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October 26, 20201

Violation Tracker UK is launched. Website. Press release
 

September 27, 2021

updated all federal agency, state agency, state attorneys general, and local prosecutor cases through early September 2021

added cases from three additional agencies:
California Department of Fair Employment & Housing
New York City Commission on Human Rights
Seattle Office of Labor Standards

added a new category of private litigation: environmental class actions and multi-district cases (blog overview)

added additional private litigation in other covered categories (wage & hour, privacy, etc.)

increased parent universe to 3,416
 

June 28, 2021

updated all federal agency, state agency, state attorneys general, and local prosecutor cases through early June 2021

increased parent universe to 3,404 corporations

added cases back to 2000 handled by the Federal Election Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority

 

March 23, 2021

published The Other Environmental Regulators report summarizing the new state environmental data
 

March 21, 2021

updated all federal agency, state agency, state attorneys general, and local prosecutor cases through late February 2021

increased parent universe to 3,350 corporations

added link to list of 100 largest individual penalties

changed OSHA entries to include all final penalties of $5,000 or more (previously limited to those designated as serious, willful and repeat)

added cases based on Internal Revenue Service announcements of settlements with individual corporations

removed cases previously reported by EPA in which state and local authorities were the lead agencies

added 50,000 cases from the following state environmental agencies dated back to January 2000:

Alabama Department of Environmental Management
Alabama Surface Mining Commission

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
Arkansas Division of Environmental Quality
California Air Resources Board
California Department of Pesticide Regulation
California Department of Toxic Substances Control
California State Water Resources Control Board
CalRecycle
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining & Safety
Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission
Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
District of Columbia Department of Energy & Environment
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Georgia Environmental Protection Division
Hawaii Environmental Management Division
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Illinois Office of Mines and Minerals
Indiana Department of Environmental Management
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
Maine Department of Environmental Protection
Maryland Department of the Environment
Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
Nevada Division of Environmental Protection
Nevada State Environmental Commission
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
New Mexico Environment Department
New York Department of Environmental Conservation
North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
North Dakota Department of Health-Environmental Section
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Railroad Commission of Texas
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
South Dakota Department of Environment & Natural Resources
Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Utah Department of Environmental Quality
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
Vermont Natural Resources Board
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy
Washington Department of Ecology
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
West Virginia Surface Mine Board
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality
 

December 19, 2020

updated all federal agency, state attorneys general, state financial agency and local prosecutor cases through the beginning of December 2020

increased parent universe to 3,341 corporations

added class action lawsuits in existing categories as well as a new category: privacy and data breaches

 

September 28, 2020

updated all federal agency, state attorneys general, state financial agency and local prosecutor cases through the middle of September 2020

increased parent universe to 3,337 corporations

added class action lawsuits relating to discriminatory lending and pricing practices by financial services companies 

 

September 8, 2020

Published report showing how many CARES Act recipients have a history of corporate misconduct, as documented in Violation Tracker. 
Report: https://www.goodjobsfirst.org/sites/default/files/docs/pdf/corporateculprits.pdf
Press release: https://www.goodjobsfirst.org/news/releases/cares-act-monies-go-companies-have-defrauded-uncle-sam-stolen-wages-broken-health

 

June 29, 2020

updated all federal agency, state attorneys general and local prosecutor cases through the end of May 2020

increased parent universe to 3,302 corporations

added cases dating back to January 1, 2000 from the following state financial regulatory agencies (press release):

