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2002 Dec 11
A Nicaraguan judge ordered three U.S. companies to pay $490 million to 583 banana workers allegedly affected by the use of the pesticide Nemagon.
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2002
Clara Bingham and Laura Leedy Gansler authored "Class Action: The Story of Lois Jenson and the Landmark Case That Changed Sexual Harassment Law."
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2002
Canada’s Research in Motion (RIM) lost a patent infringement suit to NTP, a company comprised of little more than lawyers and the patents of Thomas Campana (d.2004), the holder of over 50 patents on wireless-data systems.
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2003 Feb 20
The Station, a Warwick, Rhode Island, nightclub erupted in a raging fire during a pyrotechnics display at a rock concert, 98 people were killed and 200 others injured. Flammable soundproofing was later blamed. In Feb, 2006, Dan Biechele, manager of the band, pleaded guilty to 100 counts of manslaughter in exchange for up to 10 years in prison. He was sentenced to 4 years in prison. In 2008 Anheuser-Busch and a Rhode Island beer distributor agreed to pay $21 million to settle lawsuits brought by survivors of the fire.
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2003 Mar 18
A jury in Corpus Christi, Texas, cleared Bayer Corp. of liability in a $560 million lawsuit that accused the pharmaceutical giant of ignoring research linking the cholesterol-lowering drug Baycol to dozens of deaths.
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2003 Mar 19
The SEC filed a civil suit claiming that HealthSouth Corp. and its chairman Richard M. Scrushy had committed massive accounting fraud to overstate earnings by some $1.4 billion since 1999. Weston Smith, the former finance chief, later pleaded guilty to 4 charges. HealthSouth fired Scrushy as chairman and CEO. He was indicted in November.
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2003 May 19
MCI agreed to pay investors $500 million to settle fraud charges that it acquired in its merger with WorldCom.
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2003 May 29
AOL Time Warner and Microsoft announced a settlement in their battle over Internet browsers, with the software giant paying AOL $750 million.
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2003 Jun 10
Samuel Waksal (55), founder of ImClone Systems, was sentenced to 7 years in prison and ordered to pay $4.3 million for insider trading that engulfed family members and friend Martha Stewart.
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2003 Jun 12
EndoVascular Tech., a unit of Guidant Corp., pleaded guilty for failure to report malfunctions of their Ancure Endograft system and was ordered to pay $92.4 million in civil and criminal penalties. Some 2,628 malfunctions between 1999 and 2001 had not been reported.
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2003 Jul 7
A federal judge approved a settlement fining WorldCom $750 million for its $11-billion accounting scandal.
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2003 Jul 11
In Iran Zahra Kazemi (54), a Montreal-based journalist, was detained after taking pictures of Tehran's notorious Evin prison. She died Jul 11 of brain hemorrhage from inflicted blows. Iran later admitted that she was murdered while under police custody. Her family sought $14 million in damages, but a 1985 Canadian law held that foreign states are immune from the jurisdiction of Canadian courts.
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2003 Jul 28
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. agreed to pay $305 million to settle actions related to loans and trades made with Enron Corp. and Dynegy Inc.
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2003 Aug 27
Oklahoma charged Bernie Ebbers (62), ex-CEO of WorldCom, and 6 other former executives with 15 felony violations of state's securities laws. The charges against Ebbers were dropped when the Federal government filed on March 2, 2004 security fraud and conspiracy charges. Ebbers was found guilty of all charges on March 15, 2005. He was sentenced to 25 years in a federal prison in Louisiana, the toughest sentence yet among other recent corporate accounting scandals.
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2003 Sep 3
NY Attorney General Eliot Spitzer charged hedge fund Canary Capital with illegal mutual fund trading. Other funds were also named.
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2003 Sep 29
Dennis Kozlowski, CEO of Tyco Int'l., and financial chief Mark Swartz went on trial on charges that they stole over $600 million from their Bermuda-based conglomerate.
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2003 Oct 24
California won its first anti-spam judgment when a court fined PW Marketing of Los Angeles County, $2 million for sending out millions of unsolicited e-mails telling people how to spam.
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2003 Nov 3
A US court settlement gave Linda Tripp $595,000 from the Defense Dept. to settle claims that officials leaked personal information. Tripp had secretly taped Monica Lewinsky's confessions of a sexual affair with Pres. Clinton.
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2003 Nov 4
Richard M. Scrushy, former chairman of HealthSouth Corp., was indicted for participating in a nearly $3 billion accounting fraud.
