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Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement As Seen Through Wal-Mart’s Potential Exposure

I am pleased to share my article “Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement As Seen Through Wal-Mart’s Potential Exposure” recently published in the Bloomberg BNA White Collar Crime Report.

The abstract is as follows.

High-profile instances of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act scrutiny focus attention on the law and its enforcement across a broad spectrum. In spring 2012, arguably the most high-profile instance of scrutiny in the FCPA’s 35-year history occurred as Wal-Mart’s alleged conduct in Mexico dominated the news cycle. Wal-Mart’s scrutiny has been instructive in many ways at a key point in time for the FCPA. The article uses Wal-Mart’s potential FCPA exposure as a prism to view the current FCPA enforcement environment.

Among the issues discussed in the article are the following: whether Congress intended in passing the FCPA to capture the type of payments at issue in Wal-Mart; what caselaw instructs as to the payments; whether what Congress intended or what courts have concluded even matters; the impact of Wal-Mart’s scrutiny on the company as well as industry peers; and the politicization of Wal-Mart’s scrutiny and its impact on FCPA reform.

The complete article can be downloaded here.

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