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First-ever conviction of a corporation under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act supports U.S. government's expansive interpretation of the term "foreign official"

25 May 2011

Anti-Corruption Alert

The government of the United States in recent years has increased its enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), which prohibits bribery of non-U.S. public officials for commercial advantage. The 10 May 2011 conviction of Lindsey Manufacturing Company marks the first conviction of a corporation under the FCPA. Notably, the conviction supports the U.S. Government's expansive interpretation of the term "foreign official" to include managers and employees of state-owned enterprises.



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