September 12, 2016 Articles

The Yates Memo and Big Pharma: Individual Prosecutions for Corporate Misconduct

The Yates Memo sends an unmistakable message to corporate decision makers.

By Dustin Aponte, Dr. Saul Helman, and Jennifer Mitchell

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) caught the attention of corporate America in September of 2015 with the release of a memorandum by Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates (Yates Memo) highlighting an apparent policy change aimed at holding individuals accountable for their roles in corporate crimes. See U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Deputy Attorney General: Memorandum from Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates, U.S. Dep’t of Justice, Office of the Deputy Attorney Gen., to All U.S. Attorneys et al., Individual Liability for Corporate Wrongdoing (Sept. 9, 2015).

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