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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Bill Steinman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

U.S. v. Green — See You In September

Variety — our favorite FCPA news source on leap day or any other day — is reporting that the trial of Hollywood movie producers Gerald and Patricia Green has been postponed to September 2008.… Continue Reading

Bahrain Accuses Alcoa Of Bribery

Today’s Wall Street Journal reports that Aluminum Bahrain BSC (“Alba”) has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Pittsburgh accusing Alcoa of a 15-year conspiracy linked to overcharging, fraud and bribery.… Continue Reading

U.S. v. Kay: Once More To The Courts

On January 10, 2008, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit denied a petition for rehearing en banc from David Kay and Douglas Murphy. Kay and Murphy, executives of American Rice, Inc.,… Continue Reading

A Little Help From Our Friends, Part II

In Singapore circa 1994, Jeffrey Garten, who was then the Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade, hosted a “breakfast briefing.” The event was sponsored by the American Chamber of Commerce, and the invitations said it would be a chance to discuss the challenges Americans face when they do business overseas.… Continue Reading

A Little Help From Our Friends

Our subject is always some aspect of the the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. So around here the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission get lots of attention.… Continue Reading

BAE And Prince Bandar Stay In The News

In mid-February the British High Court heard how Saudi Arabia threatened to end all anti-terrorism cooperation with the U.K. unless the Blair government quashed an investigation into alleged corruption. A social justice advocacy group called the Campaign Against Arms Trade and the Corner House has alleged that the government acted unlawfully in December 2006 when it told the Serious Fraud Office to stand down.… Continue Reading

Flowserve Resolves Oil For Food Bribery Charges

French and Dutch Subsidiaries Paid Kickbacks and Caused FCPA Books and Records Violations

Texas-based Flowserve Corporation will pay about $10.5 million to resolve criminal and civil charges brought by the United States for illegal payments to Iraq under the U.N.… Continue Reading

Disorder In The Court, Last Call

How prevalent is judicial corruption? Our primary source this week, Transparency International, took a close look. During 2006 it asked almost 60,000 people in 62 countries whether they or any member of their household had interacted with their country’s judicial system in the past year and, if so, had they paid a bribe.… Continue Reading

Disorder In The Court, Part II

We noted yesterday some of the causes of judicial corruption — underpaid and overworked judges, complex and slow court procedures, and anti-corruption enforcement monopolized by a single agency. Unfortunately, all those symptoms show up in Azerbaijan’s judicial system.… Continue Reading

Disorder In The Court

It probably makes no sense to ask which form of public corruption is the worst, since they all destroy the fabric of society. But as lawyers, we think judicial corruption should be singled out.… Continue Reading

Wabtec Resolves FCPA Violations Related To India

Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation (“Wabtec”) will pay about $675,000 and enter into a deferred prosecution agreement to resolve Foreign Corrupt Practices Act offenses caused by its Indian subsidiary, Pioneer Friction Limited.… Continue Reading

U.S. v. Green, Take One

Two weeks from now, in a Los Angeles federal district court, the husband-and-wife Hollywood movie producers charged with violating the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act will go on trial. Gerald and Patricia Green were arrested last December and are out on bail.… Continue Reading