Articles by Jonathan Stempel

SCA Promotions Wins March Madness Prize Insurance Fight Against Yahoo

Yahoo Inc. owes a prize promoter $5.5 million for backing out of a contract to pay $1 billion for predicting every winner in the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament, and entering a similar contract with Quicken Loans Inc. and Warren …

Yahoo to Pay $5.5M After Breaking NCAA Tournament Bracket Deal

Yahoo Inc owes a prize promoter $5.5 million for backing out of a contract to pay $1 billion for predicting every winner in the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament, and entering a similar contract with Quicken Loans Inc and Warren …

Lawsuit Claims U.S. Delinquent in Enforcing Rear Passenger Seat Belt Law

A new lawsuit accuses the U.S. government of being too slow to implement rules requiring that rear seat vehicle passengers be warned when they fail to buckle their seat belts. In a complaint filed on Wednesday, two nonprofits said the …

Court Upholds Uber Forced Arbitration, Ban on Customer Lawsuits

A U.S. appeals court on Thursday ruled in favor of Uber Technologies Inc. in a closely watched lawsuit over whether passengers gave up their right to sue the ride-sharing company when they registered for its service. The 2nd U.S. Circuit …

N.Y. Times Must Face Defamation Lawsuit Over Professor’s Slavery Comments

A federal appeals court on Tuesday said the New York Times Co. must face a defamation lawsuit by a Louisiana economics professor who said it quoted him out of context by saying he described slavery as “not so bad.” The …

Appeals Court Answers Supreme Court, Finds Injury in Spokeo False Profile Claim

A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a California man’s lawsuit accusing Spokeo Inc. of publishing an online profile about him that was filled with mistakes. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 in favor of Thomas Robins, …

Tiffany Wins $19.4 Million in Fake Ring Damages from Costco

A federal judge on Monday said Tiffany & Co. may recover at least $19.4 million in damages from Costco Wholesale Corp. over the warehouse club chain’s illegal sale of counterfeit diamond engagement rings bearing the “Tiffany” name. U.S. District Judge …

Court Shaves $2 Million in Lawyers’ Fees from Whirlpool Moldy Washer Settlement

A federal appeals court reduced by $2 million the legal fees that Sears Holdings Corp. and Whirlpool Corp. must pay to settle a class action lawsuit over defective washing machines. The reason: the case was not that complicated. The 7th …

Wal-Mart, Liberty Mutual Insurers Settle Over Tracy Morgan Crash

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has settled a lawsuit by two insurers that sought to avoid covering its multimillion-dollar payout to comedian Tracy Morgan for injuries he suffered in a 2014 crash involving one of the retailer’s trucks. U.S. District Judge Freda …

Wells Fargo Faces Lawsuit Alleging Fraud Over Unwanted Car Insurance Sales

A new lawsuit accuses Wells Fargo & Co. of racketeering violations and fraud after the bank admitted to charging several hundred thousand borrowers for auto insurance they did not ask for or need, causing many delinquencies. The proposed class action …