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Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. - Summary of Law Enforcement Action

October 26, 2006, Just Anti-Corruption

On October 10, 2006, SSI International Far East Ltd. (SSI Korea), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc. (SSI), was charged with conspiracy, bribery in violation of the FCPA, wire fraud, and aiding and abetting the making of false entries in SSI‘s books and records.

Statoil ASA - Summary of Law Enforcement Action

October 14, 2006, Just Anti-Corruption

Following a series of negotiations with the Iranian official in 2001 and 2002, Statoil entered into a "consulting contract" with an offshore intermediary company. The purpose of that consulting contract—which called for the payment of more than $15 million over 11 years—was to induce the Iranian official to use his influence to assist Statoil in obtaining a contract to develop portions of the South Pars field and to open doors to additional Iranian oil and gas projects in the future.

Bribery of a Senior Iraqi Police Official - Summary of Law Enforcement Action

August 04, 2006, Just Anti-Corruption

Faheem Mousa Salam admitted that in January 2006, while working in Baghdad as a civilian translator for a U.S. army subcontractor, he offered a senior Iraqi police official $60,000 in exchange for the official's assistance in facilitating the purchase of 1,000 armored vests and a sophisticated map printer for a sales price of approximately $1 million.

ABB Ltd. - Summary of Law Enforcement Action

July 22, 2006, Just Anti-Corruption

On June 22, 2004, one U.S. and one U.K. subsidiary of ABB Ltd., a Swiss company, were charged with two counts of bribery in violation of the FCPA in connection with oil construction projects in Nigeria.

Oil States International Inc. - Summary of Law Enforcement Action

April 27, 2006, Just Anti-Corruption

From 2003 through 2004, Oil States International Inc., through certain employees of one of its subsidiaries, Hydraulic Well Control LLC, provided approximately $348,350 in improper payments to employees of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., an energy company owned by the government of Venezuela.

Oil States International Inc. - Summary of Law Enforcement Action

April 27, 2006, Just Anti-Corruption

On April 27, 2006, the SEC instituted settled administrative proceedings against Oil States, whereby the company was ordered to cease-and-desist from future violations of the FCPA. No disgorgement or civil penalties were ordered.

Tyco International Ltd. - Summary of Law Enforcement Action

April 17, 2006, Just Anti-Corruption

In 1998, Tyco International Ltd. acquired Earth Tech Brazil notwithstanding the fact that it knew Earth Tech had made various illegal payments to Brazilian officials to obtain business.

Bribery of Liberian Officials for False Accreditation of Academic Institutions - Summary of Law Enforcement Action

March 21, 2006, Just Anti-Corruption

In a superseding information filed on March 20, 2006, Richard John Novak was charged with one count of bribery in violation of the FCPA and an additional count of conspiracy to bribe foreign officials, to commit mail fraud, and to commit wire fraud.

Diagnostic Products Corporation - Summary of Law Enforcement Action

May 20, 2005, Just Anti-Corruption

From late 1991 through December 2002, DPC (Tianjin) Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Diagnostic Products Corporation (DPC), paid approximately $1.6 million in bribes in the form of illegal "commissions" to physicians and laboratory personnel employed by government-owned hospitals in the People's Republic of China (PRC) in exchange for agreements that the hospitals would obtain DPC Tianjin's products and services.

Micrus Corporation - Summary of Law Enforcement Action

March 02, 2005, Just Anti-Corruption

Between January 2002 and August 2004, in connection with sales to public and private medical facilities in some of those countries, Micrus entered into several types of arrangements with doctors, pursuant to which the doctors used or promoted Micrus products in exchange for payments, commissions or honoraria.