DOJ Chief Says Compliance Programs Aren't An FCPA Shield

Law360, Washington (November 16, 2012, 7:51 PM EST) -- Top U.S. Department of Justice official Lanny Breuer on Friday rejected the notion that Foreign Corrupt Practices Act defendants should be able to use their compliance programs as a defense against criminal prosecution, saying that allowing such a defense strategy could dilute the progress already made against corruption.

Breuer, the head of the DOJ's Criminal Division, said at the Federalist Society's National Lawyers Convention that permitting companies to defend themselves in FCPA cases based solely on their compliance programs would ignore other fundamental components of the statute and...
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