As the lads put on their final holiday push to make sure they are on the nice list, they consider some of the companies that may be on the naughty list, including Les Moonves and CBS, Goldman Sachs and some of the week’s other top compliance and ethics stories.

  1. Goldman Sachs criminally indicted over its role in the 1MDB scandal. Tom Ewing and Liz Hoffman report in the Wall Street Journal. Matthew Goldstein and Alexandra Stevenson report in the New York Times.
  2. CBS denies Les Moonves $120MM in severance. Joe Flint reports in the Wall Street Journal. Edmund Lee and Rachel Abrams report in the New York Times. Matt Kelly looks at the broader CBS culture, compliance and whistleblower protection failures in Radical Compliance. Tom and Matt hash it out on Compliance into the Weeds.
  3. What is the role of a CCO and compliance in life sciences? Kathleen Boozang and Timothy Flynn write in Seton Hall’s Center for Phramacuetical Law and Policy.
  4. How to attack the demand side of bribery and corruption. Tom Firestone and Maria Piontkovska opine in the American Interest.
  5. The FCPA Accounting provisions govern more than bribery. Bill Steinman and Nan Wang discuss in the FCPA Blog.
  6. Former CEO and CFO of Panasonic Avionics settle individual FCPA violations. Sam Rubenfeld reports in the WSJ Risk and Compliance Journal. See SEC Press Release.
  7. The roundup of top matters from 2018 has been. Jaclyn Jaeger on the top 5 ethics and compliance failures of 2018, in Compliance Week. (sub req’d)
  8. SFO finally scores bribery conviction against an individual in court. Waithera Junghai reports in GIR.
  9. Tom premiers a five-part podcast series on how whistleblower reporting systems improve corporate profitability. In it, he interviews Dr. Kyle Welch, co-author of a recent paper. The series is sponsored by Navex Global. Part 1– Introduction.Part 2-Internal v. external reporting. In Part 3– Impact on power users. Part 4-Key Findings. Part 5-What does it mean for compliance practitioners? All podcasts are also available on iTunes, JDSupra, YouTube and Panoply.
  10. Get into the holiday spirit with some Popcorn and Compliance as Tom and Jay consider the holiday favorite Elf for some compliance lessons. You can check out the podcast here.

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