Lawyer Carl Richards refuses to answer simple legal questions, but will file a criminal claim outside his jurisdiction
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Why would a defamed UK company and agents rely on the Thai legal system and not the Confidentiality Terms and Conditions of contracts that they were party to and are governed by the laws of England? Is such litigation legal and compliant?
PGS Exploration UK Limited, Weybridge, England, KT13 0NY will engage a Thai law firm and translate content but not actually answer questions or voice concerns in English.
Philip Landau has never commented, complained nor disputed the claims made within my blog post articles directly. Why not? Landau has my contact details. Similarly, no agent of PGS ASA has ever commented, complained nor disputed the claims made within my blog post articles directly. PGS ASA wants my content depublished. Period. They have never even attempted to correct the information since July 2015. Why not?
Current PGS Exploration UK Limited directors: Rune O. Pedersen, PGS ASA CEO; Gottfred Langseth, PGS ASA CFO; Christin Steen-Nilson, PGS ASA Chief Accountant, or former secretaries Carl Richards and Candida Pinto had never taken any action until filing criminal defamation claims against me in Thailand. Their claims are without basis and believed to be extortion intended to silence a victim of their crimes. What is untrue?
Current PGS UK Head of Legal, John Francas, and PGS ASA General Counsel, Lars Mysen, helped forward the claims in Thailand. However, these lawyers refuse to state if the litigation in Thailand was legal under English Law.
Currently, fraud is an easy crime to get away with. This needs to end. Crime shouldn’t ‘pay.’ It undermines the concept of justice and respect for the law.
Challenge corruption, deception, and make the industry more safe and fair by not doing business with opaque organizations who cannot demonstrate their core values or responsible behavior. This is the plea of all victims of crime: Justice.Petroleum Geo-Services #PGS #CEO #Pedersen and the Management of Gang Rape (24 October 2017)
All of the individual’s named within my articles have always been encouraged to tell their side of the story publicly. How did their decisions abide by core values, company policy, or common law?Petroleum Geo-Services ASA (@PGSNews) CEO Reinhardsen Perverting the Course (1 June 2017)
PGS ASA HR employee Gareth Jones, LinkedIn Profile Information
Letter from ICO to PGS Exploration UK Limited Data Subject
Occupational Health Nurse Report of Data Subject was withheld during contract negotiations is not being processed. Is this legal?
PGS agents knowingly withholding material information during negotiations and placing the health and safety of me and my family at risk. Shameful and cowardly!
In the UK, and around the world, perpetrators of fraud escape justice due to an inept and ineffective criminal justice system with misguided strategy and priorities
PGS ASA Corruption is Protected through the Cooperative Abuse of Power
RE: Norway Corporate Corruption
The Office of the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg
Directors of PGS Exploration UK Limited: Rune O. Pedersen, PGS ASA CEO and President; Gottfred Langseth, PGS ASA CFO and EVP; Christin Steen-Nilsen, PGS ASA Chief Accountant
PGS ASA General Counsel, Lars Mysen
PGS UK Head of Legal, John Francas
Former PGS Exploration UK Limited Secretary, Carl Richards
PGS ASA Data Protection Officer, Daphne Bjerke
PGS ASA SVP Global Human Resources, Terje Bjølseth (Oversaw grievance process)
PGS UK Human Resources Manager, Gareth Jones
PGS ASA EVP Operations, Per Arild Reksnes (Oversaw grievance process)
RE: Norway Corporate Corruption
Dear Madam Prime Minister Erna Solberg,
I am a USA citizen who worked for the UK affiliate of Norwegian company Petroleum Geo-Services ASA (now PGS ASA) [PGS]. The directors of PGS Exploration UK Limited (PGSUK) are Norwegian parent company executives. PGSUK sponsored me and my dependent family members on a Tier 2 visa from 26 September 2010 through 31 December 2013. My employment was terminated through my signing a settlement contract agreement (SCA).
