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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
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

Bon Anniversaire, Guys

The Wall Street Journal’s Corruption Currents just turned one. It celebrated with a post about the top five corruption convictions of the past twelve months.

Two entries have FCPA ties.Continue Reading

ICE Loses ‘Victim’ Claim In Eleventh Circuit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit today said a lower court didn’t make a mistake when it denied victim status to a Costa Rican state-owned utility.

“The district court identified the pervasive, constant, and consistent illegal conduct conducted by the ‘principals’ (i.e.… Continue Reading

ICE Appeals ‘Victim’ Ruling

The Costa Rican state-owned utility that lost a bid earlier this month to become the first ‘victim’ compensated under federal law in an FCPA case has appealed the lower court’s decision.… Continue Reading

Breaking News: ICE Loses ‘Victim’ Bid

At a hearing in federal court in Miami yesterday, Judge Marcia G. Cooke made a finding that Costa Rica’s Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad S.A. (ICE) was not a victim of Alcatel-Lucent’s bribery, and not entitled to restitution. … Continue Reading

Feds Fire Back At ICE

The DOJ and Alcatel-Lucent this week responded to the petition filed by Costa Rica’s Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, S.A. (ICE) for victim’s status and restitution.

The DOJ’s filing opened with references to ICE’s “vitriolic allegations and false accusations questioning the motives, competence, and conduct” of the DOJ and SEC.… Continue Reading

Under The FCPA, Where Are Victim’s Rights?

By Jordan Maglich

As readers of the FCPA Blog know, the past few years have seen a dramatic rise in FCPA prosecutions. In 2010 alone, companies settling FCPA-related charges paid $1.8 billion in monetary penalties, nearly tripling the $641 million paid in 2009.… Continue Reading

Costa Rican ‘Victim’ Objects To Alcatel-Lucent Settlement

[Editor’s note:This post exceeds our normal word count. But because the issues raised are new in an FCPA case, we wanted the first impression to be accurate and complete.]

A state-owned company that awarded Alcatel-Lucent more than $300 million in bribe-tainted contracts has asked a federal court in Florida to block Alcatel’s FCPA settlement with the U.S.… Continue Reading

Ex Head of State Jailed For Alcatel Bribes

Miguel Angel Rodriguez, ex-president of Costa Rica, was sentenced to five years in prison for briberyThe former president of Costa Rica who took bribes from French telecoms company Alcatel was sentenced to five years in prison this week.… Continue Reading

Alcatel-Lucent Settles Bribery Case

In one of the biggest Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlements of all time, Paris-based Alcatel-Lucent S.A. will pay $137 million for bribing officials in Costa Rica, Honduras, Malaysia, and Taiwan.

The company and three subsidiaries will pay $92 million to resolve criminal charges with the DOJ and $45 million in disgorgement to the SEC.… Continue Reading