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EuroZone Profiteers: How German and French Banks Helped Bankrupt Greece
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
June 29th, 2015
Almost none of the huge amount of money “loaned” to Greece has actually gone there, writes Joseph Stiglitz, former World Bank chief economist. CorpWatch's EuroZone Profiteers report sheds light on how some of it was used to pay off bad loans made by private-sector banks in France and Germany.

Pemex Secretly Expanding Fracking In Mexico, Say Activists
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
June 26th, 2015
Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), the state owned oil company, is quietly expanding operations to extract oil from shale deposits in six Mexican states. However, the company has failed to disclose its use of a controversial technology called fracking and explain the potential environmental impacts to local communities, say activists.

Uber Plans to Track Users Should Not Be Allowed, Says Privacy Group
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
June 22nd, 2015
A formal complaint has been filed against Uber, the car ride company, by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a non-profit advocacy group. The NGO says Uber plans to use their smart phone app to access user’s locations at all times, and to send advertisements to user’s contact lists.

Nestle Recalls 400 Million Packets of Instant Noodles in India
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
June 18th, 2015
Nestle says that it will destroy 400 million packets of Maggi brand instant noodles in India worth some Rs 320 crores ($50.5 million). The company made the announcement after the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India found “hazardous” levels of lead in company products and ordered legal action.

Soco International Accused of Paying Bribes for Congo Oil Exploration
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
June 12th, 2015
Shareholders have demanded that the CEO of Soco International be fired after handwritten receipts for $42,250 in alleged bribes to Congolese army officials were published by Global Witness. At the time, the UK company was exploring for oil in Virunga, a United Nations World Heritage site in eastern Congo.

Traffic, Brazilian Sports Company, at Center of World Cup Football Scandal
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
June 8th, 2015
Traffic International, a Brazilian sports media company, has been named as the source of at least $60 million in bribes paid to Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) officials, the organizers of the World Cup football tournament, to obtain media and marketing rights to international games.

Tobacco Companies Ordered to Pay C$15.6 Billion to Quebec Smokers
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
June 4th, 2015
Over one million people in the Canadian province of Quebec will receive a total of C$15.6 billion ($12.5 billion) in damages for smoking related diseases from three of the biggest tobacco companies in the country. The settlement is the result of a 17 year long court battle.

Retailer SportsDirect Accused of Sweatshop Like Conditions in the UK
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
June 1st, 2015
SportsDirect, a British sports merchandise retailer, has been accused of employing workers in sweatshop like conditions by Channel Four Dispatches, a UK TV program. The broadcaster aired undercover footage shot by a reporter at the company’s Shirebrook warehouse in northern England.

Majority of U.S. Congress Failed to Take Action on Corporate Accountability in 2014
May 28th, 2015
The majority of the U.S. Congress took no action at all in 2014 in favor of holding corporations accountable and reining in corporate power – scoring a zero on the newly released Corporate Accountability Coalition (CAC) Congressional Report Card.

Six Banks Pay $5.6 Billion in Fines for Foreign Exchange Manipulation
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
May 22nd, 2015
Six major international banks – Bank of America, Barclays, Citibank, JPMorgan Chase, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Union Bank of Switerland (UBS) – have agreed to pay $5.6 billion in fines for rigging global foreign exchange markets. Four of the six have pleaded guilty to criminal behavior, an unprecedented admission.

DaVita Pays $895 Million To Settle Kidney Treatment Fraud Claims
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
May 14th, 2015
DaVita, a company that provides health care to patients with kidney problems, has agreed to pay $495 million to settle whistleblower complaints that the company conspired to overcharge the U.S. government. This is in addition to the $400 million that the company had to pay out last year.

Australian “Free Range” Chicken Company Alleged to Use Exploited Labor
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
May 11th, 2015
Baiada, one of Australia’s biggest poultry producers, has been accused of using labor contractors that under pay and exploit foreign visitors on temporary work permits. The company sells Steggles and Lilydale Free Range Chickens to supermarket and fast food chains like Aldi, Coles, KFC and Woolworths.

BP Sued By Mexican Fishing Businesses for Deepwater Horizon Spill
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
May 7th, 2015
British Petroleum (BP) has been sued by some 25,000 Mexican fishing businesses over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The company says it has paid $1.8 billion in compensation to U.S. businesses but has yet to offer money to those affected south of the border.

Fishing Community Sues World Bank Over Tata Mundra Power Plant
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
May 1st, 2015
An Indian fishing community is suing the World Bank in Washington DC over the environmental damage caused by a coal powered plant owned by Tata Power, the largest electricity company in India. The 4,150 megawatt plant is located in the port city of Mundra in Gujarat state.

Deutsche Bank Pays $2.5 Billion Fine For Interest Rate Rigging
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
April 27th, 2015
Deutsche Bank has agreed to pay out a record $2.5 billion fine to settle U.K. and U.S. government investigations into allegations of fixing global interest rates, just months after six other banks paid out $4.3 billion on similar charges. Activists say that the banks should have faced criminal charges.

Swedish Paper Manufacturing Giant Blacklisted for Child Labor Practices
by Fatima HansiaCorpWatch Blog
April 20th, 2015
Stora Enso – a Swedish paper manufacturing giant – has been blacklisted after investigations into its supply chain in Pakistan showed that the company was knowingly using child labor. In March, AP7, a major Swedish pension fund, sold off its $4.1 million stake in Stora.

Ernst & Young Pays $10 Million To Settle Lehman Brothers Audit Failure Lawsuit
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
April 16th, 2015
Ernst & Young, one of the Big Four auditing firms, has agreed to pay a $10 million to New York state to settle a lawsuit for overlooking accounting gimmicks by Lehman Brothers, the defunct Wall Street bank. The scheme allowed Lehman to hide billions of dollars in bad deals.

UNIQLO, Japanese Fast Fashion Label, Accused of Labor Violations
by Mayu ChangCorpWatch Blog
April 13th, 2015
Chinese factories in Dongguan and Guangzhou that supply UNIQLO - a “fast fashion” label owned by Fast Retailing Co. from Japan - have been accused of endangering their workers’ lives, according to a new report from Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM), a Hong-Kong based labor rights group.

Barrick Gold Compensates Rape Victims in Papua New Guinea
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
April 2nd, 2015
Barrick Gold, the world’s largest gold mining company, has agreed to compensate 14 individuals for violent acts committed near the Porgera mine in Papua New Guinea. Eleven of the cases involved sexual violence such as rape. Some 120 others had previously accepted cash settlements of about $10,000.

Vinci Accused Of Labor Violations on Qatar Construction Contracts
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
March 27th, 2015
Sherpa, a French NGO, has asked courts to investigate Vinci, a French construction company, for violation of migrant workers rights in Qatar. QDVC, a Vinci subsidiary, has €2.2 billion ($2.3 billion) in infrastructure contracts for the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament including a new subway and an orbital highway.

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