Articles by Erik Larson, Rachel Butt and Malathi Nayak

Juul Reaches $439 Million Settlement Over Marketing to Children

Juul Labs Inc. reached an agreement in principle to pay $438.5 million to 33 states to resolve a two-year bipartisan probe into the e-cigarette manufacturer’s marketing and sales practices, particularly claims that it marketed addictive nicotine products to children. The …

Juul and Its Courtroom Foes Stare Down FDA Ban as Youth Marketing Trial Nears

The Food and Drug Administration’s order to Juul Labs Inc. to take its products off shelves in the US threatens to undermine the e-cigarette maker’s defense in a sprawling legal fight over its youth marketing practices. But it also raises …

Oracle Corp. Women Stumble in Pay Bias Suit While Google Cuts a Deal

Women at Oracle Corp. suing over alleged pay disparities took a big step backward, while more than 15,000 female workers at Google crossed the finish line. Under a judge’s tentative ruling Friday, the Oracle women are poised to lose the …

Amazon Workers Close in on California Trial to Recoup Work-at-Home Expenses

Amazon.com Inc. workers seeking to recoup expenses they incurred while working from home during the pandemic moved a step closer to trial when a California judge threw out the e-commerce giant’s request to dismiss the lawsuit. California-based engineer, David Williams, …

Tesla Blocked From Shunting California Sex Harassment Suit into Arbitration

Tesla Inc. must keep defending itself in open court against claims that female employees face “rampant sexual harassment” in its largest California factory, a California judge ruled, spurning the company’s request for closed-door arbitration. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Stephen …

Pimco Sued Over ‘Fraternity’ Culture by Minority Ex-Workers

Pacific Investment Management Co. now has both men and women suing over a “fraternity” culture that allegedly favors White males. Two men, a Black ex-employee and a former contractor who is Asian, claim minority professionals at the money manager are …

Tesla Fails to Block Its First Jury Trial Over Fatal Crash

Tesla Inc. can’t escape a trial over claims the automaker is responsible for the death of a Florida teenager who crashed a Model S into a wall at 116 miles an hour in 2018. A federal judge’s ruling paves the …

GameStop Sued by BCG Over $30 Million Bill to Fix Company

GameStop Corp.’s stockholders may be enjoying the biggest rally of the year, but not everyone is happy. Boston Consulting Group claims it hasn’t been paid about $30 million in fees for its work “setting the company on a more sustainable …

Purdue’s Sacklers Consider Adding $1 Billion More to Opioid Settlement

Members of the billionaire Sackler family that own Purdue Pharma LP are weighing whether to add $1 billion to the OxyContin-maker’s faltering opioid settlement bid in an effort to win over holdouts, according to people familiar with the offer. The …

Lawsuit by Former Black Franchisees Accuses McDonald’s of Racial Discrimination

McDonald’s Corp. is the subject of a lawsuit by more than 50 Black former franchisees in the U.S. who say they were driven out of business after being pushed by the company to set up shop in crime-ridden areas and …