NRA Settles DC Lawsuit Alleging Abuse of Charitable Funds
Law
NRA Settles DC Lawsuit Alleging Abuse of Charitable Funds
2024-04-29 21:03:17
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The National Rifle Association avoided a trial set for this week by agreeing in a settlement to reform its charitable operations. Top officials of the NRA were accused of siphoning off millions of dollars in donations to its... Read More

FTC Bans Rite Aid From Using AI Facial Recognition
Business
FTC Bans Rite Aid From Using AI Facial Recognition
2023-12-19 22:57:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Rite Aid, the struggling nationwide drug store chain, got more bad news Tuesday, as federal regulators tagged it for using facial recognition at its stores that led to scores of women and people of color being wrongly identified... Read More

Justices Appear Divided Over Purdue Pharma Bankruptcy Deal
Supreme Court
Justices Appear Divided Over Purdue Pharma Bankruptcy Deal
2023-12-04 22:30:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court appeared divided on Monday over a bankruptcy deal struck by Purdue Pharma that would immunize the Sackler family, its one-time owners, from civil lawsuits for their role in the opioid crisis.  The closely watched case is... Read More

Utility Agrees to Pay DC $57M in Record Environmental Settlement
Litigation
Utility Agrees to Pay DC $57M in Record Environmental Settlement
2023-10-05 18:13:44
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The Washington, D.C., area’s biggest electrical utility agreed this week to pay a $57 million settlement that will be used to clean up contaminants it dumped into the Anacostia River. The settlement with the D.C. attorney general was... Read More

Consulting Firm to Pay $377.5M to Settle False Claims Act Allegations
Law
Consulting Firm to Pay $377.5M to Settle False Claims Act Allegations
2023-07-24 17:49:01
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is settling with commercial consulting and engineering firm Booz Allen Hamilton for more than $377 million to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by billing to its unrelated government contracts. The firm was... Read More

First Zantac-Related Lawsuit Reaches a Settlement Prior to Trial Date 
Litigation
First Zantac-Related Lawsuit Reaches a Settlement Prior to Trial Date 
2023-06-28 19:40:05
by Natalie McCormick

ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. — U.K.-based pharmaceutical giant GSK reached its first legal settlement of a case stemming from claims its heartburn medication Zantac caused cancer. The company’s settlement with California resident James Goetz last Friday means the company will avoid... Read More

Record Settlement Reached Against Companies Making PFAS Chemicals
Litigation
Record Settlement Reached Against Companies Making PFAS Chemicals
2023-06-23 20:37:57
by Tom Ramstack

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Consumer products company 3M Co. this week reached a settlement that could grow to $12.5 billion over its use of so-called forever chemicals, or PFAS, that contaminated U.S. drinking water sources. It is the largest settlement over... Read More

Juul Reaches $462M Settlement With State AGs
Law
Juul Reaches $462M Settlement With State AGs
2023-04-12 20:16:44
by Dan McCue

NEW YORK — Juul Labs Inc. has agreed to pay $462 million to six states and the District of Columbia to end litigation over claims it deliberately marketed its e-cigarette products to adolescents, fueling the nation’s vaping crisis. The settlement,... Read More

Texas AG Office to Pay $3.3M to Settle Whistleblower Claims
Law
Texas AG Office to Pay $3.3M to Settle Whistleblower Claims
2023-02-10 19:18:22
by Dan McCue

AUSTIN, Texas — The Office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will pay $3.3 million to settle whistleblower claims from four former highly placed staffers who alleged they were fired for reporting Paxton’s abuse of his power. In addition, the... Read More

Wells Fargo to Pay $3.7B Over Consumer Banking Violations
Banking
Wells Fargo to Pay $3.7B Over Consumer Banking Violations
2022-12-20 19:55:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Wells Fargo has agreed to pay a total $3.7 billion to settle claims that it engaged in widespread banking violations over the last decade that harmed millions of consumers. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, roughly $1.78... Read More

Google Agrees to $391.5M Settlement Over Location Tracking Practices
Technology
Google Agrees to $391.5M Settlement Over Location Tracking Practices
2022-11-14 22:32:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Google has agreed to pay $391.5 million to settle claims it misled consumers into believing they opted out of location tracking when in reality a separate setting in their Web and App activity continued to collect that data.... Read More

Lensmaker Essilor to Pay $16.4M to Resolve Kickback Claims
Justice
Lensmaker Essilor to Pay $16.4M to Resolve Kickback Claims
2022-08-23 20:59:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Lensmaker Essilor has agreed to pay $16.4 million to resolve allegations it caused claims to be submitted to Medicare and Medicaid that violated federal anti-kickback statutes.  Essilor, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, manufactures, markets and distributes optical lenses and... Read More

Ethanol Maker to Pay $1.7M for Absent Chemical Reporting
Regulation
Ethanol Maker to Pay $1.7M for Absent Chemical Reporting
2022-08-19 14:13:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The owner of four Midwest ethanol plants has agreed to pay more than $1.7 million to resolve allegations it failed to report toxic chemical releases in four Midwestern states. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the total penalty,... Read More

Twitter Fined $150M for Using Emails, Phone Numbers for Targeted Advertising
Social Media
Twitter Fined $150M for Using Emails, Phone Numbers for Targeted Advertising
2022-05-26 20:28:10
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — Twitter has agreed to pay a $150 million fine in a settlement reached with the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission for improperly using users’ email addresses and phone numbers for targeted advertising, according to a... Read More

