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You Be The Judge

August 22, 2017

The game is baseball is simple. You score more runs than your opponent, you win. Your opponent scores more runs than you, you lose. To score runs, batters have to get on base. A batter gets on base by getting a hit, getting hit by a pitch, or getting walked. The worst possible thing a batter can do is strike out. Striking out represents failure by a batter.

Recently, New York Yankees player Aaron Judge set a Major League Baseball record for batter failure. As highlighted here, over the weekend Judge struck out in his 36th consecutive game breaking the record held by a National League pitcher. (For good measure, Judge also struck out on Sunday pushing the record to 37 consecutive games).

By this metric, Judge is a failure as a batter.

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A Seeming Mismatch

August 21, 2017

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement officials frequently invoke national security and foreign affairs when talking about FCPA enforcement

Here are just a few recent quotes:

“We stand at a critical juncture in the fight against transnational corruption.  And the importance of this fight cannot be overstated.  The impact of corruption is unambiguous.  Because of the efforts of prosecutors in countries across the globe—some of them the very definition of high risk—the curtain has been ripped back/ revealing deep-rooted and pervasive corruption up to the highest levels of governance/ and putting on display for the world to see its devastating effects:

The way that corruption undermines the rule of law and destabilizes economies; the link between corruption and terrorism and the attendant threat to global security; the erosion of the free and fair market and, with it, the public’s confidence.” (See here).

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Elevate Your FCPA Knowledge At The FCPA Institute – Indianapolis (Sept. 28-29)

August 19, 2017

Could someone in your firm or organization benefit from a two-day, active learning experience devoted to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act?

If so, please consider the FCPA Institute which is next making a stop in Indianapolis on September 28-29 and hosted by Quarles & Brady.

Since 2014, the FCPA Institute has elevated the FCPA knowledge and practical skills of over 100 diverse professionals through active learning and the below video introduces you to the FCPA Institute; how the FCPA Institute is different than other FCPA conferences; the substantive knowledge and practical skills participants will gain by attending the FCPA Institute; and what prior FCPA Institute “graduates” have said about their experience.

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Checking In On Wal-Mart’s Pre-Enforcement Action Professional Fees And Compliance Enhancements

August 18, 2017

In its recent 2Q FY2018 earnings call presentation Wal-Mart disclosed $12 million in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and compliance related expenses ($7 million for ongoing investigations and inquiries and $5 million for global compliance program and organizational enhancements). The Q2 expenses of $12 million compare to the following recent quarterly expenses (Q1 FY2018 $16 million; Q4 FY2017 $17 million; Q3  FY2017 $29 million; Q2 FY 2017 $28 million, and Q1 FY2017 $25 million).

Doing the math, Wal-Mart’s 2Q FY2018 FCPA and compliance-related costs is approximately $195,000 per working day.

Over the past 5 years, I have tracked Wal-Mart’s quarterly disclosed pre-enforcement action professional fees and expenses. While some pundits ridiculed me for doing so, it quickly caught on as the popular thing to do.

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The Chiquita Enforcement Action – A Bunch Of Bananas With A Slippery Origin

August 18, 2017

[This post is part of a periodic series regarding “old” FCPA enforcement actions]

If you think strict liability enforcement of the FCPA books and records and internal controls provisions is a recent invention, think again.

If you think off-the-rails FCPA enforcement (that is enforcement theories seemingly in conflict with actual legal authority) is a recent invention, think again.

A dubious FCPA enforcement action occurred in 2001 when the SEC announced this administrative cease and desist order finding that Chiquita Brands International Inc. violated the books and records and internal controls provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

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