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Entries in Foreign Official (131)

Friday
Jan242014

Did Dennis Rodman violate the FCPA?

Among the more than $10,000 in gifts Dennis Rodman delivered to North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang this month were "hundreds of dollars’ worth of Irish Jameson whiskey, European crystal, an Italian suit, a fur coat, and an English Mulberry handbag for Kim’s wife, Ri Sol-ju," the Daily Beast said Friday.

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Friday
Dec272013

In year's first FCPA opinion, DOJ clears ‘humanitarian aid’

On December 19, the Justice Department published FCPA Opinion Procedure Release No. 13-01, ruling that a law firm partner could pay some medical expenses of foreign official's daughter.

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Thursday
Nov142013

Foreign Service Officer took $3 million in visa fraud

A U.S. Foreign Service Officer who was posted in Vietnam admitted accepting more than $3 million in bribes to process visas for entry into the United States, the DOJ said.

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Tuesday
Oct292013

Report: DOJ investigating National Geographic Society for Egypt payments

DOJ has opened a criminal bribery investigation into the nonprofit, National Geographic Society, and the details are worthy of another Indiana Jones movie or an Egypt-based episode of the Bones TV show.

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Tuesday
Oct222013

Diebold in $48 million settlement for public and private overseas bribes

Ohio-based Diebold Inc. agreed Tuesday to pay a criminal fine of $25.2 million to the DOJ and $23 million in disgorgement and prejudgment interest to the SEC to resolve allegations it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by covering up bribes to bank officials in China, Indonesia and Russia.

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Friday
Oct112013

‘Foreign official’ arguments in appeals court

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit will hear oral arguments Friday from two defendants convicted in the Haiti telco case. They're challenging the DOJ's interpretation of ‘foreign official’ under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

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Tuesday
Sep242013

Report: JP Morgan in $3 billion settlement offer; hiring probe included

JP Morgan Chase is willing to pay up to $3 billion to settle a number of current U.S. investigations, including the FCPA probe of its hiring practices, according to a report Tuesday from the Wall Street Journal.

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Friday
Sep132013

Cameo Corruption, Conclusion: Zero Dark Third-Party Intermediaries 

In the previous four posts, we examined how the practice of allowing public officials to appear in films could be used as an alternative method of bribery. While we’ve focused on the idea of a foreign official receiving a cameo, the analysis actually applies to anyone who has a substantial enough connection to a foreign official. After all, the FCPA prohibits bribery through third-party intermediaries. So how should Hollywood behave when doling out film roles abroad?

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Thursday
Sep122013

Cameo Corruption, Part IV: Intent and the Inherent License to Produce a Film

This is the fourth of five posts looking at Hollywood’s practice of giving film cameos to politicians and how this practice would play in an FCPA context.

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Wednesday
Sep112013

Cameo Corruption, Part III: Meeting the Business Purpose Test Automatically

As we’ve seen in Part I and Part II of this series, a political cameo is valuable enough to operate as a bribe, but does Hollywood really need to worry about the practice exposing it to FCPA liability?

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