Re: Small fines = getting away with corruption
Yup. It's why I've been advocating (for what little good it doesn't do) for proportional fines. Instead of amounts that are probably petty cash to a company like Oracle, and is less than top executives spend on drugs and prostitutes in a week, make the fines proportional to the company's gross revenues for the previous fiscal year. Or, if it spans multiple years, the average gross revenue reported during the period the illicit activity was going on.
You charge a company like Oracle $23m, it's just a cost of doing business. Charge then 10-20% of their annual gross revenues, and THAT will put executive bonuses at risk and will definitely result in some kind of action being taken. Even better, is that proportional fines are even more egalitarian. Doesn't matter how big or small the company is, the amount of pain inflicted is the same proportion.