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Editors

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

FCPA Defendants Face Long Odds

In Los Angeles this week, the trial of Lindsey Manufacturing, Dr. Keith Lindsey, Steve K. Lee, and Angela Aguilar opened in federal court.

(On Friday, they lost their motion to dismiss the case when the judge ruled that officers of the Mexican electric utility CFE, who the defendants allegedly bribed, are foreign officials under the FCPA.)… Continue Reading

The Hard Timers

Compliance officers will want to keep a copy of the table below close at hand. What better way to answer those who insist that the FCPA is small potatoes, after all, when you look at the relatively few enforcement actions over the past 33 years.… Continue Reading

No Hollywood Ending

An LA jury needed not days but hours to convict the husband-and-wife movie producers of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. They were also found guilty on related charges, including conspiracy, money laundering, and tax cheating.… Continue Reading

The Face Of A Fugitive

He’s the only FCPA fugitive with his own wanted poster. That’s how we know Frerik Pluimers is a big guy — six three, two hundred thirty-five pounds. Brown hair, brown eyes.… 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

May It Please The Court

We enjoy a good argument just as much as the next lawyer. Stare decisis, analogy, plain meaning, ambiguity — bring ’em on. Which is why it took us awhile — the better part of two decades, but who’s counting — to firmly grasp this simple idea: When it comes to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, forget the fancy lawyer stuff.… Continue Reading

U.S. v. Green, Take One

Two weeks from now, in a Los Angeles federal district court, the husband-and-wife Hollywood movie producers charged with violating the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act will go on trial. Gerald and Patricia Green were arrested last December and are out on bail.… Continue Reading

The “I Didn’t Know” Defense

As defenses against the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act go, “I didn’t know” is among the most popular. I didn’t know it was against the law. I didn’t know our agent would give money to foreign officials.… Continue Reading