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U.S. Justice Department Ends Oversight of Brazil’s Odebrecht
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Dylan Tokar | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.84   time to read: +2 min
An independent monitor has certified Odebrecht SA’s antibribery compliance program, the Brazilian construction company said. The certification closes a 3½-year monitorship that was imposed on Odebrecht as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice in December 2016. Newsletter Sign-up Risk and Compliance Journal Our Morning Risk Report features insights and news on governance, risk and compliance. Odebrecht’s monitor was Charles Duross, a partner at the law firm Morrison & Foerster LLP and former chief of the Justice Department’s FCPA unit. More than 900 employees, including members of its board of directors, were ultimately interviewed as part of the monitorship, Odebrecht said.
Persons: Odebrecht, , José Mauro Carneiro da Cunha, Charles Duross, Morrison, Foerster, Department’s, Duross, Dylan Tokar Organizations: U.S . Department of Justice, U.S, DoJ, Prosecutors, Foerster LLP Locations: Odebrecht, Brazil
Israel welcomes end to convicted U.S. spy Pollard's travel ban
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.61   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence officer convicted of spying for Israel, exits following a hearing at the Manhattan Federal Courthouse in New York City, U.S., May 17, 2017. The U.S. Justice Department’s parole commission decided on Friday to allow a travel ban on Pollard to expire. “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomes the lifting of the restrictions on Jonathan Pollard,” a statement from the Israeli leader’s office said. The Prime Minister hopes to see Jonathan Pollard in Israel soon,” the statement said. “Over the years we have shared in Jonathan Pollard’s pain, and felt a responsibility and commitment to bring about his release.
Persons: Jonathan Pollard, Brendan McDermid, Department’s, Pollard, Trump, Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, , , United States Ron Dermer, Ruvi Rivlin, Jonathan Pollard’s, ” Rivlin Organizations: U.S . Navy, REUTERS, Saturday, The U.S, , Twitter Locations: U.S, Israel, Manhattan, New York City, JERUSALEM, The, United States
FILE PHOTO: Former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates speaks by video feed during the virtual 2020 Democratic National Convention, August 18, 2020. She is perhaps best known for being fired from her position as acting attorney general by Republican President Donald Trump in his first month in office when she refused to enforce his first attempt at banning travelers from Muslim-majority nations. CONFRONTING RACIAL INJUSTICEThat has led Democrats, including Biden to rethink policies, including mandatory minimum sentences, that have led to the disproportionate incarceration of African-American men. Yates, during her 2015 confirmation hearing for deputy attorney general, called mandatory minimum sentences “an important tool for prosecutors” that could be used more effectively due to the “fiscal reality” facing U.S. prisons. She also persuaded Obama-era Attorney General Eric Holder to expand on his new policy scaling back the use of mandatory minimums and later publicly rebuked Trump’s first attorney general, Jeff Sessions, after he reversed these policies in 2017.
Persons: Joe Biden, Sally Yates, Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Yates, Biden, , Rachel Barkow, George Floyd, Department’s, Deborah Leff, Leff, Yates ’, Obama, Eric Holder, Trump’s, Jeff Sessions, , Sally, George Floyd’s, Vanita Gupta Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, Convention, Republican, Department of Justice, Democratic, Biden, U.S . Senate, Yates, New York University, . Sentencing Commission, . Sentencing, White, Prisons, Conference, Civil Locations: United States, Minneapolis, Atlanta
EU Leans Heavily on U.S. Program Tracking Terror Financing
  + stars: | 2020-11-19 | by ( Byron Tau | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.95   time to read: 1 min
WASHINGTON—A new review by a civil-liberties watchdog has revealed the extent to which European governments have come to rely on a U.S. surveillance program that monitors global financial transactions for ties to terrorism. The Treasury Department’s Terrorist Finance Tracking Program, or TFTP, was created after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. New data shows it is now widely used by European authorities—even as European Union institutions, concerned about the privacy of their citizens and possible surveillance, move to more strictly...
