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Entries in Foreign Official (122)

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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Wednesday
Dec122012

SEC case against Noble execs survives motion to dismiss

The SEC got the green light this week from a federal judge to charge two former Noble executives with FCPA-related offenses they committed after February 2007.

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Wednesday
Nov282012

FCPA opinions get a face lift

In the recently released FCPA guidance, the DOJ devoted an entire chapter to its FCPA opinions procedure releases -- when to ask for one, how to make a request, and how to use the answer.

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Monday
Nov192012

DOJ to industry: Don't sweat the small stuff

Both the guidance and recent remarks by officials make clear that, although the FCPA has no value threshold, the government is not interested in bringing cases over de minimis payments to foreign officials.

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Monday
Nov192012

New FCPA guidance: no sea change but a helpful enforcement summary

Last week, the DOJ and SEC issued their long-anticipated Resource Guide regarding the agencies’ FCPA enforcement. Over a year in the drafting, the 120-page Guide addresses, among other things, (1) the definition of a foreign official, (2) gifts and entertainment, and (3) the “hallmarks” of an effective corporate compliance program. 

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Thursday
Nov152012

Hitting the highpoints with the DOJ

Gifts, travel and entertainment, foreign officials, successor liability, and effective compliance programs.

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Friday
Oct262012

New DOJ opinion on promotional expenses by non-profit adoption agencies

The DOJ's second Opinion Procedure Release this year approved a plan by 19 non-profit adoption agencies to bring foreign officials to the United States to meet the staff at the agencies and families who have already adopted kids from the officials' country.

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Monday
Sep242012

Tyco in $26 million settlement with DOJ and SEC 

Tyco International Ltd. agreed on Monday to pay criminal and civil penalties totaling more than $26 million to resolve Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.

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Tuesday
Sep042012

Autumnal Adventures to Unchartered Corners

I’ve tried to map out some unfamiliar ways to think about FCPA reform. See these proposals as you might an old map -- exploratory, perhaps imprecise, still incomplete -- but meant to excite the human spirit.

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