Judge Tosses Corruption Suit Against Siemens

Wall Street Journal | July 29, 2011; By Joe Palazzolo

“A federal judge in Miami dismissed a lawsuit by a former government investigator in Argentina who says he was brutally beaten after threatening to expose a bribery scheme involving Argentine officials and engineering giant Siemens AG. Carlos Moran Hidalgo and his family alleged in their January lawsuit that Siemens and its Argentina unit conspired with the Argentine government to bribe Moran’s former boss, the head of a watchdog agency, to ignore evidence of a corrupt $1 billion contact.

Moran filed claims under the Alien Tort Claims Act, the Torture Victims Protection Act and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

U.S. District Judge Patricia A. Seitz dismissed the suit Thursday, saying Moran and his wife Celina Liliana Moran, who live in Buenos Aires, failed to serve Siemens with a summons after she had granted them multiple time extensions. The Morans’ Miami-based lawyer quit in March, citing a lack of cooperation ...

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