Marketplace AM for January 17, 2006
GM and Ford have been in the news a lot lately -- struggling stock prices, ballooning pensions, etc. So far, Chrysler has steered clear of that trouble, but reports today reveal the carmaker's European parent, Daimler Chrysler, to be in a different sort of trouble. The carmaker suspended at least six of its managers accused of bribery. The charges are linked to the scandal-plagued UN oil-for-food program in Iraq. From the European Desk in London, Stephen Beard has more.
China's oil consumption fell slightly last year... at least, according to the Chinese government. Beijing bureau chief Jocelyn Ford asked around, and found that there's something fishy going on...
After last fall's devastating hurricane season, and more like it predicted over the next several years, a new legal specialty has popped up: Disaster law. Janet Babin looks at the market for this new niche.
President Bush has decried the fact that a government worker went to the media with details about his domestic spying program. But as Jeff Tyler reports, workers at government intelligence agencies have little recourse if they want to "blow the whistle" on questionable practices.