Criminal proceedings against companies
Below are our lawsuit profiles outlining criminal proceedings brought against companies (in alphabetical order).
Amesys lawsuit (re Libya): There are ongoing criminal lawsuits against the company for complicity with human rights abuses by the Gaddafi government in Libya by providing it with surveillance equipment before a French court.
Argor-Heraeus investigation (re Dem. Rep. of Congo): A criminal complaint by the Swiss federal prosecutors’ office against Argor-Heraeus SA alleged that the company had been involved in money laundering.
Chiquita lawsuits (re Colombia): A criminal complaint by the US government against the company for payments to paramilitary.
DLH lawsuit (re Liberian civil war): A complaint before the Public Prosecutor at the Court of Nantes, France, against DLH alleged that during the Liberian civil war, from 2002-2003, DLH bought timber from Liberian companies that provided support to Charles Taylor’s government.
Criminal complaint against Dutch ship-building firm for allegedly profiting from forced labour of N. Korean worker: A North Korean labourer sues a Dutch shipbuilding firm for allegedly profiting from his slavery.
Kaweri Coffee (part of Neumann Gruppe) lawsuit (re forced eviction in Uganda): There was a criminal complaint against Kaweri Coffee Plantation and the Ugandan Government alleging human rights violations.
Lafarge lawsuit (re complicity for crimes against humanity, Syria): Ex-Syrian employees and 2 NGOs filed a criminal complaint before French courts against Lafarge, for alleged abuses committed in Syria by its subsidiary Lafarge Cement Syria (LCS).In 2018, Lafarge was indicted by French investigative judges for complicity in crimes against humanity.
Nestlé lawsuit (re Colombia): An NGO filed a criminal complaint against the company for complicity in the murder of trade unionist.
Odebrecht lawsuit (re forced labour in Angola): A Brazilian prosecutor filed a lawsuit against the company in the labour court for forced labour.
Pfizer lawsuit (re administration of experimental drug in Nigeria, filed in Nigeria) Criminal charges were brought against the company in Nigeria following deaths and injuries during a drug trial.
Qosmos investigation (re Syria): NGOs filed a criminal complaint on the involvement of companies in supplying surveillance equipment to Syria.
Samsung lawsuit (re misleading advertising & labour rights abuses) NGOs filed criminal complaints in France against the company alleging misleading advertising practices, based on the incompatibility between Samsung's public ethical commitment and reports on working conditions in Samsung's subcontractors factories in China.
Syngenta lawsuit (re attack on rural workers in Brazil): The company was charged and found guilty of an armed attack.
Trafigura lawsuits (re Côte d’Ivoire): The company faced criminal charges in Netherlands for illegally exporting hazardous waste to Côte d’Ivoire. The allegations against the company are that it breached Dutch export and environmental laws as well as forging official documents.
TÜV SÜD criminal investigation in Germany (re role in Brumadinho dam collapse): Brazilians who lost close family members in the Brumadinho dam collapse, and two NGOs filed a law infringement complaint against German auditor TÜV SÜD.
Union Carbide/Dow lawsuit (re Bhopal, filed in India): A criminal court in India found Union Carbide India Ltd. and seven executives of the company guilty of criminal negligence in the Bhopal disaster.
Vinci lawsuit (re forced labour in Qatar): NGOs filed a complaint in France against Vinci over allegations of forced labour, servitude, and concealment in its construction sites for the football World Cup in Qatar.