May 17, 2020

Why is the FBI investigating the Liebherr Mining lawsuit?

mining equipment
2 min
Why is the FBI investigating the Liebherr Mining lawsuit?
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is requesting documents from a 2013 lawsuit involving Liebherr Mining that accuses several former workers of trade s...

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is requesting documents from a 2013 lawsuit involving Liebherr Mining that accuses several former workers of trade secret theft, according to the Daily Press.

The lawsuit, which is in the process of being dropped, claims six former employees at its Newport News production plants stole thousands of design documents and then sold the information to copycat manufacturers in China. An engineering firm in Detroit is also listed in the lawsuit, claiming it assisted Chinese companies with designs and Chinese manufacturing partnerships that imitated Liebherr’s 400 ton diesel truck.

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The FBI’s Detroit office filed a request with the Newport News Circuit Court on May 13 asking the clerk’s office for 32 documents from the lawsuit. The collected documents include initial complaints and two amended complaints; 12 answers to those complaints by the defendants; some email documents; and 15 exhibits.

"I don't have a comment," said David Porter, press spokesman with the FBI’s Detroit office. "No one should presume that (the lack of comment) means one thing or another. That's always our answer when we're asked if we can confirm an investigation regarding A, B and C."

Spokeswoman for the FBI's Norfolk office, Christina Pullen, would also not comment why the Detroit office asked for the case filings. "I cannot respond to what Detroit is doing," said Pullen. "I can't respond to anything on any potential or pending investigations. That's just our standard."

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Although it’s unclear why the FBI would get involved, the agency has recently made it a national priority to go after economic espionage in which foreign entities steal American business trade secrets.

Last month, Liebherr’s attorney Brett A. Spain with the Norfolk office of the Willcox & Savage law firm told the Newport News Circuit Court judge Timothy Fisher the company plans to ‘nonsuit’ the case against most defendants. Under the legal mechanism of a nonsuit, Liebherr will have six months to refile the lawsuit against the remaining defendants. If the case is not refilled within the allotted six months, it will be dismissed. 

(Source: Daily Press)

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Dec 3, 2020

Net zero benefits the mining industry and the environment

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Dan Brightmore
3 min
Learn how to future proof your business for a zero-carbon world with help from Emitwise and the Oren Marketplace.
Learn how to future proof your business for a zero-carbon world with help from Emitwise and the Oren Marketplace...

How do we get the world to net-zero faster?

Emitwise’s founders, Mauro Cozzi, Eduardo Gómez and Ben Peddie, approached a network of more than 100 of the world's largest enterprises and asked their CEOs, CFOs, and sustainability managers the big question: How do we get the world to net-zero faster? The challenge many shared was the lack of timely and accurate emissions data to enable strategic decisions. Companies often relied on annual audits of their carbon footprint for carbon accounting purposes. However, static yearly results were outdated upon publishing.

Emitwise saves companies an average of 260 working days a year by automating their scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions data. With the added benefits of clean audit trails and auto-populated accounting reports in line with GHG Protocol, all at the click of a button. Their easy to use solution enables businesses to quickly identify the carbon hotspots to target, and the precise real-time data empowers teams to remain agile and respond effectively, making achieving those goals possible.

Unique AI Technology

Emitwise’s unique AI technology empowers businesses to automatically measure, report and reduce their carbon footprint across their operations and supply chain, future-proofing companies for a zero-carbon world. It is the only solution that enables companies to fully automate their carbon accounting across all business units and suppliers, therefore liberating them from the drudgery of collecting and processing emissions data.

By using artificial intelligence to precisely measure emissions in real-time, businesses can identify and tackle carbon hotspots swiftly, enabling them to devise a trackable roadmap to net-zero carbon. At the same time, accurate audit trails and auto-populated annual reports ensure that companies comply with international reporting requirements, and align businesses with global climate targets to mitigate risk across their operations and supply chain. 

The Oren Marketplace

Environmental management, social license to operate, safety, renewable energy to lower emissions and operational efficiency for mining can be supported by a range of digital solutions enabling dynamic operations. To address these issues, Shell and IBM joined forces to create the Oren Marketplace – the first B2B solutions platform for the mining sector. 

With the adoption of many of the digital solutions offered through Oren, mining companies can adapt in real-time to risks or adjust plans ahead of a problem occurring. The goal is a shift towards proactive management as the optimal outcome for all stakeholders – community, shareholders, and employees.

Emitwise was founded with the goal of helping industries across all sectors reduce their carbon footprint. Similarly, Shell aims to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, or sooner, in step with society and its customers. And Oren is focused on offering innovative products and services that can help mining companies track and reduce their emissions. 

“Oren is the starting point for how we help our mining customers to de-carbonise,” explains Carol Chen, Global Lubricants Marketing, Vice President, Shell. “It’s our ambition to work with sectors like mining to help them find their own pathway to net-zero emissions through collaboration. The Oren marketplace offers a great opportunity for collaboration between the miners and technology companies that are joining this digital marketplace.” 

Web Summit

Emitwise will be showcasing its vision for a net-zero future live from Lisbon at this year’s Web Summit. Bringing together the people and companies redefining the global tech industry, the online event welcomes 100,000+ attendees from around the world to hear from more than 800 speakers and view offerings from 2,500 startups covering a vast range of topics from Data Science and Climate Change to AI and Machine Learning. To find out more and book your ticket visit Web Summit. 

Emitwise is one of many solutions providers on the Oren platform seeking to address the pain points and environmental concerns of heavy industries like mining. To discover a range of solutions that can further support your operation’s digital transformation and commitment to sustainability, visit the Oren Marketplace.

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