Construction on Enbridge pipeline begins as new lawsuit filed to delay $2.6B project
Less than a day after Minnesota regulators gave the final approval for Enbridge to start building a new $2.6 billion pipeline across the northern part of the state, the Canadian oil company got to work.The building began “across Minnesota,” Enbridge said, even as an environmental and Indigenous groups launched another lawsuit seeking to stop construction.“We will continue to use every legal avenue available to stop the degradation of our waters for future generations to enjoy our treaty-protected resources on and off reservation,” White Earth Band of Ojibwe attorney Frank Bibeau said in a stat...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Editorial: The danger of legal immunity for those who expose others to COVID-19
The Florida Legislature is not quite as indifferent to the coronavirus pandemic as it might appear. Some members are actually talking about immunity. Unfortunately, it’s altogether the wrong kind.The immunity they have in mind is protection for nursing homes and other businesses against being sued over COVID-19 illnesses and deaths.One reason why that’s wrong is self-evident in the story we published Tuesday about a lawsuit against Publix Supermarkets over the death of Gerardo Gutierrez, who worked at one its stores in Miami Beach and died of COVID-19 after a co-worker had tested positive.It’s...
California newspaper urges GM boycott, slams decision to abandon Trump plan
A California newspaper is slamming General Motors in a searing editorial urging consumers to give pause before buying a new vehicle from the automaker.It stems from GM’s move one week ago when GM did an about-face and said it will no longer back President Donald Trump’s effort to stop California from setting its own emissions rules.With that, GM withdrew from preemption litigation between California, the Trump administration and other non-government groups.GM CEO Mary Barra cited the alignment of GM’s electric vehicle goals with President-elect Joe Biden’s endorsement of EVs as the reason to w...
Detroit Free Press
Online lenders' financial backers agree to double relief for borrowers
A national settlement sparked by Virginians feeling stung by online lenders is about to double in size — bringing refunds and debt cancellation totaling $866 million.The money is coming from the venture capitalists who funded the enterprise, a debt collection firm and the online firm’s former president.They all deny any wrongdoing.Under the settlement, venture capitalists Sequoia Capital and TCV, along with National Credit Adjusters, agreed to refund a bit more than $50 million to more than 1 million people who borrowed money from Plain Green LLC, which claimed to be owned by the Chippewa Cree...
Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)
Fla. supermarket chain blamed for worker's COVID-19 death, but lawsuits face long odds
A rare COVID-19 lawsuit claims a deli worker at Publix died of the disease because the company prohibited employees from wearing masks during the early weeks of the pandemic.Gerardo Gutierrez, an employee in Miami Beach, wasn’t allowed to wear his mask back in March because Publix feared that mask-wearing employees would frighten customers, the lawsuit claims.On March 27 and March 28, Gutierrez worked beside an employee who was showing symptoms of infection, including coughing. When his coworker tested positive, Gutierrez was sent home and told to self-isolate.He was hospitalized April 10 and ...
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.)