Persons: WASHINGTON Organizations: Treasury Department’s, Union
Key U.S. Commerce Dept official involved in China policy resigning
  + stars: | 2020-11-18 | by ( Karen Freifeld | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.74   time to read: +1 min
(Reuters) - Cordell Hull, a high-ranking official at the U.S. Department of Commerce who helped craft U.S. policies on exports to China, said he was leaving in early December. During his tenure, the department also strengthened U.S. export controls in response to China’s military-civilian fusion and blacklisted video surveillance and other companies over its treatment of Uighur Muslims. “I’m proud of what we’ve been able to achieve on important national security issues,” Hull, acting undersecretary for industry and security, said in an interview. “I’ve decided to look for the next challenge in the private sector.”Hull’s last day will be Dec. 4. The turnover of power for the new U.S. administration takes place Jan. 20.
Persons: Cordell Hull, Hull, “ I’m, we’ve, ” Hull, “ I’ve, Hull’s, Jan Organizations: Reuters, U.S . Department of Commerce, Commerce Department’s, of Industry and Security, Huawei Technologies Locations: China, U.S
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Attorney General William Barr meets with members of the St. Louis Police Department, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., October 15, 2020. The decision, the email said, came from the Justice Department’s Tax Division and the office of the deputy attorney general, who was then Rod Rosenstein. Since then, a source close to the case says, the investigation has “stalled.” The order to freeze the Caterpillar investigation has not been previously reported. A Justice Department spokesperson said Barr recused himself from any Caterpillar discussions once he became attorney general, but declined further comment. In November 2018, as the White House scanned potential lawyers to take the job of attorney general, Barr’s name was among those floated.
Persons: William Barr, Donald Trump’s, Jeff Roberson, Barr, Rod Rosenstein, , , Jason LeBeau, Bruce A ., Barack Obama’s, Eric Holder, Green, general’s, “ it’s, it’s, Leslie Robinson, Jim Umpleby, ” Robinson, Robinson, ” Trump, Trump, Democrat Joe Biden, ” LeBeau, LeBeau Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S . Department of Justice, Caterpillar Inc, Fortune, . Louis Police Department, Caterpillar, Internal Revenue Service, Reuters, Justice Department’s Tax, Tax, U.S . Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Justice, IRS, DOJ’s, Fordham Law School, DOJ, Swiss Bank UBS, Attorney’s, Central District of, U.S . Senate, White House, Democrat, Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business Locations: St, Louis , Missouri, U.S, Washington, Central District of Illinois, Switzerland, United States, Illinois
Google presses for quicker release of documents in lawsuit
  + stars: | 2020-11-18 | by ( Diane Bartz | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.50   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: A Google sign is pictured on a Google building in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., October 20, 2020. We need to know more about the contours of that material,” said Google attorney John Schmidtlein in a status conference held by phone. The Justice Department’s Kenneth Dintzer made no promises but added that what Google asked for “is not unreasonable.”Judge Mehta noted that Google would soon receive a list of 100 potential witnesses. “It seems like you’re going to have a pretty good window into the government’s case,” he said. Google is expected to file an answer to the government’s complaint before Dec. 21.
Persons: Carlo Allegri, , John Schmidtlein, Amit Mehta, Mehta, Department’s Kenneth Dintzer, Judge Mehta, Dintzer Organizations: REUTERS, WASHINGTON, U.S, District of Columbia, Department, Big Tech, Google, Microsoft Corp, Amazon.com Inc Locations: Manhattan, New York City , New York, U.S
Slideshow ( 3 images )WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday imposed Iran-related sanctions on dozens of individuals and entities, according to the U.S. Treasury Department’s website, in Washington’s latest action to increase pressure on Tehran. The sanctions targeted the Islamic Revolution Mostazafan Foundation, a foundation controlled by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as well as the Iranian minister of intelligence and dozens of other entities and individuals, according to the department’s website.
Persons: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Organizations: U.S . Treasury Department’s, Revolution Locations: WASHINGTON, United States, Iran, Tehran
ET Facebook Moderators Seek Better Coronavirus Protections: Live Updates RIGHT NOW U.S. report warns of damage to financial system without more fiscal support. Facebook moderators forced back to the office raise alarms about Covid-19 protections. Many of the moderators, who work for outsourcing firms like Accenture and CPL, have been called back to the office. “Without our work, Facebook is unusable,” the letter said. “Facebook has exceeded health guidance on keeping facilities safe for any in-office work.” The letter highlights the squeeze Facebook is facing.
