Articles by Edvard Pettersson and Erik Larson

Judge Signals Trump’s Tweet Over Stormy Daniels Is Free Speech, Not Libel

Stormy Daniels’s libel lawsuit over a tweet by Donald Trump looks to be doomed after a judge said the president was engaging in free speech. The adult film star, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, claims she was threatened by …

Actress Judd’s Harassment Suit Against Weinstein Faces ‘Professional’ Relationship Law

Ashley Judd’s lawsuit accusing Harvey Weinstein of sabotaging her career after she spurned his sexual advances can move ahead, but a judge balked at her sexual harassment claim because the actress and the producer didn’t have a “professional” relationship. Weinstein …

Judge Rules Airbnb Can’t Dodge Aimco’s Illegal Sublease Claims in Miami

Airbnb Inc., having escaped a major U.S. landlord’s lawsuit over partying tourists at high-end Los Angeles apartments, will have to defend itself against the same allegations by the same landlord in Miami. A Florida state court judge on Wednesday denied …

Injury Lawyers Chasing Scooter Accidents, In Search of Insurers

Bird Rides Inc. and other scooter startups have drawn fire from pedestrian advocates, politicians and annoyed citizens. Now they have a new nemesis: personal-injury lawyers. In recent months, people hurt riding (or hit by) scooters in San Francisco and Los …

J&J Loses Second Talcum Powder Trial

Johnson & Johnson lost a second trial linking baby powder use to deadly asbestos cancer and jurors must next decide whether to punish the company on top of their award of $21.7 million in damages. Jurors in state court in …

Deaths, Damage from California Mudslides Rise in Wealthy Montecito Community

The mudslides on the California coastal town of Montecito have devastated a wealthy enclave where billionaires including Charlie Munger, Eric Schmidt and Oprah Winfrey own properties, with hundreds of millions of dollars of damage in one of America’s most expensive …

Starbucks in Legal Battle over California’s Cancer Warning Law

If you happen to buy a cup of coffee in California and it comes with a cancer warning, don’t panic – it’s just the law. No scientific study says consuming java in moderation is bad for your health – and …

Suit Filed in California Against Weinstein Co. for Failing to Control Harvey

The Weinstein Co. faces its first lawsuit accusing the company of failing to control ousted co-founder Harvey Weinstein, in a case brought by an actress who claims he sexually assaulted her. Dominique Huett said the company “knew or should have …

Jury Misconduct, Judge’s Mistake to Blame for $417M Talc Verdict, Argues J&J

Johnson & Johnson says a $417 million verdict in a talc powder cancer case should be thrown out because three jurors were excluded by fellow panelists from the decision-making process. The three were wrongly left out of deliberations on the …

Legal Experts See Room for Deal in Equifax Data Breach Lawsuits

Equifax Inc. could get away with paying a mere $1 per person after failing to protect almost half of America’s credit data. While the 118-year-old credit-reporting firm has been hit with more than 100 consumer lawsuits over its massive security …