Jonathan Kaufman's blog

Corporations Hiding Behind the Constitution to Keep Secrets

Do corporations have the constitutional right to keep secrets, just because the information might be embarrassing or hurt their reputation if it became public? Our . . .

Court sides with Chiquita, Delays Justice for Victims of Paramilitary Violence in Colombia

If the top executives of a U.S. company, sitting in a Board room in Ohio, approve and hide illegal payments to a terrorist organization, does . . .

Shell May Have to Compensate Villagers for Oil Damage from Sabotage or Theft

The Niger Delta region of Nigeria is crisscrossed by thousands of miles of pipelines that leak oil with tragic frequency, contaminating waterways, destroying wildlife, and . . .

Publish What You Pay Rebuts Industry Claims, Argues for Strong New Transparency Rule

A few months ago, the oil lobby sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), demanding that transparency requirements be watered down in . . .

Big Oil Outfoxed as Civil Society and Mining Industry Score Big Win for Transparency in Canada

I was excited to see today that Canadian industry associations representing the world’s largest mining companies have endorsed regulations requiring fully public disclosure of companies’s . . .

Coke's report on responsible business practices in Myanmar sets standard for transparency on both successes and failures

I’ve just finished reading the report Coca-Cola submitted last week to the State Department on its business practices in Myanmar (Burma), and I have to . . .

U.S. Government’s Myanmar Reporting Requirements FAQs are a welcome (but inadequate) step forward

The U.S. State Department finally released a document providing answers to FAQs about the Responsible Investment Reporting Requirements for new investments in Myanmar, in which . . .

Myanmar Groups Send Letter to Obama on Reporting Requirements

EarthRights International helped to draft and signed a letter to President Obama this week, urging him to ensure that U.S. companies investing in Myanmar make . . .

Calling Out the API’s Lies in Oxfam’s Final Brief to the District Court

Last week, I finished working on the final brief of ERI’s client, Oxfam America, in the District Court lawsuit that the oil industry has filed . . .

Lower Courts Set to Address Questions Kiobel Left Unanswered

In all the flurry surrounding last month’s decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum , perhaps the clearest takeaway has been that the lower courts . . .

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