Washington state nonprofit files lawsuit saying Fox News misled viewers about coronavirus
SEATTLE — A little-known Washington nonprofit has filed a lawsuit against Fox News in King County Superior Court, claiming the news station, its parent companies and owners violated the state’s Consumer Protection Act and acted in bad faith by disseminating false information about the novel coronavirus through its television news broadcasts and minimized the danger posed by the virus as COVID-19 began to explode into a pandemic.The suit, filed on behalf of the Washington League for Increased Transparency and Ethics (WASHLITE), alleges Fox News engaged in unfair or deceptive acts by representin...
The Seattle Times
Judge tosses DraftKings bettors' lawsuit against Astros and Red Sox, but takes swings at each team
NEW YORK — The Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox disgraced baseball — but the cheating teams did not defraud fantasy baseball bettors, a judge ruled Friday.The decision by Manhattan Federal Judge Jed Rakoff took swings at both franchises for the sign-stealing scandal that rocked Major League Baseball, but said the teams’ lies did not rise to a breach of consumer protection laws.“In 2017 and thereafter, the Houston Astros, and somewhat less blatantly the Boston Red Sox, shamelessly broke that rule, and thereby broke the hearts of all true baseball fans. But did the initial efforts of those team...
New York Daily News
Burr faces lawsuit as fallout continues over his sale of up to $1.7 million in stock
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Fallout continued this week over revelations that U.S. Sen. Richard Burr dumped up to $1.7 million in stock after private briefings about the coronavirus, including a personal lawsuit against him.Politico reported the shareholder suit against Burr in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia even as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission this week issued a stern warning against insider trading.Last week ProPublica and the Center for Responsive Politics reported that Burr sold the stocks in mid-February just before the market collapsed.As chairman of the Senate Int...
The Charlotte Observer
Former Philadelphia Inquirer columnist sues newspaper over retirement send-off that went awry
PHILADELPHIA — Stu Bykofsky, a former columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer, has sued the newspaper’s parent company and its columnist Inga Saffron, saying she made false and defamatory comments about him at his newsroom retirement send-off last year.A confrontation during the event between Bykofsky and Saffron, The Inquirer’s Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic, was recorded on video. The incident quickly became the subject of news reports by various outlets, including Philadelphia Magazine, The Washington Post, Daily Mail UK, and the Washington Examiner, causing “extreme embarrassme...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Apple says it did nothing wrong but agrees to pay up to $500 million to iPhone owners, users
Apple will pay owners and users of certain iPhone models up to $25 per phone as part of a settlement that, if approved by a judge, will see the Cupertino firm pay up to $500 million over alleged secret throttling of phone performance.The deal, according to filings in federal court in San Jose, is to cover all current and former U.S. owners and users of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, and SE devices running iOS 10.2.1 or later, and iPhone 7 and 7 Plus phones running iOS 11.2 or later, who ran those operating systems before December 21, 2017.The tentative settlement, awaiting a judge’s approv...
The Mercury News
Washington agency rejects Facebook settlement, refers campaign ad violation charge to AG's office
SEATTLE — Washington’s campaign finance watchdog on Thursday rejected a settlement that its own staff had negotiated with Facebook over charges the social media giant has repeatedly violated state campaign finance law.Instead of accepting the rather modest settlement — a proposed $75,000 fine for the $550-billion company and no admission of guilt — the Washington Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) referred the matter to Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson for further investigation.It’s the second time in a little more than a year that Ferguson’s office will look into Facebook for allegedl...
The Seattle Times
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Trump campaign sues New York Times Co. over Russia coverageNEW YORK — President Donald Trump escalated his war against the press by suing New York Times Co., accusing it of knowingly publishing false and defamatory statements claiming his 2016 election campaign had an agreement with Russia to exchange positive foreign policy for help defeating his rival, Hillary Clinton.The suit, filed in New York state court on Wednesday, alleges that the Times published a defamatory opinion piece in March 2019 that claimed the campaign had an “overarching deal” with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s oligarc...
Tribune News Service
New rides help lift attendance at SeaWorld parks for second year in a row
SeaWorld Entertainment managed to eke out a slight gain in attendance in 2019 across its 12 parks, extending the company’s rebound from a years-long decline in visitation and revenue.While not anywhere near as robust as the 8.6% gain in 2018, attendance still grew by 42,000, or .2 percent, reaching a little more than 22.6 million guests. That total, though, is still off the company’s 2012 peak attendance of 24.4 million visitors. Revenue was also up for the year, increasing 1.9% to $1.4 billion, the Orlando-based company reported on Wednesday.The company’s “strategic focus on new rides, attrac...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
3M Co. agrees to pay $55M to settle PFAS contamination case in Michigan
3M Co. will pay $55 million to settle a PFAS water contamination lawsuit brought by the Michigan maker of Hush Puppies shoes.The agreement announced Thursday after the markets closed will “resolve all legal claims” between 3M and Wolverine World Wide Inc. and will be used, 3M said, to address PFAS chemicals found in the environment in Michigan communities near a waste disposal site in Belmont, Mich.Separately, Wolverine signed a court agreement Thursday agreeing to pay the state of Michigan $69.5 million to settle that state’s PFAS contamination claims against Wolverine. That money will be use...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Sprint says three telecommunication companies stole patents, trade secrets: lawsuit
Sprint filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that three other telecommunications companies stole patents and trade secrets from the Overland Park-based company.The lawsuit, filed in Johnson County District Court, names as defendants Charter Communications, Bright House Networks, Time Warner Cable, and two former Sprint employees.Court documents allege the two former employees disclosed trade secrets to Bright House shortly before leaving Sprint and joining Bright House.The patents and trade secrets were related to Sprint’s Voice over Internet Protocol technologies, which enable phone calls over the...
The Kansas City Star