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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

Avon Discloses SEC Investigation

Avon Products confirmed Thursday that the SEC has issued a formal order of investigation into possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Avon’s disclosure appeared in its quarterly report filed with the SEC.… Continue Reading

Avon’s Pricey Looking Glass

In the New York TimesDealBook, Peter Henning had a terrific post about the cost of Avon Products’ internal FCPA investigation.

The company’s legal fees and costs for outside counsel conducting the investigation were $59 million in 2009, $95 million in 2010, and $22.5 for the first quarter of this year, said Henning, a Wayne State University Law School prof who writes the DealBook’s White Collar Watch.… Continue Reading

Watching For Whistleblowers

In its quarterly report released August 9, SciClone Pharmaceuticals, Inc. said it received an SEC subpoena and a letter from the DOJ investigating the “sale, licensing and marketing of its products in foreign countries, including China.”… Continue Reading

Avon: A Pound Of Cure

Avon Products Inc. on Friday said its expenses for an internal FCPA investigation that started two years ago have increased enough to impact results. Main Justice reported the costs to be $18 million for the last quarter.… Continue Reading

Avon’s Bribery Investigation Grows

Beauty-products giant Avon Products Inc. reportedly suspended four employees pending its internal bribery investigation. Reuters and others today said the world’s largest direct marketer put three executives in China and another in New York on administrative leave.… Continue Reading

Catching Corrupt Lawyers, Part II

A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns. — Mario Puzo

With that street-smart aphorism in mind, we went looking for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act-related cases where lawyers were alleged to be on the wrong side of the law.… Continue Reading