Persons: Richard Drew, Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Cori Crider, ” Toby Partlett, Ms, Crider, , Taylor Glascock, Dodd, Frank, O.F.R, Leon Neal, Boris Johnson, ” Gareth Davies, Stocks, Jerome H, Powell, ” Mr, Max Organizations: Facebook, Associated Press Facebook, Accenture, CPL, Workers, The New York, Treasury Department’s, Financial Research, Treasury Department, Federal Reserve, Republicans, Democrats, Office, Wednesday, Britain’s National Health Service, Audit Office, Pfizer, Food and Drug Administration, Boeing, Federal Aviation Administration, West Locations: Ireland, Germany, Poland, United States, Foxglove, Covid, ” —, Chicago, O.F.R, Portsmouth, England, Spanish, Sweden, Australia, Europe, West Texas
Apple to Pay $113 Million Over Battery Throttling
  + stars: | 2020-11-18 | by ( Jack Nicas | Nicole Sperling | Adam Satariano | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.00   time to read: +16 min
Apple to Pay $113 Million Over Battery Throttling This briefing has ended. Apple will pay $113 million to settle states’ investigation into battery throttling. As part of its settlement with the states, Apple must be more transparent about how it manages battery life on its devices. Apple previously agreed to pay up to $500 million to affected customers to settle a separate class-action suit. That film generated some $353 million worldwide, with only $56 million coming from U.S. audiences.
Persons: Diego Azubel, Apple, , HBO Max, , Gal Gadot, Clay Enos, Warner, “ Tenet, Christopher Nolan, WarnerMedia, Ann Sarnoff, can’t, Patty Jenkins, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Jenkins, , Richard Drew, Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Cori Crider, ” Toby Partlett, Ms, Crider, — Stocks, Jerome H, Powell, ” Mr, Max, Taylor Glascock, Dodd, Frank, O.F.R, Leon Neal, Boris Johnson, ” Gareth Davies Organizations: Apple, European Pressphoto Agency Apple, HBO, HBO Max, Warner Bros ., Associated Press, Warner Bros, WarnerMedia Studios, Twitter, Facebook, Associated Press Facebook, Accenture, CPL, Workers, Wednesday, Pfizer, Food and Drug Administration, New, Federal Reserve, Boeing, Federal Aviation Administration, , The New York, Treasury Department’s, Financial Research, Treasury Department, Republicans, Democrats, Office, Britain’s National Health Service, Audit Office Locations: Covid, U.S, United States, Canada, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Foxglove, New York City, Sweden, Australia, Boeing’s, — U.S, Chicago, O.F.R, Portsmouth, England, Spanish
(Reuters) - The two lead lawyers for Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row, asked a U.S. judge on Thursday to delay Montgomery’s execution next month because they have contracted COVID-19 after traveling to meet with her to prepare her clemency petition. Lisa Montgomery, a federal prison inmate scheduled for execution on December 8, 2020, poses at the Federal Medical Center (FMC) Fort Worth in an undated photograph. The Justice Department announced in October that it would execute Montgomery on Dec. 8, the first time the federal government has executed a woman since 1953. Montgomery’s lawyers say she has long suffered severe mental illness, exacerbated by being repeatedly gang raped by her stepfather and his friends during an abusive childhood. Montgomery is at the Federal Medical Center in Carswell, Texas, a prison for inmates with mental illness.
Persons: Lisa Montgomery, Kelley Henry, Amy Harwell, William Barr, Montgomery, Trump, Bobbie Jo Stinnett, Stinnett, Donald Trump . Montgomery, Lisa, Donald Trump Organizations: Reuters, Federal Medical Center, Department of Justice, Justice Department, department’s Locations: Fort Worth, Handout, U.S, Washington, Missouri, Carswell , Texas, Texas, Tennessee, Montgomery
Explainer: Citizen Trump will face legal woes
  + stars: | 2020-11-09 | by ( Makini Brice | Jan Wolfe | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +7 min
The case has drawn attention because of Vance’s efforts to obtain eight years of Trump’s tax returns. Slideshow ( 2 images )JUSTICE DEPARTMENT PROBE? Trump could conceivably face a criminal prosecution brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, led by a new U.S. Attorney General. Some legal experts have said Trump could face federal income tax evasion charges, pointing to a New York Times report that Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017. A federal judge in Manhattan rejected a bid by the U.S. Justice Department to substitute the federal government for Trump as defendant in the case.
