Paramount, Moonves settle CBS shareholder #MeToo class action for $14.75 million

– Paramount Global has agreed to pay $14.75 million to shareholders of the former CBS Corp in a proposed class action claiming the company’s failure to disclose sexual misconduct allegations against former CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves artificially inflated the value of its stock. Lawyers for Paramount, Moonves and the plaintiffs filed a proposed settlement agreement in Manhattan federal court on Friday. CBS and Moonves had denied that they misled investors. CBS merged with sister…

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Litigation funder Burford posts net 2021 loss citing pandemic case delays

– The litigation finance giant Burford Capital Ltd on Tuesday said it swung to a loss in 2021, citing court delays and the slowdown of cases caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Burford nevertheless said it was pleased with results, saying financing commitments had increased significantly, and that there was no scarcity of litigation even after a year when U.S. civil and bankruptcy cases fell to five-year lows. “The conduct underpinning litigation hasn’t gone away,” chief…

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New York Times tech workers vote to join union

NEW YORK – A group of nearly 600 tech employees at The New York Times Co has voted to unionize as the company faces claims it unlawfully interfered with labor organizing, according to election results announced on Thursday. The workers voted 404-88 to join The NewsGuild of New York, which already represents other Times employees, according to the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The bargaining unit, known as the Times Tech Guild, is now…

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Analysis-Already in peril, Biden climate agenda faces U.S. Supreme Court test

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden’s climate-related agenda, already under threat due to congressional failure to pass key legislation, now faces the prospect of a hostile reception at the U.S. Supreme Court that could have lasting consequences on the use of federal power to tackle environmental issues. The court’s 6-3 conservative majority, suspicious of broad federal agency power, will weigh at oral arguments next Tuesday the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions…

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Oath Keepers founder to seek release from jail ahead of U.S. sedition trial

WASHINGTON – Right-wing Oath Keepers militia founder Stewart Rhodes will ask a U.S. judge on Wednesday to release him from jail as he awaits trial on a charge of seditious conspiracy for his alleged role in plotting the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the Capitol. Rhodes, 56, is the most high-profile defendant of the more than 725 people charged with playing a role in the attack by then-President Donald Trump’s supporters. His lawyer said…

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In a first, former prisoner takes seat in New York State Assembly

NEW YORK – As far as Eddie Gibbs knows, he is the first person elected to the New York State Legislature who previously served time in prison, but shortly before his inauguration on Thursday he recalled wondering if he could ever shake the stigma of his manslaughter conviction more than 30 years ago. Gibbs, 53, won handily as the Democratic candidate in the Jan. 18 special election in the state Assembly’s 68th District to represent…

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California sues Tesla over allegations of racial discrimination

– A California state agency said it has filed a lawsuit accusing Tesla Inc of tolerating widespread discrimination against Black workers at an assembly plant, mirroring claims made in several other cases against the electric car maker. The complaint filed in state court late on Wednesday claims Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California, is racially segregated and that Black workers are subjected to racial slurs and discriminated against in job assignments, pay and promotions. The Department…

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Ex-National Guard member could get over two years for assaulting police in U.S. Capitol riot

WASHINGTON – A former National Guard member who served in Iraq will on Thursday learn his punishment for punching two police officers during the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson has scheduled a sentencing hearing at 2 p.m. ET (1900 GMT) for Mark Leffingwell of Seattle, who pleaded guilty to a felony assault charge. Jackson is one of several federal judges in the District of Columbia who…

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Purdue University lawsuit says Google copied smartphone technology

– Purdue University’s Purdue Research Foundation has sued Google LLC in Texas federal court, alleging that Android software for eliminating programming errors in smartphones copies parts of its professors’ invention. The foundation asked the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas for royalties and an undisclosed amount of money damages on Tuesday based on Google’s alleged willful patent infringement. The complaint said two professors and two students at the West Lafayette, Indiana university…

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Trump, family seek to block New York attorney general’s subpoenas

NEW YORK – Former U.S. President Donald Trump and his family sought on Tuesday to block subpoenas New York state Attorney General Letitia James has issued as part of a civil probe into Trump’s business practices, accusing her of “selective prosecution.” James’ office last month accused the Trump Organization of repeatedly misrepresenting the value of its assets to obtain financial benefits, citing what her office said was significant new evidence of possible fraud. Her court…

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