I had a great time at the SCCE Compliance and Ethics Conference in Las Vegas. I am an Antitrust Expert for Emtrain, a leading producer of online compliance and ethics training material. Emtrain had a booth in the vendor Exhibit Hall and I was able to spend some time with Janine Yancey and the rest of the Emtrain staff.
I also co-presented a panel with Barbara Sicalides, a partner at Pepper Hamilton. Barbara and I have known each other for many years. I was the Chief of the Antitrust Division field office in Philadelphia so I have had a great deal of experience as an antitrust prosecutor. Ms. Sicalides is leading attorney in defending antitrust cases, providing antitrust counseling and compliance and ethics training to corporations. Our presentation was titled: “CEO’s (and salespeople too) Say The Darndest Things: How an Ill- Advised Statement or Email Can Start an Antitrust Investigation or Lawsuit” The program was a caution that while every CEO and salesperson would like to “crush the competition” and “dominate the market,” it is not always wise to say this publicly or in an email. We both had numerous examples about how poorly worded statements and emails caused a mountain of litigation. We also discussed how training can sensitize employees to how certain statements (antitrust buzz words) can be misconstrued. Barbara and I have an article coming out soon in the SCCE magazine that is basically a recap of the program. The PowerPoint is also available on the SCCE website, or let me know and I can send you a copy.
This was my second SCCE Compliance and Ethics conference and like the first, it was exciting to meet new people and attend a few programs. It also is a very visual reminder of the enormous resources that companies are putting into their compliance and ethics programs. Barbara and I both hope to see you in Chicago next year.