Caterpillar has retained former U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr as outside counsel. He will review matters relating to the search warrants executed at Caterpillar facilities on March 2, 2017, and will assist the company in appropriately addressing those matters.
"Bill Barr is one of the most distinguished lawyers in the country, with an impeccable track record, well known for his integrity and direct, honest advice," said Jim Umpleby, Caterpillar CEO. "I have asked Bill - who has no prior connection with Caterpillar - to draw on his experience and that of his colleagues at Kirkland & Ellis and other advisers, to take a fresh look at Caterpillar's disputes with the government, get all the facts, and then help us bring these matters to proper resolution based on the merits."
Mr. Barr served as Attorney General of the United States for two years under President George H.W. Bush, and before that as Deputy Attorney General and as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Office of Legal Counsel at the United States Department of Justice. He also worked for over 14 years as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Verizon Communications, Inc. and its predecessor company, GTE Corp.
"I am committed to maintaining Caterpillar's long tradition of pursuing the highest ethical standards in conducting our business and, as we focus on restoring growth at Caterpillar, I am confident that Bill's assistance will help our leadership team achieve these goals," Umpleby concluded.