244 entries in 'Court News'
2019/07/04   High court keeps citizenship question off census for now
2019/07/03   Appeals court puts Trump abortion restrictions on hold again
2019/06/28   Supreme Court sends Florida cross case back to lower court
2019/06/25   High court strikes down ‘scandalous’ part of trademark law
2019/06/19   Court rules UK must reconsider arms sales to Saudi Arabia
2019/06/08   Supreme Court rules against oil drilling platform workers
2019/06/02   Carnival will pay $20m over pollution from its cruise ships
2019/05/26   Utah judge suspended for making anti-Trump comments
2019/05/24   Brazil's supreme court votes to make homophobia a crime
2019/05/11   Students in Colorado shooting face murder, other charges
2019/05/07   Georgia high court to hear appeal in election challenge
2019/04/21   Supreme Court to take up LGBT job discrimination cases
2019/04/19   Accuracy at core of Supreme Court case over census question
2019/04/17   Nissan ex-chair Ghosn appeal on extended detention rejected
2019/04/12   Court overrules judge in Coryell County hospital explosion dispute
2019/04/11   Chief Justice Unveils Opioid-Related Court Initiative
2019/04/10   Judges reject Afghanistan probe; cite lack of cooperation
2019/04/02   Loughlin, Huffman due in court in college admissions scam
2019/03/26   Coaches, others due in court in college admissions scam
2019/02/12   Opera singer, husband appear in court on sex assault charge
2019/02/06   Man accused of kidnapping Wisconsin girl to appear in court
2019/02/05   Appellate judge announces run for Supreme Court seat
2019/02/03   NC high court sidesteps decision on tracking sex offenders
2019/01/26   North Carolina Supreme Court to examine Smithfield payments
2019/01/21   Congress to Probe Report that Trump Directed Lawyer to Lie
2018/12/31   Low-key days at Supreme Court may be ending soon
2018/12/24   Myanmar court hears appeal of convicted Reuters journalists
2018/12/20   Spain court grants $1.7 billion compensation for oil spill
2018/12/11   Thai court extends detention of refugee sought by Bahrain
2018/12/02   Sri Lanka court orders prime minister to refrain from duties
2018/11/30   Indicted US lawmaker to return to court after re-election
2018/11/28   Court could deal blow to porn star, award Trump legal fees
2018/11/18   Lawyer for WikiLeaks’ Assange says he would fight charges
2018/10/26   North Carolina top court orders study of courtroom portraits
2018/10/22   Poland: Top court judges return from forced retirements
2018/10/20   Court to hear case over ID of Texas execution drug supplier
2018/10/16   Georgia high court won't stop vote on creation of new city
2018/10/03   UN court orders US to lift some Iran sanctions
2018/10/01   Supreme Court won't hear case over California beach access
2018/09/29   Supreme Court term amid starts in shadow of Kavanaugh
2018/09/23   Trump picks combat over caution in court fight
2018/09/23   Idaho high court considers defamation lawsuit
2018/09/13   The Latest: New Mexico court blocks straight-ticket option
2018/08/26   Poland likely to ignore EU court ruling on justice overhaul
2018/08/15   Court document details moments before fatal police shooting
2018/08/12   N Carolina Supreme Court race lawsuit returning to court
2018/08/02   With scant record, Supreme Court nominee elusive on abo
2018/07/31   Donald Trump Jr., wife due in court for divorce hearing
2018/07/30   High court gives mixed verdict on Burgum-Legislature spat
2018/07/21   New Jersey court proposes tossing out old open-warrant cases
2018/07/16   India's top court calls for new law to curb mob violence
2018/07/14   German court: Catalan politician can legally be extradited
2018/07/02   Schumer rallies opposition to Trump anti-abortion court pick
2018/06/26   For new Supreme Court justice, a host of big issues awaits
2018/06/23   Man charged in bike path killings speaks in court of 'Allah'
2018/06/22   Indonesia court sentences cleric behind attacks to death
2018/06/17   State appeals court reinstates California's right-to-die law
2018/06/12   Gamers in court for first time after Kansas 'swatting' death
2018/06/04   Detroit-area couple in court over control of frozen embryos
2018/05/13   Court rules Italy's Berlusconi can run for office again
