Volkswagen To Admit Guilt in Emissions Case, Pay $4.3B

The plea would resolve a federal criminal investigation into the company’s cheating on vehicle emissions tests. The plea and the arrest of a Volkswagen executive on conspiracy charges buck a pattern of companies paying their way out of criminal accusations. While companies often face large fines for wrongdoing, it is less common for them to admit to lawbreaking.

Gregg Barak

Defining Multinational Corporate Crime Down

Multinational corporations have so far been able to escape penalties for human rights and environmental violations. There are alternatives to criminal sanctions worth considering –but will the new leadership at the Department of Justice consider them?