FTC Reaches Settlement With Internet Company for Slow Speeds
Telecom
FTC Reaches Settlement With Internet Company for Slow Speeds
2022-05-05 21:12:18
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — The Connecticut-based internet provider Frontier Communications must increase its speeds or allow customers to cancel service without associated fees, according to an order from the Federal Trade Commission.  “Frontier lied about its speeds and ripped off customers by... Read More

Government Settles for $127.5M With Families of School Shooting Victims
Litigation
Government Settles for $127.5M With Families of School Shooting Victims
2022-03-18 21:06:19
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government agreed this week to pay $127.5 million to families of students killed by a gunman in 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. It was the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.... Read More

Opioid Crisis Victims to Confront Purdue Pharma’s Owners
Opioids
Opioid Crisis Victims to Confront Purdue Pharma's Owners

NEW YORK (AP) — Their advocacy helped send Purdue Pharma into bankruptcy and is forcing the family that has controlled the company for generations to relinquish ownership and provide billions of dollars for communities to combat opioid addiction. But what... Read More

Justice Dept. to Pay $130 Million to High School Shooting Survivors
Litigation
Justice Dept. to Pay $130 Million to High School Shooting Survivors
2021-11-23 21:49:58
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday that it reached a settlement agreement with family members and survivors of the 2018 high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people. Local media reports say the settlement amount... Read More

Boeing Proposes Settlement to End Claims From Fatal Plane Crashes
Litigation
Boeing Proposes Settlement to End Claims From Fatal Plane Crashes
2021-11-09 00:04:02
by Tom Ramstack

WILMINGTON, Del. — Boeing is proposing a $237.5 million lawsuit settlement to end complaints about its troubled 737 MAX airliners but the bigger question is whether the payment will allow the company to fully recover from the crashes that killed... Read More

Judge Set to Rule on Purdue Pharma’s Opioid Settlement Plan
Law
Judge Set to Rule on Purdue Pharma's Opioid Settlement Plan

A federal bankruptcy judge is expected to rule Wednesday on whether to accept a settlement between OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, the states and thousands of local governments over an opioid crisis that has killed a half-million Americans over the last... Read More

Opioid Maker and Distributors Settle State Lawsuits for $26 Billion
Litigation
Opioid Maker and Distributors Settle State Lawsuits for $26 Billion
2021-07-23 20:15:27
by Tom Ramstack

A coalition of state attorneys general reached a $26 billion settlement with opioid maker Johnson & Johnson and three of its distributors this week. They blame the companies for a half-million deaths in the United States from overdoses and addictions... Read More

More States Agree to Settlement Plan for Opioid-maker Purdue
Prescription Drugs
More States Agree to Settlement Plan for Opioid-maker Purdue

More than a dozen states have dropped their longstanding objections to OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma's reorganization plan, edging the company closer to resolving its bankruptcy case and transforming itself into a new entity that helps combat the U.S. opioid epidemic... Read More

$1.6 MIllion to Go to Protesters at 2017 Inauguration
Law
$1.6 MIllion to Go to Protesters at 2017 Inauguration
2021-05-03 13:21:46
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The District of Columbia government this week agreed to pay $1.6 million to settle two lawsuits by protesters during the January 2017 presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. In one of the lawsuits, six demonstrators represented by the ACLU... Read More

The Hartford to Pay $650 Million to Settle Boy Scout Sexual Abuse Claims
Litigation
The Hartford to Pay $650 Million to Settle Boy Scout Sexual Abuse Claims
2021-04-20 14:41:47
by Tom Ramstack

The Hartford Financial Services Group announced Friday it would pay $650 million to settle sexual abuse claims against the Boy Scouts of America. If it is approved by a Delaware bankruptcy judge, the payment to the Boy Scouts and its... Read More

Judge Holds Off on Approval of TikTok Settlement
Social Media
Judge Holds Off on Approval of TikTok Settlement
2021-03-02 21:29:26
by Sara Wilkerson

CHICAGO - A federal judge on Tuesday put off approval of a proposed $92 million class-action settlement by the social media app TikTok, wanting to give attorneys at least 21 days to address his questions about the proposal. U.S. District... Read More

Fox News Settles Lawsuit After Conspiracy Theory Report
Media
Fox News Settles Lawsuit After Conspiracy Theory Report
2020-11-30 14:27:59
by Tom Ramstack

NEW YORK -- Fox News is paying a reported seven-figure sum in a settlement reached this week with the parents of a Democratic National Committee staff member who was murdered in Washington, D.C.’s Bloomingdale neighborhood in 2016. A subsequent Fox... Read More

Federal Judge Affirms North Carolina Transgender Restroom Rights
State News
Federal Judge Affirms North Carolina Transgender Restroom Rights
2019-07-24 14:07:42
by Dan McCue

A federal judge approved a legal settlement Tuesday affirming transgender people's right to use restrooms matching their gender identity in many North Carolina public buildings. The consent decree between the state's Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, and transgender plaintiffs covers a... Read More

Equifax Agrees to $700 Million Settlement After Huge Hacking Incident Hit Consumers
In The News
Equifax Agrees to $700 Million Settlement After Huge Hacking Incident Hit Consumers
2019-07-23 14:00:13
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Credit reporting giant Equifax Inc. signed a settlement Monday in which it agreed to pay as much as $700 million to resolve government and consumer complaints resulting from a data breach that exposed the personal financial information of... Read More

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