Articles by Jonathan Stempel

Applied Underwriters’ Workers’ Comp Business Faulted by California Regulator

California’s insurance commissioner said a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. insurance business evaded a state law designed to protect small businesses from unexpected workers’ compensation costs. Commissioner Dave Jones faulted Berkshire’s Applied Underwriters Inc. and California Insurance Co. units over the sale …

Blue Moon ‘Craft Beer’ Suit in California against MillerCoors Tossed

MillerCoors LLC won the dismissal of a proposed class action lawsuit by a self-described beer aficionado who said the brewing giant tricked consumers into paying premium prices for Blue Moon by falsely portraying it as “craft beer.” U.S. District Judge …

Citigroup Sues AT&T, Says It Owns Trademark to ‘Thank You’

Citigroup Inc. sued AT&T Inc. on Friday, saying the phone company’s use of “thanks” and “AT&T thanks” in a new customer loyalty program infringed its trademark rights to the phrase “thankyou.” The lawsuit may threaten the business relationship between two …

Copyright Claim Targets Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry’ Vocal Riff

Canadian pop star Justin Bieber and the co-writers of his 2015 smash hit “Sorry” are being sued for allegedly stealing a vocal riff from another artist who said she used it on her own song a year earlier. In a …

Appeals Court Throws Out $1.27B Fraud Penalty Against Bank of America Mortgage Unit

A U.S. appeals court on Monday threw out a jury’s finding that Bank of America Corp. was liable for mortgage fraud leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, voiding a $1.27 billion penalty and dealing the U.S. Department of Justice …

Lowe’s Pays $$8.6M for Firing Disabled Workers Who Sought Extended Medical Leave

Lowe’s Cos. has reached an $8.6 million settlement of a U.S. agency lawsuit accusing the nation’s second-largest home improvement retailer of illegally firing workers who went on medical leave for a long time. The accord resolves Equal Employment Opportunity Commission …

Pennsylvania Federal Judge Dismisses Parks Lawsuit Against Tyson Foods

This lawsuit over hot dogs failed to cut the mustard. A federal judge threw out a lawsuit accusing Tyson Foods Inc and its Hillshire Brands unit of infringing a trademark belonging to the maker of Parks’ sausages when they used …

Ferragamo SpA Sues Ex-Los Angeles Rams QB Over Winery Name

Salvatore Ferragamo SpA, the Italian luxury goods maker, on Wednesday sued former Los Angeles Rams football quarterback Vince Ferragamo, saying he infringed its trademarks by operating his namesake winery in southern California. Consumers are likely to be confused into thinking …

Anheuser Busch: This Beer Drinkers’ Class Action’s For You

Anheuser Busch Inbev SA has been sued by a U.S. beer drinker who claimed he was duped into believing its Leffe brand beer was brewed in a Belgian abbey, rather than mass produced in an automated factory that also makes …

PIMCO Legal Filing Accuses ‘Bond King’ Gross of ‘Abusive’ Conduct

Pacific Investment Management Co. said former bond manager Bill Gross’ abusive conduct and effort to sabotage colleagues he deemed disloyal gave it “good cause” to oust him, and not pay any of the more than $200 million of damages he …