The Top 10 Corporate Crimes Not Covered by Mainstream Media

June 21, 1996

Russell Mokhiber reports on ten recent updates on corporate crimes:

  1. – Three coal company executives sent to prison regarding fatal accidents in West Virginian coal mines.
  2. - Seagrams Whiskey company fights Kennedy legislation by running commercials for hard liquor on television, saying "alcohol is alcohol".
  3. – Professor Vikramaditya S. Khanna from the Harvard Law School wrote an article for the Harvard Law Review entitled "Corporate Criminal Liability: What Purpose Does it Serve?" where he concludes that corporate liability serves almost no purpose.
  4. – Recent demonstration at Union Station to support Diane Wilson, a Texas shrimper who was arrested protesting an awards dinner for Dupont.
  5. – New booklet for fighting environmental crime – Project for Participatory Democracy – analyses several recent cases and explains how to file a citizen law suit.
  6. - Demonstration in Washington, DC by DES victims at a Four Seasons awards ceremony for pharmaceutical companies.
  7. - Florida group of priests calling on Kathy Lee Gifford to stop working with Carnival Cruise Lines for its lack of compliance with US workers’ rights.
  8. - FDA task force investigating Upjohn’s policy on Halcion’s safety, and whether or not Upjohn was responsible for hiding safety concerns.
  9. - Pipeline company in Connecticut to pay 22 million for environmental violations which resulted from rushing to meet construction deadlines.
  10. - Value Jet Airlines employees are being investigated, whereas the corporate owners and CEO’s are rarely prosecuted for the many employee injuries and deaths frequently that occur on the job.

Guest: Russell Mokhiber, editor of the legal weekly Corporate Crime Reporter