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15 March 2018

Natural Fruit Company lawsuits (re defamation suits against Andy Hall, Thailand)

In February 2013, Natural Fruit Company (“Natural Fruit”) filed the first of several lawsuits against migrant rights activist Andy Hall, alleging criminal and civil defamation, as well as violation of Thailand’s computer crimes laws.  Natural Fruit’s...

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27 June 2017

USA: Opioids deaths lead state officials to target drug firms, following model of lawsuits against tobacco industry

Author: German Lopez, Vox (USA)

"US officials are starting to treat opioid companies like Big Tobacco — and suing them", 7 Jun 2017...

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1 April 2015

USA: Indiana law allows discrimination on "religious" grounds - Arkansas considers similar law, many companies oppose both

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18 December 2014

New tool by NGOs & investors benchmarks companies on progress toward safe use of chemicals

Author: Susan Baker & Jeremy Cote, Trillium Asset Management; Constantina Bichta, Boston Common Asset Management; Richard Liroff, Investor Environmental Health Network

"New Third-Party Tool Measures Corporate Progress Towards Safer Chemicals - Public Data will Empower Responsible Investors to Recognize Leaders", 8 Dec 2014...

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5 June 2013

Confronting China's Cadmium-Laced Rice Crisis

Author: Pang Jiaoming, Gong Jing & Liu Hongqiao, Caixin (China)

…The city of Guangzhou's Municipal Food and Drug Administration…said inspections…found unsafe levels of cadmium in 44.4 percent of all rice and rice products [among which many are grown in Hunan]…Cadmium is…"a toxic element for humans, mainly...

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13 February 2013

Chinese national charged for child labour [So. Africa]

Author: Maryna van Wyk, New Age [So. Africa]

A businessman…[ Mr E Zhuang ]…appeared in the Zastron Magistrate’s Court…on charges relating to child labour after being caught with seven children, aged between nine and 13, working…at his warehouse... [D]irector of provincial operations for the...

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5 January 2012

Rise in workplace deaths with farms to fore once again [Ireland]

Author: Charlie Taylor, Irish Times

The number of work-related deaths recorded last year rose by 15 per cent…New figures from the Health and Safety Authority show there were 55 workplace deaths in 2011, compared to 48 in 2010…“This is the second year in a row that the total number of...

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7 August 2011

Woman sues boss for 'Mini-skirt Monday' dress code, claims she was sexually harassed for years [USA]

Author: Meena Hartenstein, Daily News [USA]

[A] Utah County woman claims her former employer crossed the line by trying to force her to follow a sexist schedule of attire including "Mini-skirt Monday." In a civil complaint filed...in U.S. District Court, Trudy Nycole Anderson, 44, says her ex...

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17 February 2011

Walmart in South Africa: The beast in the bush - A hungry predator stalks Africa

Author: Economist

On February 11th...South Africa’s Competition Commission approved Walmart’s proposed acquisition of a 51% stake in Massmart...South African unions view it like a charging rhino in a narrow alley. The American giant will bash unions, cut wages and...

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2 December 2010

Nash Finch faces U.S. complaint

Author: Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune [USA]

...The U.S. Labor Department...accused Edina-based Nash Finch Co….of systematically discriminating against more than 80 women... The department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs said...it wants Nash Finch to pay back wages and offer...

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