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Just Don’t Call It Bribery


Here in Packerland, there is much angst over the apparent reluctance of Aaron Rodgers to return to the Green Bay Packers as quarterback.

This is no small matter as Rodgers is the reigning NFL MVP and … well … this is Packerland.

Some Packer fans are not sitting on the sidelines as passive observers. For instance, Mr. Brews Taphouse is offering Rodgers (along with his fiance) free burgers and beer for life if he agrees to finish his career with the Packers.

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Friday Roundup


Just don’t call it bribery, help wanted at the DOJ, and SEC names a new enforcement director. It’s all here in the Friday roundup.

Just Don’t Call It Bribery

Even though this past January’s presidential inauguration was substantially scaled down from prior inaugurations because of COVID, according to this article President Biden’s inaugural committee raised $61.8 million for the televised virtual event.

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It All Depends On What The “B’ Word Means


Put on your Foreign Corrupt Practices Act goggles for this and assess whether there is any FCPA risk given the below scenario.

An apparel company senses a new niche business opportunity and reaches out to potential (largely government associated) customers and sends individuals associated with the potential customers hundreds (if not thousands of dollars) of free company product. The shipment to one potential customer “was so large that the FedEx guy [who delivered the product] asked if it was a fraud-type situation because so many boxes were coming to a residential house.”

Separately, the apparel company (and another company with a clear business interest in the decision) “dangle donations of up to $100,000 in product” to quasi-government associations to influence decisions that benefit the company’s interest.

FCPA risk?

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It All Depends What The “B” Word Means


Often times, discussion of complex legal or public policy issues is clouded by simplistic rhetoric and narrative spinning.

Just don’t bribe. A zero tolerance for bribery.

Sounds good and to be sure in certain FCPA Act enforcement actions the simplistic rhetoric and narrative is actually true. For instance, Siemens had a “corporate culture in which bribery was tolerated and even rewarded at the highest levels of the company.” Odebrech/Braskem maintained a business unit that allegedly “served as little more than a bribe-paying department for the benefit of Odebrecht and Braskem.”

Yet in many other FCPA enforcement actions – and the FCPA compliance discussion generally – cliches like “just don’t bribe” and a “zero tolerance for bribery” are overly simplistic because it all depends on what the “b” word means.

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Big Tech, George Mason’s Global Antitrust Institute, And The FCPA


Certain Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement actions have involved “foreign officials” attending seminars or other educational events in desirable locations. (See herehere, here, here, here), While at the event, the “foreign officials” are treated to fancy dinners, alcohol and other fun things.

The above makes this recent New York Times article titled “Big Tech Funds a Think Tank Pushing for Fewer Rules. For Big Tech” interesting.

According to the article:

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