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Entries in Foreign Official (127)

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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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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