By Andrew H. Perellis, Patrick D. Joyce, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis:  In another business-friendly move, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently updated its Justice Manual to clarify that it “should not treat a party’s noncompliance with a guidance document as itself a violation of applicable statutes or regulations [or

By Jeryl L. OlsonPatrick D. Joyce, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis:  In another business-friendly move, the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) recently directed its Attorneys to not use its civil enforcement authority for violations based on agency guidance documents.

On January 25, 2018, Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand released an

By James L. Curtis and Meagan Newman

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced this week that it is creating a Whistleblower Ombudsperson position.  According to the DOJ news release, “Whistleblowers play a critical role in uncovering waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement.” This new position will enable the DOJ Office of the Inspector General (OIG)

By Andrew H. Perellis and Craig B. Simonsen

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and The Ryland Group Inc. (Ryland Homes), have filed a proposed consent decree to resolve Clean Water Act violations. The complaint, filed simultaneously with the proposed consent decree in the U.S. District Court in Charlotte, N.C., alleged violations that were

By Andrew H. Perellis, Eric E. Boyd, and Craig B. Simonsen

Most environmental statutes allow suits challenging actions by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and provide that successful plaintiffs in these actions can receive attorney fees and costs. The U.S. Government Accounting Office (GAO) recently released an analysis of Environmental Litigation: Cases