2018/05/01   Law firm hired to investigate economic development agency
2018/05/01   Arkansas officials ask court to keep voter ID law in place
2018/04/22   Judge fights for job after admitting to courthouse affair
2018/04/05   SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Diabetes, decisions and justice math
2018/04/01   Drug companies want Supreme Court to take eye drop dispute
2018/03/18   Another key redistricting case goes in front of high court
2018/02/24   Court leaves black judge on case against white officer
2018/02/22   Supreme Court sides with Chicago museum in terror case
2018/02/07   Supreme Court blocks some redrawn North Carolina districts
2018/02/06   Greek court postpones decision in Turkish extradition case
2018/02/04   Prosecutor asks for prison terms in Paris terror trial
2018/02/01   Nassar to face another sentence, victims in return to court
2018/01/28   Pennsylvania GOP take gerrymandering case to US high court
2018/01/16   Hong Kong court to rule later on 3 activists' prison terms
2018/01/16   Supreme Court to hear sales tax collection case
2018/01/15   Doctor charged in wife's death moved after threat to him
2018/01/11   Doctor charged in wife's death moved after threat to him
2018/01/10   State high court upholds ex-police chief's murder conviction
2018/01/04   Western powers warn Kosovo on changing war crimes court law
2018/01/02   Spanish court reviews custody of ex-Catalan vice president
2017/12/06   Arkansas judge blocks state from issuing birth certificates
2017/12/04   Prosecutors ask court to send Russia's ex-minister to prison
2017/11/30   Court: Congregation's display doesn't deserve tax exemption
2017/11/27   Court: Stress no grounds for rescinding guilty pleas
2017/11/21   Belgian court pushes back extradition hearing for 5 Catalans
2017/11/16   German Court: Kuwait Airways Can Refuse Israeli Passengers
2017/11/10   High court to hear appeal in Newtown school shooting case
2017/10/30   Illinois to require veterans courts across the state in 2018
2017/10/21   Court, for now, blocks immigrant teen's access to abortion
2017/10/10   Australia's High Court to consider fate of 7 lawmakers
2017/10/07   Court nixes class-action status for TGI Friday's drink suit
2017/09/27   Pakistan ex-PM criticizes judiciary for his disqualification
2017/09/23   Ski Resort Fraud Court Case to Get Started in Vermont
2017/09/18   Rooney gets road ban after pleading guilty to drunk driving
2017/09/14   FBI Searched Ex-Oklahoma Senator's Office for Porn
2017/09/08   Abortion clinic dispute to be argued in Ohio Supreme Court
2017/08/29   Supreme Court justice blocks ruling on redrawing Texas districts
2017/08/20   Judge refuses to end Roman Polanski sex assault case
2017/08/16   Missouri Supreme Court rejects request to stop execution
2017/08/12   Prosecutors ask court to imprison Samsung heir for 12 years
2017/08/07   Court complicates Trump's threat to cut 'Obamacare' funds
2017/08/01   Man suspected in Indiana officer's killing due in court
2017/07/24   Driver due in court after deaths of migrants in tractor-trailer
2017/07/24   Court hearing could decide fate of dog pardoned by governor
2017/07/21   Court ends hearing into corruption charges against PM
2017/07/13   Hearing In San Diego Unified Suit Against The College Board
2017/07/11   Rob Kardashian's ex-fiancee arrives at court for hearing
2017/07/10   Relatives of Slain US Troops Describe Loss to Jordan Court
2017/07/04   Court: Energy firm can pass $55M cleanup costs
2017/06/25   Attention on Supreme Court as justice weigh Trump travel ban
2017/06/14   Court filing: Marsh seeks OK to sell 26 grocery stores
2017/06/13   Indiana governor names Judge Goff to state Supreme Court
2017/06/09   Roman Polanski sex victim to appear in court for first time
2017/05/31   Mom sentenced in Australian court for drowning 3 children
2017/05/30   Kim Jong Nam murder suspect asks her parents to pray for her
2017/05/28   Trump travel ban showdown headed for Supreme Court
2017/05/08   New Mexico Supreme Court won't restore funds to Legislature
2017/05/03   Supreme Court says cities can sue banks under anti-bias law
2017/05/01   Idaho Judicial Council accepting applications for high court
2017/04/22   Fresno killings suspect shouts out during 1st court hearing
