Corporate and White Collar Defendants Skate (But Not Always)

Sometimes it seems like wealthy corporate defendants skate liability. However, there have been some recent examples where—after many transgressions and serious consequences—some modicum of justice may surface, resulting in white collar defendants being held accountable.

Here are two recent examples

  • A peanut executive got 28 years for the 2008 and 2009 salmonella poisonings, which took nine lives and sickened many. Tainted peanut butter was traced to a Georgia plant. The prosecution of Stewart Parnell was the first time a U.S. food producer faced trial for food poisoning.Why prison? It turns out that Executive Parnell had faked lab test results and knowingly shipped salmonella-contaminated peanut butter! He was convicted of 67 counts.
  • Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship convicted of conspiracy: With a long history of ignoring mine safety relations and systematically blocking disclosure of violations, a mine explosion killed 29 people.Blankenship, one of the wealthiest and most influential men in West Virginia, was sentenced to only one year in custody, plus a $250,000 fine. Blankenship started his sentence in California on May 12, 2016.

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DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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