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Syncora Holdings Ltd (Syncora) has made available Annual Statement 2013 (February 2014) for its financial guarantee insurance subsidiary Syncora Guarantee Inc (SGI), which states that SGI has received US$400 million from JPMorgan to settle SGI's residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS)-related claims against JPMorgan and its affiliates.

Published in Financial Integrity

The United States (US) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it has issued Utilities Inc a notice of violation in relation to "at least 27 sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs)" that occurred at a South Carolina facility during 2013.

The United States (US) Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee's (HSGAC) Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations has released its majority and minority staff report Offshore Tax Evasion - The Effort to Collect Unpaid Taxes on Billions in Hidden Offshore Accounts (26 February 2014).

Published in Financial Integrity

Levi's Washed in Recycled Water

26 Feb 2014
Written by World Watch

Levi Strauss & Co (Levi Strauss) has modified certain parts of its denim jeans production processes so that they use recycled water rather than fresh water.

The United States (US) Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that Credit Suisse Group AG (Credit Suisse) has agreed to "pay [US]$196 million and admit [to] wrongdoing" to settle charges that it breached US federal securities law by providing unregistered financial services.

Published in Consumer Protection

The United States (US) Department of Labor (DoL) has announced that restaurant chain Chickie's and Pete's has agreed to pay more than 1,000 current and former employees a total of more than US$6.8 million in backwages and damages for "improperly taking tips from servers" and breaching US federal "minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping requirements".

General Electric (GE) has announced that it has committed to the following as part of its ecomagination initiative to develop "technology solutions that save money and reduce environmental impact for [GE] customers and operations":

The United States (US) Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has made available an Order (15 January 2014) requiring light bulb manufacturer Lights of America Inc (Lights of America) and its owners to pay the FTC US$21 million for "misleading consumers by exaggerating the performance of their [light-emitting diode (LED)] light bulbs".

Published in Consumer Protection

The United States (US) Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced that a former executive of Toyota Group subsidiary Denso Corp (Denso) has agreed to plead guilty to obstruction of justice in relation to a DoJ antitrust division investigation and will serve a one-year prison term.

Published in Competition

The United States (US) Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced that Diagnostic Imaging Group (DIG) has agreed to pay US$15.5 million to settle allegations of false claims and kickbacks.

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