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2003 Nov 15
In St. Nazaire, France, a gangway to the Queen Mary 2, the world's largest passenger ship, collapsed as people were boarding killing 15 people and injuring 29 others. One of the injured died in 2005. The victims were family members visiting workers involved in construction of the nearly finished, 21-story-tall ocean liner. In 2008 a French court ordered Chantiers de l'Atlantique, builder of the ship, and Endel, builder of the walkway, to pay $13.8 million in damages for their roles in the deadly accident.
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2003 Nov 20
Michael Jackson turned himself over to police in Santa Barbara, Ca., on an arrest warrant alleging multiple counts of child molestation. He posted a $3 million bail bond. Jackson was later acquitted at trial.
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2003 Nov 20
Record producer Phil Spector was charged with murder in the shooting death of an actress, Lana Clarkson, at his home in Alhambra, Calif., in February 2003. As of 2008 Spector was being retried after his first trial ended in a deadlocked jury.
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2003 Dec 18
Michael Jackson was formally charged with child molesting and administering an intoxicating agent.
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2003 Dec 18
RealNetworks filed a federal anti-trust suit against Microsoft, alleging it has tried to use it monopoly power in PC operating systems to unlawfully dominate the digital media market. A settlement was reached in 2005.
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2003 Dec 20
Friends and relatives of Michael Jackson descended on his Neverland Ranch to show their support for the entertainer as he fought child molestation charges.
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2003
Walter K. Olson authored "The Rule of Lawyers," a chronology of class-action abuses.
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2003
In Switzerland Sheikh Falah bin Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan, the brother of the president of the United Arab Emirates, hit an Italian-American, Silvano Orsi, with the buckle of his belt in a hotel. He was ordered to pay 540,000 Swiss francs (337,000 euros, 532,000 dollars) by the court, suspended for three years. The sheikh was also sentenced to pay legal costs of nearly 3,000 Swiss francs in the trial in June 2008. In 2009 he was acquitted on appeal against the imposed fines.
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2003
Bolivia's former Pres. Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada and Jose Sanchez Berzain, the former defense minister, fled to the US. In 2007 a suit was filed against both men for their October, 2003, crackdown on protestors that left 67 people dead. Sanchez Berzain was granted asylum in the US in April 2007.
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2004 Apr 2
The 6-month Tyco trial ended with a hung jury. A threatening letter to a lone dissident juror prompted the judge to call a mistrial. A retrial was planned.
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2004 Apr 2
Sun Microsystems announced that Microsoft would pay it nearly $2 billion to settle a legal dispute. Sun also announced layoffs of 3,300 and a business partnership with Microsoft.
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2004 Apr 8
Reliant Energy, based in Houston, Texas, was indicted over an alleged plot to boost power prices in June, 2000, at a cost to consumers of as much as $32 million. On August 15, 2005, Reliant announced that it had reached a $460 million settlement with the states of California, Oregon and Washington, resolving civil litigation claims against the company related to the sale of electricity in the California electricity crisis of 2000 and 2001. In March 2007, Reliant agreed to pay a $22.2 million penalty in addition to a $13.8 million credit provided in a previous settlement with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
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2004 Apr 12
Microsoft reported that it agreed to pay $440 million to settle a broad patent suit with InterTrust. It covered the protection of digital content against unauthorized copying.
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2004 Apr 16
Yu Zhendong, a fugitive Chinese banker accused of helping embezzle $485 million from his state-owned bank, was returned to China by U.S. authorities.
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2004 Apr 20
Yang Xiuzhu, former vice-mayor of Wenzhou and vice-director of the Zhejiang Provincial Construction Bureau, fled abroad as investigations began on bribery charges. She was believed to have taken bribes of 253.2 million yuan (US$30 million).
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2004 Apr 20
The US federal government agreed to settle a civil suit filed by leaders of Earth First following an FBI arrest in Oakland May 24, 1990. Darryl Cherney and the estate of Judi Bari expected to receive $2 million.
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2004 Apr 22
Sex abuse victims were awarded nearly $70 million after suing part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
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2004 Apr 30
Michael Jackson pleaded not guilty in Santa Maria, Calif., to a grand jury indictment that expanded the child molestation case against him.
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2004 May 3
A NYC court found financier Frank Quattrone (48) guilty on 3 counts of obstruction of justice and witness tampering. On Aug 22, 2006, a NY judge approved a settlement that would allow him to avoid another trial and return to the securities industry.
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2004 May 6
Lea Fastow, wife of former Enron finance chief Andrew Fastow, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to one year in prison.
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2004 May 10
Charles Prince, CEO of Citigroup, said his bank would pay $2.65 billion to settle class-action litigation accusing it of misleading investors in WorldCom.
