Revoke HSBC’s Corporate Charter

Tell Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler There Should Be No Such Thing as “Too Big To Jail”

By refusing to prosecute global banking behemoth HSBC for laundering hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of alleged terrorists in the Middle East and drug cartels in Mexico and Colombia, the Department of Justice is sending the message that Big Banks are above the law.

The evidence against London-based HSBC – the third largest bank in the world, with more than $2.5 trillion in assets – was overwhelming. But, instead of pursuing criminal charges, the Justice Department simply fined HSBC $1.9 billion – which sounds like a lot, until you realize that’s only about a month’s worth of profit for the bank.

HSBC’s slap on the wrist is a slap in the face to anyone who believes that there should be no such thing as “too big to jail.”

Join Public Citizen in calling for punishment that could actually deter corporate crime:

Demand justice. Add your name to the petition to revoke HSBC’s corporate charter.



We, the undersigned, call on you to use your authority to forfeit HSBC’s corporate charter. HSBC is a large corporation, but should enjoy no special privilege because of its size. A Maryland corporate charter should signal integrity, and we ask that you uphold this standard.

Why Petition Maryland's Attorney General?

The US division of HSBC is chartered in the state of Maryland. Under Maryland law, the attorney general has the power to forfeit a company’s corporate charter as punishment for engaging in organized crime. Charter forfeiture would represent a strong new tool states could use to enforce the integrity of corporate behavior.

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Number Date Name Add a Comment
39041 Tue Dec 17 11:09:07 EST 2013 Nicholas Manzoni It is remarkable that a bank this large can escape adequate punishment for heinous crimes.
39040 Mon Dec 16 20:52:22 EST 2013 Jill Veale-Broads
39039 Sun Dec 15 19:43:22 EST 2013 James Harding
39038 Sat Dec 14 05:25:46 EST 2013 John Griffin
39037 Tue Dec 10 21:58:11 EST 2013 Anonymous jail these outlaws
39036 Mon Dec 09 22:42:39 EST 2013 Anonymous
39035 Tue Dec 03 16:25:40 EST 2013 Lynne Banta
39034 Wed Nov 27 16:56:28 EST 2013 Lynne Banta
39033 Tue Nov 26 19:59:08 EST 2013 Djess Jacques
39032 Mon Nov 25 15:26:09 EST 2013 Jacson Greaser There should never even be a phrase as 'too big to jail' in America...what does that even teach our youth?
39031 Sun Nov 24 01:27:07 EST 2013 Jerome Comeau
39030 Thu Nov 21 18:36:29 EST 2013 Lynne Banta
39029 Thu Nov 21 07:48:46 EST 2013 Carmen Alvarado
39028 Wed Nov 20 12:20:12 EST 2013 Anonymous HSBC’s slap on the wrist is a slap in the face to anyone who believes that there should be no such thing as “too big to jail.”
We demand justice!
39027 Fri Nov 15 22:31:41 EST 2013 Anonymous
39026 Thu Nov 14 22:45:15 EST 2013 joseph hayden
39025 Wed Nov 13 15:20:29 EST 2013 Donna Balmer
39024 Wed Nov 13 13:28:06 EST 2013 Anonymous
39023 Wed Nov 13 13:27:34 EST 2013 Anonymous
39022 Fri Nov 08 14:16:06 EST 2013 C McGee
39021 Sat Nov 02 18:12:31 EDT 2013 Nancy Lackaye Theft and fraud deserves criminal prosecution, not subsidies.
39020 Fri Nov 01 11:09:20 EDT 2013 John Griffin
39019 Tue Oct 29 23:45:48 EDT 2013 Anonymous People who have committed minor crimes are serving lengthy prison terms. HSBC corporate administrators and the bank need to receive a punishment that is commensurate with the seriousness of their illegal More....
39018 Wed Oct 23 20:16:05 EDT 2013 Lynne Banta
39017 Wed Oct 23 18:32:05 EDT 2013 david young Fascism is alive and well through out the World because we allow Fascists to have a voice when they should all be in Prisons !

Protecting ANY Corporate interest is simply an act of Fascism, More....
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