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Harry Cassin
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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
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Richard Bistrong
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Eric Carlson
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Former Alba Chief Charged In London

An Australian executive who once served as CEO of state-owned Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (“Alba”) was charged on Wednesday in the U.K. with taking bribes.

Bruce Allan Hall, left, appeared in Westminster Magistrates Court.… Continue Reading

Alcoa Agent Arrested In U.K.

The Serious Fraud Office on Monday said Victor Dahdaleh, Alcoa’s former agent for sales to Bahrain, was arrested in London and charged with corruption.

Dahdaleh, 63, a dual citizen of Britain and Canada who lives in Belgravia, London, is alleged to have bribed officials of Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C.… Continue Reading

The Alba Files

Checking on loose ends is a year-end thing around here. Falling into that category is the two-year old civil suit against Alcoa by Aluminium Bahrain BSC. Alba, as it’s known, is majority-owned by the government of Bahrain.… Continue Reading

Bribery Allegations Against Sojitz

Aluminium Bahrain BSC — known as Alba — has filed a $31 million civil suit in federal court in Houston against Japanese trading company Sojitz Corp. and its U.S. subsidiary, Sojitz Corporation of America.… Continue Reading

Another Alba-Related Investigation

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday (here) that the Justice Department is “investigating payments that Bahraini prosecutors allege were made by units of Japanese commodities-trading giant Sojitz Group to employees of an aluminum producer in Bahrain.”… Continue Reading

The Unnamed Party

Last February, Aluminum Bahrain BSC, or Alba for short, made big headlines by filing an explosive federal lawsuit against Alcoa. Bahrain-owned Alba accused its long-time U.S. supplier of overcharging for raw materials during a 15-year period, and using some of the money to bribe Alba’s executives for more contracts.… Continue Reading

Aon Pays £5.25 Million Corruption Fine

The U.K.’s Financial Services Authority said yesterday that it has fined Aon Ltd £5.25 million ($8.05 million) for failing to recognize and control the risks of overseas payments being used as bribes.… Continue Reading

Readers’ Choice

Based on total page views, here are the top five posts from the FCPA Blog so far in 2008:

1. Feeling the Heat Overseas, June 9, 2008

Foreign companies can’t be blamed for wondering if they’re being singled out under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

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Roll Call

It was just two weeks ago that we were waxing about the quiet times for FCPA watchers, due to the temporary bottleneck in the appointment of corporate monitors. But come to think of it, the Justice Department’s Fraud Section, the group in charge of FCPA enforcement, has a lot on its mind right now.… 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