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Virginia Bruner

Photo of Virginia Bruner Virginia is counsel in the firm’s Government Investigations and White Collar Litigation group. Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Virginia spent nearly seven years as an Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa where she focused on prosecuting white collar crime and human trafficking.

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DOJ’s Public Struggles with Electronic Evidence Highlights the Need for Counsel to Formally Demand Discovery Early and Often

Enforcement and Prosecution Policy and Trends, Miscellaneous
DOJ’s dismissal last week of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case in Boston is the latest in a string of bad outcomes for the government due to discovery mishaps. While the government works to revise its discovery policies and seek resources to collect, review, and analyze the vast amount of electronic evidence attendant to nearly… Continue Reading

DOJ Ramps up Resources and Renews Focus on Combatting COVID-19 Related Fraud in 2022

Fraud, Deception and False Claims
On March 10, 2022, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the appointment of Associate Deputy Attorney General Kevin Chambers to serve as the Director for DOJ’s COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force. In remarks delivered at the American Bar Association’s 37th National Institute on White Collar Crime earlier this month, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland… Continue Reading

EARN IT Act Opens Online Service Providers to Liability for Online Child Sexual Abuse Hosted on Their Platforms

Enforcement and Prosecution Policy and Trends
On Thursday, February 10, 2022, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act (EARN IT Act), first introduced in 2020 by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. The EARN IT Act aims to tackle the online proliferation of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) by paring back… Continue Reading

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