Articles by Jonathan Stempel

Ben & Jerry’s Scoops a Win in ‘Happy Cows’ Lawsuit

Ben & Jerry’s won the dismissal on Thursday of a lawsuit by an environmental advocate who claimed the company deceived consumers by saying it used milk and cream from “happy cows” on “Caring Dairy” farms to make its premium ice …

Virtual ‘Woodstock for Capitalists’ May Show How Buffett’s Handling Coronavirus

Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s annual meeting will be nothing like the extravaganzas of years past, but will give Warren Buffett a chance to show how resilient his cash-rich conglomerate may be to the coronavirus pandemic, and the investment opportunities it offers. …

Court Approves GM’s $120M Ignition Switch Lost Value Claims Settlement with Owners

General Motors Co. on Thursday won preliminary U.S. court approval of a $120 million settlement with owners who said defective ignition switches caused their vehicles to lose value. U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in Manhattan granted approval at a hearing …

New York Charges Mallinckrodt with Insurance Fraud Over Opioid Claims

New York state brought civil charges on Tuesday accusing Mallinckrodt Plc of insurance fraud for misrepresenting the safety and efficacy of its opioid drugs, leading to medically unnecessary prescriptions. Governor Andrew Cuomo said the charges brought by New York’s Department …

Judge Clears Way for Shareholder Suit Against Tesla, Musk Over Going-Private Tweet

A federal judge said Tesla Inc. and Chief Executive Elon Musk must face a lawsuit claiming they misled shareholders when Musk tweeted that he had secured funding to take his electric car company private in a $72 billion transaction. U.S. …

Court Revives Privacy Violation Claims Against Facebook for Tracking Users

A federal appeals court last Thursday revived nationwide litigation accusing Facebook Inc. of violating users’ privacy rights by tracking their internet activity even after they logged out of the social media website. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in …

Courts Allows Shareholder Class Action Against Goldman Sachs Tied to 2008 Crisis

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. must face a shareholder class action accusing the bank of hiding conflicts of interest, including behind-the-scenes dealings with a prominent hedge fund manager, when creating risky subprime securities before the 2008 financial crisis. In a 2-1 …

GM Settles Faulty Ignition Switch Cases for $120 Million

General Motors Co. has reached a $120 million settlement with owners who claimed that their vehicles lost value because of defective ignition switches, which have been linked to 124 deaths. The preliminary settlement was filed on Friday night with the …

Buffett Warns of Corporate Directors Too Beholden to CEO

Warren Buffett on Saturday called on corporate America to make their boards of directors more accountable to shareholders and less beholden to chief executive officers, perhaps by reducing their pay and requiring that they buy more stock. In his annual …

Brooks Brothers and Brooks Running Shoes Clash Over Trademark

Brooks, the running shoe and apparel unit of billionaire Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Brooks Brothers, pitting two companies whose roots date back more than a century against each other. In a complaint filed …