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November 17, 2015

In the News Today – November 17, 2015

New DoJ Rules Encourage More Charges Against Individuals in Corporate Investigations: The Justice Department released changes to its guidelines for prosecutors in corporate enforcement cases. These guidelines now instruct prosecutors to “focus on wrongdoing by individuals from the very beginning of any investigation of corporate misconduct.” (Wall Street Journal)

Should Oil Companies Be Held Liable in ‘Earthquake’ Lawsuits? Some argue that hydraulic fracturing causes earthquakes, and that the fracking companies should be held liable. Catrina Rorke of the R Street Institute argues litigation is an “unreliable way to handle this new risk.” The Wall Street Journal features a point-counterpoint on the issue. (Wall Street Journal)

Schneiderman’s Exxon Investigation “Motivated by Politics”: “Are politically elected attorneys general possibly motivated by politics in terms of their investigative priorities? The answer to that is yes,” said John Marti, a partner at Dorsey & Whitney in Minneapolis. Dorsi said New York AG Eric Schneiderman’s “climate change” investigation against Exxon Mobile is an “example of a state attorney general using his position to advance his political agenda.” (Legal Newsline)

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