Bloomberg Law
Feb. 27, 2023, 4:55 PMUpdated: Feb. 27, 2023, 9:47 PM

Plan for Fewer Compliance Checks Draws Ex Monitors’ Concern (1)

Stephen Lee
Stephen Lee

A Justice Department plan to appoint fewer compliance monitors will mean fewer eyes ensuring compliance and less guidance to improve corporate culture, former monitors say.

That could result in more violations, and even the creeping spread of problems that culminate in environmental disasters like the recent Norfolk Southern Corp. train derailment in Ohio, according to Mitchell Bernard, a former monitor who’s now chief counsel at the Natural Resources Defense Center.

Under a policy released Feb. 22, US attorneys won’t seek an independent monitor at companies that step forward to confess their misconduct, provided they have an effective compliance program in ...