Articles by Edvard Pettersson and Patricia Hurtado

U.S. Sues Yale University Claiming Illegal Favoritism for Blacks, Hispanics in Admissions

Yale University was sued by the U.S. Department of Justice, which claims the Ivy League school illegally discriminates against White and Asian-American applicants in undergraduate admissions by favoring Black and Hispanic ones. The lawsuit appears to be a part of …

Weinstein Criminal Trial on Rape Charge to Open 2 Years After #MeToo Movement Started

More than two years and a lifetime ago, Hollywood’s open secrets about Harvey Weinstein finally spilled into public view. Few back then could have predicted all that would follow or where the #MeToo movement would go. Now, for Weinstein, a …

Report: Weinstein, Insurers, Accusers Have Reached Tentative $47 Million Settlement

Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced film mogul charged with rape, reached a tentative $47 million settlement with accusers, potentially putting an end to many of the civil complaints against him, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The money …

Admissions Bias Claim Against Harvard Must Go to Bench Trial

Harvard, the nation’s oldest university, must go to trial to defend a lawsuit claiming it discriminates against Asian-American applicants. A Boston federal judge’s rejection Friday of requests by both sides for a win before trial sets up a final showdown …

Harvard Blasts Plaintiff in Seeking Dismissal of Admissions Discrimination Claim

Harvard University said a lawsuit by Asian-Americans who claim the school discriminated against them during the admissions process should be dismissed because their arguments are based on “invective, mis-characterizations and in some cases outright misrepresentations.” The Ivy League school told …

Lawsuits Seek to Hold Opioid Makers Responsible for Insurance Premium Hikes

Makers and distributors of the prescription opioids that triggered a U.S. public health crisis are responsible for a rise in health insurance premiums, according to first-of-their-kind lawsuits filed in five states. The suits open another front in the burgeoning litigation …

Nestle’s ‘Natural’ Claims on Poland Springs Don’t Hold Water, Lawsuit Alleges

Nestle SA’s Poland Spring Water unit has duped American consumers into paying premium prices for ordinary ground water that’s pumped from some of Maine’s most populated areas, rather than from natural springs as the company advertises, according to a lawsuit. …

Supreme Court ‘Easily’ Settles Insider Trading Liability Question

For two years, stock traders and the attorneys who represent them said insider-trading law was a muddle, with no one knowing exactly what was or wasn’t legal. On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court said it had “easily” settled the question. …

Judge Claims Facebook Not Taking Terrorism Threat Seriously

A federal judge slammed Facebook Inc., saying the social media giant might not be doing enough to deter terrorists from using its platform. U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn, New York, also accused Facebook’s lawyers — by sending a …

Appeals Court Grants Uber Pro-Arbitration Ruling, Thwarting Drivers’ Class Action

Uber Technologies Inc.’s arbitration agreements were largely ruled by an appeals court to be valid and enforceable in a blow to driver efforts to secure the benefits and protections of employees in California. The decision is the first by a …