Accountability

FDA Releases Vast Trove of Hidden Medical Device Injury and Malfunction Reports
Ben Hallman · June 24, 2019

Manufacturers will no longer be allowed to conceal serious injuries and other malfunctions associated with implants and other medical products, from breast implants to surgical staplers from public view.

Snap Inspections Reveal ‘Egregious Violations’ in ICE Solitary Confinement
Spencer Woodman · June 6, 2019

A scathing new report from a government watchdog has criticized US immigration authorities use of solitary confinement.

Thousands of Immigrants Suffer In US Solitary Confinement
Spencer Woodman, Karrie Kehoe, Maryam Saleh and 1 more · May 21, 2019

Locked for weeks or months in isolation cells, mentally ill and other vulnerable detainees from around the world are plagued by anxiety, anger, depression and suicidal impulses.

Whistleblower ‘Helpless’ to Stop US Immigration Solitary Confinement Abuses
Maryam Saleh and Spencer Woodman · May 21, 2019

Homeland Security official spent years pushing to stop the isolation of mentally ill and other vulnerable detainees. Now she is going public for the first time.

When governments get tough, criminals get going offshore, study shows
Douglas Dalby · May 7, 2019

There is an immediate increase in offshore incorporations when governments crack down on organized crime, according to a report based on Panama Papers data.

US To Disclose Records Tracking Millions Of Medical Device Problems
Sasha Chavkin · March 27, 2019

In a major advance for transparency, the FDA will disclose records of patient harm and device malfunctions that had been kept buried for nearly two decades.

Panama Papers trail offers hope to West African villagers seeking compensation
Will Fitzgibbon · March 11, 2019

Lawyers hope the documents will force a foreign-owned company to compensate them for alleged pollution, forced removal, health complaints and human rights violations.

Seven EU Countries Labeled ‘Tax Havens’ in Parliament Report
Simon Bowers · March 4, 2019

A European Parliament committee found that seven member states facilitate aggressive tax planning, and recommended an EU financial police force be set up.

Amy Klobuchar’s Implant Industry Support Complicates Her Pro-Consumer Reputation
Spencer Woodman, Sydney P. Freedberg and Amy Forliti · February 28, 2019

The U.S. presidential hopeful has championed legislation that critics say could put medical device patients at risk.

World Bank’s Legal Immunity Stripped, Opening Door for Lawsuits
Sasha Chavkin · February 27, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling could also open other American-based international organizations to lawsuits over financing overseas development.