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July 14, 2014

In The News Today – July 14, 2014

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s 2011 “hiring discrimination” lawsuit against Bass Pro Outdoor World was “the first class action of its kind where the agency did not identify a single plaintiff up front, according to U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison, presiding over the case in Houston.” By law, reports the National Law Journal, the EEOC “doesn’t have to wait for someone to come forward with a discrimination complaint.” The Bass Pro suit raises legal questions that “go to the heart of the agency’s duty to seek a settlement before suing, and to the EEOC’s ability to invoke two overlapping but procedurally distinct statutes under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.” (National Law Journal)

A new report from Gibson Dunn shows that Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement activity by the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has “remained robust” through the first half of 2014. The DOJ has brought 13 FCPA enforcement actions through the first six months of the year, while the SEC has brought two such actions, according to the July 7 report. The numbers are fairly consistent with those from 2013, when the DOJ initiated a total of 19 FCPA actions and the SEC brought eight. (Law360)

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