Judge Nixes 'Foreign Official' Challenge In FCPA Case

Law360, New York (April 4, 2011, 7:24 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Friday rejected a challenge by Lindsey Manufacturing Co. to the U.S. Justice Department's definition of key terms in its foreign bribery prosecution, allowing the trial against the electrical engineering company to continue.

Judge A. Howard Matz's bench ruling in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California upholds the way the government — at least in this case — defines "foreign official" and "instrumentality" under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which some critics have said is too broad and...
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