As Hurricane Florence has made landfall onto the Carolinas and beyond, Hurricane Issac is hurtling towards the Gulf of Mexico and Storm X is taking aim at Texas, Tom and Jay are back with a look at some of the week’s top compliance and ethics stories.

  1. United Technologies settles a FCPA enforcement action with the SEC. Harry Cassin reports in the FCPA Blog. Tom explains its significance in the context of Brighton Rock on the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Blog.
  2. A Goldman partner uses the company hotline. What happened next and would any Goldman employee ever use it again? See article by Emily Flitter, Kate Kelly and David Enrich in the NYT.
  3. Les Moonves proves once again that it’s the cover up that gets you, not the original crime as the CBS CEO goes down for lying to the CBS Board. James Stewart reports in the NYT.
  4. What does GDPR mean for blockchain? Conversely what does Blockchain mean for GDPR? Vera Cherepanova explores in a two piece blog post on the FCPA Blog. Part Iand Part II. For a more positive outlook on blockchain, on this week’s Innovation in Compliance, Tom interviews EY’s Paul Brody and Alex Perry on the power of blockchain.
  5. SFO wins huge document production matter against KBR. Christine Braamskamp and Kelly Hagedorn write about the case in NYU’s Compliance and Enforcement Blog.
  6. Unarmed black man shot and killed in his own home by white Dallas police officer. What was PwC’s response? Matt Kelly considers in Radical Compliance.
  7. Matthew Stephenson asks if Hoskins was correctly decided and conclude it probably was not. In the Global Anti-Corruption Blog.
  8. Leila Szwarc on why organizations need a global compliance framework. In Corporate Compliance Insights.
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  11. In this week’s podcast series I internview Don Stern, Eric Feldman and Rod Grandon on the role if an independent monitor in assessing ethics and compliance in the M&A context. Part 1-the whys, whats and hows; Part 2-the impact of M&A on both parties; Part 3-what’s the plan; Part 4-oversight of merged entities; and Part 5-how the M&A process benefits from an independent monitor.

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