Vitol Inc. Agrees to Pay Over $135 Million to Resolve Charges for Bribery Schemes in Latin America

Los Angeles, California - Vitol Inc. (Vitol), the U.S. affiliate of the Vitol group of companies, which together form one of the largest energy trading firms in the world, has agreed to a combined total criminal penalty of $135 million to resolve bribery charges with law enforcement authorities in the United States and Brazil.  The resolution arises out of Vitol schemes to pay bribes to officials in Brazil, Ecuador, and Mexico.  

Justice Department Files Lawsuit Against Village of Airmont, for Zoning Restrictions that Target the Orthodox Jewish Community

Airmont, New York - The Justice Department Wednesday announced that it filed a lawsuit against the Village of Airmont, New York, alleging that it violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) by targeting the Orthodox Jewish community through zoning ordinances restricting religious schools and home synagogues, and by enforcing its zoning code in a discriminatory manner to prevent Orthodox Jews from using their property consistent with their faith.

Singaporean Shipping Company Fined $12 Million in a Multi-District Case for Concealing Illegal Discharges of Oily Water and Garbage

New Bern, North Carolina - Pacific Carriers Limited (PCL), a Singapore-based company that owns subsidiaries engaged in international shipping, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court before U.S. District Court Judge Louise Flanagan in New Bern, after pleading guilty to violations of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, obstruction of justice, and for a failure to notify the U.S. Coast Guard of a hazardous condition on the Motor Vessel (M/V) Pac Antares.

Justice Department Settles Lawsuit Against Owners and Mangers of Housing Properties in Honolulu

Honolulu, Hawaii - The Justice Department announced today that it has reached a settlement with the owners and managers of housing in Honolulu, Hawaii, to resolve a lawsuit filed last year alleging that the defendants refused to rent to families with children at properties they owned and managed, in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

California Man Charged with Cyberstalking Airbnb Guest

Fresno, California - A federal grand jury has returned a one-count indictment against Kevin James Strutz, 49, of Ceres, charging him with cyberstalking, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced Thursday.

Proclamation on National Manufacturing Day, 2020

Washington, DC - Since the founding of our Nation, Americans have been renowned for their craftsmanship and productivity. On National Manufacturing Day, we celebrate our dedicated American workers who carry on this legacy, recognizing that manufacturing is a cornerstone of our economic prosperity and national security. The workmanship and ingenuity of American manufacturers make “Made in the U.S.A.” an enduring stamp of patriotism and excellence, and we will always support the men and women whose work ensures that American manufacturing is second to none.