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WORLD: The Jewel Trade's Fading Luster
by V. Dion Haynes and Rama LakshmiWashington Post
March 28th, 2009
The drop in U.S. demand for high-end jewelry in a slumping economy is having ripple effects around the globe as stores close, workers are laid off in mass in the diamond-polishing factories of Gujarat, and countries like Botswana experience a dramatic drop in diamond revenue.

US: An Inconvenient Bag
by ELLEN GAMERMAN Wall Street Journal
September 26th, 2008
It's manufactured in China, shipped thousands of miles overseas, made with plastic and could take years to decompose. It's also the hot "green" giveaway of the moment: the reusable shopping bag.

UK: Are we falling out of love with Tesco?
by David Smith and Zoe Wood, The ObserverThe Guardian
June 29th, 2008
As the biggest beast in the jungle, Tesco has been accused of monopolisation, exploitation and bullying anyone who dares to stand in its way. It has become a lightning rod for every critic of corporate power, homogenised high streets and the malign influence of multinationals in the developing world.

US: Mannatech Settles Holder Suits
by SUZANNE SATALINEWall Street Journal
June 13th, 2008
Dietary-supplements maker Mannatech Inc. said it settled several lawsuits with shareholders who accused the company of using improper sales tactics to boost the value of the stock.

US: Wal-Mart's Detractors Come In From the Cold
by MICHAEL BARBARONew York Times
June 5th, 2008
But after waging an aggressive public relations campaign against Wal-Mart for three years, the company's full-time, union-backed critics, who once vowed never to let up, are lowering their pitchforks.

US: Walgreen to Pay $35 Million To Settle Drug-Switch Charges
by HEATHER WON TESORIEROWall Street Journal
June 4th, 2008
Walgreen Co. has agreed to pay $35 million to settle allegations that it improperly switched customers to more expensive forms of pills paid for by Medicaid, the government health care program for the poor.

US: Judge Finds Dell Engaged In Deceptive Practices
by CHAD BRAYThe Wall Street Journal
May 27th, 2008
A state judge in Albany has found that Dell Inc. and its financing unit engaged in deceptive business practices related to financing promotions for its computers and technical support, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.

US: Express Scripts to Pay $9.5 Million To Settle Drug-Swapping Allegations
by ANDREW EDWARDSThe Wall Street Journal
May 27th, 2008
Pharmacy-benefits manager Express Scripts Inc. agreed Tuesday to pay $9.5 million to settle allegations that the company asked doctors to switch drugs primarily to get bigger rebates from pharmaceutical companies.

UK: Retailers in tobacco price probe
BBC NEWS
April 25th, 2008
n the case of Gallaher, Imperial Tobacco, Asda, Sainsbury, Shell, Somerfield and Tesco, there was an indirect exchange of proposed future retail prices between competitors, it adds, allegedly between 2001 and 2003.

US: When a Corporate Donation Raises Protests
by STUART ELLIOTTThe New York Times
March 12th, 2008
But a coalition of childrenís advocates contends that the hospital went too far by agreeing to name a new emergency department and trauma center after another locally based retailer, Abercrombie & Fitch, in exchange for a $10 million donation.

US-CHINA: Staples cuts ties with APP on environment worry
Reuters
February 8th, 2008
Staples Inc, the largest U.S. office supplies retailer, said on Friday it ceased doing business with Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) late last month because of environmental concerns.

INDIA: Many rescued child laborers in India soon back at another dismal job
by Heidi J. ShragerChronicle Foreign Service
December 23rd, 2007
A 2006 report by the Child Welfare Committee found that 12 of 22 children from a village in the impoverished eastern state of Bihar were re-trafficked, mostly to different states, within a year after being rescued from a Delhi hand-embroidery sweatshop.

CHINA/US: The Recallsí Aftershocks
by Louise Story and David BarbozaNew York Times
December 22nd, 2007
Toy makers are investigating whether they need to treat their tainted products with stabilization chemicals or if they must seal the toys in giant polyethylene bags.

US: A World Consumed by Guilt
by Eric WilsonNew York Times
December 13th, 2007
Buying green may not be so easy.

US: Group: Wal-Mart Blind to Illegal Logging
by Marcus KabelForbes.com
December 12th, 2007
A nonprofit group has found that Wal Mart's wood products use timber from a Russian region rife with illegal logging.

US: Class-Action Bias Suit Against Wal-Mart Reaffirmed
by ReutersNew York Times
December 12th, 2007
Wal-Mart Stores suffered a legal setback on Tuesday in its attempt to head off the biggest sexual discrimination case in United States history when an appeals court allowed the case to remain a class-action lawsuit.

NIGERIA: Nigeria suspends Siemens dealings
BBC News
December 11th, 2007
Nigeria has cancelled a contract with Siemens and suspended dealings with the German telecoms firm pending an investigation into bribery allegations.

US: Wal-Mart Takes Image Hit From Shank Case
by Kimberly MorrisonThe Morning News
December 7th, 2007
Wal-Mart won a lawsuit against a former employee, injured in an accident that left her brain damaged, divorced and penniless, for reimbursement from her medical care.

US: Gap Campaigns Against Child Labor
by Amelia GentlemanNew York Times
November 15th, 2007
Gap has begun an effort to rebuild its reputation after a child-labor scandal in India.

US: Mom: Chemical-Laced Toy Made Son 'Drunk'
by Dikky SinnWashington Post
November 7th, 2007
Chemical on toy beads makes children sick.

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