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
Padres chairman Ron Fowler steps down; Peter Seidler to take over
The man who has guided the Padres through a transition from perennial loser to playoff team no longer will be in charge of the franchise’s day-to-day operation.Ron Fowler is stepping down as Padres executive chairman and will be replaced by General Partner Peter Seidler.Major League Baseball team owners approved Seidler as the team’s control person in a vote Wednesday morning. The team and MLB announced the move early Wednesday afternoon.“I have had the privilege to lead the Padres and to participate at the highest level of Major League Baseball over the last eight years; however, it’s time to...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
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
GM ups effort to safeguard parts supplied for its full-size pickup, SUV plants
DETROIT — General Motors has its eye south of the border as the coronavirus pandemic spreads, restricting the output of parts from some of its suppliers in Mexico.That, in turn, could further impact GM's vehicle production at its U.S. factories.GM has had to either cancel some overtime shifts or run partial shifts at its important Arlington Assembly factory in Texas where it makes hot-selling, highly profitable full-size SUVs, GM spokesman David Barnas said Tuesday. It's had to cancel some Corvette production recently at Bowling Green Assembly in Kentucky, too, because of parts supply disrupti...
Detroit Free Press
Washington state stockpiles N95 masks as hospitals see demand rise in new coronavirus wave
SEATTLE — Sitting in a Washington state government warehouse are more than 30 million N95 masks — enough to provide every one of the state’s health care workers nearly 100 masks each.They’re sitting there even though nearly all of the state’s hospitals are reusing their N95s or otherwise conserving supply, as the nation faces a looming shortage and Washington’s COVID-19 cases spike to the highest levels in the pandemic.Does the stockpile represent careful planning by state officials for this surge, or a missed opportunity to provide about $90 million of needed masks?Some in the industry suppor...
The Seattle Times
Haiti fires its top cop, taps ex-OAS diplomat and police chief to head national police
A Haitian diplomat who last headed his country’s beleaguered national police force 15 years ago, has been given back his old job as the country’s top cop.Léon Charles, Haiti’s permanent representative to the Organization of American States who also served as chargé d’affaires in its Washington Embassy, was installed Monday after being named interim director general of the Haiti National Police in a presidential decree. Charles replaces fired chief Rameau Normil, who was named interim director of the U.S.-backed Haiti National Police 15 months ago by President Jovenel Moise.Normil has struggled...
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.)