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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

Cash In The Freezer

The strange case of the Honorable William J. Jefferson, Member of the United States House of Representatives, keeps getting stranger.

Rep. Jefferson (D-La.) — a Congressman since 1991 from a district that includes New Orleans — was indicted in June last year by a federal grand jury for violating the anti-bribery provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.… Continue Reading

Lights Out On Another Week

Fridays are a mellow and reflective time here at the FCPA Blog. Feet on the desk, head tilted back, wondering what we’ll eat over the weekend since the spouse took eggs benedict off our menu.… Continue Reading

The DOJ’s Slaughter Of Hope

The Justice Department broke civil service laws and the country’s heart by “deselecting” qualified young applicants linked to Democrats and liberal groups (“weed out the wackos and wack jobs”). It’s the saddest news we’ve heard from the District in a long time — maybe since the plumbers taped the door locks at the Watergate Complex.… Continue Reading

Cases We’ll Never Report

Not all Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations make the news. Here are three reasons why:

Reason #1. Ignorance. Some companies don’t discover their own FCPA problems. It sounds improbable, but it happens.… Continue Reading

Putting Compliance Programs To The Test

How do you know if your company has an effective compliance program? The answer is crucial. If rogue employees violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, having an effective compliance program becomes a factor in whether the company will face a criminal enforcement action and, if it does, whether it will be rewarded with reduced penalties.… Continue Reading

Moscow Debates Reforms, Sort Of

The biggest public corruption story on the planet may be Russia — the entire country, where red tape and bribery are scaring away foreign investors and wearing down ordinary citizens. Reform can’t come soon enough, so we’re glad that President Dmitry Medvedev is at least talking about the problem.… Continue Reading

Sweating The Small Stuff

Public corruption isn’t a victimless crime, and whatever helps dispel the false notion that it is, is welcome in this space. Which brings us to . . . the United Nations.… Continue Reading

Industry-Wide Investigation Snares Wright Medical

This week, Wright Medical Group became the latest orthopedic device maker to disclose a government investigation into its overseas sales practices. The company’s Form 8-K said its principal operating subsidiary, Wright Medical Technology, Inc.,… Continue Reading

It’s A Wonderful Life, Really

What’s a typical workday at the FCPA Blog look like? You know the routine. Up by noon, pop over to the neighborhood brasserie for a crème bouffée or two (pictured left), then feed the pigeons and goldfish.… Continue Reading