Alabama Department of Insurance
Alabama Securities Commission
Alabama State Banking Department
Alaska Division of Banking and Securities
Alaska Division of Insurance
Arizona Corporation Commission
Arizona Department of Financial Institutions
Arizona Department of Insurance
Arkansas Insurance Department
Arkansas Securities Department
California Department of Business Oversight
California Department of Insurance
California Department of Managed Health Care
Colorado Division of Insurance
Colorado Division of Securities
Connecticut Department of Banking
Connecticut Insurance Department
Connecticut Securities and Business Investments Division
Delaware Department of Insurance
Delaware Fraud & Consumer Protection Division
District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking
Florida Office of Financial Regulation
Georgia Securities Division
Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Hawaii Securities Enforcement Branch
Idaho Department of Finance
Idaho Department of Insurance
Idaho Securities Bureau
Illinois Department of Insurance
Illinois Division of Banking
Illinois Secretary of State-Securities
Indiana Department of Insurance
Indiana Securities Division
Iowa Insurance Division
Kansas Insurance Commissioner
Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions
Louisiana Department of Insurance
Maine Bureau of Insurance
Maine Department of Professional & Financial Regulation
Maine Office of Securities
Maryland Commissioner of Financial Regulation
Maryland Insurance Administration
Maryland Securities Division
Massachusetts Division of Banks
Massachusetts Division of Insurance
Massachusetts Securities Division
Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services
Michigan Securities Division
Minnesota Commerce Department
Mississippi Insurance Department
Mississippi Secretary of State-Securities
Missouri Department of Insurance
Missouri Secretary of State-Securities
Montana Commissioner of Securities & Insurance
Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance
Nebraska Department of Insurance
Nevada Division of Insurance
Nevada Financial Institutions Divisions
Nevada Secretary of State-Securities
New Hampshire Banking Department
New Hampshire Bureau of Securities Regulation
New Hampshire Insurance Department
New Jersey Bureau of Securities
New Jersey Department of Banking & Insurance
New Mexico Securities Division
New York Department of Financial Services
North Carolina Department of Insurance
North Carolina Division of Securities
North Carolina Office of the Commissioner of Banks
North Dakota Insurance Department
North Dakota Securities Department
Ohio Division of Financial Institutions
Ohio Division of Financial Institutions
Oklahoma Department of Consumer Credit
Oklahoma Department of Securities
Oklahoma Insurance Department
Oregon Division of Financial Regulation
Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities
Pennsylvania Insurance Department
Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation
Rhode Island Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner
South Carolina Department of Insurance
South Carolina Securities Division
South Dakota Division of Insurance
South Dakota Division of Insurance-Securities Regulation
Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance
Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions
Tennessee Securities Division
Texas Department of Banking
Texas Department of Insurance
Texas State Securities Board
Utah Insurance Department
Vermont Department of Financial Regulation
Virginia Bureau of Financial Institutions
Virginia Bureau of Insurance
Virginia Division of Securities
Washington Division of Securities
Washington State Department of Financial Institutions
Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner
West Virginia Division of Financial Institutions
West Virginia Securities Commission
Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions
Wisconsin Division of Securities
Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance
Wyoming Department of Insurance
Wyoming Secretary of State-Securities

 

June 5, 2020

added more than 150 new hospital and health system parent companies and updated parent-subsidiary linkages for existing parents

 

May 26, 2020

added Offense Groups to various search page options as well as to parent summary pages and individual penalty records.

 

March 18, 2020

added cases from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board

added cases from district attorneys in three additional California counties: Santa Cruz, Sonoma and Ventura

updated all federal agencies, state attorneys general and selected local prosecutors through the end of February 2020

increased parent universe to 3,075 corporations

 

December 9, 2019

added 565 cases from district attorneys and other local prosecutors in the country's largest counties and cities (press release)

added cases from states and large cities with consumer protection agencies

added cases from the New York Department of Financial Services 

updated all federal agencies and state attorneys general through late November 2019

increased parent universe to 3,066 corporations
 

September 15, 2019

Bipartisan Corporate Crime Fighting by the States report published (full text and press release)

added more than 7,000 state attorneys general cases 

separated federal and state agencies in the Option 1 and Options 2 dropdowns

added some new private employment class action lawsuits

updated all federal agencies through late August 2019

increase parent universe to 3,059 corporations

 

June 19, 2019

added data on background report class actions (press release with details) (list of cases)

updated all federal agencies and some state wage theft data through early June 2019

added some new wage theft and discrimination private lawsuits

increased parent universe to 3,028 corporations

 

April 2, 2019

added data on ERISA class action lawsuits (press release with details) (list of cases)

updated all federal agencies and some state wage theft data through late March 2019

added some new wage theft and discrimination private lawsuits

increased parent universe to 3,022 corporations

 

January 14, 2019

Big Business Bias report on workplace discrimination and harassment cases published

added data on selected workplace discrimination and harassment lawsuits

updated all federal agencies and some state wage theft data through late November 2018

increased parent universe to 3,004 corporations

 

September 17, 2018

added the following new dataset:
Fuel economy (CAFE) violations imposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

updated all federal agencies through late August 2018

added more wage theft collective action lawsuits

increased parent universe to 2,981 corporations

 

July 25, 2018

Publication of Corporate Impunity report by Public Citizen and the Corporate Research Project using Violation Tracker data

blog about report

full text of report

 

