Royal Dutch Shell, the world’s second largest oil company, has been put under formal investigation by the Milan Public Prosecutor’s office for “international corruption” offences relating to a deal for oil block OPL 245 in Nigeria, according to reports in the Italian press this morning.
A federal court ruled that government officials acted illegally in authorizing the killing of four grizzly bears, a threatened species, within one of the nation’s premiere national parks: Grand Teton National Park in northwest Wyoming.
The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Massachusetts, and National Consumer Law Center today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education seeking details about the agency’s debt collection policies and the potential impact on borrowers of color.
The ACLU and NCLC filed the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Boston charging the agency failed to fully disclose critical information related to the Education Department’s oversight of the private companies collecting on federal student loans.
Starting tomorrow, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be visiting the United States to attend the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C. This occasion underscores the persistent need for groups such as 350.org to highlight the role that Japan has played in encouraging the development of coal-fired and nuclear power plants both within and beyond its borders.
Today, the Food and Drug Administration announced the approval of an updated label for mifepristone, which is used for medical abortion. Mifepristone provides women with a safe and effective medication option for ending pregnancy. The updated labeling is more closely aligned with evidence-based medicine.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced it intends to approve a change to the label for Mifepristone (known as Mifeprex®), a drug used to end an early pregnancy, in order to better reflect current medical practice and years of scientific evidence.
Today, the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, and CoalSwarm released Boom and Bust 2016: Tracking The Global Coal Plant Pipeline, the second annual report examining the precarious global coal plant pipeline.
Following public outcry about the dangers of government-mandated backdoors, the FBI backed down and opened the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone without Apple’s help. If they really care about public safety, they must disclose the vulnerability they used to Apple to prevent criminals, hackers, and terrorists from exploiting the same security flaw and using it to do harm.
Today, the Federal Trade Commission filed to sue Volkswagen for fraudulent advertising as a result of the diesel engine emissions scandal that came to light six months ago.
The commission is seeking "permanent injunctive relief, rescission, restitution, the refund of monies paid, disgorgement of ill-gotten monies, and other equitable relief," according to the lawsuit, after "consumers suffered billions of dollars in injury."
Statement of Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen
Note: Today, prosecutors recommended the maximum jail time, one year, for former Massey Energy executive Don Blankenship, who was chief executive officer when an explosion killed 29 workers. Blankenship was found guilty of conspiring to violate safety standards.
The Peruvian government publicly acknowledged the human rights violations suffered by L.C., a rape survivor who was denied a medically-necessary abortion, as part of a historic United Nations (U.N.) ruling.
Earlier today, Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, was charged with misdemeanor battery by Florida police after Lewandowski forcefully grabbed Michelle Fields, a 28-year old Breitbart News Reporter at a press conference earlier this month at Trump National Golf Course.
Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of UltraViolet, a national women’s advocacy organization issued the following statement calling on Trump to fire Lewandowski saying that no candidate for President should ever employ someone charged with battery:
With police in Florida filing battery charges against Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, NARAL Pro-Choice America called for Trump to place Lewandowski on leave and to cooperate with law enforcement. Along with the charges against Lewandowski, police in Jupiter, FL, released new video evidence clearly showing Trump’s campaign manager grabbing a female reporter and yanking her away from the candidate as she was attempting to ask a question.
“This study echoes what hundreds of other scientific investigations across the nation have already shown: drilling and fracking contaminates drinking water. Had the EPA finalized its own study with similar findings on Pavillion years ago, we might have already turned the corner toward a clean energy future. But sadly the EPA continues to look the other way, much to the delight of the oil and gas industry. It’s time for the Obama Administration to deal with reality and address contamination from fracking in places like Pavillion, Wyoming, Dimock, Pennsylvania, and Parker County, Texas.”
Statement by Stephen Spaulding, Common Cause Legal Director and Senior Policy Counsel
Today’s Supreme Court deadlock in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association demonstrates how the obstructionist tactics of Sen. McConnell and his allies risk wasting time and money for litigants and taxpayers for the next year, and perhaps longer. We are almost certain to see more such 4-4 splits unless the Senate does its job on the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland. This is the second 4-4 split decision in the past seven days.
More than 45 climate, conservation, indigenous and coastal organizations representing the major coastal regions of the United States filed a legal petition today calling on President Obama to align U.S. energy policy with his climate goals by issuing an executive order to end new oil and gas lease auctions in federally controlled oceans — including the Arctic, Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.
Today, seventeen Attorneys General announced their mutual commitment to collaborate on climate change related actions. Greenpeace USA Executive Director Annie Leonard said in response:
More than 100 groups representing over 5 million Nigerians, comprising of farmers, faith-based organisations, civil society groups, students and local community groups, are vehemently opposing Monsanto’s attempts to introduce genetically modified (GM) cotton and maize into Nigeria’s food and farming systems. In written objections submitted to the biosafety regulators, the groups have cited numerous serious health and environmental concerns and the failure of these crops especially GM cotton in Africa.
In issuing a 4-4 opinion in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, the U.S. Supreme Court today rejected an attempt by wealthy special interests to restrict opportunities for America’s teachers, firefighters, police officers, nurses and others who provide our vital services for our communities to have a voice at work and join together to build a better future for their families. The result in Friedrichs is meaningful for millions of families across the country, as it is a rebuke against this well-funded attack on workers’ voice and ability to join together.