Articles by Michelle Conlin, Dan Levine and Lisa Girion

Reuters Report: Why Big Business Can Count on Courts to Keep Deadly Secrets

In the dreary archives of a Newark, New Jersey, courthouse, Ronald Motley found a treasure map. It was an evidence log, a detailed inventory of documents and other exhibits that had been used in an injured worker’s lawsuit. And it …

Reuters: How Court Lets Merck Hide Baldness Drug Propecia’s Risks

By the time Kelly Pfaff got home from driving her son to school that morning, it was too late. Her husband, John, was supposed to be taking their 4-year-old daughter to school. But the girl and the nanny were still …

Reuters Report: How Judges’ Secrecy Has Added to Toll of Opioids and Other Products

WELCH, West Virginia —The opioid epidemic that has so far killed half a million Americans is routinely blamed on greedy drug makers, feckless doctors and lax regulators. But there’s another group that has contributed to the depth and duration of …

Judge Wants PG&E Power Restrictions for Next California Wildfire Season

A U.S. judge has proposed restricting utility PG&E Corp from using power lines deemed to be unsafe during high winds in the 2019 California fire season, adding another complication for the California utility as it faces billions of dollars in …

In Reply to Cities’ Liability Suit, One Oil Firm Agrees Humans Causing Climate Change

A Chevron attorney said in court last Wednesday that the company supports scientific conclusions that humans are causing climate change, a response to a lawsuit that accuses five major energy producers of misleading the public for years about their role …

Big Oil to Face Questions on Climate Change as Cities’ Abatement Lawsuit Proceeds

Five of the world’s biggest energy producers will be questioned by a federal judge on Wednesday about climate change science, part of a lawsuit that accuses the companies of misleading the public for years about their role in global warming. …

Uber to Settle U.S. Lawsuit by Indian Woman Raped by Driver

Uber Technologies Inc. and a woman who accused top executives of improperly obtaining her medical records after a company driver raped her in India have agreed to settle a civil lawsuit the woman filed against Uber in June, according to …

18 States Denied Bid for Emergency Order to Restore Obamacare Subsidies

A U.S. judge on Wednesday refused to block President Donald Trump’s decision to end subsidy payments to health insurers under Obamacare, handing Trump a victory against Democratic attorneys general who have regularly challenged the president’s policies in court. U.S. District …

Trump Defends Killing Off Obamacare Subsidies; 18 States Sue in Uphill Battle

Eighteen U.S. states sued President Donald Trump’s administration on Friday to stop him from scrapping a key component of Obamacare, subsidies to insurers that help millions of low-income people pay medical expenses, even as Trump invited Democratic leaders to negotiate …

Uber Sued by Rape Victim Who Says It Violated Her Medical Privacy

A woman sued Uber Technologies Inc. on Thursday claiming top executives at the ride-hailing company improperly obtained her medical records after she was raped by a driver in India, according to court documents. The lawsuit, filed in a California federal …