I believe that my human rights have been violated and that I was defrauded, defamed, illegally terminated from employment and then blacklisted for being a whistleblower. What I ask for is a thorough and fair third-party police investigation into my allegations. Much of the evidence backing my claims is posted on http://marineseismicsurvey.com/news/. I regard my postings as protected public disclosure, or whistleblowing. PGS governance and personal data processing practices have been proven to me to be non-compliant, dysfunctional and corrupt. Further, I do not want to believe that the Norwegian corporate executive class is above the law. Are they? (Sadly, thus far it seems that they are.)
My writing to you is an act of desperation. Sadly, I have found PGS corporate governance and compliance avenues of redress unresponsive to whistleblowing allegations of PGS executive criminal behaviors. I am a victim of these alleged crimes. In September 2018, PGS executives who serve as PGSUK directors, Rune O. Pedersen, PGS CEO and President; Gottfred Langseth, PGS CFO and EVP; and Christin Steen-Nilsen, PGS Chief Accountant, filed a criminal complaint against me in Thailand, where I was living with my Thai wife and children, for publications that I contended to be protected public disclosure, or whistleblowing. An additional similar claim was filed against me by former PGSUK secretary, Carl Richards. I believe that the claims filed in Thailand were illegal extortion intended to silence accusations made by a victim of their crimes. PGS bypassed the confidentiality clauses of my original employment contract, as well as the terms and conditions of my termination settlement contract which were both governed by the Laws of England. The UK Public Interests Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA), which protects whistleblowing, is referenced within the contract confidentiality clauses. To avoid criminal prosecution in Thailand, I was compelled to sign another agreement that would “gag” my continued whistleblowing and essentially take away my rights under English law and contract. I contend that the claims forwarded in Thailand breached the terms and conditions of my original employment contract (OEC) and subsequent termination settlement contract (SCA) and otherwise violated the confidentiality clauses which included PIDA protections. I haven’t the financial resources to defend myself. However, through online publications, I have challenged the legality (Norway/UK laws) of the claims put forward against me in Thailand. PGS refuses to answer my concerns clearly and definitively. Instead, I continue to be harassed and threatened with further criminal and civil prosecution in Thailand by the acting (English company) PGS UK Head of Legal, John Francas.
My persecutor’s have virtually unlimited resources at their disposal to make my life hell. How can I fight back alone? The terms and conditions set forth in the Thailand agreement seem to also violate similar protections provided through Norway’s Working Environment Act (WEA). My employment contracts with PGSUK were governed by the laws of England. As recently as June 2018, Francas signed a letter where he reaffirmed the terms and conditions of the SCA were still in effect. So, how did I end up defending claims translated from Thai language to English in Thailand last September? I first published my allegations of PGS wrong-doing online the LinkedIN™ Pulse platform on 3 July 2015. Any online publication which breached the confidentiality terms and conditions of the SCA should have been actionable. In fact, it would have been irresponsible for the directors and secretary to not take such actions against publications which disparaged PGS or any of its agents. Failing to take action until September 2018 seems to be negligence and a breach of their fiduciary duties. It would also be a betrayal to any named subject who was wrongly accused of non-compliant and/or criminal behavior within my publications. PGS never took any official action against me for numerous publications that were posted between 2015-2016.
