Violation Tracker Quick Start

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Violation Tracker Quick Start

Violation Tracker contains information from official sources on more than 490,000 cases in which companies and large non-profits paid monetary penalties for regulatory violations and other forms of misconduct. Those entities include subsidiaries linked to a universe of more than 3,000 parent companies as well as smaller firms without parents. The parents are both publicly traded and privately held, and are both U.S.-headquartered corporations as well as foreign firms with U.S. operations.

How to Search

There are two main ways of accessing the data in Violation Tracker: viewing a variety of summary pages (Option 1) or constructing a custom search using up to 17 variables (Option 2). 

Option 1

Use this if you have the name of a likely parent company and want to see an overview of its violations. Choose from the large dropdown menu of parents to access a summary page containing penalty totals and links to the individual cases that make up those totals. You can also view summary pages for parent industry categories, offense groups (broad categories), offense types (more specific categories), regulatory agencies, and parent headquarters states or countries.

Option 2

Use the Company or Parent field if you are not sure whether the entity you are searching is a parent. You can also combine a company name with different variables such as the type of offense, the regulatory agency involved and the location of the facility. Be sure to click the Search button at the bottom after inserting your variables (and hit the Clear button when moving to a new search). You will be taken to a search results page with links to individual cases that match your criteria. 

Consult the User Guide for more details on search options, search results and individual entries. Note that both the individual cases on Option 1 summary pages and Option 2 search results can be downloaded, up to a limit of 10,000 entries.

Examples of What You Can Find in Violation Tracker

Cases brought against Koch Industries and its many subsidiaries (choose “Koch Industries” from the Parent Companies dropdown in Option 1)

Cases involving bank misconduct (choose “financial services” from the Parent Industries dropdown in Option 1)

Wage theft cases (choose “wage and hour violation” from the Offense Type dropdown in Option 1)

Cases involving fraud by federal contractors, including healthcare providers (choose “False Claims Act and related” from the Offense Type dropdown in Option 1)

Lawsuits filed against corporations by groups of states (choose Multistate Attorneys General Case from the State and Local Agencies dropdown in Option 1)

Cases brought by the Manhattan District Attorney (choose “Manhattan (NY) District Attorney” from the State and Local Agencies dropdown in Option 1)

Privacy-related class action lawsuits (choose “private litigation” from the Action Type dropdown and “privacy violations” from the Offense Group dropdown, both in Option 2; click the Search button)

Employment discrimination cases against private equity portfolio companies (choose “private equity” from the Parent Industry dropdown and “employment discrimination” from the Offense Type dropdown, both in Option2; click the Search button) 

Cases in which companies were offered deferred prosecution or non-prosecution agreements (choose “only criminal cases with deferred prosecution or non-prosecution agreement” from the Case Type dropdown in Option 2; click the Search button)

Foreign bribery cases brought against companies with parents headquartered in the UK (choose “Foreign Corrupt Practices Act” from the Offense Type dropdown and “United Kingdom” from the Parent HQ State/Country dropdown, both in Option 2; click on Search button)

Environmental cases resolved during the Obama Administration with penalties of $1 billion or more (choose “environment-related offenses” from the Offense Group dropdown, choose “Obama” from the Presidential Administration dropdown, and enter 1000000000 in the Penalty Amount/is greater than field, all in Option 2; click the Search button).

If you have problems with a search, contact Phil Mattera