Blog Posts: France

Historic Settlement under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Alstom S.A. (“Alstom”), a French power and transportation company, pled guilty to bribing government officials – in countries including Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the Bahamas – and falsifying accounting records in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). By pleading guilty to these charges, Alstom is agreeing to pay a criminal penalty of more than $772 million. This criminal penalty represents the largest penalty ever assessed in a FCPA case.

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Posted by Maria R. Mendoza on Tue. January 27, 2015 12:11 PM
Categories: France

Global Internet Privacy: The Right to Be Forgotten

The “right to be forgotten” has become a global buzz phrase surrounding Internet privacy. It allows individuals to have certain data erased from Internet search engines so that third parties can no longer trace them. The issue has resulted from a growing desire to “determine the development of his life in an autonomous way, without being perpetually or periodically stigmatized as a consequence of a specific action performed in the past.” This past May, the Court of Justice of the European Union found a legal basis for individuals’ Internet protection within Article 12 of the Directive 95/46/EC.

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No Comments | Posted by Erin M. Ball on Mon. December 1, 2014 10:23 AM
Categories: European Union, France

France's Veil Ban Withstands Constitutional Scrutiny

On July 18, 2013, Cassandra Belin was returning to her home in the Paris suburb of Trappes, France. Accompanied by her husband and her mother, and with her baby in tow, French police stopped her and asked her to identify herself. The twenty-year-old mother, who had converted to Islam at age fifteen, was wearing a burqa – a clear violation of France’s legislative statute prohibiting French citizens, residents, and tourists from wearing clothing that covers the face, thereby preventing facial identification.

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No Comments | Posted by Elizabeth G. Simmons on Wed. April 2, 2014 1:00 PM
Categories: France

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