Persons: Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Carlos Barria, Democrat Joe Biden, Trump, Cyrus Vance, Michael Cohen, Vance, Republican Trump, Harry Sandick, ” Sandick, Corey Brettschneider, ” Brettschneider, “ You’ve, Nick Akerman, Akerman, Biden, Department’s, , Letitia James, James, Cohen, Trump’s, Eric Trump, JEAN CARROLL E, Jean Carroll, District Judge Lewis Kaplan, Carroll, Barbara McQuade, McQuade, ZERVOS Trump, Summer Zervos Organizations: WASHINGTON, Democratic U.S, REUTERS, Democrat, Manhattan, Trump, Trump Organization, Republican, U.S, Supreme, U.S . Justice, Brown University, DEPARTMENT, U.S . Department of Justice, Attorney, New York Times, Dorsey & Whitney, Times, Justice Department, National Public Radio, Elle, U.S . Justice Department, District, University of Michigan, Department, DOJ Locations: Washington , U.S, New York, U.S, Manhattan
“It would be problematic enough if Barr were reversing longstanding Justice Department guidance because of significant, substantiated claims of misconduct — that could presumably be handled at the local and state level,” said Stephen I. Vladeck, a professor at the University of Texas School of Law. Mr. Pilger, a career prosecutor in the department’s Public Integrity Section who oversaw voting-fraud-related investigations, told colleagues he would move to a nonsupervisory role working on corruption prosecutions. “Having familiarized myself with the new policy and its ramifications,” he wrote, “I must regretfully resign from my role as director of the Election Crimes Branch.” A Justice Department spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Mr. Pilger’s message. “Public knowledge of a criminal investigation could impact the adjudication of election litigation and contests in state courts,” the Justice Department’s longstanding election guidelines for prosecutors say. “Accordingly, it is the general policy of the department not to conduct overt investigations.”More covert investigative steps, like an investigator going undercover, are allowed but require the permission of a career prosecutor in the department’s Criminal Division.
Persons: Barr, , Stephen I, ” Mr, Vladeck, Pilger, , Department’s Organizations: Department, University of Texas School of Law, Justice
Economic and trade sanctions have become a top U.S. foreign-policy tool for the Trump administration, and that would be unlikely to change under his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden. Many are looking to the Obama administration, when Mr. Biden was vice president and the use of sanctions policies picked up, for clues. ChinaMany expect the tensions and some of the restrictions placed on China by the Trump administration to continue even if Mr. Biden wins. Mr. Biden has called the North Korean leader a thug and said he would be tougher on North Korea. “The reason he would not meet with President Obama is because President Obama said we’re going to talk about denuclearization.
Persons: Trump, Joe Biden, Biden hasn’t, Obama, Biden, , Judith Alison Lee, Gibson, Dunn, Crutcher, , Ken Farnaso, ” Mr, U.S . Treasury Department’s OFAC, alexandre meneghini, Helms, Burton, Fidel Castro, Société, Mr, Cari, Winston, Strawn, Trump’s, Lee, Hong, “ Trump, Alexei Navalny, Vladimir Putin’s, Navalny, Putin, , Kim Jong Un, Hitler, Kim, we’re, We’re Organizations: Democratic, Wall, Dow Jones Risk, Wall Street, Dow Jones & Co, Foreign, U.S . Treasury, Reuters, Obama, State, Cuba Trade, Economic Council, U.S, Amazon.com Inc, Société Générale SA, American Airlines Inc, Iran, Street, Iranian, U.S . Navy, Biden, European Union, CNN, Russia, North, Korean, Dow Jones Risk & Compliance, Amazon, Société Générale SA and American Airlines Inc, The Wall Street Journal previously, CNN, North Korea President Trump Locations: U.S, Russia, China, Cuba, Cuban, Havana, Iran, Moscow, Europe, Korea, Havana, Cuba
Economic and trade sanctions have become a top U.S. foreign-policy tool for the Trump administration, and that would be unlikely to change under his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden. Many are looking to the Obama administration, when Mr. Biden was vice president and the use of sanctions policies picked up, for clues. ChinaMany expect the tensions and some of the restrictions placed on China by the Trump administration to continue even if Mr. Biden wins. Mr. Biden has called the North Korean leader a thug and said he would be tougher on North Korea. “The reason he would not meet with President Obama is because President Obama said we’re going to talk about denuclearization.
