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Posts Tagged: Halliburton

Snamprogetti, ENI In $365 Million Settlement

Snamprogetti Netherlands B.V. and its parent company ENI S.p.A of Italy will pay $365 million to resolve FCPA-related charges for Snamprogetti’s role in the TSKJ-Nigeria joint venture.

Dutch-based Snamprogetti was charged by the DOJ in a criminal information with one count of conspiracy and one count of aiding and abetting violations of the FCPA.… Continue Reading

Technip in $338 Million KBR – Related Settlement

Paris-based Technip S.A., an engineering and construction firm that’s part of the oil and gas services industry, has resolved FCPA-related charges with the DOJ. It agreed to pay a $240 million criminal penalty and enter into a deferred prosecution agreement.… Continue Reading

Plaintiffs Keep Trying

Parker Drilling’s directors are facing a shareholder suit that was brought after the company’s detailed disclosure earlier this month that it is being investigated by the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission for compliance problems in Nigeria and Kazakhstan.… Continue Reading

Lessons From FCPAscam

That’s a Smith and Wesson and you’ve had your six.

        ~ James Bond to an out-of-ammo assailant in “Dr. No”

Twenty-two people from military and law-enforcement supply companies — including the vice president of sales for American gun-maker Smith & Wesson — were arrested Tuesday on charges of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and conspiracy to violate the FCPA and launder money.… Continue Reading

Dateline Washington

Here’s a dispatch from Cody Worthington:

Dear FCPA Blog,

I attended the opening day of ACI’s 22nd National Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in D.C. yesterday [November 17].

Among the many people there were representatives of the DOJ and SEC.

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M&A Surge Means More FCPA Action

Mergers and acquisitions are back. Seeking Alpha just said: “Over the past few weeks, there has been a resurgence in acquisition activity, fueling an already strong market rally. This news has spanned all regions of the economy ranging from the transportation sector (Burlington Northern being taken over by Berkshire Hathaway) to pharmaceuticals (Schering Plough being acquired by Merck).… Continue Reading

Halliburton May Face U.K. Charges

Halliburton disclosed Friday in its latest SEC filing that the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) may bring civil claims or criminal charges against it under various British laws. In February this year, Halliburton and its former subsidiary, Kellogg Brown & Root LLC, admitted paying Nigerian officials at least $182 million in bribes for contracts awarded between 1995 and 2004 to build liquefied natural gas facilities on Bonny Island, Nigeria.… Continue Reading

Are DOJ Releases Too Public?

It’s been nearly a year since the last Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Opinion Procedure Release and we’re wondering why. Release 08-03 was published in July 2008. Since then, nothing.

As background, the FCPA Opinion Procedure Regulations at 28 CFR Part 80 say any issuer or domestic concern can ask the Justice Department whether a proposed transaction would violate the FCPA.… Continue Reading

Another FCPA Derivative Suit Is Tossed

For the third time, Baker Hughes has beaten back a derivative suit based on its 2007 settlement of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations. It paid $44 million to resolve enforcement actions by the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission related to bribery in Kazakhstan.… Continue Reading

Halliburton And KBR In Class Action

Plaintiffs lawyers have filed a state derivative class action suit against some of the officers and directors of Halliburton and its one-time subsidiary, KBR. The suit in Houston alleges all sorts of malfeasance — including the Nigerian bribery that led to the companies’ $579 million settlements of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act offenses in February this year.… Continue Reading

Enforcement Report For Q1 ’09

We count seven Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement actions since the start of the year, including indictments, pleas and settlements, along with one newly disclosed investigation. Four of the enforcement actions involve individuals, and four relate to KBR.… Continue Reading