4 Steps To Take When Your Client Gets Subpoenaed

Law360, New York (October 13, 2010, 1:25 PM EDT) -- On back-to-back days in August, two drugmakers – first Merck & Co., then SciClone Pharmaceuticals Inc. – announced that they had been subpoenaed by federal authorities in an ever-widening probe of overseas operations in the pharmaceutical industry.

That same week, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission bestowed its Enforcement Division with the authority to subpoena documents and testimony without first seeking approval from SEC commissioners, making it easier than ever for regulators to hit companies with the information request.

Since a subpoena can mean exorbitant and...
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