Persons: Trump, Joe Biden, Biden hasn’t, Obama, Biden, , Judith Alison Lee, Gibson, Dunn, Crutcher, , Ken Farnaso, ” Mr, U.S . Treasury Department’s OFAC, alexandre meneghini, Helms, Burton, Fidel Castro, Société, Mr, Cari, Winston, Strawn, Trump’s, Lee, Hong, “ Trump, Alexei Navalny, Vladimir Putin’s, Navalny, Putin, , Kim Jong Un, Hitler, Kim, we’re, We’re Organizations: Democratic, Wall, Dow Jones Risk, Wall Street, Dow Jones & Co, Foreign, U.S . Treasury, Reuters, Obama, State, Cuba Trade, Economic Council, U.S, Amazon.com Inc, Société Générale SA, American Airlines Inc, Iran, Street, Iranian, U.S . Navy, Biden, European Union, CNN, Russia, North, Korean, Dow Jones Risk & Compliance, Amazon, Société Générale SA and American Airlines Inc, The Wall Street Journal previously, CNN, North Korea President Trump Locations: U.S, Russia, China, Cuba, Cuban, Havana, Iran, Moscow, Europe, Korea, Havana, Cuba
Judge Kicks Off Scheduling in Google Antitrust Case
  + stars: | 2020-10-30 | by ( Brent Kendall | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: +4 min
Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., GOOG 3.43% denies the allegations and called the government’s case misguided. Related Video The Justice Department is filing an antitrust lawsuit against Google. Judge Mehta expressed confidence that effective protective measures would be put in place, and he indicated he would like the matter resolved quickly. Near the end of the hearing, Judge Mehta said he needed to make some personal disclosures at the outset of the litigation. Judge Mehta said all proceedings in the case would remain virtual for the foreseeable future.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Judge Amit Mehta, Department’s, John Schmidtlein, Williams, Connolly, WSJ’s Jason Bellini, Spencer Platt, Schmidtlein, Google, , Ken Dintzer, Judge Mehta, Dintzer, ” Mr Organizations: Justice, Google, Inc, U.S, , Justice Department, Google Locations: India, mid-December
Judge Kicks Off Scheduling in Google Antitrust Case
  + stars: | 2020-10-30 | by ( Brent Kendall | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: +4 min
Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., GOOG 3.43% denies the allegations and called the government’s case misguided. Related Video The Justice Department is filing an antitrust lawsuit against Google. Judge Mehta expressed confidence that effective protective measures would be put in place, and he indicated he would like the matter resolved quickly. Near the end of the hearing, Judge Mehta said he needed to make some personal disclosures at the outset of the litigation. Judge Mehta said all proceedings in the case would remain virtual for the foreseeable future.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Judge Amit Mehta, Department’s, John Schmidtlein, Williams, Connolly, WSJ’s Jason Bellini, Spencer Platt, Schmidtlein, Google, , Ken Dintzer, Judge Mehta, Dintzer, ” Mr Organizations: Justice, Google, Inc, U.S, , Justice Department, Google Locations: India, mid-December
Judge Kicks Off Scheduling in Google Antitrust Case
  + stars: | 2020-10-30 | by ( Brent Kendall | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: +4 min
Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., GOOG 3.43% denies the allegations and called the government’s case misguided. Related Video The Justice Department is filing an antitrust lawsuit against Google. Judge Mehta expressed confidence that effective protective measures would be put in place, and he indicated he would like the matter resolved quickly. Near the end of the hearing, Judge Mehta said he needed to make some personal disclosures at the outset of the litigation. Judge Mehta said all proceedings in the case would remain virtual for the foreseeable future.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Judge Amit Mehta, Department’s, John Schmidtlein, Williams, Connolly, WSJ’s Jason Bellini, Spencer Platt, Schmidtlein, Google, , Ken Dintzer, Judge Mehta, Dintzer, ” Mr Organizations: Justice, Google, Inc, U.S, , Justice Department, Google Locations: India, mid-December
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