Articles by Jonathan Stempel

Illinois Supreme Court Voids $10.1B Philip Morris ‘Light’ Verdict

The Illinois Supreme Court on Nov. 4 threw out a $10.1 billion verdict against Philip Morris USA in a long-running lawsuit accusing the Altria Group Inc. unit of misleading smokers about the health risks of “light” cigarettes. By a 4-2 …

Conn. High Court Reinforces Protections for Private Sector Whistleblowers

Connecticut’s highest court made it easier for private sector workers to bring whistleblower claims against their employers without fear of retaliation, ruling in a case brought by a former UBS AG real estate executive. By a 7-0 vote, the Connecticut …

Court Gives WTC Developer Chance to Recoup More Money for Rebuilding

A federal appeals court has given the developer Larry Silverstein a new chance to recoup more money for rebuilding the World Trade Center site in New York, on top of the $4.1 billion of insurance proceeds he has received. The …

YouTube Dancing Baby Recasts ‘Fair Use’ Under Copyright Law

Copyright holders must consider “fair use” before demanding that people remove videos they post online, such as on Google Inc.’s YouTube, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday. In a closely followed case over the home video of a toddler …

Bill Cosby Asks Court to Nix Lawsuit by AIG Over Defamation Claims

Bill Cosby, citing financial pressures, asked a federal judge to dismiss or put on hold a lawsuit in which American International Group Inc. seeks to avoid paying for his defense against defamation claims by women who also accused him of …

AIG Loses Appeal Over Foreign Tax Credits

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday rejected efforts by American International Group Inc. and Bank of New York Mellon Corp. to recoup hundreds of millions of dollars of foreign tax credits that the Internal Revenue Service did not allow. By …

Court OKs One BP Shareholder Class Action But Denies Another

BP Plc must face institutional investors’ claims for more than $2.5 billion in market losses caused by the plunge in share prices after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal appeals court ruled. The U.S. Court of Appeals …

10 Automakers Sued Over Claims of Deadly Fumes from Keyless Ignitions

Ten of the world’s biggest automakers were sued on Wednesday by consumers who claim they concealed the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning in more than 5 million vehicles equipped with keyless ignitions, leading to 13 deaths. According to the complaint …

Judge Approves Exxon’s $225M New Jersey Pollution Settlement

Exxon Mobil Corp’s $225 million settlement with the administration of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie of a longstanding environmental pollution case won approval on Tuesday from a state judge, over the objections of critics who called the accord a sellout. …

Court Says FTC Has Power to Regulate Corporate Cybersecurity

A U.S. appeals court said the Federal Trade Commission has authority to regulate corporate cyber security, and may pursue a lawsuit accusing hotel operator Wyndham Worldwide Corp. of failing to properly safeguard consumers’ information. The 3-0 decision by the 3rd …