Articles by Katherine Chiglinsk, Michael Sasso and Steven Church

Businesses Hurt First by Coronavirus Then by Looting Have New Insurance Questions

Al’s, a sporting-goods store tucked in Wilmington, Delaware’s small shopping district, opened during the Great Depression, weathered World War II and has been able to keep workers on the job during the coronavirus pandemic. But this past weekend delivered a …

Judge Presses PG&E on How It Will Protect Wildfire Victims’ Funds Given FEMA Demand

PG&E Corp. needs to explain how it will keep a promise to pay fire victims $13.5 billion in the face of a demand from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a cut of that money, a bankruptcy judge said Wednesday. …

PG&E California Wildfire Victims Sue to Get Paid Before Fire Insurers

PG&E Corp. wildfire victims have filed a new lawsuit arguing they must be fully repaid for the losses of their homes and businesses before fire insurers are as part of the utility’s bankruptcy. The case takes aim at an $11 …

This Wildfire Metric Threatens to Upend PG&E’s Restructuring Plan

PG&E Corp. investors looking to learn their fate may not get the answer from the bankrupt power company. Instead, the key data point could pop up within days on the website of California’s forestry service. That’s where firefighters are tracking …

Bankruptcy Judge Grants Purdue Pharma Time Out from Government Opioid Litigation

Purdue Pharma LP and its billionaire owners won a temporary reprieve from nearly 2,700 opioid lawsuits, giving the bankrupt drugmaker time to clinch a deal that would atone for its role in America’s addiction epidemic. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert D. …

PG&E Attacks Plan for Paying California Wildfire Victims Before Insurers

PG&E Corp. and a group of insurers urged a judge to reject a competing reorganization plan for the bankrupt utility because the proposal would pay fire victims who lost their homes ahead of insurance companies and “unjustly enrich” bondholders including …

Outrage over PG&E’s Plan to Cap California Wildfire Liabilities at $18B

California utility giant PG&E Corp. has issued its long-awaited plan for emerging from the largest utility bankruptcy in U.S. history: Raise debt, offer equity and cap the wildfire liabilities that led to its collapse at $18 billion – less than …

J&J Asks Federal Court to Assume Baby Powder Lawsuits from State Courts

Johnson & Johnson wants a federal judge to take over more than 2,000 baby-powder lawsuits it faces instead of allowing the cases to be heard by state-court juries, where the company has a mixed record. The world’s largest maker of …

Judge Rules Bankrupt Weinstein Co. Must Face Sexual Harassment Claims

Weinstein Co. must return to New York court to face a lawsuit by women who say the firm is responsible for alleged sexual misconduct by founder Harvey Weinstein, a federal judge ruled. The bankrupt film company is no longer shielded …

Judge: Gawker Founder Can’t Halt Hulk Hogan From Enforcing Verdict

Gawker Media founder Nick Denton lost his latest bid to halt enforcement of the $140 million verdict won by Hulk Hogan in an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit, according to a court document provided by the former pro wrestler’s attorney. Florida Judge Pamela …