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Entries in Foreign Official (130)

Monday
Sep092013

Cameo Corruption, Part I: An Alternative Method of Bribery?

The SEC’s apparent industry sweep of film studios in April 2012 raised a lot of eyebrows. While the sweep’s commencement was surprising, it disappeared as quickly as it started. Though no one outside the U.S. government knows exactly what, if anything, the SEC uncovered, this action certainly forced filmmakers to take notice of the FCPA.

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Thursday
Aug292013

JP Morgan hiring ‘spreadsheet’ under DOJ scrutiny

A Bloomberg report said an internal spreadsheet that linked appointments to specific deals pursued by JP Morgan Chase is now part of an investigation into the bank‘s hiring practices.

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Monday
Jul082013

Total SA, execs win acquittal in oil-for-food case

A French court Monday acquitted oil giant Total SA, its chief executive, a former government minister, and more than a dozen other defendants on charges of violating the U.N.'s oil-for-food program.

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Tuesday
Jul022013

Threat assessment: Prism and FCPA enforcement

FBI Director Robert Mueller defended the controversial government surveillance program Prism before a U.S. House Committee on June 13, saying it's a necessary part of America’s counter-terrorism operation.

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Wednesday
Jan302013

Baidu, other top mainland internet companies, employ thousands of Party members

Recent Chinese media reports put numbers to the Communist Party’s heavy presence in the mainland’s internet sector. These statistics, viewed against the backdrop of recent corruption scandals in this industry, spell significant FCPA risk for multinational companies.

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Thursday
Jan242013

Lanny Breuer said to be leaving DOJ soon

Lanny Breuer, Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ's Criminal DivisionLanny Breuer, the head of the Justice Department's criminal division, is reported to be preparing his exit.

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Monday
Jan142013

Judge mulls wider ban on prosecution of bribe takers

A judge in California may decide whether federal law reflected by the FCPA prevents charging foreign officials with money laundering in connection with bribes they took.

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Monday
Jan142013

Corrupt Officials Are Like …….Puppies?

There's a very good reason why I recently fell off the blogging bandwagon. 

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Friday
Dec282012

The top five FCPA stories of 2012

1. Allegations against Wal-Mart -- Just when the debate about FCPA reform was heating up, the New York Times reported that Wal-Mart may have paid $24 million in bribes to Mexican officials to grow the business. The story showed why the FCPA is important. And it derailed the Chamber of Commerce's campaign to narrow the law and restrict the DOJ's enforcement of it.

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Thursday
Dec132012

Great guidance from the bench: 'The FCPA casts a wide net'

In his 61-page ruling this week allowing the SEC's suit against two former Noble executives to go forward, federal district judge Keith P. Ellison provided some excellent 'guidance' about the FCPA.

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