Articles by Jonathan Stempel

U.S. Court Rejects Firm’s Challenge to Obamacare Contraception Mandate

A divided federal appeals court on Friday rejected a Pennsylvania cabinet maker’s religion-based challenge to the 2010 healthcare law’s requirement that larger companies provide workers with health insurance covering birth control. The decision created a split among federal appeals courts, …

Court Dismisses Class Action Status in Google Digital Books Case for Now

A federal appeals court on Monday said a lawsuit against Google Inc.’s effort to create the world’s largest digital books library should not have been allowed to proceed as a class action. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in …

Court Grants Scientific Article Authors, Publishers Broad Protection

Authors and publishers of controversial scientific articles, and the companies sponsoring those articles, won broad free speech protection from a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said statements of scientific conclusions …

U.S. Charges 8 with Cybercrime Against Financial Institutions, Government

Federal prosecutors in New Jersey on Wednesday unveiled criminal charges against eight people accused of trying to steal at least $15 million from U.S. customers in an international cybercrime scheme targeting accounts at 15 financial institutions and government agencies. U.S. …

AIG Ends a Bailout-Related Lawsuit Against N.Y. Federal Reserve

American International Group Inc. has agreed to end litigation against the Federal Reserve Bank of New York over whether the insurer retained the right after its 2008 taxpayer-funded bailout to sue over losses on residential mortgage-backed securities. In a May …

AIG May Pursue Fraud Case vs. BofA over Countrywide

American International Group Inc. may pursue a lawsuit accusing Bank of America Corp.’s Countrywide unit of causing billions of dollars of losses by fraudulently inducing it to buy risky residential mortgage-backed securities. U.S. District Judge Mariana Pfaelzer in Los Angeles …

Google Again Beats Viacom in YouTube Copyright Case

A federal judge has thrown out Viacom Inc.’s lawsuit accusing Google Inc. of posting its programs on YouTube without permission, a year after a federal appeals court had revived the landmark copyright infringement case. For the second time in three …

Mortgage Lender Charged with Defrauding Government Insurer

The United States last Thursday sued a New York mortgage company it said defrauded the federal government into insuring poor quality home loans, costing taxpayers millions of dollars. In a civil lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court, the U.S. Department …

Gulf Oil Spill Claims Czar Seeks Dismissal of BP Suit

The administrator of BP Plc’s settlement with thousands of people and businesses who sued over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill urged a federal judge on Monday to end the company’s lawsuit over how he determines damages claims. BP …

Supreme Court Deals Another Blow to Class Actions with Comcast Decision

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in favor of Comcast Corp. in an antitrust case over how much it charged cable TV subscribers, further curtailing the ability of people to pursue class action lawsuits. In a 5-4 decision, the …