Felipe Vicini owner of Vicini Group, one of the biggest industrial groups in the Dominican Republic, lost his personal and corporate legal attack on Dominican Watchdog. Felipe Vicini and Vicini Group claimed the right to domains controlled by Dominican Watchdog in order to prevent negative information about the miserable Dominican sugar operations reach American consumers.
It looks like the Vicini Group is desperate to hide the "dark side" of their Dominican operations. They have initiated several law suits in the United States and flexed their muscles against TV stations not to show the horrifying movie "The Price of Sugar" narrated by Paul Newman about the poor sugar cane workers slavery conditions in the Dominican Republic.
On March 20th they also attacked Dominican Watchdog with lawyers, trying to take over domains used or controlled by Dominican Watchdog to educate and inform the world about what really happens in the Dominican Republic. Felipe Vicini and Vicini Group lost that lawsuit at the WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ORGANIZATION in Geneva, Switzerland on June 13, 2011. See the verdict here
Dominican Watchdog is determined to inform U.S. companies who use or sell Dominican sugar about the unacceptable humanitarian consequences of this product.
In order to stop Dominican sugar export and subsequently force the sugar Barons to adapt to non-slavery working conditions and reasonable salaries, Dominican Watchdog is looking for volunteers to help us strike a huge online awareness campaign among American consumers via online media and facebook.
Vicini Group recently joined forces with the Fanjul Brothers who besides Central Romana also run the very controversial sugar plantation in Florida that has created an environmental disaster in the Everglades which left American taxpayers with a USD 1,8BN dollar bill for the cleanup. Yet the sugar Barons receives millions of dollars in annual subsidies from the U.S. government, despite the fact that American consumers are paying double price for their sugar compared to other countries.
After several complaits Dominican Watchdog have initiated investigations into other problems related to the Vicini Group or Grupo Vicini LTD as they are operating as in the Dominican Republic.
Vicini Group is a major shareholder in Progreso Bank, who is currently involved in a mega law suit from foreign investors and real estate agents in the Punta Cana region of the Dominican Republic. The reason for this 1 Billion Pesos(USD 20 Million) law suit is that people have lost their homes in Bavaro Punta Cana due to the very unfortunate and unprofessional actions of Banco del Progreso.
Grupo Vicini is also deeply involved in the failed real estate development RocoKi in Punta Cana. Dominican Watchdog is currently collecting complaints to understand exactly what’s going on in RocoKi, however it looks like more than USD 200 million is lost of investor funds and nothing has being build there for years and the sales office is basically nonexistent.... read more about this development.
In reality Grupo Vicini LTD is a BVI offshore company and therefore their activities probably taxed at a minimum, where as the Dominican Republic is desperately in need of taxing of these super rich families in order to fix some of the problems they have with over 6 million of the population living under extreme poverty.