2017/04/20   Not guilty pleas entered for accused in Canada polygamy case
2017/04/18   Ohio high court will review full autopsies from 8 slayings
2017/04/13   2 inmates seek execution stays from Arkansas high court
2017/04/06   US court ruling could bring more suits over Nazi-looted art
2017/04/02   Democrats tighten opposition of high court pick
2017/03/30   High Court Struggles Over Hospital Pension Dispute
2017/03/20   Court: Student prayers OK at school board meetings
2017/03/17   China praises courts for punishing state security crimes
2017/03/17   Kansas Supreme Court receptive to protecting abortion rights
2017/03/13   Alleged jewel thief arrested after missing court hearing
2017/03/12   Airport shooting suspect in court on mental health issues
2017/03/06   Immigration courts: record number of cases, many problems
2017/03/02   Florida Legislature at "Open War" with State Supreme Court
2017/02/24   US appeals court upholds Maryland assault weapons ban
2017/02/21   Trial court election changes considered by North Carolina House
2017/02/15   Wisconsin Supreme Court to hear open meetings case
2017/02/14   NC court blocks law stripping governor of election powers
2017/01/28   Philippine president's drug crackdown faces court challenge
2017/01/27   Driver due in court in Cleveland officer's hit-and-run death
2017/01/26   Student guilty of black church arsons wants pro-white group
2017/01/22   Ethics measure backers ask high court to let them join case
2017/01/21   Aaron Hernandez expected in court as murder trial nears
2016/12/06   State high court to hear wind power appeal
2016/12/01   German court upholds former Auschwitz guard's conviction
2016/11/29   Supreme Court rejects church's appeal over marijuana laws
2016/11/20   French court restores far-right candidate's ties to father
2016/11/18   Supreme Court stays execution of Alabama inmate
2016/11/03   Supreme Court won't hear challenge to FBI fitness test
2016/11/01   Supreme Court gives new chance to 5 Arizona inmates
2016/10/26   Greece court cancels TV license overhaul; blow to government
2016/10/10   Iraq's federal court rules against prime minister's reforms
2016/10/03   US Supreme Court won't hear Arizona death sentence case
2016/09/22   European court dismisses case brought by Srebrenica families
2016/09/19   Court rules man treated for mental illness can have a gun
2016/09/18   Court halts construction of another section of pipeline
2016/09/11   Biden, Supreme Court nominee on Hill to pressure GOP
2016/09/08   Court denies asylum to 28 detained Latin American mothers
2016/08/24   Appeals court: Week of early voting shouldn't return to Ohio
2016/08/19   Polish prosecutors investigate court head for abuse of power
2016/08/13   North Carolina shooting victim's family hires lawyer
2016/08/09   Appeals court hands loss to New Jersey sports betting effort
2016/07/29   Courts derail voting limits pushed by GOP in 3 states
2016/07/27   Court won't reinstate church official's conviction
2016/07/12   Court denies hospital's bid to perform brain death test
2016/07/08   Thai military court adds to singer's jail term for insults
2016/07/06   Court orders release of Chicago police disciplinary records
2016/07/05   Obama rebukes Poland over paralysis of constitutional court
2016/06/25   Scalia's death, Senate inaction leave Supreme Court in bind
2016/06/14   Spain court orders Operation Puerto blood bags released
2016/06/13   Court Vacates $1.8M Ventura Award in 'American Sniper' Case
2016/06/12   High Court won't hear dispute over birthright citizenship
2016/06/08   Appeals court denies Hope Solo's bid to avoid trial
2016/06/06   British court gives 22 life sentences to pedophile
2016/06/03   Missouri Appeals Court to decide fight over frozen embryos
2016/05/31   Bahrain court more than doubles opposition leader's sentence
2016/05/28   Man admits kidnapping teen girl, raping her during captivity
2016/05/27   Court upholds $3M judgment against Gerber Products Co.
2016/05/26   Swedish court upholds arrest warrant for Julian Assange
2016/05/25   Swedish court upholds arrest warrant for Julian Assange
2016/05/22   Court rejects blocking health warning on sugary drinks ads
2016/05/10   Kansas Supreme Court reviews lawmakers' school aid changes
