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Former President of Maryland-Based Transportation Company Indicted on 11 Counts Related to Foreign Bribery,...

Mark Lambert, a former co-president of a Maryland-based transportation company that provides services for the transportation of nuclear materials to customers in the United States and abroad, has been charged with violating the FCPA, wire fraud, and international promotion of money laundering. According to the indictment, between 2009 and 2014, Lambert made bribery and kickback payments to offshore […]
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DOJ Investigates Efforts by Barclay’s CEO to Identify Whistleblower

The Department of Justice is investigating whether the efforts of Barclay Chief Executive Office Joes Staley identify a company whistleblower violated the Dodd Frank Act’s whistleblower protections. More at Whistleblower Lawyer News
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Washington River Protection Solutions Agrees to Pay $5.275 Million to Settle False Overtime and...

Washington River Protection Solutions LLC will pay $5.275 million to settle allegations that it knowingly submitted false claims to the Department of Energy for overtime and premium pay and failed to comply with the contract’s internal audit requirements. The government alleged that, upon being awarded the contract, WRPS was advised by law enforcement of specific […]
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Creating a Code of Ethics and Conduct

Companies that sell goods and services to the U.S. government should have a written code of business ethics and conduct that declares to all stakeholders the contractor’s intent to do business with integrity. Properly implemented, such a code will help guide ethical decision-making and instill the company’s mission, values, and standards into its employees. Commentary by […]
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Fifth Circuit Holds Public Disclosure Bar Is No Longer Jurisdictional, Affirms Summary Judgment on...

The Fifth Circuit recently affirmed a decision granting summary judgment to BP in relation to an FCA lawsuit filed by a former employee in relation to an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The employee alleged BP did not have all the necessary documentation for the rig and that many of the documents the […]
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Halliburton’s Pursuit of Oil Contracts from Angolan Government Results in $29 Million FCPA Penalty

On July 27, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged the Halliburton Company and a former Halliburton Vice President and manager of business operations in Angola with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act’s books and records and internal accounting controls provisions as part of a scheme to secure profitable oil contracts with the Angolan state […]
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Ninth Circuit Clarifies Import of Escobar in False Claims Act Litigation by Jones Day

The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in U.S. ex rel. Rose v. Stephens Inst., No. 17-15111, could significantly cabin the potential scope of liability under the federal FCA by limiting when claims for government payment can be considered “false” and thus a basis for liability. Some claims are false on their face because, for example, they bill […]
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Electronic Health Records Vendor to Pay $155 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

Electronic health records software provider eClinicalWorks and three of its co-founders will pay a total of $155 million to resolve a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging that ECW misrepresented the capabilities of its software. The settlement also resolves allegations that ECW paid kickbacks to certain customers in exchange for promoting its product. The government alleged […]
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Cognizant Filing Says India Bribe Investigation Costs Top $60 million

In its latest filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, IT firm Cognizant noted that it incurred $36 million in costs related to an investigation into bribery in India, increasing its total costs to $63 million. The investigation also concluded the bribes were paid over a longer period of time than first suggested. The firm […]
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Australia: ACCC’s Enforcement and Compliance Priorities for 2018

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released its enforcement and compliance priorities for 2018. Those priorities include cartel prosecutions; anti-competitive conduct in the construction, financial services, agriculture and energy sectors; and consumer protections. Read the full post at Baker McKenzie
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