Articles by Jonathan Stempel

Suit Against Yahoo Claims ‘Gross Negligence’ Over Data Breach

Yahoo Inc. was sued on Friday by a user who accused it of gross negligence over a massive 2014 hacking in which information was stolen from at least 500 million accounts. The lawsuit was filed in the federal court in …

$500 Million Lawsuit Accuses NASCAR of Racial Discrimination

NASCAR was hit with a $500 million lawsuit accusing the auto racing body of racial discrimination for preventing black-owned teams and drivers from competing, including in the Sprint Cup Series. Terrance Cox and his company, Diversity Motorsports Racing LLC, filed …

U.S. Lawsuit Against Samsung Claims Injuries from Galaxy 7 Explosion

Samsung Electronics Co. was sued on Friday by a Florida man who said he suffered severe burns after his Galaxy Note 7 smartphone exploded in his front pants pocket. The lawsuit by Jonathan Strobel may be the first in the …

Court Reinstates Whistleblower Retaliation Claim Against JPMorgan

A federal appeals court on Monday revived a former JPMorgan Chase & Co. private banker’s whistleblower lawsuit accusing the bank of firing her in retaliation for warning that an Israeli client might be committing fraud. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court …

Willis to Pay $120 Million to Settle Claims Over Stanford Ponzi Scheme Role

The insurance brokerage Willis Towers Watson Plc has agreed to pay $120 million to settle litigation accusing it of helping now-imprisoned Texas financier Allen Stanford run a $7.2 billion Ponzi scheme, court papers show. The papers, in which Willis denied …

Pennsylvania Reinstates Uber’s Record $11.4M Fine

A Pennsylvania regulator on Thursday reinstated a record $11.4 million fine against the popular ride-sharing service Uber Technologies Inc. for operating illegally in the state in 2014. By a 4-1 vote, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission rejected Uber’s arguments that …

Court Allows Banana Farmers’ Toxic Pesticide Claims Against Fruit, Chemical Firms

Hundreds of banana farmers from Central America and South America will again have their day in court, after a U.S. appeals court on Friday revived six lawsuits accusing several big fruit and chemical companies of sickening them with a toxic …

Judge Grants Uber’s Request to Put New York Price Fixing, Arbitration Lawsuit on Hold

A federal judge on Friday granted a request by Uber Technologies Inc. and its chief executive officer to put a passenger’s price-fixing lawsuit against them on hold, while they appeal his refusal to let them arbitrate the dispute. Calling his …

Texas Lawyer Accused of Fraud in BP Oil Spill Case Acquitted in Mississippi

A prominent Texas lawyer was acquitted on Thursday of charges he made up thousands of fake clients to sue BP Plc for damages that the oil company caused in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill, court records show. Mikal Watts …

New York Judge: Hedge Fund Head’s $100M Defamation Claim Better Suited for Bahamas

A New York state judge on Wednesday threw out billionaire hedge fund manager Louis Bacon’s $100 million defamation lawsuit against Canadian fashion designer Peter Nygard, saying the case tied to their long-running feud over neighboring properties in the Bahamas belongs …