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This may be the Rolls-Royce of foreign bribery schemes, but only because it involves three former Rolls-Royce employees who pleaded guilty in a foreign bribery scheme. Interestingly, it was the UK company's U.S. subsidiary that was alleged to have bribed officials in Asia in order to secure a gas pipeline construction contract there.

Unfortunately for the U.S. based employees, their actions violated the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act which prohibits U.S. businesses from bribing foreign officials, or foreign government backed businesses for economic advantages.

Not surprisingly, the Trump administration nominee for the position of General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, Peter Robb, has recently been confirmed. Also not surprising, President Trump, who is heavily pro-business rather than pro-labor, nominated an attorney that is known to be anti-union, in addition to padding the board with conservative, pro-employer, board members.

For the first time in over a decade, Republicans have control of the NLRB, though the past decade has been mired by controversy held over from the Bush Administration. Although the NLRB was formed to help employees resolve disputes with their employers, the recent changes certainly shifts the focus from leveling the playing field for employees, to putting employers in a position of even greater power.

How Is Airbnb Tied to the Manafort Scandal?

The big story this week is that Manafort, the president's former campaign manager, has been indicted through Mueller's investigation.

The money-laundering allegations against Manafort have also entangled his daughter, Jessica Manafort, and the family's Airbnb businesses. Only in Washington. And Russia. And now New York. How does Airbnb have anything to do with this?

What If You're a GC for a Cannabusiness?

Marijuana tourism; it sounds like a business idea that pot-smokers dreamt up at a party.

But this is serious business with the financial potential to attract attorneys with more than the munchies. In California, one company just bought an old ghost town.

It could be part of the marijuana boom or a bust in more ways than one. In any case, here's what you ought to consider if you become general counsel to a cannabusiness:

ExxonMobil Case Fans Fire Around Ex-CEO

President Trump's Russia affair just got more complicated, but the latest twist is turning into a nightmare for a major corporation and its former chief executive officer.

Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State, was head of ExxonMobil three years ago. The company struck a deal with Russian oligarch Igor Sechin on behalf of Rosneft oil, but then the United States sanctioned Sechin for backing Russia when it annexed Crimea from Ukraine a year later.

Now the U.S. has fined ExxonMobil $2 million for violating the sanctions orders, the oil company is suing the government back, and Tillerson is about to quit his job.

Fed Appoints New General Counsel: Meet Mark Van Der Weide

Mark Van Der Weide, a legal star who has been rising for some time, has reached a zenith in the American economy.

The Federal Reserve Board has appointed him as general counsel, following Scott G. Alvarez, a 36-year-veteran of the agency, who is retiring. Van Der Weide beat out many other veteran attorneys for the position, having ascended steadily at the Fed since 2010.

"The Board gave thorough consideration to many highly qualified internal and external candidates and Mr. Van Der Weide was chosen for his exceptional skills and experience," the Fed said in a statement.

Traveling Abroad With a Laptop? Here's What Employees Should Know

Traveling abroad? Don't forget your passport, your laptop, and your export license.

Wh-what export license? Oh, maybe your company attorney didn't tell you that your laptop requires an export license.

That's right, the United States requires a license for certain technology and software going abroad. It's not just to control weapons technology, either.

Corporations: When Is It Time to Speak Up?

One appellate court said President Trump's latest travel ban "drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination." It's one thing for a court to say that, but should corporations ever speak up against policies they find destructive?

Major corporations, like Ford, Google, and Facebook, have spoken out loudly against the president's policies. They have become part of a diverse choir for corporate speech, causing companies to consider the difficult question about when to exercise their First Amendment rights.

How Businesses Are Adapting to Overtime Rule Uncertainty

Sometimes you just have to laugh about life's twists and turns. Especially since Donald Trump became president and started rolling back Barack Obama's initiatives, like the proposed rule on overtime wages.

The proposed overtime increases are long overdue and now appear to be overdone. That's because the changes were to take effect in December 2016, but a judge granted a preliminary injunction to stop them in November, and then Trump put a freeze on the regulations in January.

Nearly four months after the judge ruled, there is no appealing the injunction and the reality is setting in: overtime increases are not coming anytime soon.

President Trump campaigned on reducing government regulations and he didn't wait long to start moving in that direction. On January 30th, Trump signed an executive order that would require federal agencies to identify two regulations for elimination for every one new regulation they promulgate. Consider it a "buy one, lose two" deal.

Now, a coalition of consumer, labor, and environmental groups has filed the first suit challenging that order, claiming it oversteps the president's authority and violates administrative law.