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Thinking About the FIFA Bribery Scandal

The U.S. Department of Justice’s blockbuster announcement in late May that U.S. prosecutors have indicted fourteen defendants on corruption charges involving activities of the International Federation of Football (FIFA) and related regional member organizations captured news headlines around the world. The story has continued to dominate the news, as new details about the scandal have … Continue Reading

The Troublesome Recent FCPA-Related Enforcement Action Involving the 2008 Beijing Olympics and Why It Matters

The dramatic pre-dawn arrest in Zurich of nine FIFA officials on bribery-related charges dominated the headlines last week. The FIFA corruption investigation news last week also overshadowed the resolution of an FCPA enforcement action involving different sports-related events – BHP Billiton’s sponsorship-related activities at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Though the SEC’s enforcement action … Continue Reading

Investors File Yet Another Securities Suit in the Wake of an FCPA Investigation

There is no private right of action under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), but as I have frequently noted in prior posts, news of an anti-bribery investigation frequently is followed by a shareholder lawsuit based on allegations relating to the investigation. The latest example of this type of follow-on civil action involves the investment … Continue Reading

Foreign-Domiciled Individuals and the FCPA’s Reach

Among the more controversial questions about the U.S.’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has been the extent of its reach in enforcement actions against foreign-domiciled individuals. Two recent decisions from the Southern District of New York reached differing conclusions about the statute’s reach. One case rejected the individual’s motion to dismiss the FCPA enforcement action, while … Continue Reading

Guest Post: Testing How Clean Your Books Really Are — The Case for Active Monitoring

One of the more challenging exposures that many companies face is the possibility of an FCPA enforcement action. Because of the risk of fines, potential prosecution and reputational damages, many companies understand the need to implement compliance programs to try to avoid these problems. In a guest post, Al Vondra (pictured), a partner in the … Continue Reading

Faltering Lawsuits: Dismissal Motions Hit FCPA Follow-On Civil Actions and Say-on-Pay Suits

Among the many litigation threats companies face, a couple of specific kinds of cases have recently emerged: the civil action following on in the wake of an FCPA investigation or enforcement action, and the shareholder suit following after a negative “say on pay” vote. Many companies involved in an FCPA investigation or experiencing a negative … Continue Reading

Big Pharma Bribery Probe Gains Momentum, Spurs Civil Litigation

Since late last year, reports have been circulating that the U.S. government is investigating whether drug companies paid bribes overseas to increase sales and to obtain regulatory approvals. Some firms have now announced that they have reached settlements with enforcement authorities. And now the first civil lawsuit relating to these investigations has been filed, as … Continue Reading

U.K Government Issues Bribery Act Guidance, Sets Effective Date

On March 30, 2011, the U.K. Ministry of Justice released its long-awaited Guidance with respect to The Bribery Act of 2010, detailing the Act’s scope and jurisdictional applicability. The Guidance, which can be found here,  has quickly been criticized in some quarters for “watering down” the Act, particularly with respect to the jurisdictional scope of … Continue Reading

Corruption Enforcement Actions Surge, Follow-On Lawsuits Emerge

Every day seems to bring news of a new or expanded bribery or corruption allegations and enforcement actions. In recent days alone, Avon announced that it was suspending four executives in connection with an internal investigation into alleged bribery in the company’s Chinese operations, and U.S. authorities announced they were joining German and Russian authorities … Continue Reading

Wave of Indictments from Largest Ever FCPA Investigation: More Action Ahead?

Longtime readers know  I have frequently argued that claims related to the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act are a growing source of liability exposure for companies and their senior officials, a stand that has made me the subject of occasional derisive comments. One reader recently suggested to me that I am "obsessive" about … Continue Reading

New Siemens Securities Suit: Did the Company Misprepresent Its Ability to Hit Targets Without Bribery?

More than three years have passed since the first blockbuster revelations about corrupt payments at Siemens, yet litigation arising from the scandal continues to emerge. On December 4, 2009, plaintiffs’ lawyers filed a securities class action lawsuit in the Eastern District of New York against Siemens, based on alleged misrepresentations following initial revelations of the … Continue Reading

New Exposure for Corporate Officials: Control Person Liability for FCPA Violations

A recent SEC enforcement action alleging Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations against Nature’s Sunshine Products and two of its officers may represent a new and disturbing liability threat to corporate officials. The SEC asserted claims directly against the two individuals even though they were not alleged to have either involvement in or knowledge of the … Continue Reading

The D&O Link to FCPA Activity: The Follow-On Civil Lawsuit

For some time, I have been asserting (refer here, for example) that increasing levels of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement activity represents an important development in the world of D&O insurance. During a conversation at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in Chicago this past week, a senior claims executive from one of the leading … Continue Reading