Looking Back on Johnny Winter and GSK’s 2001 China Bribery Scandal

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Johnny Winter died yesterday. He was one of the greatest rock and roll guitarists of all-time. As posted in Rolling Stone’s online article “Johnny Winter, Texas Blues Guitar Icon, Dead at 70” by Kory Grow, Winter “was born in Beaumont, Texas in 1944 and rose to prominence in his early 20s after a Rolling Stone cover story on Texas music in December 1968. Weiterlesen

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EEOC v. Boh Brothers: Conservative Fifth Circuit Endorses Gender Stereotyping Theory in Same-Sex Title VII Sex Discrimination Cases

Spring 14In September 2013, in EEOC v. Boh Bros. Construction Co., the en banc Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that same-sex sexual harassment in the workplace that is based on gender stereotyping is barred by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. By virtue of this ruling by this conservative court, this is now the law in virtually every circuit (By Jon D. Bible) Weiterlesen

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Mergers and Acquisitions Under the FCPA, Part III

Art 10Today I conclude my three-part series on mergers and acquisitions under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) with a review of the post-acquisition phase. Weiterlesen

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Mergers and Acquisitions Under the FCPA, Part II

IMG_1415Yesterday I began a three part series on mergers and acquisitions under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). In Part I, I reviewed what you should accomplish in the pre-acquisition stage. Today I want to look at what you should do with the information that you obtain in your pre-acquisition compliance due diligence. Weiterlesen

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Mergers and Acquisitions Under the FCPA, Part I

Spring 9Today, I begin a three-part series on mergers and acquisitions under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Today I will review the pre-acquisition phase, focusing the information and issues you should review, tomorrow in Part II, I will look at how you should use that information in the evaluation process and in Part III, I will consider steps you should take in the post-acquisition phase. Weiterlesen

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Mid-Year FCPA Report, Part II

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Today, I continue my look at what I think were some of the most significant highlights from the first half of 2014 relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Yesterday, the focus was on corporate and individual enforcement. Today we review a very rare court of appeals decision on whether a state-owned enterprise is covered by the FCPA; yet another surprising result in an opinion release and finally take a look at some real world examples of why the FCPA is such a powerful and positive law for US companies doing business overseas. Weiterlesen

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In Due Diligence and World Cup Bids: Follow the Money

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For those watching the 2104 World Cup, this year’s tournament has certainly been spectacular, from the US reaching the round of 16, the incredible goals scored by Robbie Van Persie and Tim Cahill, to yesterday’s heartbreak for Mexico, who led until the 88th minute, only to be tied and then loose in stoppage time to the Netherlands, this year’s event has been one for the ages. Weiterlesen

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Common Sense in the Definition of ‘Instrumentality’ Under the FCPA

In what can only be called a judicial decision based on common sense the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, in an opinion released on May 16, upheld the convictions of Joel Esquenazi and Carlos Rodriguez for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and certain US anti-money laundering (AML) laws.

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SEC Sanctions Company for Whistleblower Retaliation

Spring 13

I drove my daughter to the airport today for her summer exchange program in Spain. On the way she asked me what I was going to blog about tomorrow and I told her whistleblowers. She was not familiar with that term so I explained it to her and her response was ‘Oh you mean a snitch’ which she then followed up with ‘Dad, nobody likes a tattletale.’ I digested these cheery thoughts for a few moments and I realized if that is what a 17 year old thinks about a person who tries to inform the appropriate parties of concerns, we still have quite a ways to go in this area.

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The Magna Carta and Scrutiny of Your Compliance Program

Yesterday, June 15was Father’s Day so for allus fathers out there, it was our day and I hope that you enjoyed and cherished it. It was also the anniversary of what I believe was one of the greatest achievements in Anglo jurisprudence, the signing of the Magna Carta, by King John and the Barons who opposed his tyranny. 

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