Governmental and Internal InvestigationsPDF
- Martin L. Brackett Jr.
- Patrick S. Bryant
- Nathan C. Chase Jr.
- Kevin R. Crandall
- Cary B. Davis
- Adam K. Doerr
- Robert W. Fuller
- Edward F. Hennessey IV
- Mark A. Hiller
- Pearlynn G. Houck
- Susan M. Huber
- Jennifer Csik Hutchens
- Charles E. Johnson
- David C. Kimball
- Jonathan C. Krisko
- Mark W. Merritt
- Gregory L. Skidmore
- Angelique R. Vincent-Hamacher
- David C. Wright III
- Gabriel Wright
- Julian H. Wright Jr.
In today’s heavily regulated business environment, some of our clients become ensnared in investigations brought by a variety of federal and state authorities. Other clients preemptively seek to root out possible problematic activities through internal investigations and avoid the government knocking on their – or their employees’ or customers’ – doors. Still other clients face suits by purported whistleblowers in False Claims Act/qui tam actions that invite the government into their businesses and expose them to different levels of criminal and civil liability.
Robinson Bradshaw attorneys have a wealth of experience in such investigations and litigation. This enables us to help businesses, executives and other individuals respond quickly and comprehensively to requests for information or threats of government action from federal and state investigative agencies. We then swiftly chart and carry out effective strategies for dealing with such matters. Our experience includes defending grand jury investigations; coordinating large, document-intensive investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Trade Commission, Department of Labor and other agencies; and handling a host of internal investigations for public and private companies. We have also defended our clients in False Claims Act litigation in courts across the country.
Honors & Awards
- U.S. News – Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms, Charlotte Tier 1 for criminal defense: white collar, 2011-14
Represent clients in Securities and Exchange Commission investigations relating to allegations of insider trading, accounting irregularities, market manipulation and broker/dealer noncompliance.
Successfully defended an internet services and hosting provider in an SEC investigation into the operation of an alleged Ponzi scheme that utilized the provider’s services.
Represented an industrial manufacturing client in an antitrust investigation by the Federal Trade Commission and favorably resolved the matter after persuading the FTC not to pursue claims under Sherman Act Sections 1 and 2.
Represent a defense contractor in connection with internal investigations related to regulatory compliance issues and disclosure obligations.
Represent a plasma collection firm in connection with a state investigation related to regulatory compliance issues.
Represent clients in investigations by the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice concerning allegations of price-fixing, market allocation and bid-rigging under Section 1 of the Sherman Act.
Assist in negotiating proffer agreements and non-prosecution agreements with the DOJ Antitrust Division.
Coordinate matters for a client in a multifaceted matter involving (i) investigations by a grand jury in the Southern District of New York, the SEC, the U.S. Senate, the IRS, the DOJ and various state revenue agencies, and (ii) several dozen concurrent civil lawsuits in various states on the East Coast.
Represent a client in a U.S. Department of Labor investigation concerning the client’s contractor status.
Represent a client in a Department of Labor investigation concerning the inclusion of employer stock in a client company’s 401(k) plan after a precipitous fall in the stock price.
Aid a financial services client in resolving attorney-client privilege, electronic discovery and spoliation issues arising from concurrent government investigations and civil lawsuits stemming from the financial crisis.
Assist in self-reporting Sherman Act violations after internal investigations of potential anti-competitive activity.
Served as counsel to corporate audit committees and special committees investigating allegations of accounting irregularities, lack of internal controls, insider trading and misappropriation of corporate opportunities; worked extensively with auditors and forensic accountants to uncover unlawful internal activities.
Conducted an internal investigation for a committee of the board of a local company and represented the committee in a subsequent governance dispute.
False Claims Act/Qui Tam and Whistleblower Litigation
Lead national counsel defending a Fortune 20 telecommunications company in a series of cases alleging False Claims Act and other claims related to the alleged under-collection of certain government taxes. To date, we have achieved complete dismissals of claims, through appeal, in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Minnesota, Iowa and the District of Columbia.
Obtained dismissal with prejudice of a qui tam action brought against a hospital. In an issue of first impression, we persuaded the District Court that compliance with federal clinical laboratory regulations is not a precondition to receiving Medicare reimbursement.
Secured dismissal with prejudice of a qui tam action brought against a defense contractor alleging violations of contract requirements.
Represent a large health care provider in qui tam actions seeking the recovery of attorneys’ fees.
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- Oct. 21, 2015
- Robert E. Harrington and Mark W. Merritt Appointed to NC Commission on the Administration of Law and JusticeSept. 8, 2015
- May 11, 2015
- March 17, 2015
- Jan. 5, 2015
- Nov. 11, 2014
- Robinson Bradshaw Nationally Ranked in 2015 “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report and Best LawyersRankings include recognition as a Tier 1 firm in 38 practice areas in CharlotteNov. 6, 2014
- Robinson Bradshaw Named to 2014 ‘Best Law Firms’ Rankings by U.S. News & World Report and Best LawyersRankings Include Recognition as Tier 1 Firm in 38 Practice Areas in CharlotteNov. 1, 2013
- Robinson Bradshaw Named to 2013 ‘Best Law Firms’ Rankings by U.S. News & World Report and Best LawyersRankings Include Recognition as Tier 1 Firm in 35 Practice Areas in CharlotteNov. 1, 2012
- Charlotte-based Firm Has More Ranked Lawyers Than Any Other North Carolina FirmNov. 16, 2011
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