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Wall Street Journal, February 16, 2012

Justice’s Bribery Racket

The government saw a $1.8 billion windfall in FCPA-related fines and penalties from Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2010 and another $508.6 million in 2011. According to a report last month by the New York City Bar Association, by April 2011 the five biggest FCPA fines were more than $300 million each, up from a single largest fine of $28.5 million in January 2007. In many cases, companies settle for fines even if they dispute the charge to avoid the reputational risk of an indictment.

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