Articles by Joel Rosenblatt and Josh Eidelson

On-Demand Firms Seek to Protect ‘New’ Economy, Wealth From ‘Frankenstein’

Uber Technologies Inc. wants to smother what the company calls California’s “Frankenstein” gig-worker protection law before state officials turn it loose. Uber and Postmates Inc. are scheduled Friday to ask a federal judge in Los Angeles to block enforcement of …

Uber, Postmates Sue to Overturn California Gig Worker Law as Unconstitutional

Uber Technologies Inc. and Postmates Inc. sued the state of California, alleging that a labor rights law set to go into effect this week is unconstitutional. The lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles federal court is a preemptive strike against …

Alphabet Seeks to Settle Investor Suits Over Google Sex Harassment Claims

Alphabet Inc. is pursuing mediation to settle investor litigation alleging the company let senior leaders at Google get away with sexual harassment and misconduct for years. Company directors this year set up a special committee to evaluate the claims after …

PG&E Open to Extending California Wildfire Victim Claims Deadline

PG&E Corp. told a judge it’s willing to extend the deadline for victims of wildfires caused by the utility’s equipment to file claims in its bankruptcy. U.S. District Judge James Donato criticized the company at a hearing last week, saying …

PG&E Tells Fire Safety Critics Utility is Going Beyond Call of Duty

PG&E Corp. sought to assure a judge it’s making progress on fire prevention, saying it’s exceeding regulatory requirements to clear vegetation from power lines. Kevin Orsini, a lawyer for the utility, on Tuesday acknowledged criticism from a court-appointed compliance monitor, …

Judge: Facebook ‘Could Not Be More Wrong’ in Cambridge Analytica Defense

Facebook Inc. users suing over the social network’s worst-ever privacy scandal gained leverage to pry into its internal records to back up their claims that it failed to safeguard their personal data, exposing the company to potentially billions of dollars …

Bayer Proposes to Settle U.S. Roundup Lawsuits for $8 Billion: Bloomberg

Bayer AG is proposing to pay as much as $8 billion to settle more than 18,000 U.S. lawsuits alleging its Roundup herbicide causes cancer, according to people familiar with the negotiations. An agreement, which could take months to work out, …

Women Employees at Oracle Seek Class-Action Status in Gender Pay Lawsuit

Call it the class ceiling. Women suing major technology companies for gender discrimination would have much stronger leverage against their employers if they could press their claims on behalf of a large group of female colleagues. But last year, the …

Uber May Rethink Litigation Avoidance Plan as 60,000 Drivers File Arbitration Demands

For Uber Technologies Inc., using legal arbitration to deal with driver compensation complaints — over anything from pay to overtime to mileage reimbursement — seemed like the smart play: it would preclude costly class-action litigation, it was private, and few …

As It Prepares IPO, Uber Settles Driver Classification Disputes for $20 Million

Uber Technologies Inc. will pay $20 million to settle California lawsuits challenging the company’s classification of drivers as independent contractors, and not employees owed the benefits of traditional employment. Resolution of the long-standing fight over benefits and pay comes as …