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US: BP kicks back over 'fictitious' compensation pay-outs

BP is taking legal action to prevent administrators for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill compensation fund from paying out to people and companies that it said had suffered no damage.

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Brazil: Chevron head threatened with 30 years jail over spill

Criminal charges are being brought against 17 employees of Chevron and Transocean for an oil spill in Rio de Janeiro. Prosecutors said that George Buck, the head of Chevron's operations in Brazil, should go to prison for 31 years for his part in creating a major incident of pollution.

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Canada: Tobacco class suit seeks billions for smokers

A class action lawsuit that argues that three of the major tobacco firms manipulated nicotine levels and hid evidence on the health effects of smoking is coming to trial after 15 years. The suit, which seeks up to C$27bn in damages, is the first of its kind in Canada.

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France: EDF fined for illegal spying on anti-nuclear campaign

A French court has found EDF and Kargus, the security firm it employed to carry out the work, guilty of spying on Greenpeace anti-nuclear campaigners. Activities included hacking computers owned by the group.

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Peru: Mining firm pays out to shot and tortured protesters

Monterrico Metals has paid compensation to 33 protesters who were allegedly shot at, beaten and tortured by police during a protest against the company's Majaz mine in 2005.

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US: BAE Systems fined in corruption probe

Defence contractor BAE Systems, which has been dogged in recent years by issues of bribery and corruption, has been fined by the US government up to $79m and will have to endure careful future scrutiny of its export programmes.

Japan: Tepco faces unlimited liability for nuclear disaster

Tokyo Electric Power, the company responsible for the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, should be held liable to an unlimited degree according to the government. Officials are working with the company and the banks to work out how the utility could withstand the huge number of compensation claims to follow.

US: Apple suppliers paid kickbacks for secrets

A former Apple supply chain manager has admitted guilt in a fraud case in California. Paul Devine had sold inside information to suppliers, enabling them to negotiate more favourable terms.

Ecuador: Chevron fined for major pollution of Amazon

US oil company Chevron has been fined $8.6bn by a court in Ecuador for dumping massive quantities of toxic materials into unlined pits and rivers. The company has condemned the ruling as "fraudulent".

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Japan: Astrazeneca settles claims over cancer drug side effects

Astrazeneca will settle with 15 people who brought a suit against it and the government claiming that the company hadn't taken enough measures in the face of major side effects from its cancer drug Iressa.

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Netherlands: Trafigura guilty of exporting toxic waste

Trafigura illegally exported toxic waste from Amsterdam, according to the findings of a Dutch court. The company transported the waste to the Ivory Coast where it injured thousands of local people in 2006.

Bhopal trial: Eight convicted over India gas disaster

A court in the Indian city of Bhopal has sentenced eight people to two years each in jail over a gas plant leak that killed thousands of people in 1984. The convictions are the first since the disaster at the Union Carbide plant - the world's worst industrial accident.

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Daimler agrees to pay $185m after admitting bribery

German carmaker Daimler has pleaded guilty to corruption in the US and will pay $185m to settle the case. The charges relate to US Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission investigations into the company's global sales practices.

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Rio Tinto workers get China trial date

China has set a trial date for four Rio Tinto employees charged with bribery and violating commercial secrets, the Australian government has said.

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South Africa: Apartheid case against companies divides opinion

A US court has been hearing an appeal by a number of companies, including IBM, Daimler and General Motors, to dismiss a suit that seeks damages from them for their role in South Africa during the time of Apartheid. The appeal argues that the US court has no jurisdiction over the matter, and companies could not be held responsible for the actions of the then South African government.

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US: Intel accused of 'bribery and coercion' by NY attorney-general

Intel has been targeted in a lawsuit detailing how it had allegedly maintained a dominant market position by using bribery and coercion to stifle fair competition.

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BP faces damages claim over pipeline through Colombian farmland

BP is being sued by a group of Colombian farmers who say that the company's activities have damaged their land and crops. The case, which is the first of its kind being brought in a UK court, alleges that the company's Colombian subsidiary has caused landslides and pollution to water supplies and soil.

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US: Coca-Cola cleared of union deaths in Colombia

A US federal appeals court has said that it can find no connection between Coca-Cola or its Colombian bottling subsidiary in attacks made against union leaders during the last decade.

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Dole Food takes film makers to court for defamation

A film about a 2007 trial brought against Dole Food alleging harm to workers from pesticide use is 'blatantly false', according to the company. It is taking the film makers to court after they refused to amend or withdraw the film in light of more recent court findings that evidence in similar cases had been falsified.

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US: Shell settles air pollution case

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has settled a claim over air pollution in Houston for $5.8m and a promise to reduce emissions by 80 percent over three years.

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