Mar
24
2022

Report: California Utilities are the Most Heavily Penalized in the Nation

Electric, gas and telecommunications companies in California have paid far more in penalties for consumer protection and safety violations than utilities in any other state, accounting for more than half of the $13 billion in fines and settlements since 2000 in the country as a whole.

Mar
17
2022

Sunshine Week: Getting Corporations to Own Up to Their Climate Impact

The Securities and Exchange Commission, according to various media reports, is getting ready to issue a rule requiring publicly traded companies to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions in a standardized way for the first time. The rule, which the Commission has been working on since last year, would also oblige firms to detail the financial risks associated with those emissions.

Mar
18
2021

Sunshine Week: Inconsistencies in state environmental disclosure

We all know that state governments vary greatly in their policies on a variety of issues. I just discovered the degree to which they also diverge in their willingness to disclose data on their implementation of those policies. I learned this lesson in the course of gathering data from state environmental regulators across the country for a major expansion of the Violation Tracker database. Next week, my colleagues and I will post 50,000 new entries from those agencies along with a report analyzing the data.

Sep
8
2020

CARES Act Monies Go to Companies that Have Defrauded Uncle Sam, Stolen Wages, Broken Health & Safety Rules

More than 43,000 businesses and non-profit organizations that received CARES Act funds have a history of misconduct, collectively paying $13 billion to settle civil and criminal penalties over the last decade.

Jun
29
2020

State Enforcement Actions Against Financial Sector Misconduct Have Yielded $17 Billion in Company Penalties

A new compilation of regulatory enforcement actions shows that states have collected more than $17 billion in penalties from financial services companies over the past two decades. Most of that sum comes from cases brought by New York State against major U.S. and foreign banks