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DOJ “Piles On” Société Générale And Other Issues To Consider

piling

As highlighted in this prior post, in May the DOJ announced a non-binding policy discouraging “piling on” by instructing DOJ “components to appropriately coordinate with one another and with other enforcement agencies in imposing multiple penalties on a company in relation to investigations of the same misconduct.”

This prior post discussed how discouraging “piling on” sounds great, but it all depends on what “piling on” means.

Specifically, one area in which the DOJ’s policy is FCPA relevant is due to the transnational nature of alleged FCPA violations against foreign companies which may be subject to U.S. law enforcement and foreign law enforcement as well.

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Issues To Consider From The Panasonic Enforcement Action

Issues

This prior post went in-depth into the $280 million Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action against Japan-based Panasonic Corp.  and a U.S. subsidiary Panasonic Avionics Corp. (PAC).

This post continues the analysis by highlighting additional issues to consider.

Timeline

As highlighted in this prior post, Panasonic’s FCPA scrutiny appears to have begun in early 2013. Thus from start to finish, the company’s FCPA scrutiny lasted approximately 5.5 years.

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The Many Issues To Consider From The Dun & Bradstreet Enforcement Action

Issues

Some people simply read FCPA enforcement actions, accept the enforcement theories advanced, record the enforcement statistics, and go about their day.

Not here at FCPA Professor. Just because the FCPA is a fundamentally sound statute, does not mean that FCPA enforcement is necessarily fundamentally sound.

Prior posts here and here went in-depth into the SEC’s $9.2 million Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action against Dun & Bradstreet based on the conduct of two indirect Chinese subsidiaries from 6 – 12 years ago.

This post continues the analysis by highlighting the many troubling or notable issues to consider from the enforcement action.

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Issues To Consider From The Kinross Gold Enforcement Action

Issues

This previous post went in-depth into the recent SEC Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action against Kinross Gold Corp.

Set forth below are additional issues to consider.

Just the Second

The 2016 enforcement action against Nordion was believed to be the first ever FCPA enforcement action against a Canadian company (see here and here for prior posts). The Kinross enforcement action is believed to be just the second.

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The Gray Cloud Of FCPA Scrutiny Lasted Too Long In 2017

Gray Cloud

This recent post highlighted the origins of corporate Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement actions in 2017.

Continuing with the FCPA statistical feast, this post follows the chronology of FCPA scrutiny to FCPA enforcement and highlights one of the most troubling policy issues when it comes to FCPA enforcement.

That is – FCPA scrutiny simply lasts too long. Specifically, as highlighted below, 4.5 years was the median length of time companies that resolved FCPA enforcement actions in 2017 were under scrutiny. (See here for the prior post highlighting that 4.25 years was the media length of time companies that resolved FCPA enforcement actions in 2016 were under scrutiny).

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