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Sarah A. Zielinski

Photo of Sarah A. Zielinski Sarah's practice focuses on class action litigation, complex commercial litigation, and compliance counseling. Her substantive areas of concentration include the antitrust laws and consumer protection statutes such as the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

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U.S. Attorneys’ Offices Adopt Policy Incentivizing Self-Disclosure of Corporate Misconduct

Compliance, Enforcement and Prosecution Policy and Trends
On Feb. 22, 2023, U.S. Attorneys’ Offices throughout the country adopted a new policy that incentivizes corporate voluntary self-disclosure of misconduct.  Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco’s Sept. 15, 2022 memorandum (“Monaco Memo”) instructed all DOJ sections to review their policies incentivizing corporate voluntary self-disclosure or, if no formal written policy existed, to draft and publish… Continue Reading

Price Gouging Enforcement in the Wake of COVID-19: Where is the FTC?

Fraud, Deception and False Claims
The contours of price gouging enforcement continue to evolve rapidly within the rip current of the coronavirus pandemic.  As we previously reported, the Department of Justice and state attorneys general have spearheaded price gouging investigations, and private litigants have turned to the courts with price gouging-related class action lawsuits.  Yet one potential authority remains on… Continue Reading

The Tip of the Iceberg Emerges: Initial Wave of Class Actions Reflect How Private Causes of Action Will Add Significantly to Price Gouging Litigation

Enforcement and Prosecution Policy and Trends
As pandemic response task forces at the federal and state levels ramp up price gouging investigations and enforcement actions across the country, civil plaintiffs attorneys have jumped to the forefront by utilizing private causes of action to file price gouging-based class action lawsuits against dozens of major retailers and food supply companies.   Senate Majority Leader… Continue Reading

Price Gouging Investigations Are Coming: What Industry Needs to Understand

Enforcement and Prosecution Policy and Trends
Update: please see our May 14 post for information on private causes of action to file a series of price gouging-based class action lawsuits against several dozen major retailers and food supply companies. In response to the national coronavirus health crisis, federal and state Attorneys General have elevated the investigation and prosecution of COVID-19-related crime,… Continue Reading

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