10/5/17

The Root of All Evil: An Evolving View of White-Collar Penalties

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Justin Roberts, a partner in the Vorys Cleveland office, authored an article for Crain’s Cleveland Business titled “The Root of All Evil: An Evolving View of White-Collar Penalties.”  The article highlights two recent Supreme Court of the United States decisions that limited the scope of the government's ability to require someone to repay the proceeds or profits generated by alleged wrongdoing.

The article states:

What is the root of all evil?

The Bible says it's money. Mark Twain says it's actually the lack of money. Maybe it's a matter of opinion. If a company or individual comes under investigation, the opinions that matter most are those of the Supreme Court and the Attorney General of the United States.

In recent months, both as a matter of law and policy, there have been significant shifts in measuring financial penalties in white collar criminal and regulatory enforcement cases. In two separate opinions issued on the same day in June, the Supreme Court limited the scope of the government's ability to require someone to repay the proceeds or profits generated by alleged wrongdoing.”

Read the entire article on the Crain’s Cleveland website.