Articles by Margaret Cronin Fisk, Jef Feeley and Robert Burnson

Jury Orders J&J, Colgate to Pay Almost $10 Million in Talc Case

Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive Co. must pay almost $10 million to a dying California woman who blamed the companies’ talc-based products for her rare cancer. The jury verdict in state court in Oakland is another setback for J&J, the …

Judge Rejects Google Bid to Dismiss Lawsuit Alleging Anti-Conservative Job Bias

White conservative males who allege that liberal bias at Google Inc. doomed their chances of getting hired by the tech giant cleared the first hurdle to proceed with their lawsuit. A California state judge on Thursday tentatively rejected Google’s request …

Investors Sue Lyft, Alleging IPO ‘Overhyped’

Lyft Inc. was sued by investors who claim the ride-sharing company overstated its market position when it went public last month, leading to a dramatic plunge in its stock price. Two separate class-action complaints against Lyft, as well as its …

Conservative Ex-Google Engineer’s Bias Complaint Goes to Arbitration

The engineer who sued Google after he was fired for blasting the company with allegations of anti-conservative bias won’t get his day in court after all. James Damore’s claims against the Alphabet Inc. unit will be heard behind closed doors …

Google Keeps Age Discrimination Claims Settlement Amount Secret

Google agreed to pay an undisclosed amount to settle the claims of job applicants who said the company discriminated against them on the basis of age. Daniel Low, a lawyer for the applicants age 40 and older, said the parties …

Court Nixes Cities’ Climate Change Public Nuisance Lawsuit Against Oil Firms

BP Plc, Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. escaped blame for the public costs of global warming when a U.S. judge ruled that lawsuits by cities against oil companies aren’t the answer to climate change. “The problem deserves a solution …

Uber Seeks to Have California Suit by Woman Hit on Freeway Thrown out

Uber Technologies Inc. is trying to fend off a lawsuit by a woman who claims she was seriously injured after her driver ordered her out of the car in the middle of a California freeway. The ridesharing company is asking …

Southern California Edison Blamed in Lawsuit for 3 Los Angeles-Area Wildfires

Edison International’s Southern California Edison was blamed in a lawsuit for three wildfires that destroyed more than 1,000 buildings and killed a firefighter last month in the Los Angeles area. While no official findings about the cause of the fires …

Fitbit vs. Jawbone Trade Secret Theft Trial in California Moving Forward

Fitbit Inc. is headed toward a trial over claims it stole rival Jawbone Inc.’s trade secrets, after failing to persuade a judge to throw the case out. A California state judge on Friday rejected Fitbit’s argument that the lawsuit is …

Judge Allows Age Bias Suit Against Google

A woman’s age-discrimination lawsuit against Google can include others who might have been denied a job with the company because they were deemed too old. A federal judge in San Jose, California, on Wednesday gave conditional approval for the suit …