United Soccer Coaches ReleaseFRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference earned nine total selections to the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Women’s All-South Region Teams, the organization announced Wednesday. D Laurene Tresfield Sr. Oklahoma State University Paris, France K Kelsey Daugherty Jr. UAB Kennesaw, Ga. Kelso Peskin, the Southland Newcomer of the Year, earned second team distinction for Lamar. Amelia Fullmer, M.J. Eckart and Lucy Ashworth all earned third team selections to round out the Cardinals’ selections. M Ellee Hall Sr. Houston Baptist University Unitah, Utah M Asta Arnadottir Sr. Florida Atlantic University Kopagavur, Iceland M Aline De Lima Sr. Baylor University Belo Horizonte, Brazil First Team Pos. Player Class School Hometown K Katie Lund So. TCU Plano, Texas D Louise Stephens So. Rice University Houston, Texas Rounding out the conference’s selections is Houston Baptist midfielder Ellee Hall, who was named to the all-region third team. M Anna Beffer Sr. Oklahoma State University Tulsa, Okla. F Peyton DePreist Fr. Middle Tennessee State University Franklin, Tenn. D Jaclyn Stroud Sr. Old Dominion University Raleigh, N.C. D Atu Mshana So. University of Texas Garland, Texas M Hanna Barker Sr. Stephen F. Austin State University Farmers Branch, Texas F Kassi Hormuth Sr. Texas State University Cedar Park, Texas F Haley Woodard Jr. Oklahoma State University Norman, Okla. M Julie James Jr. Baylor University Fairview, Texas D Kennedy Rose Sr. Stephen F. Austin State University Tyler, Texas Pos. Player Class School Hometown M Carla Portillo Sr. West Virginia University Mississauga, Ont. The 2017 Southland Regular Season and Tournament champion Lamar led the way with four selections while McNeese and Stephen F. Austin both earned a pair of picks. Houston Baptist earned a lone spot on the third team. M Karitas Tomasdottir Jr. TCU Hella, Iceland D Gabi D’Alesandro Sr. McNeese State University Flower Mound, Texas F Annie Walker Jr. Rice University Grand Blanc, Mich. Second Team K Jennifer Wandt Fr. Baylor University Brookfield, Wis. F Martha Thomas Sr. Charlotte Weston, Fla. K Maya Hoyer So. Rice University Los Gatos, Calif. M Amy Brewer Sr. UAB Fayetteville, Ga. M Katie Glenn Jr. University of Texas Round Rock, Texas F Nia Stallings Sr. Rice University San Antonio, Texas F Daniella Famili Sr. Coastal Carolina University Stockholm, Sweden D Nyomi Devine Sr. Murray State University Beaudesert, Australia 2017 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Women’s All-South Region Teams M Samantha Chaiken Sr. Rice University Dallas, Texas K Kari Naerdemann Jr. Tennessee Tech University Herene, Germany F Yazmeen Ryan Fr. TCU Norman, Okla. F Harriet Withers Sr. Murray State University Murwillumbah, Australia M Haley Berg Sr. University of Texas Celina, Texas D Ebba Blomqvist Jr. Florida Atlantic University Skovde, Sweden F Kelso Peskin Jr. Lamar University Cape Town, South Africa M M.J. Eckart Sr. Lamar University Flower Mound, Texas D Ryan Williams Sr. TCU Centennial, Colo. F Rio Hardy Sr. University of South Alabama Workington, England M Nomvula Kgoale Sr. Louisiana Tech University Polokwane, South Africa Pos. Player Class School Hometown D Amelia Fullmer Jr. Lamar University Pleasant Grove, Utah D Amandine Pierre-Louis Sr. West Virginia University Quebec City, Que. D Chandler Cooney Sr. Texas State University Houston, Texas F Iris Achterhof Jr. Old Dominion University Groningen, Netherlands F Lucy Ashworth Fr. Lamar University Wigan, England F Savannah LaRicci Sr. McNeese State University Sugar Land, Texas D Precious Akanyirige Sr. Baylor University Pleasanton, Texas F Cyera Hintzen So. University of Texas McKinney, Texas D Hannah Godfrey Jr. University of South Alabama Thornton, England M Rachel Grout Sr. Texas State University Dallas, Texas The league’s Player of the Year, McNeese senior Savannah LaRicci, was voted to the second team while defender Gabi D’Alesandro was tabbed to the third team for the Cowgirls. F Michaela Abam Sr. West Virginia University Sugar Land, Texas Third Team F Megan Greene So. Charlotte Fuquay-Varina, N.C D Bianca St Georges Jr. West Virginia University St. Felix De Valois, Que. K Rylee Foster So. West Virginia University Cambridge, Ont. Two-time Southland Midfielder of the Year Hanna Barker of Stephen F. Austin is the league’s lone first team selection. Fellow senior Ladyjack Kennedy Rose earned a spot on the second team as a defender. F Grace Hagan Jr. University of Kansas Wichita, Kan.
