Violation Tracker Parent Company Summary

Parent Company Name: 
Berkshire Hathaway
Ownership Structure: 
publicly traded (ticker symbol NYSE: BRK.B)
Headquartered in: 
Nebraska
Major Industry: 
diversified
Specific Industry: 
diversified
Penalty total since 2000: 
$537,018,993
Number of records: 
2,945
Top 5 Offense Groups (Groups Defined)Penalty TotalNumber of Records
environment-related offenses$225,255,933177
financial offenses$113,816,2818
competition-related offenses$100,870,5004
safety-related offenses$63,767,2552,648
employment-related offenses$16,457,85852
Top 5 Primary Offense TypesPenalty TotalNumber of Records
environmental violation$225,255,933177
energy market violation$100,690,5003
investor protection violation$72,896,0002
accounting fraud or deficiencies$36,700,0002
motor vehicle safety violation$35,051,7924
Notes: 

Parent-subsidiary linkages are based on relationships current as of the latest revision listed in the Update Log, which may vary from what was the case when a violation occurred. The penalty totals are adjusted to account for the fact that the individual entries below may include both agency records and settlement announcements for the same case; or else a penalty covering multiple locations may be listed in the individual records for each of the facilities. The totals are also adjusted to reflect cases in which federal and state or local agencies cooperated and issued separate announcements of the outcome. Duplicate or overlapping penalty amounts are marked with an asterisk in the list below.

Links: 

For more details on misconduct by this company, see its entry in the Project On Government Oversight's Federal Contractor Misconduct Database.

Subsidy Tracker data on financial assistance to this company by federal, state and local government agencies can be found here.

For an overview of assistance this company is receiving under the CARES Act, see its Covid Stimulus Watch summary page here.


Individual Penalty Records:

