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Subpoenaed – Now What? Eight Practical Tips

September 2, 2014

Regardless of whether your business is big or small, receiving a subpoena from a federal agency can be stressful.  It may feel as if the balance of power in this transaction overwhelmingly tips in favor of the requesting agency, in whose corner sits the heavyweight known as federal law.  Adding to the list of concerns, subpoena requests may also be expansive, offering as little as two weeks to respond.  And even though receiving a subpoena does not necessarily mean that your company is under investigation, that lingering question creates unease that does not quickly dissipate.  Developing and instituting a response plan for your company long before a subpoena hits your desk is part of proactive risk management, and it can greatly lessen the stress factors.

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