The DOJ and SEC frequently speak about the importance of transparency in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement – as well they should because transparency is a fundamental tenet of the rule of law.Those in the know however have long recognized that FCPA enforcement is seldom transparent. However, assessing this is nearly impossible in most instances because FCPA internal investigation documents are seldom in the public domain.Yet, as highlighted in this post, certain Bio-Rad FCPA internal investigation documents were recently publicly disclosed as exhibits in an FCPA-related whistleblower action and the documents call into question the transparency of the FCPA enforcement action against the company.In terms of background, as highlighted in this previous post, in November 2014 Bio-Rad agreed to pay $55 million to resolve a parallel DOJ and SEC FCPA enforcement action based on alleged conduct in Russia, Thailand and Vietnam. Like most FCPA enforcement actions against health-care related companies, the Bio-Rad enforcement action was premised in large part on the enforcement theory that doctors and others employed by foreign healthcare systems are “foreign officials” under the FCPA.In terms of further background, as highlighted in this previous post, in May 2015 Sanford Wadler, the former General Counsel and Secretary of Bio-Lab Laboratories, filed a civil complaint against the company and certain executive officers and board members alleging various unfair employment practices including that Wadler was terminated for blowing the whistle on certain potential FCPA issues. As highlighted in this previous post, Wadler’s claims were fully litigated and in February 2017 a jury awarded Wadler $2.9 million in back pay and stock compensation and $5 million for punitive damages.Exhibits publicly filed in the case included this September 15, 2011 “Bio-Rad Laboratories Final Report of Investigation” by Steptoe & Johnson, this January 4, 2012 Bio-Lad Laboratories presentation by Steptoe & Johnson, and this June 4, 2013 “FCPA Inquiry: Status Report for the Board of Directors of Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc” by Davis Polk.What these documents clearly suggest is that Bio-Rad’s problematic conduct was not just limited to business activity in Russia, Thailand, and Vietnam (as alleged in the DOJ and SEC’s FCPA enforcement action) but much more extensive.For instance, regarding Korea the presentation states: “expensive golf clubs and lavish entertainment provided to doctor at state-owned hospital to protect sales to hospital and because doctor had influence in industry generally.”Regarding India, the presentation states: “Regional Institute of Paramedical and Nursing Services (gov’t) free equipment to employee and $500 cash to employee thru agent.”Regarding Morocco, the presentation states: “$30K in consultants’ fees to prominent doctor at Gendarmerie Royale lab and $15K in cash payments to BR employee for pass-through to same doctor.”Regarding Tunisia, the presentation states: “US$400K in sales via new distributor Bio-Faster. Bio-Faster reportedly owned by senior official at state-owned hospital and his brother; hospital is major Bio-Rad customer in Tunisia. Local BR sales manager was former employee of the same senior official; directed BR sales tru Bio-Faster.”Regarding Egypt, the presentation states: “Egyptian doctor part-owner of distributor used in major DiaMed sale to Egyptian gov’t. Doctor may have previously held high gov’t positions; sources conflict on current status.”Regarding Oman and Iran, the presentation states: “Isolated documentary evidence of one-off improper payments.”As noted at the beginning of this post, FCPA internal investigation documents are seldom in the public domain.This is what makes the Bio-Rad FCPA internal investigation documents unique in that they provide an interesting window to assess FCPA enforcement transparency. Learn More & Register FCPA Institute – Boston (Oct. 3-4) A unique two-day learning experience ideal for a diverse group of professionals seeking to elevate their FCPA knowledge and practical skills through active learning. Learn more, spend less. CLE credit is available.