Lawsuits were filed against The Coca-Cola Company and its bottlers in Colombia in July 2001 and June 2006 by the International Labor Rights Fund (ILRF) and the United Steelworkers (USW), AFL-CIO. They sued on behalf of SINALTRAINAL, the major union representing Coke workers in Colombia, several of its members and the survivors of two murdered union leaders, Isidro Gil and Adolfo de Jesus Munera.
The 2001 lawsuit charged that Coca-Cola bottlers in Colombia “contracted with or otherwise directed paramilitary security forces that utilized extreme violence and murdered, tortured, unlawfully detained or otherwise silenced trade union leaders.“
Union leader Isidro Gil was killed on Dec. 5, 1996 inside the entrance of the Coke plant in Carepa by paramilitary thugs. Minutes after the thugs showed up, they shot and killed Gil, a member of the union executive board.
Two days later, heavily armed paramilitaries returned to the plant, called the workers together and told them if they didn’t quit the union by 4 p.m., they, too, would be killed. Resignation forms were prepared in advance by Coca-Cola’s plant manager, who had a history of socializing with the paramilitaries and had earlier “given (them) an order to carry out the task of destroying the union,” the lawsuit says.
Fearing for their lives, union members working at the Carepa plant resigned en masse and fled the area. The company broke off contract negotiations and the union was crushed. Experienced workers who made about $380 a month were replaced by new hires at $130 a month.
The 2006 lawsuit charges that managers at the Coke bottling plant in Barranquilla, Colombia, conspired with both the Colombian Administrative Department of Security (“DAS”) and another gang of paramilitary thugs to intimidate, threaten and ultimately kill SINALTRAINAL trade union leader Adolfo de Jesus Munera on August 31, 2002.
Coke boasts that the company and its bottlers have been dismissed from the human rights abuse lawsuits by Federal Judge Jose E. Martinez, but doesn’t tell you that his rulings didn’t deal with the merits of the cases, but with procedural and jurisdictional questions.
Meanwhile, the Campaign to Stop Killer Coke in January 2007, called for the recusal of Judge Martinez because of possible conflicts of interest involving the University of Miami, his old private law firm and the Coca-Cola Company.
Martinez is very closely connected to the University of Miami and its athletics, which are in large part sponsored by Coca-Cola.
March 27, 2007
WASHINGTON – ITT Corporation, the leading manufacturer of military night vision equipment for the U.S. Armed Forces, has admitted sending classified materials overseas and will pay a $100 million penalty, Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division Kenneth L. Wainstein and U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia John L. Brownlee announced today, along with the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The $100 million penalty is one of the largest ever paid in a criminal case. ITT Corporation will also be the first major defense contractor convicted of a criminal violation of the Arms Export Control Act.
According to the written plea agreement to be filed in U.S. District Court in Roanoke, Va., ITT Corporation will plead guilty to one count each of export of defense articles without a license and omission of statements of material facts in arms exports reports.
Utility TXU slapped with $210 million fine
Texas regulators recommend penalty for electricity price manipulation
March 29, 2007
DALLAS – State regulators on Wednesday recommended $210 million in fines against TXU Corp. after an investigation accused the state’s largest utility of manipulating the electric market to its own benefit.
The alleged market abuse was observed between June and September of 2005, according to the Public Utility Commission. It wound up costing consumers $70 million and earned the utility $20 million in extra profits, according to an outside expert whose report was released by state regulators two weeks ago.
TXU, the largest power generator in Texas, sold power to the market at inflated prices and caused electricity prices to rise 15.5 percent during the summer stretch, the PUC said.
Air Polluter to Pay $4.6 Billion
Monday 08 October 2007
Washington – One of the nation’s largest power generators has agreed to end a years-long federal lawsuit by paying $4.6 billion to reduce pollution that has eaten away at Northeast mountain ranges and national landmarks, The Associated Press has learned.
The settlement requires American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, to reduce chemical emissions that cause acid rain by at least 69 percent over the next decade.
It also fines AEP an additional $15 million in civil penalties and another $60 million in cleanup and mitigation costs to help heal parkland and waterways that have been hurt by the pollution.
AEP has more than 5 million customers in 11 states. The settlement requires AEP to:
Spend $4.6 billion on so-called scrubbers and other pollution controls to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide, which cause acid rain and smog.
Cut nitrogen oxide emissions by 69 percent by 2016, and reduce sulfur dioxide emissions by 79 percent by 2018.
Pay civil fines of $15 million.
Pay $60 million in mitigation measures. The money includes $21 million to reduce emissions from barges and trucks in the Ohio River Valley; $24 million for projects to conserve energy and produce alternative energy; and $3 million for the Chesapeake Bay, $2 million for Shenandoah National Park and $10 million to acquire ecologically sensitive lands in Appalachia.
Citgo Settles Pollution Lawsuit
Oct. 6, 2004 – Will Install $320 Million In Pollution Controls, Pay $3.6 Million Fine
Citgo Petroleum Corp. will install $320 million in pollution controls at six refineries and pay a $3.6 million fine to settle a federal lawsuit alleging Clean Air Act violations, the Bush administration announced Wednesday.
The settlement requires Citgo, the nation’s No. 4 gas retailer, to reduce yearly emissions of nitrogen oxide by 7,184 tons and sulfur dioxide by 23,250 tons. Both can cause serious respiratory ailments and worsen cases of childhood asthma.
The amount Citgo is required to spend on pollution controls ranks fourth among the companies that have reached settlements over the past four years. The largest was in the agreement with Motiva Enterprises, at $550 million.
According to the Justice Department, companies caught violating anti-pollution laws have agreed this year to spend more than $4 billion to reduce emissions. Courts have imposed $181 million in civil penalties for those violations.
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