1. In 2015, this pharmaceutical company raised the price of Daraprim—a decades old drug used to treat and prevent malaria, and to treat toxoplasmosis encephalitis in HIV/AIDS patients—by more than 5000%, from $13.50 to $750 per pill.
Bonus: The company’s CEO at the time, Martin Shkreli (pictured above testifying before Congress) was later arrested for what?
2. This German auto maker installed illegal software in millions of its diesel engine cars to trick or “defeat” emissions tests. According to US regulators, cars that were advertised as “green” emitted 40 times more nitrous oxides (a deadly pollutant tied to a range of health problems) on the road than in emissions tests.
Bonus: In January of 2016, this company appeared to double down on their malfeasance by doing what in Europe?
3. Yesterday, this ride-sharing company was fined a record $11.4 million for operating illegally in Pennsylvania in 2014.
Bonus: What is the name of this company’s CEO, and it’s services are still illegal in what major American city?
4. This company began dumping a chemical known as PFOA (perflorooctanoic acid) in to the Dry Run Landfill in West Virginia beginning in the late 1980s – even though they’d started seeing some of its toxic effects back in the 1960s. In 2000, after a supplier stopped producing it, they built a factory to make the compound instead of switching to an alternative they’d discovered 20 years prior. After 14 years of investigation, 3,535 personal injury cases have been filed against the company, which it continues to fight.
Bonus: What was PFOA used in the manufacture of?
5. This not-for-profit fired two of it’s top executives, CEO Steven Nardizzi and COO Al Giordano, in March of 2016 after a report by CBS found that only 54% of its donations were being spent on actual charity work.
Bonus: At a gathering that cost the charitable organization nearly $1 million, Narduzzi (who was paid $473,000 in 2015) wowed those in attendance by doing what?
1. Turing Pharmaceuticals. Bonus Answer: Securities fraud. http://www.forbes.com/sites/emilymullin/2015/12/21/turing-pharma-says-daraprim-availability-will-be-unaffected-by-shkreli-arrest/#3abd489f2e82. Retrieved Jan. 23, 2016. And http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/congress/article59002788.html. Retrieved April 21, 2016.
2. VW. Bonus Answer: By claiming the software it had installed was “not a forbidden defeat device.” http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/22/business/international/vw-admits-cheating-in-the-us-but-not-in-europe.html?_r=0. Retrieved April 21, 2016.
3. Uber. Bonus Answers: Travis Kalanick and Philadelphia. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-uber-tech-pennsylvania-idUSKCN0XI2EM. Retrieved April 21, 2016. And NPR, aired April 21, 2016.
4. DuPont. Bonus Answer: Teflon. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/10/magazine/the-lawyer-who-became-duponts-worst-nightmare.html. Retrieved April, 21, 2016.
5. Wounded Warrior Project. Bonus Answer: By rappelling into the crowd. http://fortune.com/2016/03/11/wounded-warriors-project/. Retrieved March 11, 2016.