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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

Jack Grynberg Battles On

Jack Grynberg: “I have been pursuing fraud in the energy industry for the past 15 years.”Colorado-based independent oilman Jack Grynberg filed a 311-page complaint in December with the European Commission.… Continue Reading

High-Velocity FCPA

There’s been more FCPA action in the past month than in most prior years since enactment in 1977. What’s the rest of 2010 going to bring? Photo by Patrick BourThe FCPA-related news just keeps coming — faster and faster.… Continue Reading

Dow Bribe-Related Suit Tossed

Chairman Andrew Liveris and 11 other members of Dow Chemical’s board were named in the shareholder derivative suit. A Delaware chancery court this week cited Dow Chemical’s corporate compliance program as a reason for dismissing a shareholder derivative suit against the company’s current directors that alleged they failed to prevent overseas bribery.… Continue Reading

BAE Bribe Suit Tossed On Appeal

A federal appeals court last week affirmed the dismissal of a shareholder derivative suit against some current and former directors and executives of BAE Systems PLC. The suit was filed in 2007 by the City of Harper Woods (Michigan) Employees’ Retirement System.… 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

Panalpina Hit With FCPA-Related Shareholder Suit

An investment fund that owns about 5% of Panalpina World Transport (Holding) Ltd. filed a federal civil suit last month in Texas against the company, some current and former officers and directors, and its owner before its 2005 IPO in Switzerland.… 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

C’est Magnifique!

Francophile kleptocrats everywhere must be shaking in their Yves Saint Laurent double monk-strap black boots today, thanks to a Paris magistrate’s ruling. He accepted a case brought by Transparency International that requires French authorities to investigate how three African rulers, their family members and friends managed to acquire numerous luxury homes, cars and other assets in France.… Continue Reading

Iraq’s Lawsuit Legacy

In July 2008, the government of Iraq launched a massive FCPA-related federal lawsuit in New York City. We first talked about it here. The complaint named 93 defendants in claims alleging bribery and fraud under the now-defunct United Nations oil-for-food program.… Continue Reading

More Hurdles For Private Litigants

In a case called Glazer Capital Management v. Magistri, the Ninth Circuit last week affirmed the dismissal of an FCPA-related class-action suit by shareholders of InVision Technologies, Inc. against the company and certain of its officers.… Continue Reading