Jacob Parentis

Senate Enjoys Rare Bipartisan Moment, Seeks to Punish Silicon Valley Bank Executives

n March 17, 2023, following the second-largest bank collapse in U.S. history, President Biden released a statement urging Congress to allow financial regulators to impose tougher penalties on the executives of failed banks. Encouragingly, on March 29–just twelve days later–the Senate proposed bipartisan legislation, dubbed the Failed Bank Executives Clawback Act (FBECA), which would grant the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) clawback authority to confiscate all or part of the compensation received by bank executives in the five years leading up a bank’s failure.

Capitol Attack Aftermath: The 65 Project files Complaint Against Trump-Aligned Attorney

Monday, March 6, 2023, marks two-and-one-quarter years since the notorious attack on the U.S. Capitol. Since then, the unprecedented insurrection’s aftermath has thrust Trump-aligned supporters and politicians into the political limelight. As the House of Representatives continues its comprehensive investigation, Cassidy Hutchinson, former White House aide and standout witness of the House’s Jan. 6th committee investigation, recently accused President Trump’s former White House attorney Stefan Passantino of unethical legal maneuvering. On Wednesday February 15, 2023, nearly three months after her allegations were brought, bipartisan U.S. legal advocacy group ‘The 65 Project’ filed an informal ethics complaint against Passantino.

Proposing to Ban Noncompete Agreements, the FTC Plays its Strongest Hand

On January 5, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published a proposed rule that would categorically ban noncompete agreements between employers and a broad class of “workers,” including independent contractors, volunteers, apprentices, and even sole proprietors who provide services to clients. By pushing for markedly extensive change, the FTC has played its strongest hand. Consequently, the federal government should anticipate that an abundance of litigation will be initiated by the corporate sector’s major players, who will fight for middle-ground legislation.

The Sicker, The Better: Cigna Orchestrates Fraudulent Scheme to Defraud Government

Cigna Corporation (Cigna)–a global juggernaut in the insurance arena–faces a health care fraud lawsuit brought by the government under the federal False Claims Act (the FCA). By allegedly exaggerating patients’ illnesses to boost its own risk scores, Cigna secured inflated payments from the Medicare Advantage reimbursement system.

Our American Government: a Self-Serving Entity?

As of September 2022, the current Congress has an approval rating of just 17% – an ignominious reality – and a series of recent investigations won’t serve to ease the mounting public frustration. Insider recently identified at least 72 members of Congress in noncompliance with the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act (STOCK). This revelation – among others – has prompted a push for the enactment of more stringent congressional stockholding limitations.

The AMLA – Blowing the Whistle on Fraud

Whistleblowing – a powerful weapon in the arsenal of defense against fraud – is a highly effective tool utilized by the government to enforce regulatory compliance. Nevertheless, many employees remain hesitant to initiate criminal proceedings. In 2021, in an effort to dispel such concerns and to empower potential whistleblowers to take action, Congress enacted the Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA).