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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

Britain’s FCPA Plus

Photo by Steve PunterBy Thomas Fox

The U.K. Bribery Bill, introduced in March 2009, is still on track to pass out of Parliament before the upcoming general election, expected to be in June.… Continue Reading

A Gesture Of Justice

Judge William K. Sessions III, chief judge for the federal district of Vermont since July 2002. He chairs the six-member United States Sentencing Commission. Under proposed amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines, corporations could get a break on fines and other penalties for white collar crimes committed by top executives.… Continue Reading

Frederic Bourke’s Big Bet

While we’re watching the teletype (left) for news about William Jefferson’s sentencing Friday morning (see our post here), let’s talk about Mr. Bourke. He was sentenced Tuesday to a year and a day in jail and fined a million dollars for conspiring to violate the FCPA and lying to FBI agents.… Continue Reading

Bourke Denied New Trial

Frederic Bourke’s attempt to overturn his conviction and obtain a new trial has failed. He was found guilty in July of conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act under 18 U.S.C.… Continue Reading

Hollywood FCPA Trial Set To Open

The year’s third Foreign Corrupt Practices Act trial is scheduled to start on Tuesday when the husband-and-wife movie producers arrested in 2007 face a federal jury in Los Angeles. Prosecutors allege that Gerald and Patricia Green paid more than $1.8 million in bribes to a former governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand in return for $14 million in contracts to stage the Bangkok Film Festival.… Continue Reading

When Is It OK To Pay?

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act doesn’t prohibit all payments to foreign officials. It’s not that broad. What it does prohibit are corrupt payments made to obtain or retain business.

Which means the application of the law isn’t necessarily black and white.… Continue Reading

A Whistleblower Blow-Up

Last month we reported a settlement in a suit by General Electric’s former in-house counsel, Adriana Koeck. She claimed she was fired in retaliation for whistleblower activity protected by Section 806 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (18 U.S.C.… Continue Reading

Bourke Prepares His Defense

Frederic Bourke is taking video testimony from a critically ill friend that may help prove Bourke was an innocent victim of a massive investment fraud perpetrated by Viktor Kozeny. Bourke, 62, goes on trial June 1 for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.… Continue Reading

Sir Allen And The FCPA

Since hearing about Allen Stanford’s cozy relationships with certain Caribbean leaders, we’ve wondered if he’ll eventually face criminal charges under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Neither bribery nor the FCPA have been mentioned yet in connection with Stanford.… Continue Reading

Mandarins Gone Wild

Las Vegas is Everyman’s cut-rate Babylon. Not far away there is, or was, a roadside lunch counter and over it a sign proclaiming in three words that a Roman emperor’s orgy is now a democratic institution.Continue Reading