Throughout 2016, I intentionally made the PGS legal compliance office aware of my concerns and e-mailed them links to my many blog postings, and even sent complete articles for them to comment on. Pedersen was employed as PGS General Counsel during this time. I am convinced that Pedersen was directly involved in coordinating the original fraud as well as the creation and uttering of forged documents. Pedersen has never even commented nor challenged my published online allegations. Many of my publications focused on then PGS CEO and President and former PGSUK director, Jon Erik Reinhardsen (now Equinor Chairman of the Board) accusing him of wrong-doing. Reinhardsen and his team never responded! Similarly, Reinhardsen has never defended his decisions and actions nor stood-up or felt the need to exonerate falsely accused employees since 2015. But, in September 2018, my publications, including a published and unanswered Open Letter to the Petroleum Geo-Services ASA Board of Directors, is criminal defamation in Thailand? No one on the Board of Directors for PGS can answer simple questions? It seems legally impossible that such claims can be forwarded in Thailand without being thoroughly investigated and vetted for compliance in Norway and/or the UK. It demonstrates that directors of PGSUK were not engaged for several years. These PGSUK directors should be removed and replaced, is the message that I get. It is worse than that. The former and current directors need to be investigated by law enforcement for their covering-up alleged illegal and violent behaviors perpetrated against me and my family. This is shameless behavior. No agent of PGS had ever even contacted me officially prior to the delivery of criminal claims to my wife’s house in Thailand. This is not professional behavior aligned to published PGS Core Values and PGS Code of Conduct. It was violent and mean-spirited. And I will not be threatened into silence by incompetent and corrupt company officials, even if they reside in “corruption-free” Norway.
In the USA, citizen’s have no qualms about speaking truth to or criticizing those who hold political power. What is often more dangerous for whistleblowers is speaking truth to those with entrusted corporate power. I could have never imagined the events of the past five years that have exacted such a toll on me and my family. I am depressed and losing hope. I have told PGS this. Nonetheless, PGS just want me to be silent and let them live in their fantasy world of never being caught. When I submitted my workplace grievance in 2013, I elaborated on the health issues and risks to organizations that workplace bullying and harassment cause. PGS withheld health advice and care following my delivery of the formal grievance in 2013. Rather than behave ethically and in accordance to the published policy, procedures, and values, PGS leadership decided to place my health and the health of my family at risk before accepting responsibility. This is sick and evil behavior. It violates the Norwegian Corporate Governance Code of Practice. But, somehow, Reinhardsen escapes investigation and inquiry and ascends to become the Chairman of the Board for Norway’s largest corporation which is largely state owned? Such allegations are a blemish to the reputation of Norway and should be investigated. If the allegations are true, and I believe that they are, then Norway is operating in a mythology which disrupts the reality of real-time commerce. We cannot accept, globally, despotic and corrupt corporate leadership. There may be a lot more corruption in Texas. I do not know. What I do know is that I am a Texan who believes he is a victim of crimes perpetrated by executives of a Norwegian company. My justice requires the attention and help from the Norwegian government. Please help me.
Steven D. Kalavity
I believe that PGS ASA has intentionally defrauded and defamed me for blowing the whistle on them in 2013. This is based on authentic time-stamped e-mail evidence. Now, PGS ASA is harassing me and my family. PGS ASA is trying to blackmail / extort me into silence through their unfounded/fraudulent criminal defamation claims in Thailand.
Explain the 25 October 2013 Memo signed by Terje Bjolseth and Per Arild Reksnes, Rune Olav Pedersen, Gottfred Langseth, Christin Steen-Nilsen, Lars Mysen, John Francas, Daphne Bjerke, Carl Richards, Jon Erik Reinhardsen, Gareth Jones, David Nicholson, Simon Cather, Philip Landau, Rhodri Thomas, or ANYONE ELSE!
Personal identification data which was provided to PGS prior to processing the SAR was later provided to a law firm outside the EEA in Thailand. I believe this was another violation of the General Data Protection Requirement (GDPR) processing of my personal data and it was done to harass and stalk me for whistleblowing as a victim of PGS abuse and illegal behavior.
On 1 July 2018, I wrote and e-mail to PGS GDPR and John Francas and copied it to Information Commissioner’s Office Caseworkers.
John Francas e-mailed PGS’ response to my 2018 SAR 16 July 2018, refusing to answer or clarify my numerous questions.
Watson, Farley & Williams, Please Explain …
Law Firm Watson, Farley and Williams (WFW) Represented PGS Exploration UK Limited (PGSUK) in Providing Counsel for my Tier 2 visa renewal (leave to remain) application (May 2013) as well as the termination settlement agreement signed 5 December 2013. My Tier 2 status was not considered by PGS/WFW in the proffering and negotiation of the termination settlement contract?
