Articles by Jonathan Stempel

Federal Judge Approves $53.8M Settlements for 82 WTC Cleanup Workers

A federal judge has approved $53.8 million in settlements for 82 unionized cleanup workers who claimed they were made ill by exposure to toxic dust near the World Trade Center site, court papers showed. The workers were among roughly 1,000 …

Google Suspects Movie Studios Conspired with Mississippi Attorney General

Google Inc. has asked a federal judge to require three major movie studios to comply with subpoenas it believes may help show they conspired with Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood as he investigated the Internet search company. In a request …

JetBlue: No Way to Prevent Pilot’s Meltdown

JetBlue Airways Corp. believes it had no way to know it should have grounded a former pilot before his midair meltdown forced an emergency landing, and that his $14.9 million damages lawsuit should be dismissed. “There is absolutely nothing JetBlue …

BP Wins Bid to Appeal Some Gulf Oil Spill Damage Claims

A U.S. federal appeals court said on Friday BP Plc deserves the right to appellate review of some damage claims awarded to people and businesses in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The decision by the 5th …

Viacom to Pay $7.2M to End Wage Lawsuit by Thousands of Interns

Viacom Inc agreed to pay $7.21 million to settle a class-action lawsuit by thousands of former interns who said the owner of Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon did not pay them, despite their having done work similar to paid employees. …

Securities Class Action Lawsuits, Settlements Get Smaller

The size of federal class action lawsuits accusing companies of securities fraud has dropped significantly, new studies show, as the bull market in stocks approaches its sixth birthday. Losses claimed by shareholders, measured by how much stock prices fell when …

Another Setback for Sirius XM in Turtles Copyright Case

A New York federal judge on Thursday largely rejected Sirius XM Holdings Inc’s request to reconsider her Nov. 14 decision in favor of members of the 1960s band The Turtles over the payment of royalties for songs made before 1972. …

BP, Anadarko Lose Appeal Over Gulf Oil Spill Fines

BP Plc and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. narrowly failed to persuade a U.S appeals court to reconsider its 2014 ruling that they could face civil fines under federal pollution laws over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. By a 7-6 …

Banks Get OK for Suit Against Target to Recoup Data Breach Costs

A federal judge on Tuesday rejected Target Corp.’s bid to dismiss a lawsuit by banks seeking to recoup money they spent reimbursing fraudulent charges and issuing new credit and debit cards because of the retailer’s late 2013 data breach. U.S. …

Judge Dismisses Racial Bias Claim by 10 ‘American Idol’ Contestants

A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit by 10 black male contestants on “American Idol” who accused the singing competition show, its producers, sponsors, and the Fox television network of racial discrimination. The plaintiffs, who competed between 2003 and …