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Company Primary Offense Type Year Agencysort icon Penalty Amount
GEICO wage and hour violation 2004 private lawsuit-state $3,300,000
GEICO wage and hour violation 2004 private lawsuit-federal $1,743,320
CMH Manufacturing employment discrimination 2009 private lawsuit-federal $930,000
McLane/Midwest, Inc. employment screening violation 2015 private lawsuit-federal $105,100
PacifiCorp environmental violation 2008 private lawsuit-state $4,966,000
Shaw Industries, Inc. environmental violation 2000 AL-ENV $15,000
21st Mortgage Corp. consumer protection violation 2011 AR-SEC $6,000
Future Metals Inc. export control violation 2003 BIS $180,000
Benjamin Moore & Company environmental violation 2019 CA-ARB $82,000
Forest River, Inc. environmental violation 2019 CA-ARB $30,468
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad environmental violation 2017 CA-ARB $95,000
Carlton Forge Works environmental violation 2016 CA-ARB $130,000
BNSF and UP Railroads environmental violation 2011 CA-ARB $6,400
BNSF and UP environmental violation 2010 CA-ARB $5,600
BNSF Railway environmental violation 2008 CA-ARB $10,800
McLane Company Inc. environmental violation 2008 CA-ARB $14,000
BNSF Railway environmental violation 2006 CA-ARB $87,000
Forest River, Inc. environmental violation 2005 CA-ARB $333,000
Shaw Industries Inc. environmental violation 2018 CA-DPR $45,000
Benjamin Moore & Co. environmental violation 2011 CA-DPR $6,500
GEICO General Insurance Co. et al. insurance violation 2007 CA-INS $60,000
GEICO General Insurance Co. et al. insurance violation 2011 CA-INS $10,000
Geico insurance violation 2015 CA-INS $6,000,000
BNSF Railway environmental violation 2014 CA-LACA $140,000
Wyman-Gordon Investment Castings, Inc. environmental violation 2002 CT-ENV $100,000
GEICO insurance violation 2010 CT-INS $177,500
GEICO General Insurance Co. et al. insurance violation 2017 DE-INS $9,000
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. investor protection violation 2014 DOJ_ANTITRUST $896,000
General Reinsurance Corporation accounting fraud or deficiencies 2010 DOJ_CRIMINAL $24,500,000
NetJets Services Inc. employment discrimination 2016 DOJ_RIGHTS $41,480
SOUTHWEST UNITED INDUSTRIES, INC benefit plan administrator violation 2015 EBSA $10,001
Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway Company employment discrimination 2010 EEOC $95,000
McLane Foodservice, Inc. employment discrimination 2015 EEOC $40,000
BNSF Railway Co. employment discrimination 2016 EEOC $95,000
BNSF Railway Company employment discrimination 2007 EEOC $800,000
Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company employment discrimination 2002 EEOC $2,200,000
Ingersoll Milling Machine Company employment discrimination 2001 EEOC $1,800,000
Titanium Metals Corporation d/b/a TIMET employment discrimination 2003 EEOC $217,500
Titanium Metals Corporation environmental violation 2014 EPA $13,750,000
BNSF Railway Company environmental violation 2012 EPA $37,500
Nevada Power Company environmental violation 2007 EPA $60,700,000
Nevada Power Company environmental violation 2007 EPA $90,110,000
Marmon Utility LLC environmental violation 2019 EPA $75,000
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company environmental violation 2021 EPA $140,000
WYMAN GORDON INVESTMENT CASTINGS environmental violation 2002 EPA $88,312
TITANIUM HEARTH TECHNOLOGIES environmental violation 2000 EPA $9,000
HUNTINGTON ALLOYS CORPORATION environmental violation 2013 EPA $160,000
THE GILLETTE COMPANY DURACELL A DIVISION environmental violation 2004 EPA $5,000
NOVEON, INC. environmental violation 2004 EPA $7,700
SPS TECHNOLOGIES, LLC environmental violation 2010 EPA $145,300
MCLANE FOODSERVICE, INC. environmental violation 2014 EPA $7,100
BENJAMIN MOORE & CO. environmental violation 2014 EPA $47,600
BNSF Railway (Fort Worth) environmental violation 2011 EPA $15,716
The Lubrizol Corporation environmental violation 2013 EPA $225,400
Penn Aluminum International LLC environmental violation 2017 EPA $60,000
The Lubrizol Corporation environmental violation 2018 EPA $32,343
Johns Manville environmental violation 2003 EPA $14,080
BNSF RAILWAY COMPANY environmental violation 2016 EPA $600,000
TITANIUM METALS CORPORATION environmental violation 2000 EPA $430,000
Nevada Power Company environmental violation 2007 EPA (*) $300,000
Nevada Power Company environmental violation 2007 EPA $10,810,000
Titanium Metals Corporation environmental violation 2014 EPA (*) $14,000,000
Titanium Metals Corp. environmental violation 2016 EPA $500,000
BURLINGTON NORTHERN & SANTA FE RAILWAY environmental violation 2000 EPA $9,000
PROTECTIVE COATINGS, INC. environmental violation 2000 EPA $5,000
NOVEON KALAMA environmental violation 2006 EPA $169,995
BNSF RAILWAY COMPANY environmental violation 2012 EPA (*) $37,500
Forest River, Inc. environmental violation 2015 EPA $130,000
THE LUBRIZOL CORP. environmental violation 2000 EPA $5,000
The Lubrizol Corporation environmental violation 2003 EPA $25,740
Titanium Metals Corp. environmental violation 2010 EPA $37,267
Titanium Metals Corporation environmental violation 2012 EPA $258,176
Titanium Metals Corporation environmental violation 2013 EPA $23,018
SOUTHWEST UNITED INDUSTRIES INC aviation safety violation 2011 FAA $5,800
FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL INC aviation safety violation 2010 FAA $5,000
NETJETS TRANSPORTES AEREOS S.A. aviation safety violation 2005 FAA $32,000
NETJETS AVIATION INC aviation safety violation 2015 FAA $13,500
NETJETS AVIATION INC aviation safety violation 2016 FAA $17,000
WEATHERFORD ENGINEERED CHEMISTRY aviation safety violation 2012 FAA $14,500
THE LUBRIZOL CORPORATION aviation safety violation 2016 FAA $24,300
NETJETS AVIATION INC aviation safety violation 2018 FAA $280,000
Precision Castparts Corp. telecommunications violation 2016 FCC $60,000
PacifiCorp energy market violation 2007 FERC $96,500,500
PacifiCorp energy market violation 2011 FERC $3,925,000
PacificCorp energy market violation 2012 FERC $265,000
GEICO Casualty and Government Employees Insurance Co. et al. insurance violation 2002 FL-OFR $42,000
GEICO Indemnity Co. insurance violation 2002 FL-OFR $7,250
The Medical Protective Co. insurance violation 2011 FL-OFR $403,000
Forest River Inc motor vehicle safety violation 2012 FMCSA $13,752
Sierra Pacific Power Company motor vehicle safety violation 2013 FMCSA $5,320
STERLING CRANE INC motor vehicle safety violation 2008 FMCSA $32,720
BNSF Railway Company railroad safety violation 2010 FRA $48,650
BNSF Railway Company railroad safety violation 2010 FRA $23,800
BNSF Railway Company railroad safety violation 2010 FRA $22,500
BNSF Railway Company railroad safety violation 2010 FRA $19,500
BNSF Railway Company railroad safety violation 2010 FRA $18,100
BNSF Railway Company railroad safety violation 2010 FRA $17,950
BNSF Railway Company railroad safety violation 2010 FRA $14,150
BNSF Railway Company railroad safety violation 2010 FRA $14,000
BNSF Railway Company railroad safety violation 2010 FRA $13,925
BNSF Railway Company railroad safety violation 2010 FRA $13,000
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