Articles by Joel Rosenblatt, Susan Decker and Mark Gurman

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 …

Seattle Law Allowing Driver Unionization Survives Uber Legal Attack

Seattle’s first-in-the-nation law allowing Uber Technologies Inc. drivers to unionize survived a legal challenge by the ride-hailing company. Washington state Judge Beth Andrus rejected Uber’s arguments that the local collective bargaining process for drivers who work for ride-hailing companies and …

EPA Official Allegedly Aided Monsanto in Fight Against Roundup Cancer Study

The Environmental Protection Agency official who was in charge of evaluating the cancer risk of Monsanto Co.’s Roundup allegedly bragged to a company executive that he deserved a medal if he could kill another agency’s investigation into the herbicide’s key …

National Labor Board Urges Court to Block Uber Arbitration Agreement

The U.S. labor-protection watchdog is taking sides with Uber Technologies Inc. drivers in their fight to be treated better than independent contractors. As part of a broader review of how gig-economy companies treat workers, the National Labor Relations Board wants …