Stranger than Fiction: Questions in the FCPA World

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In the world of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), some of the fact scenarios are so preposterous that if they were in a book, labeled as fiction, they would probably be placed on the Science Fiction shelf. I was reminded of the maxim that sometimes life is stranger than fiction when we saw the article “Lawyer for Mexico arm of US drugmaker Baxter recorded allegedly offering payment in lawsuit” by reporter Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, in the Chicago Tribune’s August 17, 2011 edition. While I cannot say that the players came out of central casting, the facts certainly seem to have been dreamed up by a screen writer.

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