Articles by Erik Larson

Judge Rules Dominion Defamation Suit Against Fox News Can Move Forward

Fox News probably had enough information after the 2020 presidential election to know a conspiracy theory claiming Dominion Voting Systems Inc. rigged the contest was false, a judge said in denying the network’s request to dismiss a defamation lawsuit. Delaware …

After Deadly Houston Concert, Fight Over Who’s to Blame Begins

Live Nation Entertainment Inc. is being targeted by more than a dozen lawsuits over the deadly crush of concertgoers at the promoter’s Astroworld Festival in Houston last week, but at least one expert says it may be too early to …

Unvaccinated Pilots Costing It Millions in Paid Leave, United Airlines Tells Judge

United Airlines Inc. told a federal judge the company is spending millions on paid leave for unvaccinated pilots because their colleagues “refuse to risk their safety” by flying with them. The leave is costing United about $1.4 million every two …

Judge Allows Suits Over New York Police Handling of 2020 Racial Protests

A federal judge rejected a request by New York City to dismiss lawsuits claiming police violated the constitutional rights of people protesting racial injustice after the death of George Floyd last year. U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon in Manhattan on …

Key States Agree to Purdue Pharma’s Opioid Deal With Sacklers Paying More

Purdue Pharma LP won the support of more than a dozen states that had opposed its $4.5 billion bankruptcy plan after members of the Sackler family that own it agreed to pay more money and relinquish control of two family …

Judge Wants NRA to Name Insurance Witnesses in Claims Against New York

A judge ordered the National Rifle Association to provide the names Lloyd’s of London agents or employees who the gun rights group says have information backing its claim that New York’s insurance regulator bullied the company into severing ties with …

Exxon Argues Massachusetts Climate Fraud Lawsuit Punishes It for Opinion

Exxon Mobil Corp. told a judge that a fraud lawsuit filed by Massachusetts last year amounts to illegal punishment for the energy giant’s views about fossil fuels, the latest twist in their bitter clash over climate change. The suit by …

Exxon Argues Massachusetts AG’s Climate Lawsuit Amounts to Improper Retaliation

Exxon Mobil Corp. will argue that a consumer and investor fraud lawsuit filed by the Massachusetts attorney general amounts to improper retaliation against the company over its views on climate change. The company will seek to dismiss the suit under …

Businesses Fear Lawsuits from Sick Employees, Patrons After Reopening

Whenever U.S. stores, restaurants and theaters reopen from coronavirus shutdowns, they may face an unexpected problem: lawsuits from sick patrons and workers. Business owners hit hard by Covid-19 are eager to get back to work as the outbreak shows signs …

Life-or-Death Decisions by Hospitals, Doctors Come With Threat of Lawsuits

Doctors and hospitals overwhelmed in the pandemic will have to make their excruciating life-or-death decisions meticulously or they risk being second-guessed by a jury when the onslaught is over. Lawyers who defend health care providers are already giving advice on …