Articles by Bob Van Voris

Internet Law Protects Video Platform From Church’s Bias Claim, Court Rules

Vimeo Inc. is immune to a lawsuit by a church whose account it deleted for promoting gay conversion, the federal appeals court in New York ruled, amid a battle over online speech. Church United and its president and founder, James …

SEC Sues Giuliani Associates Parnas, Correia Alleging Fraud Over Insurance Startup

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued two associates of Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and lawyer for Donald Trump, alleging they defrauded investors of $2 million in a company that never got off the ground. Lev …

Women Suing Goldman Sachs Demand Files with Words They Say Prove Discrimination

Women suing Goldman Sachs Group Inc. for gender discrimination are going after any internal documents with words like “babe,” “bimbo” or worse that they say would show bias by executives who administered the bank’s promotion and evaluation policies. The women …

AIG Settles Foreign Tax Credit Dispute With U.S.

American International Group Inc. settled a case involving cross-border transactions the government claimed amounted to improper tax shelters. The insurer agreed to pay a 10% penalty and disallow more than $400 million in foreign tax credits as part of the …

Berkshire Hathaway Sues Law Firm It Says Aided $756 Million M&A Fraud

A unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. claims a top international law firm helped German piping component maker Wilhelm Schulz GmbH fraudulently conceal its disastrous finances before its 2017 acquisition by the U.S. company. Berkshire unit Precision Castparts Corp. …

Some of Hand Sanitizer Purell’s Claims Called Misleading, Draw Lawsuits

Everyone’s favorite hand sanitizer may have to stand trial for claiming it can stop you from getting sick. A trio of lawsuits has hit Purell’s maker, Gojo Industries Inc., since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a public …

What Companies Need to Disclose on Coronavirus Infections: Q&A

Almost all U.S. companies are likely to include in their quarterly filings broad statements on risks the ongoing coronavirus pandemic poses to their businesses. Should they be disclosing more? Smithfield Foods Inc., the world’s biggest pork processor, recently announced it …

Lawsuits Against Businesses Over Coronavirus Have Begun. More to Come?

The coronavirus has upended markets, disrupted supply chains and forced quarantines. It’s all fertile ground for lawsuits. Hospitals, restaurants, day care centers, nursing homes and hotels may face claims that they didn’t take adequate steps to protect people. Shareholders can …

Native American Tribe Says Showtime’s ‘Billions’ TV Show Defamed Reputation

In the hit Showtime series “Billions,” it seems, everybody’s somebody. Ruthless hedge fund titan Bobby Axelrod evokes Steven A. Cohen, the billionaire founder of SAC Capital Advisors. U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades is a Preet Bharara type. And then there’s the …

Boeing Faces Spate of Lawsuits After Second 737 MAX 8 Crash

Lawyers are already targeting Boeing Co. for Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines disaster even while investigators are still trying to figure out what caused two 737 Max 8 jetliners to go down in a span of five months, killing 346 people. Boeing …