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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

At Alcoa, Who Knew What?

If, as Alba alleges, Alcoa overcharged it for supply contracts by $2 billion, and some or all of the money went into offshore accounts controlled by Alcoa’s agent and was used to bribe Alba’s personnel and other Bahraini government officials, then the focus of the U.S.… Continue Reading

A Matter Of Money

At the White Collar Crime Prof Blog, Ellen Podgor — who’s now the solo blog editor since Peter Henning placed himself on well-deserved blog editor emeritus status — discusses some of the obligations imposed by the Department of Justice on AB Volvo and its two subsidiaries in their deferred prosecution agreement here.… Continue Reading

Questions And More Questions About Alba v. Alcoa

What’s the story behind this case? To be honest, we’ve got lots of questions and so few answers.

This we know: Aluminum Bahrain BSC (“Alba”) sued Alcoa Inc., its long-time raw materials supplier, for corruption and fraud in a Pittsburgh federal court.… Continue Reading

Feds Investigating Alcoa For FCPA Violations

The U.S. Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into allegations that Alcoa Inc. violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other laws by bribing officials in Bahrain.

The federal investigation was triggered when Aluminum Bahrain BSC (“Alba”) filed a civil lawsuit three weeks ago in federal court in Pittsburgh accusing Alcoa of a 15-year conspiracy linked to overcharging, fraud and bribery.… Continue Reading

AB Volvo Settles FCPA Charges For $19.6 Million

AB Volvo today entered into a consent agreement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and a deferred prosecution agreement with the Department of Justice to resolve Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations in Iraq caused by two subsidiaries under the U.N.… Continue Reading

All In The Family

In a post here we described our edits to Wikipedia’s article on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (here). Wiki’s old article said a bank owner (pictured far left) whose brother was the minister of finance (far right) would be a foreign official for the FCPA.… Continue Reading

More Weight On The Greens

Thailand’s investigation of the alleged bribery case involving Hollywood movie producers Gerald and Patricia Green is moving ahead. The Thai press reported last week (here, among other places) that the Department of Special Investigation has found enough evidence of alleged bribery to refer the matter to the National Counter Corruption Commission (NCCC), which handles prosecutions involving high-level public corruption.… Continue Reading

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