Last Monday, the U.S. Senate approved a bipartisan bill designed to prevent retaliation against whistleblowers who provide tips about criminal price-fixing to the Department of Justice.
Health care giant Johnson & Johnson will pay more than $2.2 billion to resolve criminal and civil claims arising from allegations of kickbacks to U.S. doctors and improper marketing claims about three of its prescription drugs.
Last month, UK Prime Minister David Cameron talked about plans to create a publicly accessible registry of information on the beneficial ownership of companies. This registry will be open to everyone, not just law enforcement authorities, he said. It will “shine a spotlight on who owns what and where money is really flowing,” Cameron said.
The SEC announced an award of over $150,000 to an unnamed whistleblower whose tips helped the agency stop a scheme that was defrauding investors.
The FCPA Blog posed this question to the DOJ and FBI’s public affairs’ offices Wednesday: Has the FCPA Unit at the FBI been disbanded? In response, Christopher Allen in the FBI’s Public Affairs Office said: “The FBI’s investigations are managed through the International Corruption Unit, and that unit is absolutely not being disbanded.”
DOJ has opened a criminal bribery investigation into the nonprofit, National Geographic Society, and the details are worthy of another Indiana Jones movie or an Egypt-based episode of the Bones TV show.
Social media can be used to help disseminate information about a compliance program and to promote the program’s virtues. But some think using social media for anything related to compliance it still too risky. The FCPA Blog reached out to several experts for their insights.