Waiting for Godot: DOJ Finally Issues Much-Anticipated FCPA Guidance
Dulce J. Foster & Lousene M. Hoppe, January 2013
Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth: When Failing to Return Overpayments Leads to False Claims Act Liability
Lousene M. Hoppe, October 2012
Scratching a Niche
Dulce J. Foster, February 2012, as it appeared in Twin Cities Business Magazine
Who is a Foreign Official? Recent FCPA Litigation Sheds New Light
Dulce J. Foster, May 12, 2011
No business or executive ever expects to become the target or subject of a white-collar criminal investigation by a federal or state agency. In today’s regulatory environment, however, ethical businesses of all sizes and in all industries may find themselves under scrutiny by law enforcement investigating allegations of fraud, false reporting, or other acts of white-collar wrongdoing. These investigations invariably carry not only potential criminal penalties, but possible civil exposure as well as collateral consequences.
We guide clients through issues from internal reviews of regulatory and ethical compliance - which can frequently identify and resolve lapses before they ever become legal issues - to trial.”
White Collar & Regulatory Defense Practice at Fredrikson & Byron
At Fredrikson & Byron, our clients have the confidence of knowing that the White Collar Group is one of the largest and most experienced in the midwest. Our team includes a former U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota, a former Justice Department trial attorney, a former staff attorney from the Minnesota Attorney General’s office, a former member of the Office of IRS District Counsel, and three full-time criminal defense lawyers with 10, 20, and 30 years experience defending white collar cases. The core group is supported by a cadre of younger partners and associates and the broad array of cross-disciplinary experience within our firm. With those resources, we have ample experience in successfully guiding clients through everything from internal reviews of regulatory and ethical compliance--which can frequently identify and resolve lapses before they ever become legal issues--to trial.
When a case moves into the White Collar arena, our attorneys provide strong, confident defense in a wide variety of areas. We represent corporations and executives in criminal investigations and prosecutions, regulatory compliance investigations, and enforcement actions, as well as civil fraud claims, RICO cases, qui tam lawsuits, and “whistleblower” litigation. We also spearhead internal investigations within corporations, non-profits, and government agencies. In each case, we strive to provide the best possible outcome for our clients through aggressive and experienced representation.
Our White Collar and Regulatory Defense practice group offers a comprehensive range of services, including:
- Anti-Kickback Laws
- Anti-Trust and Price-Fixing
- Bank Fraud
- Bankruptcy Fraud
- Bribery and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
- Currency and Money Laundering
- Customs Fraud and Import/Export Laws
- Elections and Campaign Finance
- Environmental Crimes
- ERISA Fraud
- False Claims Act & Qui Tam Defense
- Food and Drug Administration
- Government Contracts, Procurement and Grants
- Health Care Fraud
- Internal Investigations
- Mail & Wire Fraud
- Medical Research Funding
- Real Estate and Mortgage Fraud
- Securities Fraud
- Sex Crimes
- Tax Evasion and Reporting
- Representation of a major medical center in federal fraud investigation.
- Representation of over 80 orthopedic and neurosurgeons in anti-kickback litigation.
- Representation of financial advisory firm in criminal anti-trust investigation and parallel class action litigation involving the municipal derivatives industry.
- Representation (including 7-week trial) of CEO of medical products firm in health care fraud prosecution.
- Representation (including 6-week trial) of non-profit foundation executive in multi-million dollar mail fraud prosecution.
- Representation of food manufacturer in criminal FDA contaminated food investigation.
- Numerous internal investigations on behalf of medical device manufacturers, an academic institution, an Indian tribe, and audit committees of public companies covering numerous criminal and regulatory issues.
- Representation of businesses and executives in criminal tax investigations.
- Representation of public companies in parallel DOJ and SEC financial fraud investigations.
- Representation of major party candidate for U.S. Senate in campaign and election litigation.