DOJ, SEC Continue FCPA Probe Into Shell Oil

Law360 (March 17, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission are continuing with a more than yearlong investigation into Shell Oil for alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in connection with a Swiss shipping company, Shell disclosed Tuesday.

Shell parent company Royal Dutch Shell PLC called the investigation a "risk factor" in a 20-F filing with SEC. The DOJ first contacted Shell in July 2007 regarding Shell's use of the freight forwarding firm Panalpina Inc. and potential violations of the FCPA, according to the filing.

"The investigation is looking at certain payments that were made by Panalpina on...

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