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DoJ to everybody on FCPA prosecutions: We can make this all go away, you know

Tom Fox | July 12, 2016

This week, the SEC and Justice Dept. resolved another FCPA enforcement action, this one involving Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI). This case continues the path set up by the new Justice Dept. Pilot Program and three subsequent FCPA enforcement actions, Akamai Technologies, Inc. and Nortek, Inc. and Analogic Corp.; where the Justice Dept. issued a Declinations to Prosecute the first two companies and the third received a non-prosecution agreement. Clearly, the Justice Dept. is communicating that companies will see significant benefits if they follow the precepts set out in the Pilot Program.

JCI made serious missteps in its compliance program and was the unlucky recipient of a Chinese business unit bent on doing business in complete violation of the FCPA. JCI acquired the Chinese unit, China Marine, through an acquisition. The company recognized the FCPA issues present at the time of acquisition and terminated those involved. However, the new set of employees brought in to to...

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