White Collar Roundup - April/May 2011

Author:Day Pitney LLP's White Collar Defense And Internal Investigations Practice
Profession:Day Pitney LLP

LIBOR Plus What?

It appears U.S. regulators are looking into whether some major banks have tried to manipulate LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate), the global benchmark interest rate, to boost their credit quality. There has been speculation that bank executives formed a cartel to manipulate the rates, which might expose them to cartel claims. For a snippet on the investigation, click here.

Bordering on the Invasive

The Ninth Circuit has held that the government can seize and transport for subsequent search electronic devices that pass with their owners through customs. In this case, a couple came into Arizona from Mexico, and customs officers seized their laptops without any particularized suspicion. After transporting the laptops to a field office 170 miles away, and after several days, the government found evidence of child-pornography offenses. The Ninth Circuit, invoking the border-search doctrine, reversed the district court's order suppressing the evidence.

Homing in Through Twitter

A federal district court denied a motion to vacate an order that Twitter disclose account information under the Stored Communications Act. The act "governs government access to customer records stored by a service provider." After holding that the petitioners did not have standing to bring their motion under the act, the court rejected their claim on the merits.

"Bribery Blights Lives"

With that colorful introduction, the U.K.'s Ministry of Justice promulgated guidance on its new Bribery Act. The ministry offered the following six principles for organizations to avoid harm: (1)...

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