Watson, Farley and Williams begin to counsel in completing my Tier 2 visa leave to remain application for PGS Exploration UK Limited (PGSUK) 15 May 2013. PGS UK endorsement letter is sent on 15 July 2013.
PGSUK delivers a letter to me on 24 July 2013, subject, “Investigation into possible implementation of performance improvement plan.” This letter was provided to me following a 18 June 2013 e-mail sent to the host of a 13 June 2013 meeting which I believed was unprofessional and a breach of policy. I requested an explanation about the propriety and legality of the 13 June 2013 meeting, minutes from that meeting, and guidance about submitting a workplace grievance. I was denied all of these requests. I requested something in writing and the 24 July 2013 letter was delivered to me. My subsequent submitted formal grievance was based on the 13 June 2013 meeting and 24 July 2013 letter. The termination settlement was proffered prior to PGSUK following the law and policy regarding handling of a grievance. WFW was aware of the grievance and underlying performance issues predicating the settlement negotiations.
How can a Tier 2 worker be legally sponsored when the sponsor believed that the same employee should be placed on a performance improvement plan?
Global Law Firm Watson, Farley and Williams has a branch in Bangkok, Thailand
Unable to answer simple clarifications in July 2018, by September 2018, PGS was able to read several months of online whistleblowing content, translate the publications from English language to the Thai language and submit criminal defamation claims against me in Thailand. How is this possible? Were these claims legal and is PGS perverting the course of justice by withholding the answers to my questions? I think that they are.
Carl Richards, PGS Exploration UK Limited Secretary, initially threatens criminal litigation against me in April 2018. Thailand, having never confirmed his identity or even specifically what statements in my blogs were defamatory. No one else from PGS ever contacted me before criminal claims were delivered in Thailand in September 2018.
The Original Employment Contract (OEC) Terms & Conditions were still in effect when the litigation was initiated in Thailand
Unanswered Open Letters to Norway’s PGS ASA Directors and Management
Instead of answering e-mails, executives pursued criminal litigation against me in Thailand. It is Simply Irresponsible and Corrupt to Withhold the Truth to Damage Whistleblowers. Is it legal? Is this their fiduciary duty?
What are you afraid of Rune Olav Pedersen, Gottfred Langseth, Per Arild Reksnes, Christin Steen-Nilsen, Carl Richards, John Francas, Lars Mysen, Gareth Jones, Daphne Bjerke, Terje Bjolseth and Berit Osnes? The truth will set you free – mentally, anyhow.
Simple Compliance Questions for Norway’s PGS ?
In September 2018, directors and a former secretary of PGS Exploration UK Limited filed criminal defamation charges against me for my online blog content in THAILAND. Upon receiving the claims, I wrote several e-mails to ask questions. Gareth Jones, PGS Human Resources (HR) Manager for EAME, was a recipient of the many e-mails. None of these e-mails were answered and the claims proceeded. Prior to the claims being delivered in Thailand, no one from PGS had ever even attempted to contact me regarding my online publications. Why?
- Second Open Letter to PGS Exploration UK Limited Directors Rune Olav Pedersen, Gottfred Langseth, Christin Steen-Nilsen, Carl Richards and UK Serious Fraud Office (16-October-2018)
- Open Letter to PGS Exploration UK Limited Directors Rune Olav Pedersen, Gottfred Langseth, Christin Steen-Nilsen and UK Serious Fraud Office (9 October 2018)
- Letter to UK Companies House and Carl Richards, former PGS Exploration UK Limited Secretary (1-Oct-2018)
- Letter to UK Companies House and Petroleum Geo-Services ASA (24-Sep-2018)
- Letter to Gareth Jones, PGS Exploration UK Ltd. and ICO Caseworkers (16-Sep-2018)
- Letter to Daphne Bjerke, Petroleum Geo-Services ASA (PGS) Data Protection Officer and ICO Caseworker (2-Sep-2018)
- Open Letter to Petroleum Geo-Services ASA Board of Directors (18-Jun-2017)
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