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  • PITTSBURGH— The city of Pittsburgh's recent decision to pay $375,000 to settle legal claims brought by families of four people killed in flash flooding leaves Chrysler as the remaining defendant. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority, and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority also previously settled,...

  • The new protections are part of a broader rule from the Department of Health and Human Services to carry out anti-bias provisions of President Barack Obama's health care law. "This is a huge step," said Michael Silverman, director of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund in New York. The Supreme Court recognized a constitutional right for same-sex...

  • Port Authority spends $1.75M on lawyers in bridge case Thursday, 3 Sep 2015 | 8:41 AM ET

    The Port Authority is using $1.8 billion in toll money from Hudson River crossings to rebuild the Pulaski Skyway and three other New Jersey roads, a policy urged by Christie's administration. The legal question is whether the Port Authority misled bondholders and investors. Eleven law firms have been involved in the work on behalf of the Port Authority and its...

  • *California senate to vote on revised bill. SYDNEY, Sept 3- The Australian government is under fire for lobbying the California legislature to stop a ban on the sale of kangaroo products in the U.S. state, a restriction the industry argues would cripple exports of the marsupials' meat and leather. The California senate will vote on Thursday on a bill to extend a...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 2- A U.S. judge on Wednesday granted final approval to a $415 million settlement that ends a high profile lawsuit in which workers accused Apple, Google and two other Silicon Valley companies of conspiring to hold down salaries. The plaintiffs alleged that Apple Inc, Google Inc, Intel Corp and Adobe Systems Inc agreed to avoid poaching each...

  • Sept 2- Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc has reached a settlement agreement with nine former employees who had filed a lawsuit claiming that their personal data was stolen in a 2014 hacking tied to the studio's release of a comedy film set in North Korea, "The Interview." Sony Pictures declined to comment on the settlement. In June, a U.S. judge had rejected a bid by...

  • Sept 2- Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc has reached a settlement agreement with nine former employees who had filed a lawsuit claiming that their personal data was stolen in a 2014 hacking tied to the studio's release of a comedy film set in North Korea, "The Interview." In June, a U.S. judge had rejected a bid by Sony Pictures, the entertainment arm of Sony Corp, to...

  • Federal Sony data breach lawsuit settled, lawyer says Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 7:22 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Lawyers for former Sony Pictures Entertainment employees whose data was breached last year say they have tentatively reached a settlement with the company. Plaintiffs' attorney Daniel Girard wrote that he and fellow lawyers believe the settlement is favorable to employees whose personal, financial and medical information was posted online.

  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Two former shepherds from Peru are accusing key players in the sheep industry in the western U.S. of conspiring to keep wages low for foreign workers. Rodolfo Llacua and Esliper Huaman, represented by a Denver law firm called Towards Justice, are seeking to have their lawsuit treated as a class-action case seeking damages for current and former...

  • WASHINGTON— A federal judge said Wednesday he plans to push ahead with a challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone data on hundreds of millions of Americans, even as the program is set to expire at the end of November. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon said he has no intention of allowing the Obama administration to use legal...

  • A class-action lawsuit was filed in 2013 by women working at BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair Inc. The shipyard helps maintain and modernize U.S. Navy warships, and performs work for other government agencies and private companies. "Nothing in the Settlement is intended or will be construed as an admission by BAE Systems that Plaintiffs' claims in the lawsuit...

  • Trump vs Bush: The gloves are now off Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 6:50 AM ET
    Real estate tycoon Donald Trump (L) and former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R) arrive on stage for the Republican presidential primary debate on August 6, 2015 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Republican candidates Donald Trump and Jeb Bush have traded rhetorical punches before, but never as forcefully as they have over the past 24 hours.

  • CNN changes debate rules after Fiorina outcry Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 6:45 AM ET
    Republican presidential candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina responds to a question at a Fox-sponsored forum for lower polling candidates held before the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015.

    CNN is amending the rules for its Sept. 16 GOP debate amid outcry that its criteria would unfairly exclude Carly Fiorina.

  • BOSTON— The state's attorney general cleared the way on Wednesday for supporters of more than 20 proposed ballot questions, including ones calling for the legalization of recreational marijuana use, to proceed with efforts to place the measures before Massachusetts voters next year. Among a handful rejected by Healey was one that sought to legalize the sale...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— A federal judge granted class-action status Tuesday to a lawsuit in California against Uber over the payment of its drivers, upping the stakes for the ride-hailing company in the case. The ruling increases the number of potential California plaintiffs in the suit that claims Uber drivers are incorrectly classified as independent...

  • District Judge Edward Chen in San Francisco said drivers could sue as a group. Such a designation means the suit could cover more than 160,000 California drivers and could give plaintiffs more leverage to negotiate a settlement. In June, a California labor commissioner ruled that an Uber driver was an employee, not a contractor.

  • WASHINGTON— The last major piece of President Barack Obama's health care law could raise costs for thrifty consumers as well as large corporations and union members when it takes effect in 2018.. The so-called Cadillac tax was meant to discourage extravagant coverage. Critics say it's a tax on essentials, not luxuries.

  • Since the FDA doesn't have the legal authority to pull such a substance off the shelves, the agency has been building a case against those who are marketing it in bulk in an attempt to persuade them to stop. Last summer, the FDA warned consumers to avoid pure powdered caffeine. A teaspoon of pure powdered caffeine is roughly equivalent to 28 cups of coffee, according...

  • Sweden optimistic over questioning Assange in London Tuesday, 1 Sep 2015 | 11:20 AM ET

    HELSINKI— Swedish officials said Tuesday they are optimistic about reaching a general agreement on legal assistance with Ecuador which could pave the way to questioning WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London on outstanding accusations against him. Assange, who has avoided extradition to Sweden by sheltering in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since...

  • SEATTLE— A lawyer for the International Franchise Association is arguing before a federal appeals panel that Seattle's new $15 minimum wage law unfairly treats one class of small employer differently from others. Paul Clement told a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday that the ordinance discriminates against franchises.