Source: Jewelers, Take Responsibility! We found that many companies don’t know where their gold and diamonds are coming from, and don’t do enough to assess human rights risks. In addition, jewelry and watch companies—including Bulgari, Chopard and Harry Winston– often publish only some sparse, general information about human rights risks in their supply chains. Some … More Watchmakers at Baselworld Should Reveal Where Their Gold Is From and What They Do to Protect Human Rights
Source: Slave Labor Widespread at ICE Detention Centers, Lawyers Say In June, detainees in San Diego filed a class action lawsuit against private detention center operator CoreCivic (formerly Corrections Corporation of America) alleging that they and thousands of other detainees were threatened with punishment—including solitary confinement and physical restraint—if they refused to participate in the voluntary work program. In addition to … More Lawsuits Say ICE Detention Centers Use of Slave Labor is Widespread
Source: Students defrauded by Corinthian Colleges will only see partial loan reliefThe Department of Education has begun notifying some former Corinthian Colleges students that it will forgive only one-half or less of their federal student loans, even though the students were defrauded by the now-defunct schools, the Associated Press has learned. The action is part … More Targeted by Obama, for-profit colleges get a pass from Trump and DeVos
Source: Hagens Berman: Massachusetts Consumers Sue Nestle for Allegedly Using Child and Slave Labor to Make Chocolate “Consumers across the country would be shocked to learn the horrible truth, that much of the world’s chocolate is brought to us by back-breaking forced labor of child slaves,” said Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman. “This … More Nestle Sued (again) for Allegedly Using Child and Slave Labor in its Chocolate
Source: MSC seeks public input on new forced labor policy The Marine Stewardship Council is seeking public input on a new policy on forced labor and related issues. MSC will be asking for stakeholder input on labor practices in on-shore and offshore fisheries and seafood supply chains, and several other issues. The 30-day comment period opens … More Marine Stewardship Council promulgates new forced labor policy
Source: ‘Labor-lens investors’ are disrupting exploitative supply chains For investors and global corporations, global supply chains marred by persistently poor and forced labor conditions present real and reputational risks. In January, Humanity United, the Omidyar Group anti-slavery organization (which sponsored the report along with the Freedom Fund), raised $23 million to invest in solutions to … More Labor-lens Investing: Investment strategies that end harmful labor practices are growing as risks become clear
Click here for link to StartTribune: 3M settles groundwater lawsuit for $850 million Attorney General Lori Swanson announced Tuesday that 3M Co. has agreed to give Minnesota $850 million to settle what has been a long and contentious lawsuit over the decades-long contamination of groundwater in the east metro. 3M Co. has agreed to give … More Groundwater lawsuit against 3M settled for $850 million
Source: How the Legal Industry is Adopting Ethereum-based Smart Contracts Due to their immutable and autonomous nature, smart contracts provide an alluring alternative to traditional legal contracts, and law firms are taking notice. In August of 2017, ten law firms and four legal institutions joined the Ethereum Enterprise Alliance. Among these is Hogan Lovells, the 14th largest … More Ethereum-based Smart Contracts Being Adopted by Legal Industry
Source: Chief Justice Roberts says courts will examine protections against sexual harassment Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. announced an initiative Sunday to ensure there are proper procedures in place to protect law clerks and other court employees from sexual harassment, saying it is clear that the federal judiciary “is not immune” from a widespread … More Courts to examine protections against sexual harassment – potius sero quam nunquam.
Source: The Criminal Underworld Is Dropping Bitcoin for Another Currency For ransomware attacks, monero is now “one of the favorites, if not the favorite,” Matt Suiche, founder of Dubai-based security firm Comae Technologies, said in a phone interview.