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
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...
Oil workers urged to break into woman's room on rig to assault her, $100M lawsuit says
A $100 million class-action lawsuit against the world’s largest oilfield services company describes rampant sexual harassment and discrimination of women.Texas-based Schlumberger is accused of fostering a “terrorizing environment” for women who work on oil rigs overwhelmingly staffed by men and located in isolated areas where they’re forced to sleep in shared rooms. This means women live and work with their harassers, according to the lawsuit.Attorneys representing Sara Saidman, a former employee who began working for the company fresh out of college, filed the lawsuit in a Houston federal cou...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Minnesota files climate change lawsuit against oil companies including Koch Industries, Exxon Mobil
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison on Wednesday sued Exxon Mobil Corp., Koch Industries and the American Petroleum Institute, saying they have long deceived consumers over the effects of climate change.The consumer fraud lawsuit, filed in Ramsey County District Court, includes claims of multiple violations of Minnesota laws, including fraud, deceptive trade practices and false statements in advertising.“The defendants deceived, lied and misrepresented the effects of their product to the public,” Ellison said. “They knew there would be negative effects to the state of Minnesota.”The lawsu...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Chabad shooting victims, gun control group sue Smith & Wesson over synagogue shooting
SAN DIEGO — A gun control organization has filed a lawsuit on behalf of victims of last year’s shooting at the Chabad of Poway, accusing the manufacturer of the weapon used in the fatal attack, the gun store that sold the weapon to the accused shooter and his parents of negligence.The lawsuit filed by Brady Legal, the litigation arm of the gun control group Brady United, also names the state of California for failing to conduct an adequate background check that would have shown the accused shooter, John T. Earnest, was underage and not eligible to buy a weapon.The suit was filed Monday in San ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
GEO Group sues Netflix for trademark infringement over use of logos in 'Messiah' series
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The GEO Group, a Boca Raton-based operator of private prisons and detention centers, is suing Netflix over the streaming provider’s depiction of its “misappropriated trademarks and name” in its original series “Messiah.”The suit says the series “falsely accuses GEO of detaining immigrants in overcrowded overheated rooms with chain-link fences and depriving them of beds, bedding, sunshine, recreation and educational opportunities.”It goes on to say that “Unlike in ‘Messiah,’ GEO does not house people in overcrowded rooms with chain-link fences at its Facilities, but prov...
Doctor sues Washington state hospital after he was fired for raising coronavirus concerns
BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Fired whistleblower physician Dr. Ming Lin, backed by attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union, filed suit Thursday against former employer PeaceHealth, one of its top administrators and a national medical staffing firm, seeking damages and reinstatement after his March dismissal from a Bellingham hospital.Lin, 58, was fired from PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center after publicly protesting what he called inadequate workplace measures to protect hospital personnel and patients from the COVID-19 disease. He became a global cause célèbre among health care workers w...
The Seattle Times