GM dumps Trump in his attempt to bar California from setting emissions
DETROIT — General Motors is changing course and will no longer back President Donald Trump’s effort to stop California from setting its own emissions rules in an ongoing court fight.GM CEO Mary Barra said Monday that GM is withdrawing from preemption litigation between California, the Trump Administration and other non-government groups. In reaction to the move, President-elect Joe Biden said innovation and manufacturing will be priorities in his administration.The move comes days after GM said it is increasing the number of electric vehicles it will bring to market. GM will offer 30 new EVs b...
Detroit Free Press
Theranos: Scientist who worked for Elizabeth Holmes fired from new job over trial subpoena, lawsuit claims
A Bay Area scientist claims in a new lawsuit that her former work for accused fraudster Elizabeth Holmes at Holmes’ defunct blood-testing startup Theranos got her fired from a new job at another biotechnology company.Nine days after Diana Dupuy of San Mateo told her employer DiaSorin that she’d received a subpoena to testify at Holmes’ upcoming criminal trial about her time at Theranos, the company terminated her, Dupuy claimed in her suit against DiaSorin filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose.DiaSorin did not respond to a request for comment.Dupuy, a laboratory scientist, started at DiaSor...
The Mercury News
Landmark Flint water crisis settlement grows to $641 million as it moves to court
DETROIT — A landmark settlement in the Flint water crisis came a step closer to reality late Tuesday, when attorneys in the class-action lawsuit presented the agreement to a federal court with an additional $41.2 million.The $641.25 million settlement, if approved by the court, would largely go to victims of the water crisis that emerged after Flint residents learned their drinking water had been contaminated with lead after a source switch to river water in 2014.“After years of hard-fought litigation and extensive negotiations, plaintiffs have reached an agreement to resolve claims against th...
The Detroit News
Washington state's AG has sued the Trump administration 82 times. What's he going to do now?
SEATTLE — Washington is one of 20 states that argued before the U.S. Supreme Court this past week to defend the Affordable Care Act against the third major lawsuit seeking to throw out the landmark health care law.The Affordable Care Act is a federal law and the federal Department of Justice normally defends federal laws in court. But the Trump administration, instead, argued that the entire law should be struck down.Washington, among other states, jumped in to fill the void in defending the law.It’s been a recurring theme of the last four years. When the Trump administration has taken a contr...
The Seattle Times
Chemical injected in town's drinking water called 'an environmental injustice'
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Residents of a small town that injected an unapproved chemical into their drinking water for 10 years want the chemical manufacturer and South Carolina health regulators to pay for exposing them to the unauthorized water additive.Berry Systems Inc. and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control face potential liability over the use of Halosan in the town of Denmark, a remote community that for years has drawn complaints about the quality of its drinking water.Lawyers for the residents asked a court this past week to add Berry and DHEC to a 2018 class action lawsui...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell fights to keep sexually charged testimony sealed
Attorneys for Ghislaine Maxwell, alleged co-conspirator in disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein’s sex crimes, filed an objection late Thursday seeking to block release of a controversial, sexually charged deposition in a settled civil lawsuit.The objection was filed as part of a broader objection to the proposed timeline for unsealing additional documents as required in a July ruling by U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in a records-release lawsuit brought by the Miami Herald.The Thursday filing seeks to block release of a July 2016 deposition given by Maxwell in a civil lawsuit involving Epst...
2 who gave depositions in Jeffrey Epstein case miss deadline for keeping their testimony secret
A deadline has passed without opposition from two parties whose depositions in the bitter lawsuit between disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein’s accused co-conspirator, Ghislaine Maxwell, and an Epstein accuser are set to be made public.The two nonparties in the now-settled civil dispute between Maxwell and accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre had until Nov. 5 to oppose the way their names would be redacted as well as references that might identify them.But in a filing late Tuesday in New York by Giuffre’s lawyers to U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska, they said no opposition came in against the re...
McDonald's hit with new lawsuit alleging racial discrimination against Black franchisees
CHICAGO — McDonald’s faces another federal lawsuit alleging that the company discriminated against Black franchisees — and this time the allegations are coming from current operators, who are seeking to make the complaint a class action.The complaint against the Chicago-based fast food giant, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, names as plaintiffs two brothers who own McDonald’s franchises in Tennessee. James Byrd, a franchisee for 31 years, operates two restaurants and Darrell Byrd, a franchisee for 22 years, operates another two.Their allegations are ...
Forget the label. How many cups of coffee can you get from the package?
Your morning coffee might be good to the last drop, but consumers are starting to complain that they’re not getting enough drops for their buck.In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Fla., resident Kimberly E. Ferron claims that packages of Maxwell House and Yuban ground coffees intentionally exaggerate the number of 6-ounce cups consumers can expect to make from the amount of coffee inside them.She says there’s no way a 26.8-ounce container of Maxwell House Master Blend will yield 180 to 210 servings if purchasers follow the label’s “suggested strength” recipe...
McDonald's asks judge to toss out racial discrimination suit filed by Black former franchisees, calling it 'illogical'
CHICAGO — McDonald’s is asking a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed by more than 50 Black former franchisees who allege that racial discrimination by the fast food giant set them up to fail.Chicago-based McDonald’s, in a filing Friday in U.S. District Court for Northern Illinois, called the allegations “illogical” because the company “is only as successful as its franchisees.”The Sept. 1 complaint by the Black former franchisees alleged McDonald’s steered them to less profitable locations, with lower sales volumes and higher security costs, and excluded them from financial support and gr...