James Dowden

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SEC Charges Australian Mining Company for FCPA Violations Arising from Its Hospitality Program at the 2008 Beijing Olympics

On May 20, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced a $25 million settlement with Australian mining company BHP Billiton (the "Company") to resolve Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) charges...more

5/21/2015 - Australia Bribery China Corporate Counsel Enforcement Actions FCPA Government Officials Olympics SEC

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement Activity: 2013 Year in Review and 2014 Preview

The 2013 calendar year saw several significant developments in the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) combined...more

3/28/2014 - Compliance DOJ Enforcement Enforcement Actions FCPA SEC

SEC Enters Into First Deferred Prosecution Agreement with an Individual

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) announced on Tuesday that it entered into its first Deferred Prosecution Agreement (“DPA” or “Agreement”) with an individual in connection with a possible...more

11/18/2013 - Compliance Deferred Prosecution Agreements Enforcement Non-Prosecution Agreements SEC

Fourth Circuit Oral Argument Considers Questions Concerning Constitutionally Problematic FCA Fines

The Fourth Circuit recently heard oral argument in United States ex rel. Bunk v. Gosselin World Wide Moving (12-1369). During oral argument, the panel explored, among other issues, how to calculate fines under the FCA when...more

6/13/2013 - Bid Rigging Eighth Amendment Excessive Fines Clause False Claims Act Fines Price-Fixing

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