Articles by Joel Rosenblatt

PG&E Says It Won’t Commit to Paying Settlements With 2015 California Fire Victims

PG&E Corp. is so cash-starved that it won’t commit to paying settlements reached with people who lost their homes in a 2015 wildfire caused by a tree falling on a power line. The disclosure by a lawyer for the utility …

Alphabet Directors Sued Over Exit Pay, Coverups Tied to Harassment Allegations

Alphabet Inc.’s directors were sued by shareholders for approving a $90 million exit payment to Andy Rubin, the creator of the Android mobile software, while helping cover up his alleged misconduct and similar misbehavior by other executives. The investors claimed …

Facebook Facing Another Lawsuit Over Allegedly Misleading Advertising Claims

Facebook Inc. knew in early 2015 that it misled advertisers about the average time users spent viewing online video clips — and then lied about it, according to a lawsuit. The owner of the world’s largest social network acknowledged in …

Apple, Samsung Finally Settle Long-Running Patent Dispute

The biggest patent battle of the modern technology world has finally come to an end after seven years. Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. told a judge Wednesday they’d resolved the first filed but last remaining of the legal disputes …

Postmates Wins New York Ruling Finding Couriers Not Employees

Postmates Inc.’s couriers aren’t employees, a New York state appeals court ruled in a decision that will fuel debate about the status of workers in the gig economy. The appeals court panel in a 3-2 decision on Thursday said a …

Groundskeeper’s Cancer Trial Could Signal Fate of Other Monsanto Roundup Claims

Lee Johnson’s doctors didn’t think he’d live long enough to testify in court that exposure to Monsanto Co.’s Roundup weed killer caused his deadly cancer. But the 46-year-old is now first in line to go to trial against the agrochemical …

Judge Scolds Facebook for ‘Faulty Proposition’ Over Privacy Claims

A judge scolded Facebook Inc. for misconstruing his own rulings as he ordered the company to face a high-stakes trial accusing it of violating user privacy. The social media giant has misinterpreted prior court orders by continuing to assert the …

Facebook Facing Potential Multi-Billion Dollar Liability in Biometric Litigation

Facebook Inc. may have to pay a real price for claims it invaded users’ privacy: billions of dollars. A federal judge ruled Monday that millions of the social network’s users can proceed as a group with claims that its photo-scanning …

Experts Behind Product Liability Suit Against Monsanto Herbicide Don’t Impress Judge

A lawsuit claiming Monsanto Co.’s popular weed killer Roundup causes cancer was dealt a blow by a judge’s conclusions that the opinions of the experts testifying against it are “shaky,” a potentially devastating development for the case getting to trial. …

Judge to Decide on Evidence to Allow in Monsanto Product Liability Litigation

Picture Iowa farmers bathing in Roundup weed killer. That was a federal judge’s takeaway after seeing slides that “sort of seared into my brain” that the main chemical in Monsanto Co.’s Roundup is ubiquitous in the Hawkeye state’s cropland. “I …