ESG Controversy Top Movers

Week ending June 18th, 2023

In this week's report:

  • Twitter hit with a $250 million copyright infringement lawsuit;
  • Spotify fined $5 million for breaching EU data rules;
  • Grubhub, TrueCar, Cronos among companies planning layoffs, and
  • Ryanair fires chief pilot over inappropriate conduct claims.
Twitter Inc.


Music publishers Sony Music, UMG and more hit Twitter with a $250 million copyright infringement lawsuit.
Spotify Technology S.A.


Music streaming giant Spotify was fined $5 million for breaching EU data rules.
BCE Inc.


Canada's largest communications company, BCE Inc, will cut 1,300 jobs and close news bureaus and radio stations in a cost-cutting restructuring.
Grubhub Inc.


Food ordering firm Grubhub plans to lay off nearly 400 employees, a 15% reduction in staff.
Futu Holdings Ltd.


Tencent-backed Futu Holdings Limited, a digitized brokerage company, is targeted by a federal securities class action lawsuit.
TrueCar Inc.


TrueCar, an automotive digital marketplace, will lay off nearly 24% of its workforce, accounting for around 100 employees.
Sonos Inc.


Audio-tech company Sonos plans to reduce its workforce by approximately 130 employees or 7% of its total staff.
Chegg Inc.


Chegg, an online learning platform, announced a reduction of its workforce by approximately 4%, following the CEO's acknowledgment that ChatGPT has significantly impacted their business.
Ryanair Holdings PLC


Ryanair fires chief pilot over sexual misconduct claims.
BeiGene Ltd.


AbbVie's Pharmacyclics sues BeiGene for patent infringement over Brukinsa, a treatment for leukemia.

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