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Pay day loan companies.
Life insurance companies.
Professional hit(wo)men companies.
When someone asks what you think of as a corrupt, illegal, or consumer unfriendly company, these kinds of companies spring to mind. And while being the target of a hit is probably a lot worse than having to deal with a manager’s manager’s manager at a big insurance company, I’d say there’s a minimal difference.
So we took it upon ourselves to identify which companies and industries go out of their way to cause all of us the most pain and suffering (outside of dentists which we technically pay for the pleasure of going to). Specifically, those companies that had to pay the most in fines during 2018.
To do so we looked at the most recent data from Good Jobs First Violation Tracker. They have a pretty straightforward description of their project and sources of data:
“Violation Tracker is the first national search engine on corporate misconduct. It covers banking, consumer protection, false claims, environmental, wage & hour, unfair labor practice, health, safety, employment discrimination, price-fixing, bribery and other cases initiated by more than 40 federal regulatory agencies and all divisions of the Justice Department since 2000”.
We pulled the data for all of 2018 and aggregated “Penalty Amount” to the parent company level in order to identify the companies that paid the most in fines:
All in all, the companies in Good Jobs First database paid out an outlandish $22,727,958,383 in fines in 2018 with these top ten companies paying out $15,951,582,832 — or about 70% of the total amount.
Forget about the 80/20 rule, this is the 70 / 0.00008 rule.
You can find a detailed breakdown by industry, agency, and company below.
We used data from Good Jobs First Violation Tracker for all of 2018.
We then aggregated “Penalty Amount” by the parent company or, if no parent company was present, the company name for every company in the data set — 12,477.
We sorted the result from highest total penalty amount to the lowest penalty amount.
Finally, we did the same procedure by “Major Industry of Parent” when the data was available (about 15% of companies had this field) and for government “Agency”, which was available for about 99%+ of penalties.
Below is a further breakdown by industry, agency, and the top 100 companies.
|6||Oil And Gas||$392,186,790|
|7||Electrical And Electronic Equipment||$376,994,730|
|1||Justice Department Civil Division||$9,328,658,000|
|2||U.S. Attorney-Eastern District of New York||$2,009,315,000|
|3||Bureau of Industry and Security||$1,401,174,600|
|4||U.S. Attorney-Southern District of New York||$1,287,475,000|
|5||Justice Department Criminal Division||$1,015,831,175|
|6||Securities and Exchange Commission||$922,930,627|
|7||Commodity Futures Trading Commission||$916,515,827|
|8||Consumer Financial Protection Bureau||$895,222,001|
|9||Federal Communications Commission||$883,868,855|
|10||Office of the Comptroller of the Currency||$825,707,245|
|1||Royal Bank Of Scotland||$4,900,750,000|
|12||Johnson & Johnson||$360,000,000|
|14||Davita Healthcare Partners||$270,000,000|
|15||Community Health Systems||$260,000,000|
|20||Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu||$149,599,057|
|22||Bank Of America||$106,876,723|
|24||Capital One Financial||$100,000,000|
|30||Best Insurance Contracts, Inc||$82,000,000|
|34||American Broadband & Telecommunications Company||$63,463,500|
|35||Prime Healthcare Services Inc.||$61,750,000|
|39||Gs Caltex Corporation||$57,500,000|
|42||Aurora Loan Services, Llc||$41,000,000|
|44||Public Service Enterprise||$39,439,000|
|45||Affordable Enterprises Of Arizona||$37,500,000|
|47||Walgreens Boots Alliance||$34,525,868|
|48||Canada Drugs, Rockley Ventures, And River East Supplies||$34,000,000|
|50||Tcf Financial Corp.||$31,000,000|
|51||Western Dubuque Biodiesel Llc||$31,000,000|
|53||Bestcare Laboratory Services Llc||$30,571,635|
|56||Mega International Commercial Bank Co., Ltd.||$29,000,000|
|59||Ngl Energy Partners||$25,020,235|
|60||Abercrombie & Fitch||$25,000,000|
|61||Kalispell Regional Healthcare System||$24,000,000|
|67||Paramedics Plus, Llc||$20,649,000|
|70||Inchcape Shipping Services Holdings Limited||$20,000,000|
|71||Bunker Hill Mining Corp. (On Behalf Of Placer Mining Corporation)||$20,000,000|
|73||Williams Advisory Group, Llc||$19,450,034|
|75||Pnc Financial Services||$18,707,245|
|81||Health Quest Systems, Inc. Et Al.||$14,700,000|
|82||North American Power Group Ltd.||$14,400,000|
|83||Bon Secours Mercy Health||$14,250,000|
|88||Kooima & Kaemingk Commodities, Inc.||$13,170,857|
|89||Post Acute Medical, Llc||$13,168,000|
|94||Bank Of China||$12,500,000|
|99||Maruyasu Industries Co. Ltd.||$12,000,000|
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