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Legal News
19 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

A French court acquitted 14 companies accused of bribery on Thursday for negotiating contracts as part of the UN oil-for-food program [official website; JURIST news archive] with the Iraqi government under Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive]. The oil-for-food program allowed the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein, which was under UN … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jul 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A French court on Monday acquitted French oil company Total [corporate website], its CEO Christophe de Margerie [WSJ profile] and several other defendants on corruption charges in connection with a scandal involving the UN's Iraq Oil-for-Food program [official website; JURIST news archive]. The oil-for-food program allowed the Iraqi government … [read more]


Legal News
7 Feb 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Wednesday dismissed [opinion, PDF] an Iraqi government lawsuit accusing numerous business entities of conspiring with Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] to disrupt the UN Oil-for-Food Program [official website; JURIST news archive], thereby … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jan 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] The UN Compensation Commission (UNCC) [official website] on Thursday announced a disbursement of $1.3 billion [UN News Centre report] to two claimants who suffered damages during Iraq's invasion of Kuwait [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in 1990. The two claimants were compensated for destruction of Kuwait's oil field assets. … [read more]


Legal News
25 Sep 2012
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The French Court of Cassation [official website, in French] on Tuesday upheld [judgment, PDF, in French] a lower court's 2008 decision finding French oil company Total [corporate website] and several other defendants criminally liable for an oil spill that occurred of the coast of Brittany in 1999. Over 20,000 … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The UN Compensation Commission (UNCC) [official website] on Thursday made available additional funds [press release, PDF] for the government of Kuwait [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in an amount of around $1.3 billion for losses suffered during 1990-1991 Iraqi invasion [BBC backgrounder]. The funds will be available to six … [read more]


Legal News
16 Dec 2010
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Wednesday voted to remove sanctions [news release] imposed on Iraq between 1991 and 2003 during the country's wars under former Iraqi dictator Suddam Hussein [JURIST news archive]. The Security Council approved three resolutions [fact sheet, PDF] that eliminated the Development Fund for … [read more]


Legal News
11 Sep 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Friday upheld [opinion, PDF] a jury verdict clearing Chevron [corporate website] of wrongdoing in the 1998 deaths of two protesters occupying a Nigerian oil platform operated by the company. Protesters Arolika Irowarinun and Bola Oyinbo, were killed … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jul 2010
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] General Electric Co. (GE) [corporate website] on Tuesday agreed to a $23.5 million settlement [press release] after the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] filed a complaint [text, PDF] accusing GE of bribing Iraqi officials to receive contracts under the UN Oil-for-Food program [official website; JURIST news … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jul 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] A UK crown court on Friday ordered five companies to pay £9.5 million [press release] in damages relating to the 2005 Buncefield oil storage depot explosion [investigation website; case materials], which has been described as the most costly industrial accident in the UK. Total UK, a subsidiary of French … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2010
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] A Paris judge has charged French oil company Total [corporate website] with bribery and complicity in connection with a scandal involving the UN's Iraq Oil-for-Food program [official website, JURIST news archive], the company's lawyer confirmed Tuesday. Total announced the court's decision in its annual report last week but maintained … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2010
by Jay Carmella

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced [press release] on Tuesday that 22 individuals were indicted [materials] for violating federal bribery laws in an effort to obtain foreign business contracts. An undercover operation conducted by the FBI found violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) [text], … [read more]


Legal News
7 Mar 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] Texas oil baron David Chalmers was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to forfeit $9 million Friday for paying millions in bribes to Iraqi officials in connection with the UN oil-for-food scandal [JURIST news archive]. Chalmers, the owner of Bayoil USA Inc and Bayoil Supply and Trading … [read more]


Legal News
27 Nov 2007
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Texas oil tycoon Oscar Wyatt Jr. [NYT profile] was sentenced [press release, PDF] Tuesday to one year in prison and ordered to pay over $11 million dollars in restitution for his role in the Iraq Oil-for-Food scandal [JURIST news archive]. Originally accused of paying millions of dollars in illegal … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2007
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] on Wednesday agreed to a $30 million settlement of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act [materials; DOJ backgrounder] charges against Chevron [corporate website] in connection with the oil company's alleged involvement in a scheme to exchange illegal payments to Iraqi officials under … [read more]


Legal News
1 Oct 2007
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] Houston oil tycoon Oscar Wyatt [NYT profile] pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for his involvement in the Iraq Oil-for-Food scandal [JURIST news archive]. Wyatt pleaded guilty to only one of five charges against him for his alleged payment of millions of dollars … [read more]


Legal News
14 Sep 2007
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Victims of Saddam Hussein's government filed a class action lawsuit against the Australian Wheat Board (AWB) [corporate website; JURIST news archive] and its US subsidiary in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website], AWB officials said Friday. The suit alleges that AWB contributed … [read more]


Legal News
17 Aug 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] A Texas oil baron pleaded guilty Friday to charges that he paid millions in bribes to Iraqi officials in connection with the UN oil-for-food scandal. David Chalmers, owner of Bayoil USA Inc and Bayoil Supply and Trading Ltd, pleaded guilty in the US District Court for the Southern District … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2007
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] Australian Attorney General Philip Ruddock said Thursday that the government plans to strengthen foreign bribery laws after a government commission concluded that the Australian Wheat Board (AWB) corporate website] paid roughly $220 million in kickbacks to Saddam Hussein's former regime to secure $2.3 billion in grain contracts under the … [read more]


Legal News
22 Feb 2007
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] A US federal judge Thursday sentenced former South Korean lobbyist Tongsun Park [personal website; Washington Post profile] to five years in prison for his conviction on charges [JURIST reports] of money laundering, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and acting as an unregistered agent of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein. … [read more]

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