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2004 May 11
NBA star Kobe Bryant pleaded not guilty in a Colorado court to a rape charge. Prosecutors later dropped the case.
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2004 May 24
NY Attorney General Eliot Spitzer sued the NY Stock Exchange, former exchange chairman Dick Grasso and an executive who headed its compensation committee. Spitzer wanted Grasso to return $100 million of the $200 million plus that the NY Exchange gave or promised to Grasso.
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2004 Jun 22
A federal judge granted class-action status to a lawsuit against Wal-Mart on behalf of 1.6 million women who claimed discrimination in pay and promotions.
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2004 Jun 30
A federal appeals court approved an antitrust settlement Microsoft had negotiated with the Justice Department.
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2004 Jul 8
John Rigas (79), founder of Adelphia Communications Corp. (1952), was convicted along with his son Timothy of looting the cable company to line their own pockets.
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2004 Jul 12
Wall Street brokerage Morgan Stanley settled a sex discrimination suit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, agreeing to pay $54 million.
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2004 Jul 13
In an Ohio court De Beers ended a 60-year impasse and agreed to pay a $10 million fine for the price fixing of industrial diamonds.
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2004 Jul 16
Domestic icon Martha Stewart was sentenced to five months in prison and five months of home confinement by a federal judge in New York for lying about a stock sale. On March 4, 2005, Stewart was released from Alderson Federal Prison Camp, aka “Camp Cup-cake,” in West Virginia. She was then placed under home confinement and required to wear an ankle bracelet for an additional 5 months.
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2004 Jul 16
PNC Financial, based in Pennsylvania, agreed to by Riggs National of Washington DC for $779 million. Riggs was fined $25 million in May for violating money laundering regulations.
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2004 Aug 5
John Forney (42), Enron energy trader, pleaded guilty in SF to charges of fraud and plotting to manipulate the market during the 2000-2001 California energy crises.
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2004 Aug 31
A report was filed with the SEC that said Conrad Black and associates systematically looted Hollinger Int’l. of more than $400 million from 1997-2003. In 2007 Black (62) was convicted in Illinois U.S. District Court. He was sentenced to serve 78 months in federal prison, pay Hollinger $6.1 million and a fine of $125,000. Black was guilty of diverting funds for personal benefit from money due Hollinger International when the company sold certain publishing assets and he obstructed justice by taking possession of documents to which he was not entitled. Black's three co-defendants, former Hollinger International vice presidents John Boultbee (64) of Vancouver and Peter Y. Atkinson (60) of Toronto and attorney Mark Kipnis (59) of Chicago were all found guilty of three counts of mail fraud.
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2004 Sep 1
In Colorado the criminal trial against LA basketball player Kobe Bryant (26) ended in a dismissal after the woman (20), who filed a rape charge, decided not to testify. This saved Bryant’s $136 million contract with the Lakers. Bryant still faced civil charges.
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2004 Sep 22
Federal prosecutors indicted Sanjay Kumar, former chief of Computer Associates, saying he helped orchestrate accounting fraud. Stephen Richards, head of sales, was also named in the 10-count indictment.
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2004 Sep 30
Merck & Co. said the arthritis drug Vioxx, used by 2 million people around the world, was being pulled off the market after a study confirmed longstanding concerns that it raises the risk of heart attack and stroke. Global Vioxx sales in 2003 had reached $2.5 billion. In 2007 Merck agreed to a $4.85 million settlement.
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2004 Oct 14
New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer announced the initiation of a civil action against Marsh & McLennan, a US insurance brokerage firm, alleging impropriety in the steering of clients to insurers with whom the company maintained payoff agreements, and for soliciting rigged bids for insurance contracts from the insurers. The firm later apologized and paid $850 million in compensation.
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2004 Oct 21
American International Group (AIG) reported that it was the target of a grand jury investigation.
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2004 Nov 3
A Houston jury convicted 4 former Merrill Lynch executives and a former mid-level Enron Corp, executive for a 1999 bogus sale of power plants off the coast of Nigeria.
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2004 Dec 20
Attorneys presented opening statements in the Robert Blake murder trial in Los Angeles.
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2004
InVision Tech., top US supplier of explosive detection equipment, agreed to pay $800,000 to resolve a Justice Dept. criminal investigation on charges of bribery to foreign officials. This allowed General Electric to complete its $900 million acquisition of InVision.
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2005 Feb 18
Pres. George W. Bush signed the US Class Action Fairness Act. It expanded federal jurisdiction over many large class-action lawsuits and mass actions taken in the United States.
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