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What Does a Corporation Have To Know To Be Guilty of a Crime? The Conviction of PG&E Based on Corporate Collective Knowledge

Published in Bloomberg BNA's Daily Environmental Report
Article | August 22, 2016

This article discusses the August 9 conviction of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) on five counts of violating the federal Pipeline Safety Act and one count of obstructing the National Transportation Safety Board investigation into a 2010 pipeline explosion in San Bruno, California. This case is significant to a wide range of corporate regulatory prosecutions for its use of corporate collective knowledge, a largely unused basis for imposing corporate criminal liability at trial.

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