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  • From Vol. 3 No.16 (Aug. 6, 2014)

    Gibson Dunn Attorneys Share Lessons from Their Insider Trading Trial Win Against the SEC

    After an investigation and litigation that spanned 13 years, a jury found Nelson J. Obus, Peter F. Black and Thomas Bradley Strickland not liable for insider trading in the shares of SunSource, Inc. at the time of its acquisition by Allied Capital Corporation in 2001.  In a recent panel discussion, two of Obus’ defense attorneys, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner Joel M. Cohen and associate Mary Kay Dunning, shared the lessons they learned from contending with the SEC investigation, the insider trading litigation and the trial of the case – lessons applicable to many types of litigation against the government.  See “Litigation, Settlement and Risk Management Lessons Learned from Recent FCPA Trials,” The FCPA Report, Vol. 1, No. 11 (Nov. 7, 2012).

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  • From Vol. 1 No.11 (Nov. 7, 2012)

    Litigation, Settlement and Risk Management Lessons Learned from Recent FCPA Trials

    FCPA trials present specific obstacles, and as the recent “SHOT Show” case demonstrates, can be difficult for the government to win.  On October 18, 2012, as part of the Fifth Annual ABA FCPA Institute in Washington, D.C., a panel of litigators and current and former prosecutors discussed recent FCPA trials and lessons learned from them.  The lively panel disagreed over issues such as the uniqueness of FCPA trials, and whether juries really care about bribery.  U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride also provided insight into trial work in the Eastern District of Virginia, home of the “Rocket Docket,” where some FCPA cases have been brought recently.

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