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May 20, 2015

BHP Billiton Ltd. and BHP Billiton Plc

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

SANCTION AMOUNT: $25,000,000

Defendants: BHP Billiton Ltd. and BHP Billiton Plc

Settlement of charges that Respondents failed to devise and maintain sufficient internal controls over a global hospitality program connected to a sponsorship of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. Respondents paid for some 60 foreign officials, primarily from countries in Africa and Asia, plus spouses and other guests to attend the games and enjoy three- or four-day hospitality packages valued at $12,000 to $16,000 per package.

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