October 11, 2012 Articles

The Rise of Government Action Against the Individual

An increase in enforcement action against individual defendants may put people—and not the companies they represent—in expanding government crosshairs.

By Christine C. Levin and Evan W. Davis

A year has passed since Judge Roger Titus in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland granted a judgment of acquittal for Lauren Stevens, the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) lawyer accused of obstruction of justice for her handling of the response to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) letter request. Now is an opportune time to step back and consider whether the Stevens prosecution was an aberration or whether it fits into a broader pattern of the federal government’s increased focus on individual responsibility as a means of deterring wrongdoing.

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