Week 6 – Short Essays
Question I – Megatron, Inc. is a company with its principal offices in the United States. For years, Megatron has only operated domestically; however, Megatron’s board of directors now feels it is in the company’s best interests to explore how to do business internationally. Give at least three examples of actions Megatron can take with regards to foreign government officials, which would benefits Meagtron’s international growth without running afoul of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)?
Question II – Cowboy, Inc., an American corporation that produces cowboy hats contract with a manufacturing plant in France, Beret, Inc. The contract provides that Beret, Inc. will produce the cowboy hats in France to be distributed back in the United States by Cowboy, Inc. The contract does not provide which country’s law will apply if a dispute arises between Cowboy and Beret. Eventually, Cowboy discovers that Beret is not producing the hats under the specifications agreed upon in the contract. Which will American or French law be used in settling the dispute? Why?