For the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act lawyer who has everything – here’s a gift idea: A framed image of the 1977 foreign anti-bribery statute, signed by President Jimmy Carter.
The Justice Department unearthed the original Public Law No. 95-213, signed on Dec. 19, 1977, from the National Archives. It is now on display here on the Justice Department Fraud Section’s FCPA website.
Then-Speaker of the House Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill (D-Mass.) also signed the 1977 statute along with then-Senate acting President Pro Tempore Lee Metcalf (D-Mont.)
There’s more: The Fraud Section has also added an image of the original Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 to its website. Buried inside the massive legislation are the 1988 amendments to the FCPA. Public Law 100-418 was signed by President Ronald Reagan, House Speaker Jim Wright (D-Texas), and Senate President Pro Tem John Stennis (D-Miss.)
Finally, an image of the law enacting the 1998 amendments to the FCPA to bring the United States into conformity with Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s new Anti-Bribery Convention has been uploaded. President William J. Clinton’s signature is at the bottom, under the large scrawl of Sen. Strom Thurmond, the legendary South Carolina Republican then serving as president pro tem of the Senate.
In other news, the Fraud Section has added FCPA cases going back to 1977. The cases can be accessed here.
Previously this “Related Enforcement Actions” section of the website listed cases only back to 1998. The Justice Department had compiled those cases in response to data requirements of the OECD’s Anti-Bribery Convention, which was signed on Dec. 17, 1997 by the United States and 32 other nations. Now, the department has gone back to fill in the pre-1998 cases.