Category: Corporate Abuse of Power

29 Miners and Massey’s Coal Crimes

Katrina vanden Heuvel

The Nation

June 26, 2011

It was Easter Weekend 2010 when 33-year-old Gary Quarles—a skilled miner with 14 years experience and a father of two— and an “up and coming” miner, Nicolas McCroskey, 26, were having dinner with a friend. They said that “something bad was going to happen” at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine where they worked.

That Sunday, Quarles also confided in a close friend he’d known since childhood.

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Perspectives: How to Stop Pay-to-Play Politics

by Shreya Barot, American Sustainable Business Council

The American democratic principles of “government of the people, by the people, for the people” are now being endangered by an overreaching Supreme Court ruling – Citizens United v. FEC. The Story of Citizens United, by the famous maker of The Story of Stuff, illustrates beautifully how the ruling enables corporations to spend unlimited money on public elections.

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Attorney General, Delaware Courts Asked to Revoke Massey Energy’s Corporate Charter

ATTORNEY GENERAL, DELAWARE COURTS ASKED TO REVOKE MASSEY ENERGY’S CORPORATE CHARTER LETTER TO DELAWARE ATTORNEY GENERAL BEAU BIDEN FOLLOWS THE RELEASE OF INDEPENDENT REPORT ON THE UPPER BIG BRANCH MINE DISASTER FREE SPEECH FOR PEOPLE AND APPALACHIAN VOICES CITE REPORT FOR DESCRIBING ‘A SHOCKING CORPORATE CULTURE OF ILLEGALITY’ WILMINGTON, DELAWARE — In the wake of
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Justices Offer Receptive Ear to Business Interests

Almost 40 years ago, a Virginia lawyer named Lewis F. Powell Jr. warned that the nation’s free enterprise system was under attack. He urged the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to assemble “a highly competent staff of lawyers” and retain outside counsel “of national standing and reputation” to appear before the Supreme Court and advance the interests of American business.
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