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Top Ten FCPA Recoveries of 2020

Posted  01/27/21
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2020 was a blockbuster year in the U.S. government’s battle against companies and individuals enmeshed in foreign bribery schemes.  The list of 2020's largest settlements involving charges under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) includes many substantial recoveries. In 2020 the government recovered billions of dollars in settlement of claims under the FCPA, building on substantial recoveries just last...

Top Ten Healthcare Fraud Recoveries of 2020

Posted  01/5/21
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Consistent with the trend in prior years, the bulk of the Justice Department’s fraud and false claims recoveries in 2019 stemmed from healthcare fraud matters, and with the Biden administration eyeing a bigger role for the federal government in our healthcare system, this trend is likely to accelerate. Most of the funds recovered arose from cases originated by whistleblowers under the qui tam provisions of the False...

2020 Whistleblower of the Year Candidate – Sophie Zhang

Posted  01/4/21
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Facebook, the world’s largest social media platform, regularly has been criticized for its inaction when it comes to tackling foreign interference and disinformation campaigns. This year, Facebook came under fire yet again when employee Sophie Zhang recounted in a departing memo shared companywide, which later was leaked to the press, that Facebook ignored widespread global political manipulation on its platform and...

2020 Whistleblower of the Year Candidate – Xavier Justo

Posted  12/18/20
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In 2018, headlines circulated the globe when the election results in Malaysia saw the former Prime Minister Najib Razak’s fall from power, and the investigation into the 1MDB scandal was finally reopened. It is estimated that over $4.5 billion dollars was embezzled from a government-run strategic development fund. Vast sums were borrowed through government bonds and siphoned into bank accounts in the US,...

Catch of the Week: Vitol to Pay $163 Million to Settle Criminal and Civil Charges Related to Oil Bidding in Brazil, Mexico, and Ecuador

Posted  12/11/20
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This week’s Catch of the Week highlights the participation of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in the settlement of an international bribery and kickback scandal involving Vitol Inc., a member of the Vitol Group, the world’s largest privately owned oil and gas trading firm.  As part of the settlement, Vitol will pay $90 million in fines to the DOJ, $45 million to Brazilian authorities, and at least...

Mary Inman talks about whistleblowers as forward indicators of risk for their employers on “What Does It Profit?” podcast

Posted  12/4/20
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On November 11, 2020, Dr. Dawn Carpenter and Constantine Cannon partner Mary Inman discussed what happens when employees’ serious concerns go unheeded by company management on the What Does It Profit podcast. The podcast kicked off with Mary discussing whistleblowers as a valuable resource for companies’ management, as well as the challenges whistleblowers and companies face when wrongdoings are reported. Mary...

Mary Inman and Tom Mueller discuss whistleblowers and ethics in the workplace at Integrity at Work Week conference

Posted  12/4/20
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On November 23, 2020, Constantine Cannon partner and head of the firm’s international whistleblower practice, Mary Inman, interviewed the author of “Crisis of Conscience: Whistleblowing in an Age of Fraud”, Tom Mueller, at the Integrity at Work Week conference organized by Transparency International Ireland. The discussions started off with Tom describing common misapprehensions about whistleblowing and...

Constantine Cannon partner Mary Inman and Nick Gallo, Co-CEO of ComplianceLine, discuss whistleblowing in the US and around the globe

Posted  11/6/20
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On October 26, 2020, international whistleblower lawyer, Mary Inman, joined Nick Gallo, CEO of ComplianceLine, on a podcast “The Ethics Experts,” which is part of the Compliance Podcast Network. Discussions commenced with Mary explaining the various US whistleblower reward programs (CFTCSECIRS, and the False Claims Act). She then described the vital role whistleblower lawyers play in guiding...

In an Effort to Curb Corruption, U.S. and Brazil Update Trade Agreement by Strengthening Whistleblower Protections

Posted  11/5/20
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On October 19, 2020, the U.S. and Brazil signed a Protocol on trade rules and transparency, updating their 2011 Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation (ATEC). The Protocol includes three annexes – one of which comprises cutting-edge provisions that are at the very forefront of recent developments in the area of whistleblower protection. Article 3 of Annex III provides specific obligations in line with both...

Catch of the Week: Goldman Sachs Agrees to Pay Over $2.9 Billion in Foreign Bribery Case

Posted  10/23/20
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The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and its Malaysian subsidiary have admitted to conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by engaging in a scheme to pay more than $1.6 billion in bribes to foreign officials in exchange for lucrative contracts.  According to Goldman’s admissions and court documents, Goldman paid these bribes to foreign officials in Malaysia and Abu Dhabi in order to obtain and retain...
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