2016/05/08   Court: Slipknot bassist's child born after he died can sue
2016/05/04   Tribunal: India, Italy should agree on Italian marine's bail
2016/04/25   Stoddard firefighter charged with arson due in court
2016/04/13   Supreme Court to swear in large group of deaf lawyers
2016/04/12   Appeals court rules Mississippi can resume Google inquiry
2016/03/27   Attorney: Court ruling lets Ohio political candidates lie
2016/03/20   Supreme Court rejects states' challenge to Colorado pot law
2016/03/18   Man accused of terrorism charge with fiancee pleads guilty
2016/03/15   RNC launches campaign to oppose Obama's Supreme Court pick
2016/03/12   Teen changes plea to guilty in deaths of mother, stepfather
2016/03/10   Federal appeals court to rehear Texas voter ID case
2016/02/23   German court ends fight over estate of Iran shah's 2nd wife
2016/02/07   Kenya: Supreme court judge to be investigated over bribery
2016/01/30   Texas renews bid for court-imposed refugee restrictions
2016/01/23   Appeals court upholds Virginia health care facility law
2016/01/18   Ohio's top court declines to change rules on plea deals
2016/01/15   High court raises doubts over Puerto Rico sovereignty
2015/12/12   Mexico issues first permits for marijuana under court ruling
2015/11/17   India court orders action on crematorium near Taj Mahal
2015/11/12   Ruling gives Sandusky back $4,900-a-month Penn State pension
2015/11/03   German court: former SS Auschwitz guard fit for trial
2015/11/02   High court rejects ex-stockbroker's appeal in fraud case
2015/10/18   'Whitey' Bulger's lover heads to court on contempt charge
2015/10/17   Man pleads guilty in threats against Wichita courthouse
2015/10/17   Court records: Ohio man on electronic monitor raped teen
2015/10/10   Quaid expected in Vermont court to face charge
2015/09/14   Ferguson panel recommends police, court reform, transparency
2015/09/08   German court rules against Lufthansa pilot strike
2015/09/07   Kentucky court session planned in former women's coach case
2015/09/05   U.S. military chooses rarely-used charge for Bergdahl
2015/08/27   Burkina Faso court rejects candidate of former ruling party
2015/08/12   Man charged with killing Memphis officer to appear in court
2015/08/11   Penn State ex-officials' case heads to appeals court hearing
2015/08/03   UK jury says trader guilty of manipulating key interest rate
2015/07/27   Appeals court revives challenge to consumer agency
2015/07/25   Appeals court revives challenge to consumer age
2015/07/24   NY state Sen. Sampson found guilty of obstruction
2015/07/19   Ill. high court rejects intervention on state paychecks
2015/07/13   Pakistan court grants bail to top model arrested with cash
2015/07/09   Court revises test on determining Native American status
2015/07/04   Bryant tells court it should affirm same-sex marriage ruling
2015/06/29   Supreme Court will re-hear Texas affirmative action
2015/06/20   Illinois high court: Comcast must reveal anonymous commenter
2015/06/10   Man accused of Jewish site shootings to appear in court
2015/06/04   Judge grants new trial in death of intern Chandra Levy
2015/04/23   California court ruling could limit drought fighting tools
2015/03/23   Bond hearing scheduled for millionaire Durst in New Orleans
2015/02/25   Philippine court enters not guilty plea for US Marine
2015/02/09   Former Massey Energy CEO asks court to dismiss charges
2015/02/09   Alabama begins issuing marriage licenses to gay couples
2015/02/03   Supreme Court halts 3 upcoming executions in Oklahoma
2015/02/03   Two justices once open to cameras in court now reconsider
2015/01/30   Fugitive treasure hunter to appear in Florida federal court
2015/01/19   Arizona sheriff could face civil contempt hearing in court
2015/01/08   Nebraska court could hold up Keystone pipeline
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High court keeps citizenship question off census for now
Court News | 2019/07/04 05:43
In a surprising move, the Supreme Court on Thursday kept the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census for now, and the question’s opponents say there’s no time to revisit the issue before next week’s scheduled start to the printing of census forms.

