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Trial Underscores Seedy Past and Present of German Arms Industry

January 18, 2010, Just Anti-Corruption

The remnants of one of Germany's more embarrassing political scandals will be exposed this week, when former arms trader and lobbyist Karlheinz Schreiber goes on trial for tax evasion. in addition to the trial's tabloid flair, it is sure to reignite the conversation about ongoing corruption within Germany's arms industry.

Guest Contributor: New SEC Rules

January 15, 2010, Just Anti-Corruption

Does this really go beyond the powers the SEC already has? If cooperation is offered, couldn't the agency now decide not to proceed? Is this new initiative offered for a symbolic purpose?

Back Where It All Began

January 15, 2010, Just Anti-Corruption

The latest turn of the screw in the Texaco environmental damage case took place yesterday in New York District Court, the place where the saga began over 17 years ago.

Why Did PBS&J Self-Disclose?

January 15, 2010, Just Anti-Corruption

The events at PBSJ over the last two weeks are intriguing and it's a head-scratching question why so many companies, like PBSJ, voluntarily disclose initial results of a yet to be completed internal investigation which merely suggest that the FCPA may have been violated.

Alleged Colombian Drug Trafficker Sanctioned

January 14, 2010, Just Anti-Corruption

Alleged Colombian drug trafficker Ramon Quintero Sanclemente was sanctioned Thursday by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), a Treasury Department news release said.

An FCPA for Google and the Internet?

January 14, 2010, Just Anti-Corruption

The Google v. China flap continues unabated. Amid the din, US lawmakers want to rekindle support for the the Global Online Freedom Act (GOFA), a law left for dead in 2006 that would make it more difficult for US-based information technology firms to work in countries that prohibit the expression of political and religious views online.

FCPA Professor's Take on SEC Changes

January 14, 2010, Just Anti-Corruption

While not FCPA specific, these measures as applied to FCPA enforcement are likely to lead to even less judicial scrutiny (not that there is much judicial scrutiny at present) as to SEC interpretations of the FCPA and as to whether factual evidence actually exists to support each element of an FCPA charge.

The Serious Fraud Office Gets Even More Serious

January 14, 2010, Just Anti-Corruption

After last week's news that corruption-plagued Iraq plans on joining the Extractive Industries Initiative--a group of governments, companies, investors and NGOs that publishes guidelines for transparency in the oil, gas and mining sectors and expects member countries to disclose tax and royalty information--it's probably no surprise that this week, details of another scandal surfaced.

Former Fraud Section Chief Headed to Weil Gotshal

January 14, 2010, Just Anti-Corruption

Steven Tyrrell, the former chief of the Justice Department's Fraud Section, will join Weil, Gotshal & Manges' Washington office in February, the firm said on Thursday.

SEC Appoints FCPA Unit Chief

January 14, 2010, Just Anti-Corruption

Agency veteran Cheryl J. Scarboro will head the new Foreign Corrupt Practices team.