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Lyft Raises Offer to Drivers to $27M in Contractors V. Employees Suit

Lyft Inc. raised its proposed payout to 163,000 California drivers to $27 million in their lawsuit to be treated as employees rather than contractors. The revised settlement comes after a San Francisco federal judge rejected an earlier $12.5 million offer, saying …

Montana City, Others Reach $7.5M Settlement in Landfill Suit

The city of Bozeman, Mont., a housing developer and an engineering firm have reached a $7.5 million settlement agreement in a lawsuit filed by homeowners who said the city approved a subdivision near a former landfill that is leaking fumes …

$250K Settlement in Veteran’s Death Endorsed by Arkansas Panel

A legislative committee has endorsed a $250,000 settlement with the state’s veterans department over a World War II veteran who died while his nurse went to eat her lunch. The Joint Budget Committee’s Claims Subcommittee approved the settlement this week, …

Uber Settles with Blind Riders over Service Animals

Uber and advocates for the blind have reached a lawsuit settlement in which the ridesharing company agrees to require that existing and new drivers confirm they understand their legal obligations to transport riders with guide dogs or other service animals, …

Wal-Mart Settles Utah Suit Over Firing of Disarming Workers

A group of former Wal-Mart workers in Utah who said the company violated their right to self-defense by firing them for disarming suspected shoplifters has settled their lawsuit against the mega-chain. The workers argued that Wal-Mart’s policy barring workers from …

$5M Deal Reached Between California and TV Component Makers

California Attorney General Kamala Harris says she has reached a nearly $5 million settlement with five electronics manufacturers accused of fixing prices on television and computer components. Harris’ office announced the deal with LG, Hitachi, Panasonic, Toshiba and Samsung on …

Oregon Ice Cream Company Pays $55K Fine in EPA Settlement

The Oregon Ice Cream Co. has agreed to pay $55,000 for violating federal safety rules at its Eugene plant. In 2011, Environmental Protection Agency inspectors found that the company failed to meet industry safety standards for its ammonia refrigeration equipment …

Archdiocese in Washington Settles 8 Abuse Cases for $9M

The Seattle Archdiocese in Washington will pay just over $9 million to eight women who were sexually abused as children by a former priest in Whatcom and Skagit counties. The abuse occurred between 1968 and 1974 at churches in Burlington, …

L.A. Gives Nod to $30M Gang Injunction Suit Settlement

The city of Los Angeles has agreed to spend up to $30 million to settle a lawsuit that challenged widespread injunctions that restrict the movements of thousands of suspected gang members. The City Council voted to fund nonprofit organizations to …

Los Angeles Sidewalk Plan Passes off Responsibility for Future Repairs

A joint City Council committee has backed a sidewalk repair plan that calls for Los Angeles to cover the cost of the first repair, then hand off the responsibility for future fixes back to the property owner. The Los Angeles …