Editorial: Lawsuit against its ex-CEO keeps #MeToo on the menu at McDonald's
Last November, McDonald’s fired CEO Steve Easterbrook after discovering he had engaged in a consensual, nonphysical relationship with an unidentified employee. Easterbrook lost his job for violating company policies and showing poor judgment, but he was allowed to walk away with a nearly $42 million severance package because he hadn’t lied about his actions or done anything illegal.Now McDonald’s has more to say about Easterbrook’s departure. The fast-food giant is suing Easterbrook to recoup the money, alleging that a deeper investigation determined he covered up other inappropriate activitie...
Mercedes to spend billions to settle US diesel emissions cases
Mercedes-Benz and its parent company, Daimler, say they will pay more than $2 billion to settle diesel emissions cases in the United States.The German automaker announced Thursday it has reached a deal with U.S. authorities and a separate agreement to settle U.S. class action litigation over its diesel emission scandal.The tentative settlements are just the latest piece in the ongoing diesel emissions cheating saga involving automakers following the Volkswagen Dieselgate case. Other companies, including Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford and General Motors, have also faced accusations, with FCA i...
Detroit Free Press
Ford recalls include some F-150s because of fire risk
DETROIT — Ford is warning that a number of 2020 F-150 pickups could catch fire because of a battery connection issue. At the same time, the company announced a recall of more than half a million Edges with potential brake problems.The company said it’s recalling 431 F-150s in the United States. The recall, one of three announced by Ford Wednesday, affects only trucks built from June 30-July 1 at the Kansas City Assembly Plant, and Ford said it is not aware of any fires, crashes or injuries related to any of the recall issues.The trucks “may have been built with an improper attachment nut used ...
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Fabiola Santiago: Magical Florida: Deloitte delivers a broken unemployment system and wins $135 million!
Stand aside, Disney World.The real magic in Florida happens in Contractilandia, the place where you can be an epic failure — and the government will reward you with another $135 million contract to take another shot at messing things up!To borrow from Mickey Mouse: Meeska, Mooska, Gov. Ron DeSantis, let’s give Deloitte Consulting another contract!The carnival of incompetence is a thrilling ride, unless you’re on the receiving end of needed services, like Florida’s unemployed or Medicaid recipients.Then, you pay the price for the negligence of not one, but two governors.There’s Rick Scott, who ...
Qualcomm wins reversal of antitrust verdict in long-running battle with the FTC
Qualcomm has won its appeal to overturn last year’s antitrust verdict in a case brought by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, potentially ending a bitter saga that threatened the San Diego company’s lucrative patent licensing business.A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday reversed U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh’s ruling last year that Qualcomm violated anti-monopoly laws in the way it licenses patents.The panel also threw out Koh’s worldwide permanent injunction prohibiting Qualcomm from certain business practices, which could have reduced the company’s incentives to...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Bought meat at Walmart? You could be entitled to share of $9.5 million overcharge settlement
Walmart has agreed to pay up to $9.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit that accused it of deceiving customers about its discounts offered for on-clearance meats.“Hundreds of thousands, if not millions” of consumers who purchased clearance meats from Walmart since Feb. 15, 2015, could be eligible for refunds, according to a settlement notice filed in U.S. District Court in Miami.Vassilios Kukorinis, who lives in Hillsborough County, Fla., sued Walmart in federal court last year after noticing that the per-pound clearance price advertised on soon-to-be-expired meat wasn’t what the retaile...
Businesses want a shield against COVID-19 lawsuits. But what about customer safety?
Wyoming state Sen. Liisa Anselmi-Dalton worried that a customer could get the coronavirus in her Old Chicago Pizza and Tap Room franchise in Rock Springs, attached to her Holiday Inn, and sue her.So, the Democrat with other Wyoming lawmakers pushed through a bill to grant immunity from liability lawsuits to businesses that do their best to follow state and federal pandemic guidelines as they reopen, rehire and serve customers.Anselmi-Dalton, who is also an attorney, envisioned a scenario where “a bunch of people went to a bar and drank out of the same bottle and now they have COVID” and sue th...
Member of controversial church sues online critics who claimed he helped spread COVID-19
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Shelby businessman has been defamed by false online allegations that he helped spread COVID-19 across the North Carolina foothills by working sickened employees, a new federal lawsuit claims.Samuel Pires says he has been singled out for repeated social media attacks for one reason: He’s a member of Word of Faith Fellowship, arguably the state’s most controversial church.According to the complaint, Pires blames a group of Facebook users for damaging his reputation and his businesses by alleging that the companies are a threat to public health and that Pires is funneling mone...
The Charlotte Observer
Fiat Chrysler planning for big recall on engine used in Jeeps
DEROIT — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is preparing for a possible recall related to an issue affecting upward of one million vehicles, likely including Jeep SUV models, equipped with its 2.4-liter Tigershark engine.The expected recall is related to emissions testing conducted on the gasoline engine and, according to the company, is not connected to claims summed up in various lawsuits that the engines burn excessive amounts of oil, which could cause stalling. It’s not known how soon the recall could happen.“In connection with internal testing, we determined that approximately 1 million vehicles e...
Detroit Free Press
In a sweeping lawsuit, 42 Chicago businesses seek insurance coverage for COVID-related business losses
CHICAGO — In a sweeping lawsuit, prominent Chicago restaurant groups including Lettuce Entertain You and Gibsons are fighting their insurance carriers over denial of coverage for lost income related to COVID-19.The suit, filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court, is one of hundreds businesses have filed against insurers over the last several months as the health crisis, and shutdowns mandated by the government, slashed revenues. It is notable for its breadth: There are 42 plaintiffs, mostly Chicago restaurants, and 18 insurers listed as defendants.The suit alleges shutdown orders caused hund...