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Cobalt International Energy said the Department of Justice does not intend to recommend any enforcement action after looking into potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act related to Cobalt's operations in Angola. The SEC reached a similar conclusion last year when it closed its investigation. Jaclyn Jaegerreports.
The U.K. Serious Fraud Office has commenced an investigation into the activities of ABB’s U.K. subsidiaries, their officers, employees, and agents for suspected offenses of bribery and corruption. Jaclyn Jaegerhas more.
Panasonic, a Japanese multinational electronics company, today issued a statement disclosing that it’s being investigated for potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Jaclyn Jaegerreports.
The Securities and Exchange Commission last week charged two former executives at Och-Ziff Capital Management Group with being the driving forces behind a far-reaching bribery scheme that violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Jaclyn Jaegerreports.
Las Vegas Sands agreed to pay a $6.96 million criminal penalty to resolve the government’s investigation into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. This resolution is in addition to the $9 million related civil penalty paid to the SEC in April. Jaclyn Jaegerreports.
Without admitting or denying the findings, asset management BlackRock agreed to pay a $340,000 penalty to settle charges that it improperly used separation agreements in which exiting employees were forced to waive their ability to obtain whistleblower awards. Jaclyn Jaegerreports.
Without admitting or denying any wrongdoing, General Motors has agreed to pay a $1 million civil penalty to resolve charges that deficient internal accounting controls prevented the company from properly assessing the potential impact on its financial statements of a defective ignition switch found in some vehicles. Jaclyn Jaegerreports.
Medical-device company Orthofix International has agreed to admit wrongdoing and pay more than $14 million to settle SEC charges that it improperly booked revenue in certain instances and made improper payments to doctors at government-owned hospitals in Brazil in order to increase sales. Jaclyn Jaegerreports.
Drug company Allergan, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, has agreed to admit securities law violations and pay a $15 million penalty for disclosure failures in the wake of a hostile takeover bid, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced. Jaclyn Jaegerhas more.
Chilean chemicals and mining company Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM) agreed to pay a combined $30.5 million in criminal and civil penalties in connection with payments to politically connected individuals in Chile in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Jaclyn Jaegerhas more.