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...
Michael Smolens: Will Joe Biden lean in on pro-immigrant message?
Here’s something you don’t hear in American politics every day: A pro-immigrant message could be a winning strategy in a presidential election.That may seem counterintuitive given immigration has been a lightning-rod issue for some time, even more so since President Donald Trump made tough action, particularly on illegal immigration, central to his 2016 campaign and first term in the White House.But a recent poll shows his immigration policies are highly unpopular among “persuadable” voters in swing states. Conversely, measures protecting immigrants in the workplace and creating a pathway to c...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Manhattan DA probing Trump Organization for 'insurance and bank fraud' and 'pattern of financial misconduct'
NEW YORK — President Donald Trump and his company face an investigation for “insurance and bank fraud,” Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance wrote Monday, asking a judge to uphold a subpoena for Trump’s tax returns.The new filing in Manhattan Federal Court hinted at the scope of Vance’s investigation, which includes a subpoena for eight years of Trump’s personal and corporate tax returns. The probe was previously thought to center on an investigation of how the Trump Organization accounted for hush-money payments made to women during the 2016 election. But Carey Dunne, an attorney in Vance’s o...
New York Daily News
Column: I was amazed by Neiman Marcus 60 years ago; now I'm amazed how long it lasted
I could’ve warned Stanley Marcus about digging his Texas spurs into Yankee soil.Neiman Marcus is now bankrupt and shedding some of its far-flung stores, but six decades ago, I sensed his magic touch might not travel well.Back then, after I married into a Dallas oil family, my mother-in-law took me to the original Neiman Marcus store.“Burn his clothes, and dress him in something posh!” she exclaimed. It was her favorite adjective.Even as I was expecting to be escorted out by security, several sales ladies rushed over with French designer jeans and fringed cowboy shirts no cowboy could afford. T...
A city shackled: How Beijing’s security law transformed Hong Kong in one short month
Hong Kong police wave a purple banner warning of violations against national security law. Photo from Stand News, used with permission.The original post was written by Jennifer Creery and published on the Hong Kong Free Press on August 1. The following edited version is published on Global Voices via a content partnership agreement.Once a vague spectre, national security legislation became a reality in Hong Kong last month when, in less than six weeks, Beijing imposed a law granting authorities sweeping powers to clamp down on dissent.Drafted behind closed doors without local legislative input...
Automobile, FMCG sectors in India see signs of revival after lockdown eased
By Atul RanjanNEW DELHI, NNA - Sectors such as automobile and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) in India have been seeing some hopeful signs of revival since June 1 following the phased reopening of the economy after more than two months of lockdown to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.After suffering zero domestic sales in April for the first time ever, automakers in India have reported month-on-month growths since May. Similarly, FMCG sales in both rural and urban areas have been rising.According to India’s Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA), the overall automobile retail sal...
NNA Business News
International tribunal rules it has authority in case of man killed by US border officials
SAN DIEGO — U.S. law enforcement’s killing of a man at the San Diego-Tijuana border a decade ago will go on trial before an international tribunal, after the organization decided this week that it has authority to hear the case.The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, part of the Organization of American States, will determine whether officials with Customs and Border Protection violated the human rights of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas and his family. It is the first known case that the organization will hear involving someone killed by U.S. law enforcement.In 2010, officials beat Hernandez...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
'License to live:' Florida quietly changed driver's license requirements for immigrants
MIAMI — Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants who have been able to drive legally in Florida may be unable to get driver’s licenses again, after the state quietly changed its identification requirements for obtaining licenses.In May the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles tightened its document requirements that outline what some immigrants must provide in order to get their driver licenses. It’s the most striking change of at least six that have been made in the past six months, making it almost impossible for people who are in the deportation process to legally dri...
Feds claim nearly 100 arrests made in Operation LeGend; many are gun, drug charges
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — About two weeks since the launch of Operation LeGend, a controversial initiative that sent more than 200 federal law enforcement officials into Kansas City, local and federal officers have made 97 arrests, U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison announced Friday.“This is our first detailed report to update the public on the progress against violent crime that has been achieved as a result of Operation LeGend,” Garrison said in a release. “We are striving to maintain as much transparency as possible for an ongoing law enforcement operation. I’ve been communicating with local pastors, comm...
The Kansas City Star
Panasonic ending photovoltaic partnership deal with GS Solar (China) as collaboration stalls
TOKYO, NNA – Panasonic is ending its partnership deal in the photovoltaic business with Chinese photovoltaic module manufacturer GS Solar (China) Co. as their collaboration talks have stalled.The Japanese electronics giant has decided to terminate the cooperation agreement as GS Solar has failed to fulfill the requirements necessary to launch the proposed collaboration, even after a given time extension due to the ongoing impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, it said Thursday.Panasonic will take necessary measures, which “do not rule out taking legal action against GS-Solar for a breach of contr...
NNA Business News