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Glaxo GC Accused of Obstructing Investigation

After Enron, Arthur Andersen and the passage of Sarbanes-Oxley, in-house lawyers quickly realized they were more than fair game for civil and criminal actions for alleged corporate misdeeds. In November, the Justice Department filed an indictment that could mark a new direction in their focus on corporate counsel, and it's a direction that should have lawyers reassessing how they handle government investigations.

Under Scrutiny

The Stevens indictment was made possible by the obstruction of justice statutes that were significantly strengthened and broadened following the Enron/Arthur Andersen debacle--it's also a reminder to companies of what those heightened statutes, still new and rarely used, could mean for them.

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Melissa Maleske

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