DOJ Flip-Flop On 'Foreign Official' Baffles FCPA Attys

Law360, New York (October 4, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT) -- In a little-noticed opinion last month, the U.S. Department of Justice offered a new definition for foreign officials under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, leaving attorneys even more perplexed as they struggle to interpret the anti-bribery law.

The DOJ’s Sept. 18 opinion was plucked out of relative obscurity Thursday by Mike Koehler, a law professor at Southern Illinois University who runs the FCPA Professor blog. The revelation comes as lawyers and compliance experts eagerly await a DOJ guidance on how to comply with the FCPA, which...
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