The Illinois maintenance and repair supply company W. W. Grainger Inc. reported Thursday that the Justice Department has closed its investigation of the company over foreign bribery allegations, according to a quarterly report.
Few surprises in a list compiled by Reuters: Most are former top Bush I and II-era Justice Department officials.
George Terwilliger served as Deputy Attorney General under George H.W. Bush in the early 1990s.
In a paper rolled out at Wednesday’s 13th Annual Legal Reform Summit at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, prominent practitioners called for the Justice Department to give more public information about its decisions not to prosecute corporations for white collar crimes.
But rather than stress broad FCPA reform, the business lobby this year is focusing on the subsidiary issue of prosecution declinations, while also spotlighting hard-ball “exclusion” tactics used against companies in health care fraud enforcement.
Advocates of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act reform returned to Capitol Hill on Friday to press their case, signalling that business interests haven’t given up on persuading Congress eventually to amend the statute despite recent adverse publicity over such foreign bribery cases as Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
After two mistrials, the prosecution seems hapless. But the evidence that might have convinced the juries lay on the cutting room floor.
At the newly merged Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), David Green’s firmly delineated the separate roles of investigators and prosecutors. It remains to be seen what his appointment augurs for the SFO.
While many companies are adopting outright bans on facilitation payments, such policies do not address demand.
The inquiry dates back to 2005, when the company’s auditors discovered suspect contracts that may violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Critics of current FCPA enforcement policies want the department to support amendments to the law.
The Hungarian company is in talks with U.S. authorities to resolve a foreign bribery investigation.
A foreign bribery defendant and his former employer battle over legal bills.
The board at the Hungarian telecom firm approved an agreement in principle with the SEC. The company is still in talks with the DOJ.
Mukasey will lend the weight of a federal judge and former top law enforcement official to the debate over the 33-year-old foreign bribery law as a political storm brews around the statute.
Vivian Robinson’s departure also comes amid uncertainty about whether the SFO will survive a government shake-up of its law enforcement apparatus.
Staffers were told not to commit to anything.
The event comes amid a lobbying push for legislative changes to the FCPA and is being sponsored by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Federalist Society and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The case has the trappings of an FCPA soap opera: previously undisclosed documents revealing internal DOJ disagreements over the case, squabbling between a major Washington firm and local counsel over legal fees, and the future of a man described by his attorney as a “whistleblower.”
One day after guidance on the anti-corruption law, two ministries spar over the statute’s reach.
Five former Justice Department officials and federal prosecutors made the list.
The move comes amid uncertainty about the future of the Serious Fraud Office.
“I don’t understand why they don’t have the guidance out,” said Charlie Montieth, the former chief policy adviser at the Serious Fraud Office.
Chief policy adviser Charlie Monteith was appointed as counsel at White & Case LLP’s London office.
AT&T’s general counsel proposed to expand the universe of employees who could be considered culpable in a securities investigation – and thereby excluded from receiving a whistleblower bounty.
The law firm White & Case LLP coordinated the letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission, which was also signed by two advocacy groups.
The company said in a securities filing Thursday it is in talks with the DOJ and SEC to settle the case.
The debate over a leniency program came the same day the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a paper calling on Congress to reform the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
In June, the Supreme Court found that a section of the law making it a crime to deprive others of “the intangible right of honest services” was unconstitutionally vague.
Criminal defense lawyers with Foreign Corrupt Practices Act experience on their resumes are much in demand as the Department of Justice steps up its enforcement.
BEST FCPA LAWYERS PRACTICE GROUP OF THE YEAR. Main Justice held an awards luncheon in Washington, D.C., to honor top firms in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act arena. This video shows announcement of the finalists and winner in the Practice Group of the Year category.
"I am not going to respond to what I view as the ad hominem attack on this prosecutor." -- Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Malis in response to remarks from then-private attorney Eric Holder.