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Impasse, quotable, scrutiny alerts, um excuse me but, and for the reading stack. It’s all here in the Friday roundup.

Impasse

Walmart’s FCPA scrutiny began in late 2011. Yet, nearly seven years later there still has not been an enforcement action.

Bloomberg reports: “Walmart Inc. set aside nearly $300 million last fall for a possible resolution with the U.S. government over international bribery allegations, a sign that an end to the years-long investigation was imminent. But eight months later, the sides are deadlocked, three people familiar with the matter said. It’s not about the money: One source of tension is prosecutors’ insistence that Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, admit to certain misconduct as part of any deal, one of the people said.”

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FCPA Flash Podcast – A Conversation With Bradley Bondi Regarding His Recent FCPA Relevant House Testimony

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The FCPA Flash podcast provides in an audio format the same fresh, candid, and informed commentary about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and related topics as readers have come to expect from written posts on FCPA Professor.

This FCPA Flash episode is a conversation with Bradley Bondi (Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP). As highlighted in this recent post, Bondi testified at a House hearing titled “Ensuring Effectiveness, Fairness, and Transparency in Securities Law Enforcement” that touched upon several FCPA relevant issues. In the podcast, Bondi elaborates on certain of these issues including: disgorgement and statute of limitation issues. In addition, based on his comment during the hearing that “few would consider a local police force successful in deterring crime if it announced record numbers of arrests year after year,” Bondi opines whether the FCPA is being successful in accomplishing its objectives.

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Kokesh – One Year Later

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As highlighted in this previous post, on June 5, 2017 in Kokesh v. SEC the Supreme Court unanimously rejected the SEC’s position and held that disgorgement “in the securities-enforcement context is a ‘penalty’ within the meaning of [28 U.S.C.] 2462 and so disgorgement actions must be commenced within five years of the date the claim accrues.”

Although Kokesh was not a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action, it most certainly was FCPA relevant because ever since the SEC first sought a disgorgement remedy in an FCPA enforcement action in 2004, disgorgement has become the dominant remedy sought by the SEC in corporate FCPA enforcement actions.

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House Holds Hearing On FCPA Relevant Issues

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Last week, the House Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment held a hearing titled “Ensuring Effectiveness, Fairness, and Transparency in Securities Law Enforcement.”

Several of the issues discussed at the hearing were Foreign Corrupt Practices Act relevant such as disgorgement, statute of limitations and tolling agreements, the long time periods associated with issuer scrutiny, and “regulation by enforcement.”

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Issues To Consider From The Legg Mason Enforcement Action

Issues

This previous post went in-depth into the DOJ’s recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action against Legg Mason. This post continues the analysis by highlighting additional issues to consider.

SEC Enforcement Action Is Forthcoming

Given Legg Mason’s recent disclosure (see here for the prior post), it was a bit of a surprise that this week’s enforcement action included only a DOJ component. FCPA enforcement actions against issuers that involve a DOJ and SEC component are almost always announced on the same day.

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