Gabon Loss Highlights DOJ's Vulnerability In FCPA Cases

Law360, New York (January 31, 2012, 7:22 PM EST) -- Humbled by another loss in a high-profile foreign bribery prosecution this week, the U.S. Department of Justice must more carefully decide whom to target in future Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases, or go back to using the law to ink lucrative settlements with big companies, attorneys say.

On Monday, a Washington federal jury acquitted two military equipment industry executives accused of bribing Gabonese officials to win weapon contracts. A mistrial was declared for their three co-defendants on Tuesday.

The defendants were part of the largest prosecutions...
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