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Weatherford uncovers ‘potential violations’

Oil field services company Weatherford International Ltd. said in its quarterly filing with the SEC Friday that it has ‘uncovered potential violations of U.S. law in connection with activities in several jurisdictions.’

Geneva-based Weatherford first disclosed an overseas bribery investigation in 2007. The investigation later expanded to include potential violations of the Iraq oil-for-food program and possible illegal trade with Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria.

Weatherford operates in about 100 countries with more than 50,000 employees. Annual revenues topped $15 billion.

It said last year it has reserved $100 million to cover the losses from any settlement with U.S. enforcement agencies. Its costs for the investigation are about $115 million, according to statements from the company.

Weatherford stopped doing business with Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria in 2008, it said.

In Friday’s disclosure, the company said it is ‘cooperating fully’ with the DOJ and SEC and talking frequently with both agencies.

But it cannot predict the timing or financial impact of any eventual settlement, it said.

Weatherford International Ltd. trades on the NYSE under the symbol WFT.



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  1. The company didn't indicate that the $100 million reserve was also for the FCPA matter.

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