DOJ May Reduce Corporate Fines To Avoid 'Severe' Effects

By Jody Godoy (October 8, 2019, 10:40 PM EDT) -- A memo unveiled Tuesday that offers prosecutors in the Department of Justice's Criminal Division new guidance on how to assess a company's claim that it can't afford to pay a criminal fine states that other "severe" effects, aside from an inability to pay, may also warrant a discount.

The memo, previewed in a speech last month, was rolled out by Brian Benczkowski, head of the Criminal Division, at a private event in New York on Tuesday. The DOJ posted the memo along with a copy of his prepared remarks online.

In the speech, Benczkowski said the memo was of a piece with previous...

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