Law Legislation

  • But they have a clear precedent: not just the dozens of other rich countries that guarantee time off to care for a child or a sick family member, but also California, New Jersey and Rhode Island. California pioneered paid family leave in 2004, followed by New Jersey in 2009 and Rhode Island in 2014. New York will have the nation's most generous program when it...

  • Clinton Preparing for 'Different Trumps' at First Debate.

    Hillary Clinton adviser tells reporters how Clinton is preparing for Monday night's first debate with Donald Trump, NBC reports.

  • MULBERRY, Fla.— A federal lawsuit was filed late Thursday by three central Florida residents who live near a fertilizer plant where more than 200 million gallons of contaminated wastewater leaked into one of the state's main underground sources of drinking water. The lawsuit, filed by the Florida law firm of Morgan and Morgan and by Weitz& Luxenberg of New York,...

  • Secret Service patrol outside the White House in Washington, DC.

    A White House staffer's email appears to have been hacked, leaking documents from the First Lady and the Secret Service. NBC News reports.

  • STOCKHOLM— More than 100 Tesla owners in Norway have sued the electric car maker, saying their vehicles aren't as powerful as advertised. Kaspar Thommessen, one of the lawyers representing the 126 car owners in the suit, said Thursday that under Norwegian consumer law the normal compensation would be a discount, "if the seller doesn't remedy the defect."

  • Rick Snyder and other top state officials Thursday, challenging a Michigan law that ensures automakers can only sell through independent, franchised dealerships and not directly to customers. "As a result of this law, Michigan consumers are forced to accept reduced access to the products they want, less competition and higher prices.... Tesla will continue to...

  • MADRID— A Spanish court has convicted and fined an American mining company executive and two other people for environmental offences committed by a Spanish copper mining firm. The southern Seville court said Thursday that Bill Williams, former water director at the Cobre Las Cruces open pit mine, and two others, had been fined 2,700 euros each for mismanaging...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— The California Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to consider a lawsuit that Yelp.com warns could lead to the removal of negative reviews on the popular website. Yelp wants the Supreme Court to overturn the ruling, saying that if it's allowed to stand, it will open the door for businesses to force the company to remove critical reviews.

  • WASHINGTON— Congress gave final legislative approval Wednesday to a bill boosting efforts to combat illegal wildlife poaching and trafficking, a growing problem worldwide with an estimated cost of up to $10 billion a year. The Senate approved the measure last week. It also gives prosecutors more tools to go after individuals involved in trophy hunting and...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Argentina— Argentina's state-run YPF energy company says it will disclose clauses of an investment deal with U.S.-based Chevron Corp. to produce oil and gas by hydraulic fracturing in one of the world's largest shale deposits. The decision announced by YPF on Wednesday seeks to end a three-year legal fight over the deal for the Vaca Muerta...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 21- Bank of America Corp has settled a lawsuit by a former top female banker who had accused it of being a "bro's club" that favored male employees over women, and punishing her because she complained about questionable activity. Terms of the settlement of Megan Messina's lawsuit were not disclosed in a Wednesday filing in Manhattan federal court.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 21- American Dream, New Jersey's long-stalled mega-mall and entertainment complex, faces a renewed legal challenge from a nonprofit group seeking to block $1.15 billion in tax-exempt financing that developers say they need to finish the project. The New Jersey Alliance for Fiscal Integrity on Wednesday revised an appeal it now has before state...

  • A Democratic congressman is suggesting that public outrage over the increase in price for the EpiPen could help Congress pass legislation allowing Medicare to directly negotiate drug prices with companies. Congressman Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts linked the EpiPen controversy to Medicare and drug prices during a hearing Wednesday before a House...

  • John Bel Edwards on Wednesday accused Louisiana's attorney general of fabricating politically motivated reasons for rejecting the lawyer's contract to represent the state in litigation against oil and gas companies over coastal wetland loss. Edwards said Attorney General Jeff Landry either doesn't understand or is intentionally misrepresenting...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— The Latest on a legal settlement from damages caused by a 2011 Exxon Mobil Corp. pipeline spill into Montana's Yellowstone River:. Exxon Mobil has agreed to pay $12 million to settle damage claims over an oil pipeline break in the Yellowstone River, but it faces further potential fines for pollution violations. Exxon Mobil Corp. has agreed to pay...

  • BERLIN, Sept 21- Volkswagen faces 8.2 billion euros in damages claims from investors over its emissions scandal in the legal district where the carmaker is based, a German court said on Wednesday. The biggest claim at the Braunschweig court, totalling 3.3 billion euros, was filed by lawyer Andreas Tulip on behalf of institutional investors around half a year ago.

  • Uber Technologies Inc, which has faced bans and protests from established taxi operators around the world, is legal in Finland provided its drivers hold a taxi license. But the length of time it takes to get a permit has led some drivers to work without one, leading to a debate within Finland about whether the system should be reformed. Uber's Finland country...

  • "We are fully complying with the SEC request for information and are confident our financial reporting meets all legal and accounting requirements," Exxon spokesman Alan Jeffers said. The SEC inquiry mirrors one started last year by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, whom Exxon has accused of overreaching in a politically driven push against...

  • UNITED NATIONS, Sept 20- Brazil's new president, Michel Temer, told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that the impeachment of his predecessor Dilma Rousseff was conducted with "absolute respect" for the rule of law and that confidence was returning to the country's battered economy. Temer, who was sworn in after Rousseff was dismissed by Congress on...

  • Hours after the states announced their lawsuit, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups filed a separate challenge to the rule in the same federal court in Sherman, Texas. "Once again, President Obama is trying to unilaterally rewrite the law," Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement. Paxton and Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt...