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Issues To Consider From The Juniper Networks Enforcement Action

Issues

This prior post highlighted the SEC’s $11.7 million Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action against Juniper Networks. This post continues the analysis by highlighting additional issues to consider.

Timeline

As highlighted in this prior post, Juniper Networks disclosed its FCPA scrutiny in mid-2013. Thus, from start to finish the company’s FCPA scrutiny lasted an unconscionable six years.

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FCPA Flash Podcast – A Conversation With Lucinda Low

FCPA Flash

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 Lucinda Low (Steptoe & Johnson). During the podcast, the experienced FCPA practitioner: (i) provides an assessment of 2019 FCPA enforcement; (ii) discusses the long time periods associated with FCPA scrutiny; (iii) explores the broadness of FCPA enforcement specifically the FCPA’s accounting provisions; and (iv) highlights why she believes the FCPA should be amended to include a compliance defense.

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Issues To Consider From The Microsoft Enforcement Action

Issues

This prior post went in-depth into the recent Microsoft Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action and this post continues the analysis by highlighting additional issues to consider.

Timeline

As highlighted in this prior post, Microsoft was reportedly under FCPA scrutiny in various countries since early 2013. Thus, from start to finish the various facets of the company’s FCPA scrutiny lasted an unconscionable 6.5 years. If the DOJ and SEC want their FCPA enforcement programs to be viewed as credible and effective, they must resolve instances of FCPA scrutiny much quicker.

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The Underwhelming Walmart Enforcement Action

Wal-Mart

Last week Walmart resolved its long-standing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act scrutiny by agreeing to pay approximately $283 million to the DOJ/SEC (see here and here for prior posts).

$283 million is $283 million.

However, as highlighted in this post (a post informed by FCPA practice experience including conducting FCPA internal investigations around the world and having read and analyzed every FCPA enforcement action in the 40+ year history of the FCPA), the actual allegations / findings in the enforcement action are truly underwhelming and bear little resemblance to the “bribery” and “corruption” headlines that have been written by various media outlets in recent days.

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Approximately 7.5 Years After Disclosing FCPA Scrutiny, Walmart FINALLY Resolves FCPA Enforcement Action

Wal-Mart

As highlighted in this prior post, in late 2011 Walmart disclosed that it began “an internal investigation into whether certain matters, including permitting, licensing and inspections, were in compliance” with the FCPA.

So began arguably one of the most high-profile instances of corporate scrutiny in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. history. The scrutiny FINALLY came to an end yesterday as the DOJ and SEC announced (here and here) a coordinated $282 million enforcement action. As highlighted in this prior post, Walmart disclosed this likely settlement amount in November 2017,  yet it still took approximately 1.5 additional years to formally resolve the matter.

This post summarizes the DOJ and SEC’s enforcement action concerning alleged improper conduct in the following countries: Mexico, Brazil, India and China.  Future posts will explore numerous other issues relevant to the enforcement action.

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