Congressional investigations and oversight proceedings pose unique threats to a company’s business and brand because of their often public and inherently political nature. Paul, Weiss leverages the specialized skills and insider understanding that such matters require, fielding a team with significant hands-on experience to ensure that clients’ legal and business interests are protected.
Companies and individuals confronting congressional scrutiny face a raft of legal, reputational and collateral risks. Meanwhile, the intense publicity and politics inherent in such proceedings are outside the comfort zone and experience of most litigators. A strategic response requires the skills and judgment that can only be derived from direct experience of such investigations and how they unfold.
Our team includes lawyers with substantial experience testifying before oversight bodies in their past roles within the Executive Branch, as well as lawyers with significant government and private practice experience defending significant congressional investigations.
In this inaugural Spotlight on Congressional Investigations alert, we discuss recent developments concerning the enforcement of congressional subpoenas. These include enhancements Congress is considering to its power to enforce subpoenas, and a recent federal district court decision that found subpoenas to former President Trump’s accounting firm to be overbroad.
Competing Congressional and Executive Branch Proposals to Revise Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act
Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act has long afforded online platforms with immunity from certain types of civil action concerning the content posted on these platforms by their users.
D.C. Circuit Curtails House of Representatives’ Oversight Authority, And Other Developments in Congressional Investigations
The D.C. Circuit recently issued a significant ruling that severely curtails the House of Representatives’ practical power to conduct oversight and investigations.