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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

Back On Track

A reader pointed out that our assault last week on Wikipedia (here) was senseless. That’s because if you don’t like something on Wiki — in our case its FCPA article — just change it.… Continue Reading

The FCPA Takes A Holiday?

It’s been a quiet time here at the FCPA Blog. Not much to report — which isn’t a bad thing. We’ve had a chance to clean our desk, get our shoes shined, and pick on Wikipedia.… Continue Reading

The DOJ’s Wrong Medicine For Monitors

Hearings by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law on “Deferred Prosecution: Should Corporate Settlement Agreements Be Without Guidelines?” are now underway. In advance of the hearings, the DOJ last week issued new internal guidelines on the selection and handling of monitors.… Continue Reading

The FCPA For Everyone

Wikipedia — “the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit” — has a page on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act here. It defines the FCPA this way:

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (15 U.S.C.Continue Reading

Europe Discovers The FCPA

John Russell, the managing editor of London-based Ethical Corporation magazine, has a nice article here about enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act against European companies. This “new” FCPA compliance risk, the article says, is catching a lot of people by surprise.… Continue Reading

More Monitors, More Controversy

Reporter Mary Flood writes about deferred prosecution agreements in the February 29, 2008 Houston Chronicle here. For those new to the subject, deferred prosecution agreements (sometimes called non-prosecution agreements) allow corporations to avoid trials and criminal convictions in exchange for fines and compliance monitoring.… Continue Reading

California Here We Come

We’ve said before (here and here) that there’s no private right of action under the FCPA. Which means offenses can be prosecuted only by the U.S. Department of Justice or the Securities and Exchange Commission.… Continue Reading

Pride Discloses Global Corruption Probe

Pride International, Inc., a Houston-based drill-rig provider to the oil and gas industry, disclosed in its February 29, 2008 Form 10-K (annual report) an ongoing internal investigation into potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.… Continue Reading

The FCPA Is No Private Matter

Last week we heard (here) that Alba — not the movie star Jessica but the smelter Aluminum Bahrain BSC — had sued Alcoa for bribing Bahraini officials in exchange for supply contracts.… Continue Reading

Lamb v. Philip Morris

Billy LAMB and Carmon Willis, Plaintiffs-Appellants,
v.
PHILIP MORRIS, INC. and B.A.T. Industries, PLC, Defendants-Appellees.

No. 89-5960.

United States Court of Appeals,
Sixth Circuit.

Argued Aug. 24, 1990.
Decided Sept. 28, 1990.
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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