Ex-Cognizant Execs' Case Raises Novel FCPA Issues

By Jody Godoy (January 28, 2020, 9:33 PM EST) -- A New Jersey federal court waded into unknown legal territory Tuesday in a case against two former executives at Cognizant, considering whether every email involved in an alleged bribery scheme should be a separate violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Gordon Coburn, ex-president of Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp., and Steven Schwartz, the company's former chief legal officer, are accused of conspiracy and multiple FCPA violations for allegedly approving a $2 million bribe to secure a construction permit for the IT company's facility in Chennai, India, in 2014.

At a hearing Tuesday, counsel for Coburn urged U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty...

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