The Utility Of Internal Investigations

Law360, New York (November 4, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT) -- Credible reports of criminal violations within a company cause a general counsel’s stomach to sink. Once the initial shock wears off, though, the company can seize an opportunity to go on the offensive: conducting a comprehensive internal investigation of its actions. The end result of such an investigation is options, many of which would be lost if the company chose to ignore the violations.

The first and foremost opportunity is to stop the violations to limit any further criminal exposure of the company and its representatives....
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