5 steps law enforcement officials expect you to engage in if you have a data breach. See Matt’s article in Radical Compliance.
  8. What are the GDPR implications for whistleblowing? Vera Cherepanova explores in the FCPA Blog.
  9. Another week, another declination, this time for Transocean. Kelly Swanson reports in GIR(sub req’d).
  10. Tom announces publication date of his next book, The Complete Compliance Handbook, which will be available on May 21, 2018 on It is available for PreSale here.
  11. Tom has a busy May planned. Join him at Brazil’s largest compliance conference, the 6th International Compliance Congress, held by LEC – Legal, Ethics and Compliance, May 8 to 10, in São Paulo, Brazil. Registration and information here; Hear him speak to the Houston chapter of ACAMS, from 11:30 -2 PM on Thursday May 17thin Houston on “Driving Compliance and Ethics through Data Analysis”. Information and registration here;and join in a session on Using Frameworks to Prove Compliance Competency at Compliance Week 2018 in Washington DC, May 20-23. Information and registration are here.

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