But President Donald Trump said on Twitter after the decision that he’s asked lawyers if they can “delay the Census, no matter how long” until the “United States Supreme Court is given additional information from which it can make a final and decisive decision” on the issue. Under federal law the census must begin on April 1, 2020. A former director of the Census Bureau said he believed Congress would have to change the law for the count to be delayed.

The issue of whether to add the citizenship question to the census is a politically charged one. Democratic cities and states who oppose adding it argue that they’d get less federal money and fewer representatives in Congress if the question is asked because it would discourage the participation of minorities, primarily Hispanics, who tend to support Democrats.

During arguments in the case at the Supreme Court in April it seemed as though the Trump administration would win because Chief Justice John Roberts and other conservatives appointed by Republican presidents did not appear to see anything wrong with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ decision to add the question. Ultimately, however, Roberts joined the court’s four more liberal members in saying the administration’s current justification for the question “seems to have been contrived.”

The Trump administration had said the question was being added to aid in enforcement of the Voting Rights Act, which protects minority voters’ access to the ballot box. But the Justice Department had never previously sought a citizenship question in the 54-year history of the landmark voting rights law.



Appeals court puts Trump abortion restrictions on hold again
Court News | 2019/07/03 05:43
Trump administration rules that impose additional hurdles for low-income women seeking abortions are on hold once again.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Wednesday vacated a unanimous ruling from a three-judge panel and said a slate of 11 judges will reconsider lawsuits brought by more than 20 states and several civil rights and health organizations challenging the rules.

The rules ban taxpayer-funded clinics from making abortion referrals and prohibit clinics that receive federal money from sharing office space with abortion providers.

Critics say the rules would force many clinics to find new locations, undergo expensive remodels or shut down.

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. The agency previously said its position “is supported by long-standing Supreme Court precedent, and we are confident we will ultimately prevail on appeal.”

Federal judges in Washington, Oregon and California blocked the rules from taking effect. U.S. District Judge Michael McShane in Oregon called the new policy “madness” and said it was motivated by “an arrogant assumption that the government is better suited to direct women’s health care than their providers.”


Supreme Court sends Florida cross case back to lower court
Court News | 2019/06/28 18:32
Court decisions directing the removal of a cross from a public park in Florida should get another look, after a Supreme Court ruling that upheld a different cross in Maryland, the high court said Friday.

The justices sent the Florida case back to a lower court to decide whether previous decisions that the cross should be removed were correct or if the cross should stay given the Supreme Court’s latest opinion.

In the Maryland case decided last week, the justices let stand a war memorial in the shape of a cross that is located on a public highway median and maintained by public officials. The approximately 40-foot-tall cross was completed in 1925 and honors soldiers who died in World War I. Seven of the court’s nine justices sided with supporters of the cross in ruling it should stand.

