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US: OCA Boycott of Bogus Organic Milk Brands Putting Pressure on Nation's Largest Dairies & Retailers
by Steve Karnowski Associated Press
June 27th, 2006
Fears that big operations will muscle out family farms have produced a backlash, including a boycott by the Organic Consumers Association against the country's biggest organic milk brand, Horizon Organic.

US: Justices Reject Campaign Limits in Vermont Case
by Linda GreenhouseThe New York Times
June 27th, 2006
Vermont's limits on campaign contributions and on campaign spending by candidates are unconstitutional, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday in a splintered 6-to-3 decision suggesting that efforts to limit the role of money in politics might face considerable resistance in the Roberts court.

US: Supreme Court to Review Antitrust Case Against Phone Companies
by Stephan LabatonThe New York Times
June 27th, 2006
The Supreme Court announced Monday that it would consider a lawsuit that accuses the nation's largest telephone companies of violating federal antitrust law by conspiring to carve up local markets to preserve their monopolies.

US: Environmental Groups Sue EPA Over Refinery Emission Standards
by Janet WilsonThe Los Angeles Times
June 21st, 2006
A coalition of national and community environmental groups has sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to overturn a new rule that allegedly allows refineries and other industrial plants to emit higher levels of noxious chemicals when starting up, shutting down and experiencing equipment malfunctions, without informing area residents.

US: Tanker Inquiry Finds Rumsfeld's Attention Was Elsewhere
by R. Jeffrey SmithThe Washington Post
June 20th, 2006
The topic was the largest defense procurement scandal in recent decades, and the two investigators for the Pentagon's inspector general in Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's office on April 1, 2005, asked the secretary to raise his hand and swear to tell the truth.

US: 2 Utilities to Pay Enron $50 Million in Settlement
by David Cay JohnstonThe New York Times
June 14th, 2006
Two small utilities are set to pay more than $50 million to Enron for electricity that they agreed to buy but that Enron will never deliver, under terms of a settlement that raises larger issues.

CANADA: Province Should Share More Details About Polluters
The Vancouver Sun
June 13th, 2006
Looking for details about British Columbia's biggest polluters? You won't find them in the newly re-introduced compliance and enforcement summary produced by the B.C. Environment Ministry.

CHINA: Google must obey China law
by Verne KopytoffSan Francisco Chronicle
June 9th, 2006
China's government reiterated on Thursday that foreign Internet companies such as Google Inc. must abide by its laws, which require censoring online material that is considered to be politically sensitive.

US: Release ordered for 2 executives
by John C. RoperThe Houston Chronicle
June 9th, 2006
Two Merrill Lynch executives convicted for their roles in a Nigerian barge deal that inflated Enron's profits have been ordered released from prison pending their appeal.

JAPAN: Japan Arrests Corporate Raider on Securities Charges
by Martin FacklerThe New York Times
June 5th, 2006
A self-proclaimed corporate raider who struck fear into Japan's insider-run boardrooms by demanding American-style shareholder rights was arrested on Monday on suspicion of insider trading.

US: For Law Firm, Serial Plaintiff Had Golden Touch
by Julie Creswell and Jonathan D. GlaterThe New York Times
June 5th, 2006
Mr. Vogel now says, according to a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, that he and members of his family were actually linchpins in a long-running arrangement that helped Milberg Weiss snare the lucrative lead counsel position in the Oxford Health and many other securities lawsuits, reaping hundreds of millions of dollars in legal fees.

US: Split verdict in Enron broadband retrial
by Kristen HayesAssociated Press
June 1st, 2006
Of two former Enron Corp. broadband executives to be retried on fraud and conspiracy charges in the wake of a hung jury last year, one faces prison and the other is free.

US: Enron Prosecutor Questions Skilling's Story
by Vikas Bajaj and Alexei BarrionuevoThe New York Times
April 17th, 2006
A prosecutor tried to poke holes in the testimony of Jeffrey K. Skilling, the former Enron chief executive, today by boring in on stock sales he made in the months after he left the company and before the energy company declared bankruptcy.

US: The Enron Standard
by Lee Drutmantompaine.com
April 13th, 2006
In a Houston courtroom this week, former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling took the witness stand to plead his innocence, telling jurors that “My life is on the line.”

US: Pentagon Orders Investigation Of Cunningham's MZM Earmark
by Walter Pincus Washington Post
March 24th, 2006
Undersecretary of Defense Stephen A. Cambone ordered an internal study of how funding earmarked in a bill by then-Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Calif.) led to contracts for MZM Inc. to do work for the Pentagon's new agency: the Counterintelligence Field Activity.

US: Fastow grilled about 'smoking gun' document
by Greg FarrellUSA TODAY
March 9th, 2006
A defense lawyer in the trial of former Enron CEOs Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling spent Thursday morning trying to undermine the testimony of the government's star witness and questioning the authenticity of a "smoking gun" document.

US: Fastow: "I was being a hero for Enron."
by John C. RoperHouston Chronicle
March 7th, 2006
Andrew Fastow considered himself "a hero for Enron'' for hiding losses and bolstering earnings for the company through partnership deals he created.

US: Enron Secretary Defends Her Criticism of Executives
by Alexei BarrionuevoThe New York Times
February 23rd, 2006
For the first time in the four-week trial of two former Enron executives, the actions of the company's directors in a critical month in 2001 came under scrutiny during a cross-examination.

UK: British Court Backs Extradition of Three in Enron-Related Case
Associated Press
February 22nd, 2006
Three British bankers may be extradited to the United States to face Enron-related fraud charges, the High Court ruled on Tuesday in a ruling that was the first test case of laws introduced to speed the transfer of suspected terrorists.

US: Skilling's Lawyer Portrays an Accuser as Out of Touch
by Alexei BarrionuevoThe New York Times
February 16th, 2006
A lawyer for Jeffrey K. Skilling, a former Enron chief executive, tried Wednesday to portray the head of the company's broadband unit as an out-of-touch manager who was criticized for his free-spending ways and did not even know how many employees were working under him.

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