In New York I recently saw the theater production of the new David Mamet play China Doll. As you might expect from any Mamet script, it is about rapid-fire language.
Al Pacino plays the lead. From time-to-time, he was that cool controlled Pacino who graced us as Michael Corleone. More rarely he was Tony (let me introduce you to my little friend) Montanze from Scarface. For any of those moments the play was worth it.
If you have made it this far in this post and want to see the play, be prepared for a spoiler alert.
If you’re not going to see the play, no worries.
But here goes: A significant plot device turns on, of all things, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Imagine my utter shock when Pacino’s character was told he would be charged with violating the FCPA because a company in his supply chain had paid a bribe to have Pacino’s financé perform design work on an airplane that Pacino had custom ordered.
When art begins to imitate life, it certainly speaks to the ubiquitousness of the issue.
Thomas Fox is a contributing editor of the FCPA Blog and a Compliance Week columnist. He’s the founder of the Houston-based boutique law firm tomfoxlaw.com. A popular speaker on compliance and risk-management topics, Fox is also the creator and writer of the widely followed FCPA Compliance Report. His book Lessons Learned on Compliance and Ethics topped Amazon’s bestseller list for international law. He can be contacted here.