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Hodgson Russ LLP | USA | 3 May 2011

Corporate officers beware: extension of Responsible Corporate Officer Doctrine (RCOD)

Troubles began for executives of drug and medical device companies when decades ago the Supreme Court invented the Responsible Corporate Officer Doctrine (RCOD) and made a corporate officer responsible for the actions of each and every employee on whom such officer exercises direct or indirect control, regardless of the size of the work force and the organizational structure and notwithstanding his or her own fault, intention, or participation in such act.

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