Articles by Erik Larson

Gun Control Advocates Take Aim at 3-D Printed Guns Deal by Trump Administration

A Texas nonprofit firm’s plan to publish technical designs for firearms online so anyone with a 3-D printer can use them to manufacture fully operational “downloadable” guns is drawing fire from New Jersey and national gun-control groups. Defense Distributed would …

Exxon Still Isn’t Complying With Climate Subpoenas, New York Says

Exxon Mobil Corp. is refusing to turn over documents crucial to New York’s investigation into whether the oil giant’s public statements about climate change misled investors, the state’s top lawyer said. Exxon hasn’t complied with subpoenas for cash-flow projections reflecting …

Judge Rules Anonymous Teens Can’t Take Part in NRA Suit Over Florida Law

A Florida judge denied the National Rifle Association’s request to have two 19-year-old gun enthusiasts anonymously join the group’s lawsuit challenging new age requirements for gun purchases. The NRA sued after the state’s Republican-led legislature raised the age for buying …

NRA Should Name Teens in Suit Over New Florida Gun Law, State Says

The National Rifle Association failed to provide evidence that two 19-year-olds who wish to join in the group’s lawsuit over Florida’s new gun-control law would have their privacy violated or be put at risk of physical harm by being publicly …

New York AG Schneiderman Resigns After Denying Physical Violence Allegations

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he’s resigning as the state’s highest law enforcement official, hours after a report in which four women accused him of physical violence. Schneiderman, who built his reputation as a courtroom foe of President …

NRA Tells Judge It Fears Harassment in Suit Over Florida Gun Law

Two 19-year-old Florida residents who joined the National Rifle Association in suing over the state’s new gun-control law asked a federal judge to let them remain anonymous, saying they fear for their safety because NRA staff have received threatening calls …

Title Insurer Amrock’s Lawsuit Backfires to Tune of $706M

An affiliate of mortgage-lending firm Quicken Loans Inc. filed a fraud suit to back out of a software deal with a housing data-analytics firm, serving the complaint at a trade show in front of the startup’s customers and calling the …

Appeals Court Rules Firing Over Sexual Orientation Is Illegal

Gay workers and their corporate supporters won a legal victory over the Trump administration as a federal appeals court ruled that firing people over their sexual orientation is a form of illegal sex discrimination. The appeals court in Manhattan overturned …

Exxon Claim of Bogus Schneiderman Probe Questioned by Judge

A federal judge questioned Exxon Mobil Corp.’s claim that a securities-fraud probe by New York’s Attorney General is flawed because its focus shifted from a suspected climate-change cover-up to whether investors were misled. An Exxon lawyer argued Thursday that “shifting …

Trump Administration Argues U.S. Civil Rights Law Does Not Protect Gay Employees

The U.S. law that has protected workers from gender and racial bias for more than half a century should not be extended to cover gay and lesbian employees because that isn’t what Congress envisioned when it passed the bill, Trump …