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Entries in Promotional Expenses (47)


Bill Steinman: Let's talk about per diems, without the shouting

Per diems. We in the FCPA bar love to hate them, and with good reason. Who likes the idea of giving cash to foreign officials? If there’s anything that should rankle the anti-corruption specialist, this is it. 

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SciClone pays SEC $12.8 million to settle China FCPA offenses

California-based SciClone Pharmaceuticals will pay $12.8 million to settle SEC charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act when employees in China pumped up sales for five years by making improper payments to professionals employed at state health institutions.

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Mead Johnson discloses China payments probe

Infant-formula maker Mead Johnson Nutrition Company disclosed a new FCPA investigation in its latest SEC filing.

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Avon: SEC wants ‘significantly greater’ FCPA penalty

Avon Products Inc. said in an SEC filing Thursday that the Securities and Exchange Commission offered an FCPA settlement last month with monetary penalties that were ‘significantly greater’ than the $12 million the company had offered.

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Avon's latest FCPA disclosure (November 2012)

Here's the full FCPA disclosure by Avon Products, Inc. from its Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on November 1:

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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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SFO posts new guidance on self reporting

The U.K. Serious Fraud Office isn't making any promises to self-reporting companies.

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Coordinated guidance from DC and London?

It was an odd event a few weeks ago when the U.K.'s Serious Fraud Office removed some Bribery Act guidance from its website without explanation.

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Harris Corp's Carefx China Disclosure

From the FCPA Blog members area, here is Harris Corporation's full FCPA disclosure from its Form 10-K filed with the SEC on August 27, 2012:

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If It Might Be Fun, It Must Be Illegal

Prague to Perth is more than 15 hours of flying time. Stops in Hong Kong to break up the trip are common, and for some people, necessary. But don't say that to the SEC.

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Orthofix Pays $7.4 Million To Settle Mexico Bribes

Texas-based medical device company Orthofix International N.V. settled FCPA charges today relating to bribes in Mexico.

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Q&A With Morgan Stanley's Chatterjee

Raja Chatterjee, creator and global head of Morgan Stanley’s Anti-Corruption Group, answers our questions about the most common compliance challenges.

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