Importance Of Environmental Compliance Programs

Law360, New York (February 10, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- On Jan. 20, 2009, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit rejected the argument that a corporation should not be held criminally vicariously responsible for the actions of non-management level employees acting in violation of company policy.

The court refused to accept the position — advanced in an amicus brief by a coalition of business, legal and defense organizations and authored by a former Enron prosecutor — that corporate criminal liability can stem only from the actions of “managerial” employees.

The court further rejected...
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