A majority of justices signed on to an opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito that said “when time’s passage imbues a religiously expressive monument, symbol or practice with this kind of familiarly and historical significance, removing it may no longer appear neutral.” Alito also wrote that the Maryland cross’ connection to World War I was important in upholding it because crosses, which marked the graves of American soldiers, became a symbol closely linked to the war.

The Florida case involves a cross that was first put up in Pensacola’s Bayview Park in 1941 for a community Easter service. It has been the site of annual Easter services since. The cross was at first made of wood but was replaced in 1969 by a 34-foot-tall concrete cross.

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation and the Washington-based American Humanist Association sued over the cross on behalf of four current or former residents, arguing that it violates the establishment clause of the First Amendment, which prohibits the government from favoring one religion over others. A trial court and appeals court agreed.

Luke Goodrich, an attorney at the Washington-based Becket Fund For Religious Liberty, which is representing the city of Pensacola and defending the cross, said he believes the Supreme Court’s recent Maryland case is “very helpful” to their case. He pointed to a line in Alito’s opinion that suggests a “presumption of constitutionality for longstanding monuments, symbols and practices.” And he said the cross is “part of the history and culture of the city of Pensacola.” While the Pensacola cross was not, like the Maryland cross, put up to memorialize World War I veterans, it was put up on the eve of World War II and has become a gathering place, Goodrich said.


High court strikes down ‘scandalous’ part of trademark law
Court News | 2019/06/25 17:30
The Supreme Court struck down a section of federal law Monday that prevented businesses from registering trademarks seen as scandalous or immoral, handing a victory to California fashion brand FUCT.

The high court ruled that the century-old provision is an unconstitutional restriction on speech. Between 2005 and 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office ultimately refused about 150 trademark applications a year as a result of the provision. Those who were turned away could still use the words they were seeking to register, but they didn’t get the benefits that come with trademark registration. Going after counterfeiters was also difficult as a result.

The Trump administration had defended the provision, arguing that it encouraged trademarks that are appropriate for all audiences.

The high court’s ruling means that the people and companies behind applications that previously failed as a result of the scandalous or immoral provision can re-submit them for approval. And new trademark applications cannot be refused on the grounds they are scandalous or immoral.

Justice Elena Kagan said in reading her majority opinion that the most fundamental principle of free speech law is that the government can’t penalize or discriminate against expression based on the ideas or viewpoints they convey. She said Lanham Act’s ban on “immoral or scandalous” trademarks does just that.

In an opinion for herself and five colleagues, both conservatives and liberals, Kagan called the law’s immoral or scandalous provision “substantially overbroad.”

“There are a great many immoral and scandalous ideas in the world (even more than there are swearwords), and the Lanham Act covers them all. It therefore violates the First Amendment,” she wrote.

Kagan’s opinion suggested that a narrower law covering just lewd, sexually explicit or profane trademarks might be acceptable.

The justices’ ruling was in some ways expected because of one the court made two years ago . In 2017, the justices unanimously invalidated a related provision of federal law that told officials not to register disparaging trademarks, finding that restriction violated the First Amendment. In that case, an Asian-American rock band sued after the government refused to register its band name, “The Slants,” because it was seen as offensive to Asians.


Court rules UK must reconsider arms sales to Saudi Arabia
Court News | 2019/06/19 22:46
A British court ruled Thursday that the U.K. government acted unlawfully in selling weapons to Saudi Arabia that were used in the Yemen war, though it did not order a halt to the exports.

The Court of Appeal ruled in favor of anti-weapons campaigners, who argued that the sales should not have been allowed because there was a clear risk the weapons might be used in violation of international humanitarian law.

The British government plans to appeal the ruling, but while the case is ongoing, Trade Secretary Liam Fox said no new licenses for arms sales to Saudi Arabia would be granted.

