Political Corruption

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Brazil Bribery Scandal Reaches Advertising Agencies

Humans are good at avoidance and can even reach a state of blatant disregard. The corruption news coming out of Brazil is so far-reaching that it is almost numbing....more

The Petrobras Scandal and Corruption of Political Parties Under the FCPA

When does bribery and corruption move from a business issue to a political issue to a national issue? Why should US companies be held to the gold standard of anti-corruption laws? Should the US government even care if US...more

US Imposes Additional Ukraine/Russia- Related Sanctions By Designating Individuals and Entities Pursuant to Executive Orders 13660...

On March 11, 2015, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued further designations pursuant to Executive Order 13660 (EO 13660) and Executive Order 13685 (EO 13685). EO 13660, which was...more

Corruption in America

The focus on the FCPA provides a myopic view of corruption. Bribery of foreign officials is only one slice of the corruption pie. Even though the United States ranks number 19 in Transparency International’s Corruption...more

A Question of Ethics: The Year in Government Ethics

As long as there are governments, there will be government corruption. The temptations to abuse power are never going away, and neither is human frailty, which means government ethics will remain an important issue for, well,...more

"New York Public Corruption Reform Updates"

Numerous endeavors have been undertaken recently to investigate and combat political corruption in New York that could result in more enforcement of political corruption laws in the state. Specifically, this mailing discusses...more

The European Commission Unveils its First EU Anti-Corruption Report, Highlighting the Continuing Risk of Corruption in EU Member...

On February 3, 2014, the European Commission published its first Anti-Corruption Report (the “Report”). The Report covers all types of corruption, including political corruption, bribery of public officials, and private or...more

Weekly Recap – Election News and Trends January 27, 2014

Below is a recap of last week’s election law news and hot topics: Press Release: Presidential Elector Initiative Enters Circulation by California Secretary of State Debra Bowen - January 22 – A new initiative...more

Charges Against Former Virginia Governor McDonnell Brought on by Whistleblower

The media coverage of this week’s announcement that federal prosecutors have charged former Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, with illegally accepting gifts from a wealthy Richmond area businessman...more

Alcoa Subsidiary Pleads Guilty to FCPA Charge, Will Pay $348 Million

On January 9, Alcoa World Alumina LLC, a majority-owned and controlled global alumina sales company of Alcoa Inc., agreed to plead guilty and to pay $223 million in criminal fines and forfeitures to resolve charges that it...more

Canada Is Aboard the Anti-Corruption Express

For many years, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) considered Canada a laggard when it came to anti-corruption enforcement. However, in a recent speech, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John...more

Assassination and Apathy in Lebanon Serve as a Reminder

On December 27, 2013 the Prime Minister of Finance of Lebanon was assassinated. The explosion in the country’s capital, Beirut, left five dead and 50 wounded. Unfortunately, in Lebanon, this kind of event happens so...more

Governor Cuomo Appoints Commission to Investigate Public Corruption

Following through on a promise of action in the event public corruption reforms were not adopted, Governor Cuomo today announced appointment of a 25-member commission to investigate public corruption....more

Corruption In Italy

Italy is a popular destination for tourists and those seeking connection with their Italian roots. (I confess—I married a beautiful and wonderful woman from Sicily, so I am a little biased). ...more

Russia And Corruption: Moving Forward, Backwards Or Side-Stepping (Part I Of II)

My heritage is Russian; I know how Russians think and what makes them tick. Like its literary history, Russians are complex. ...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - April 12, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - FIRM NEWS - FIRM PUBLICATIONS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY - CRIMINAL...more

When Does A Legal Campaign Contribution Become An Illegal Bribe?

On February 14, 2013, in United States v. Terry (6th Cir., No. 11-4130, 2/14/13), the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of an Ohio state judge on charges of honest-services fraud, holding that an otherwise...more

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