Articles by Ryan Beene, Jef Feeley and Steven Church

3M Bankruptcy Tactic Fails as Combat Earplug Suits Move to Trial

3M Co.’s plan to use controversial bankruptcy rules to shield itself from some 230,000 lawsuits over military earplugs looked like a relatively simple fix to a long-simmering problem that could cost it billions of dollars. Like most things that sound …

3M Awaits Bankruptcy Ruling That May Sink Litigation Tactic

3M Co.’s attempt to block jury trials of more than 230,000 lawsuits accusing it of harming US soldiers faces a key test this week in front of a federal judge in Indianapolis. US Bankruptcy Judge Jeffrey J. Graham is set …

3M Faces $100 Billion in Losses From Veterans’ Earplug Suits, Expert Says

3M Co. faces more than $100 billion in losses and bankruptcy because of lawsuits brought by veterans who blame their hearing problems on faulty earplugs, according to a litigation consultant hired by lawyers suing the industrial conglomerate. Initial results from …

Boy Scouts Ruling Threatens $250 Million Abuse Deal With Mormons

The Boy Scouts of America may be forced to cut $250 million from its proposal to set up a trust fund for sex abuse victims after a judge rejected a key provision of a deal the youth group signed with …

Boy Scouts Must Change $2.7 Billion Sex Abuse Fund, Judge Rules

The Boy Scouts of America must adjust their plan to create the biggest sexual abuse compensation fund in the U.S. in order to win final court approval for the $2.7 billion proposal, a judge ruled. The decision by a federal …

Director of 9/11 Fund Picked to Estimate Cost of J&J Talc Claims

The lawyer who oversaw payments to victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will be appointed by a federal judge to estimate the total liability that Johnson & Johnson faces for claims that talc in its baby powder causes cancer. …

Judge Questions 3M’s Use of Bankruptcy to Fight Veterans’ Suits

The federal judge administering more than 230,000 lawsuits against 3M Co. questioned whether the industrial giant acted in good faith when it decided to try to shift the cases to bankruptcy court instead of facing separate jury trials around the …

Hertz Makes Settlement Offers to End False Arrest Lawsuits

Hertz Corp. has offered to settle about three dozen cases filed by renters that say they were wrongly arrested for auto theft, the company said.The settlement push comes after Colleen Batcheler took over as general counsel for the rental company. …

Infowars Bankruptcy May Be Abuse of Court System, Justice Department Says

An arm of the U.S. Justice Department cast doubt on far-right radio host Alex Jones’s use of bankruptcy as three companies he once owned prepare for their first day in court Friday. The agency’s bankruptcy watchdog, the U.S. Trustee, said …

Johnson & Johnson Can’t Block Lawsuit Claiming It Lied About Asbestos in Talc

Johnson & Johnson can’t use its baby powder bankruptcy to prevent a lawsuit that accuses the company of hiding evidence that its industrial talc operation exposed workers to the toxic material asbestos, a federal judge ruled. The judge overseeing the …