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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

That’s no shortcut, it’s accounting fraud

Last month Fiat Chrysler paid the SEC $40 million in penalties. The company had accumulated unreported sales in what FCA employees called a “cookie jar.” In months when FCA wanted its vehicle sales to appear better than they were, it dipped into the cookie jar to inflate sales numbers.… Continue Reading

Total on trial for oil-for-food violations

The French oil giant Total SA is on trial in Paris for violating the United Nations oil-for-food program.

Total is accused of buying oil directly from the former Saddam Hussien regime in violation of the U.N.… Continue Reading

GE In $23 Million SEC Settlement

General Electric Company, whose compliance program is among the most respected and admired in the world, has settled civil violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act with the Securities and Exchange Commission.… Continue Reading

Grease For Oil

Larry Buterman (left) from Chadbourne & Parke’s New York office sent us an article he published in the Bloomberg Law Reports. It explains why the Justice Department’s enforcement actions in the U.N.… Continue Reading

The SEC Takes It Back

Disgorging profits is a common and prominent feature these days in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlements with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Last year Siemens disgorged $350 million and this year KBR paid $177 million.… Continue Reading

Understanding the KBR, Halliburton Charges

With the Halliburton / KBR settlement in mind, we asked readers last week (here) to help us understand how decisions are made to charge companies or individuals under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act with violations of the antibribery provisions — criminally or civilly.Continue Reading

Dealing With The DOJ

The Justice Department resolves corporate FCPA enforcement actions these days by using deferred and non-prosecution agreements. And the go-to guys for information about them are Ryan McConnell, an Assistant United States Attorney in Houston, and Larry Finder, a partner in Houston with Haynes and Boone.… Continue Reading

Fiat Pays $17.8 Million For FCPA Violations

Italian vehicle- and equipment-maker Fiat S.p.A. has resolved Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations arising out of the U.N. oil for food program. It agreed with the Justice Department to pay a $7 million penalty for illegal kickbacks to officials of the former Iraqi government by three of its subsidiaries.… Continue Reading