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Friday Roundup

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Checking in on Wal-Mart, DOJ “declinations,” another installment of as we say not as we do, scrutiny alerts, and cashing in. It’s all here in the Friday roundup.

Wal-Mart

In its recent 2Q FY2017 earnings call presentation Wal-Mart disclosed $28 million in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and compliance related expenses ($23 million for ongoing investigations and inquiries and $5 million for global compliance program and organizational enhancements). The Q2 expenses of $28 million are higher than the Q1 expenses of $25 million.

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Friday Roundup

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Scrutiny alerts and updates, sentenced, asset recovery, to FCPA Inc., across the pond, quotable and for the reading stack.

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Scrutiny Alerts and Updates

Grupo Televisa

This Wall Street Journal article concerns Grupo Televisa SAB, a Mexican broadcaster with shares traded on the NYSE. According to the article:

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A Q&A Regarding “A Common Language to Remedy Distorted FCPA Enforcement Statistics”

Q&A

My article “A Common Language to Remedy Distorted FCPA Enforcement Statistics” (click here to download) was recently published in the Rutgers Law Review.

The article discusses how various FCPA Inc. participants have adopted creative and haphazard counting methods that infect the quality and reliability of FCPA enforcement and related statistics of interest to many in the legal and business communities. The article also highlights how the lack of an FCPA common language has several negative effects including the quality of FCPA lawyering, the quality of empirical FCPA research, and the quality of FCPA reporting by the media.

The article concludes by proposing a FCPA common language that can improve the quality and reliability of FCPA statistics and thus allow a more cogent conversation to take place regarding FCPA issues.

I elaborate on various issues discussed in the article in a Q&A recently published in Bloomberg BNA’s White Collar Crime Report – “How a Common Language for the FCPA Would Help all Participants” (May 13, 2016).

The Q&A is set forth below.

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Friday Roundup

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DOJ seeks legislative changes, a focus on FCPA Inc., credit ratings, across the pond, scrutiny update, and for the reading stack.

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DOJ Seeks Legislative Changes

The DOJ’s efforts to eradicate corruption and bribery is broader than just Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement and includes: “public integrity prosecutions, bribery prosecutions, prosecutions of taxpayers who seek to conceal foreign accounts, money laundering prosecutions, [and its] Kleptocracy Initiative.”

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