It is always rewarding to The D & O Diary when a blog post provokes a thoughtful and interesting response. The D & O Diary’s August 14, 2006 post about the Thompson Memo provoked a substantial response that is sufficiently interesting that we asked for and received the author’s consent to reproduce the response in

As noted in this prior D & O Diary post, at least one U.S. District Court has found the Thompson Memo unconstitutional. At its recent annual convention, the American Bar Association adopted a Report issued by its Task Force on Attorney-Client Privilege. The Report urges the Department of Justice to withdraw or revise a

On June 27, 2006, U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan held, in the KPMG tax shelter prosecution, that portions of the Thompson memo violate the constitutional rights of 16 former KMPG partners who are accused of participating in a fraudulent tax scheme. Judge Kaplan found that KPMG, seeking to show full compliance with the Thompson memo

On May 30, 2006, American Tower Corporation became the fourth company to be named in a securities class action lawsuit connected with the options backdating probe. (As noted in this prior post on The D & O Diary, the three companies previously named in securities class action lawsuits related to options backdating are Vitesse

The so-called “Thompson Memo,” is an internal Department of Justice memorandum specifying the circumstances under which business organizations will be criminally prosecuted. The document places a great deal of emphasis on an organization’s level of cooperation in the prosecutor’s decision whether or not to prosecute the firm. The memo’s onerous cooperation standards have been the