Boy Scouts bankruptcy filing expected within hours, victims' lawyers say
The Boy Scouts of America, after decades of being crippled by child sex abuse claims, plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy by early Tuesday, the New York Daily News has learned.Two lawyers who individually have represented hundreds of victims confirmed to the Daily News that the 110-year-old organization would be filing papers in Delaware federal bankruptcy court as early as midnight.As the embattled Boy Scouts begin the long process of restructuring debt, any pending sex abuse claim against the organization will be put on hold, lawyers said.“It’s an injunction against any case that’s filed...
New York Daily News
NY prosecutors mulling more charges against Giuliani associates
NEW YORK — Rudy Giuliani may not be out of the woods yet.Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are considering more charges against criminally indicted associates of the former New York mayor in connection with a company that gave him a lucrative business deal, according to a report Monday.The charges being mulled would be brought by the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York over allegations that ex-Giuliani pal Lev Parnas and at least one of his partners misled potential investors for his Florida-based company, Fraud Guarantee, sources told CNN.Fraud Guarantee, which pitched...
New York Daily News
'He acts like a caudillo.' New anti-Trump ads compare him to authoritarian leaders
MIAMI — The largest Democratic super PAC in the U.S. is launching a new series of attack ads starring a group of Florida Latinos who’ve fled oppressive governments in their home countries, featuring footage of President Donald Trump alongside images of Fidel Castro, Nicolás Maduro and Augusto Pinochet.Priorities USA, which teased this recent slate of ads last November, is using anti-Trump testimonials from one Cuban and three Venezuelan immigrants to compare Trump’s rhetoric to that of a Latin American “caudillo,” or an authoritarian dictator. The digital commercials will begin to publish on s...
Georgia city sues drug company over medicine that went from $40 to $39,000
ATLANTA — The city of Marietta, Ga., has filed a class action lawsuit against a drug company after the price of a decades-old medicine went from $40 a vial to more than $39,000.The city, which covers health care costs for employees and their families, says it has already spent more than $2 million on the drug for a single patient.Stacie Dusetzina, an associate professor of health policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, reviewed the complaint and said it’s indicative of a national problem with market-driven drug prices.“A company can choose to do this to any drug a person is taking ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
'Invisible oil' from Deepwater Horizon spill may have reached the Florida Keys
MIAMI — Florida Keys residents may not have seen massive tar balls and fish kills after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but small concentrations of toxic crude were still reaching the islands and potentially harming marine life, as the extent of the deadly disaster in the Gulf of Mexico was worse than originally thought, according to a University of Miami study.Nearly a decade after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history killed 11 people and dumped 200 million gallons of crude into the ocean, researchers found discrepancies in the satellite footprint that was used to establish fish...
Qualcomm makes case before Ninth Circuit panel to reverse monopoly judgment
Qualcomm seemed to get a sympathetic ear Thursday from a panel of U.S. Ninth Circuit Court judges hearing the San Diego company’s appeal of last year’s verdict that it violated anti-monopoly laws.During oral arguments in San Francisco, the three-judge panel asked questions that appeared skeptical of some of the legal underpinnings of the lower court’s finding last spring.The judges probed whether Qualcomm’s conduct rose to the level of an antitrust violation. They pushed a lawyer from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for precedents that supported San Jose District Judge Lucy Koh’s ruling agai...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Chinese company Huawei's Silicon Valley outpost allegedly stole trade secrets from Cisco
Controversial Chinese technology firm Huawei and its Santa Clara-based subsidiary Futurewei allegedly stole trade secrets from San Jose tech giant Cisco and used them to copy Cisco routers, a federal indictment released Thursday indicates.The U.S. Department of Justice claimed in its racketeering indictment and a news release that Huawei — under fire from the administration of President Donald Trump over alleged links to the Chinese government and military — and its Silicon Valley subsidiary stole operating system code and other data needed to make routers, and used the pilfered secrets to mak...
The Mercury News
Editorial: A free society cannot function without a vibrant professional press
A free society cannot function without vibrant professional newspapers. In light of that truism, the latest dire news for the news business — that McClatchy newspapers, publisher of The Kansas City Star and almost 30 other newspapers in 14 states across America, is filing for bankruptcy — should worry every American who cares about our democracy. In this era of politicians who too often see accurate information as the enemy, real journalism needs all the public support it can get.The good news is that McClatchy, a 163-year-old family-owned company that also publishes The Miami Herald, The Sacr...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Feds reviewing previously unreported cyber attack on Florida elections office
MIAMI — Less than five weeks before Florida’s March presidential primary, the Department of Homeland Security is investigating a previously unreported cyber attack on Palm Beach County’s elections office, according to Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link.Link, who was appointed last year by the governor to oversee the county’s beleaguered elections department, said she contacted the FBI in November after a veteran IT employee told her that the office had been infected by a ransomware virus only a few weeks before the 2016 election. The virus was not publicly disclosed in 2016.Link said t...
Activist investor wants outside review of Comcast's 'failures to prevent workplace sexual harassment'
An activist investor with a track record of drawing attention to gender discrimination issues at large companies has called on Comcast to conduct an independent investigation into the company’s “failures to prevent workplace sexual harassment.”Arjuna Capital, based in Boston, filed a proposed shareholder resolution asking Comcast for an independent review and a report on such failures, citing the need to avoid legal and reputational risk.Comcast wants to exclude the proposal from resolutions that shareholders would get to vote on at its annual shareholder meeting, typically held in June. The P...
The Philadelphia Inquirer