Articles by Jonathan Stempel

Judge Rules Former Viacom Shareholders Can Sue Over ViacomCBS Merger

A Delaware judge ruled this week that former Viacom shareholders may pursue a lawsuit accusing Shari Redstone of engineering a “patently unfair” merger that created ViacomCBS Inc. so she could become a media magnate like her late father, Sumner Redstone. …

Judge Throws Out Apple Copyright Claims Against Security Software Startup Corellium

A federal judge in Florida on Tuesday dismissed Apple Inc.’s copyright infringement claims against a Florida startup whose software helps security researchers find vulnerabilities in Apple products including the iPhone. U.S. District Judge Rodney Smith ruled in favor of Corellium …

Court Allows Dr. Seuss’s Estate to Sue ComicMix Over ‘Star Trek’ Mashup

Dr. Seuss’s estate may sue the publisher of a “Star Trek”-themed “mash-up” of the famed children’s author’s final book because it was not protected as “fair use,” a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. Reversing a lower court ruling, the …

SEC Lawsuit Alleges Biotech Firm, CEO Misled Investors About COVID-19 Tests

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued Decision Diagnostics Corp. and its chief executive for allegedly misleading investors by promising the biotechnology company could test for COVID-19 with a finger-prick of blood and provide accurate results in less than one …

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Goldman Stock Price Class Action

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s appeal in a securities fraud case that could redefine the ability of shareholders to pursue class actions against public companies whose stock prices fall. Goldman is appealing …

Battery Rivals Duracell, Energizer Agree to End Lawsuits Over False Advertising Claims

The makers of Energizer and Duracell batteries have ended two lawsuits accusing each other of advertising false claims to consumers about battery life. According to filings on Friday in Manhattan federal court, Energizer Holdings Inc. and Duracell, the battery unit …

Former Tesla Employee Settles Over Theft of Trade Secrets, False Claims to Media

A former Tesla Inc. factory employee will pay Elon Musk’s electric car maker $400,000 after it accused him of tipping reporters about alleged production inefficiencies and delays, a court filing shows. The payment by Martin Tripp, a former process technician …

Trumps Want Court to Approve Arbitration for Marketing Fraud Lawsuit

A lawyer for Donald Trump on Tuesday urged a federal appeals court to halt a lawsuit accusing the U.S. president of exploiting his family name to promote a marketing scam targeting poor and working-class people. The lawyer, Thomas McCarthy, told …

Judge Rejects Bayer’s $648 Million PCB Contamination Proposal

A federal judge has rejected Bayer AG’s proposed $648 million settlement of class-action litigation by cities and other claimants over contamination from polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, made by the former Monsanto Co. In a Nov. 25 decision, U.S. District Judge …

Starbucks Barista Who Declined to Wear Gay Pride T-Shirt Sues Over Firing

A former Starbucks Corp. barista in New Jersey sued the coffee chain on Thursday, claiming she was fired illegally because she did not want to wear a “PRIDE” T-shirt, which she said conflicted with her religious beliefs. Betsy Fresse said …