Campaign Against Arms Trade argued that British bombs and fighter jets are fueling violence in Yemen, where a Saudi-led war against Iran-backed rebels has raged since 2015. The Gulf kingdom faces wide international criticism for indiscriminate airstrikes that have struck markets, hospitals and other civilian targets.

Three judges said the British government's decision-making "was wrong in law in one significant respect" — that they had "made no attempt" to find out whether the Saudi-led coalition had breached international law.


Supreme Court rules against oil drilling platform workers
Court News | 2019/06/08 04:03
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday against workers on oil drilling platforms off California who argued they should be paid for the off-work time they spend on the platform, including sleeping.

The high court said that federal law applies to the workers and doesn’t require them to be paid for nonworking time spent at their work location on the Outer Continental Shelf. The workers had argued that California law, which would require them to be compensated for that time, should apply.

Justice Clarence Thomas said in an opinion that “federal law is the only law” that applies on the Outer Continental Shelf and “there has never been any overlapping state and federal jurisdiction there.” The question, he said, was whether federal law addressed the question of off-work time spent on the oil rig. He said it did and didn’t require the workers to be paid.

The case before the Supreme Court involved Brian Newton, who worked on drilling platforms off California’s coast near Santa Barbara from 2013 to 2015. Like others living and working on the platform, he worked 14-day shifts, spending 12 hours working and 12 hours off work but on standby, where he could not leave the platform.

In 2015, Newton filed a class action lawsuit arguing that his former employer, Parker Drilling, was violating California law by, among other things, failing to pay workers for the time they spent on standby, including the time they spent sleeping.

In making their ruling, the justices had to grapple with a 1953 law called the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act. It says federal law applies on the Outer Continental Shelf. But the law also says the laws of the adjacent state are federal law to the extent they are “applicable and not inconsistent” with other federal law. If “federal law applies to a particular issue, state law is inapplicable,” Thomas wrote.


Carnival will pay $20m over pollution from its cruise ships
Court News | 2019/06/02 23:40
Carnival Corp. reached a settlement Monday with federal prosecutors in which the world’s largest cruise line agreed to pay a $20 million penalty because its ships continued to pollute the oceans despite a previous criminal conviction aimed at curbing similar conduct.

Senior U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz approved the agreement after Carnival CEO Arnold Donald stood up in open court and admitted the company’s responsibility for probation violations stemming from the previous environmental case.

“The company pleads guilty,” Arnold said six times in a packed courtroom that include other senior Carnival executives, including company chairman and Miami Heat owner Micky Arison.

“We acknowledge the shortcomings. I am here today to formulate a plan to fix them,” Arnold added

“The proof will be in the pudding, won’t it?” the judge replied. “If you all did not have the environment, you would have nothing to sell.”

Carnival admitted violating terms of probation from a 2016 criminal conviction for discharging oily waste from its Princess Cruise Lines ships and covering it up. Carnival paid a $40 million fine and was put on five years’ probation in that case, which affected all nine of its cruise brands that boast more than 100 ships.

Now Carnival has acknowledged that in the years since its ships have committed environmental crimes such as dumping “gray water” in prohibited places such Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park and knowingly allowing plastic to be discharged along with food waste in the Bahamas, which poses a severe threat to marine life.

The company also admitted falsifying compliance documents and other administrative violations such as having cleanup teams visit its ships just before scheduled inspections.

Seitz at an earlier hearing threatened to bar Carnival from docking at U.S. ports because of the violations and said she might hold executives individually liable for the probation violations.

“The concern I have is that senior management has no skin in the game,” Seitz said, adding that future violations might be met with prison time and criminal fines for individuals. “My goal is to have the defendant change its behavior.”

Under the settlement, Carnival promised there will be additional audits to check for violations, a restructuring of the company’s compliance and training programs, a better system for reporting environmental violations to state and federal agencies and improved waste management practices.


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