Corporations Articles

Lebanon’s Distributors Database Provides Insight Into Third-Party Risk

The Lebanese Ministry of Economy and Trade maintains a publicly available, electronic database documenting contracts between international companies and Lebanese third-party distributors. Details show that some Lebanese distributors are possibly re-exporting American...

Unraveling a clothing import tax fraud, customs violation scheme in L.A.’s Fashion District

A clothing importer based in the Los Angeles Fashion District recently agreed to plead guilty to charges related to his company’s tax fraud scheme, money laundering, and customs violations, resulting in nearly $118 million in fines. The company owner, Sang Bum “Ed”...

Historic Counterfeit Cigarette Case Highlights Vulnerabilities in Middle East Tobacco Markets

Jordan is witnessing the largest corruption trial in its history, known locally as Qadhiiyat Al-Dukhan (the smoke case). The trial began in the summer of 2018 amidst major protests and the arrival of a new prime minister, Omar Al-Razzaz. This trial has now become a...

The Dark Side of Beauty: An Overview of the Counterfeit Cosmetics Industry

The rapid expansion of counterfeit cosmetics internationally and in the U.S. poses a public health risk for consumers and threatens the bottom lines of countless makeup companies.  The global cosmetics industry is valued at approximately $523 billion and is expected...