June 3, 2018

Grand Theft Paycheck report on wage theft data

added the following new datasets:
1,194 wage and hour collective action private lawsuits filed in federal and state courts
12,090 wage and hour enforcement actions by state and local agencies in nine states

updated all federal agencies through early May 2018

added Option 2 search boxes relating to Action Type and Level of Government

 

April 20, 2018

added the following new dataset:
Bureau of Industry and Security antiboycott violations

updated all agencies through mid-April 2018

 

March 28, 2018

added following new datasets:
Energy Department Office of General Counsel enforcement announcements
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Nursing Home Compare penalty data
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Medicare Coverage Gap Discount Program violations
Securities and Exchange Commission Administrative Proceedings

updated all agencies through mid-March 2018

 

March 6, 2018

parent summary pages and individual entries now include both parent major industry and specific industry

 

March 4, 2018

adjusted free text search to encompass specific industry categories shown on parent summary pages

deleted United Technologies entry that should not have been included, given that the penalty had been overturned on appeal

 

February 10, 2018

press release about expansion

Dirt Diggers Digest blog about expansion

updated all agencies through the end of the first 12 months of the Trump Administration (January 19)

increased parent universe to 2,845 corporations

added new search box in Option 2 relating to presidential administration

 

December 12, 2017

press release about expansion

Dirt Diggers Digest blog about expansion

added about 1,000 cases from U.S. Attorney's Offices around the country

increased parent universe to 2,824 corporations

updated all agencies through mid-November 2017

added penalty dates for all entries

 

September 19, 2017

press release about expansion

Dirt Diggers Digest blog about expansion

added data back to the beginning of 2000, increasing size of database to 300,000 entries

increased parent universe to 2,798 corporations

updated all agencies through late Summer 2017

added NAICS search box

 

June 14, 2017

press release about expansion

Dirt Diggers Digest blog about expansion

increased parent universe to 2,465

added data from the following new agency:
National Labor Relations Board

updated all agencies through late May 2017
 

April 18, 2017

press release about expansion

Dirt Diggers Digest blog about expansion

increased parent universe to 2,448 companies

added data from the following new agencies:
Federal Communications Commission
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration
Labor Department Wage and Hour Division

updated all agencies through late March 2017

 

February 20, 2017

press release about expansion

blog summarizing additions to the site

increased parent universe to  2,310 companies

added data from the following new agencies:
Drug Enforcement Administration (cases against pharmacy chains)
Employee Benefits Security Administration
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Federal Maritime Commission
Housing and Urban Development Department
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
State Department Directorate of Defense Trade Controls
Transportation Department Aviation Consumer Protection Division

updated all agencies through the beginning of February 2017

added archival links for those info sources that are individual documents

 

September 26, 2016

Dirt Diggers Digest blog post about the Violation Tracker expansion
 

September 25, 2016

press release about expansion

added search features for offense types and parent ownership structure
increased parent universe to  2,165 companies

added data from the following new agencies:
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Health and Human Services Department Office of Inspector General
Interior Department Office of Natural Resources Revenue

went from selected to complete coverage of the following agencies:
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 
Securities and Exchange Commission

 updated data from other agencies already covered into Violation Tracker 2.0 

June 29, 2016

added link on User Guide page to a recording of a webinar on Violation Tracker 2.0

June 28, 2016

press release about expansion

added data from the following new agencies and relabeled the site Violation Tracker 2.0:
Bureau of Industry and Security
Commodity Futures Trading Commission (selected cases)
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (selected cases)
Federal Housing Finance Agency
Federal Reserve
Federal Trade Commission
Justice Department Antitrust Division
Justice Department Civil Rights Division
Justice Department Tax Division
National Credit Union Administration
Office of Foreign Assets Control
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Securities and Exchange Commission (selected cases)
Treasury Department Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
Treasury Department Financial Crimes Enforcement Network

updated data for agencies already included in Violation Tracker 1.0
added Case Type search box
added ability to select more than one item in several Option 2 search dropdowns
added more info fields to EPA, MSHA and OSHA entries
added links to individual inspection records on the OSHA website

blog on new data 

June 23, 2016: Blog post on infrequent use of criminal charges

June 16, 2016: Blog post on foreign bribery cases

June 9, 2016: Blog post on price-fixing cases

December 3, 2015: Blog post on major violators that remain members of ALEC

November 19, 2015: Blog post on violations relating to toy safety

November 12, 2015: Blog post on violations relating to different forms of oil transport

November 5, 2015: Blog post on top OSHA violators and their labor practices