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Facebook Must Face Data Breach Class Action on Security, But Not Damages

A federal judge said up to 29 million Facebook Inc users whose personal information was stolen in a September 2018 data breach cannot sue as a group for damages, but can seek better security at the social media company after …

Helicopter Operator PHI Bankruptcy Highlights Surprise Bills

The bankruptcy of helicopter operator PHI Inc. has transported the contentious issue of surprise health care bills to the steps of federal court. Judge Harlin Dewayne Hale on Tuesday will weigh objections to PHI’s plan to exit Chapter 11 protection. …

NiSource Settles Massachusetts Gas Explosion Lawsuits for $143 Million

Utility operator NiSource Inc on Monday said it will pay $143 million to resolve class action lawsuits brought by residents and businesses that suffered losses caused by a series of gas explosions in three Massachusetts communities last year. NiSource and …

Cash This Check for $250, and Sign Away Your Right to Sue

The perennial issue in the gig economy is whether workers should be classified as employees. Uber Technologies Inc., Lyft Inc. and other companies that rely on contract work have dealt with this question in a number of ways: staging PR …

Equifax Cyber Policy Likely Inadequate Against Breach

Equifax Inc.’s insurance against cyber breaches is likely inadequate to cover the credit-reporting company’s costs tied to one of the biggest hacks in history, according to people familiar with the coverage. The company holds a policy that would probably cover …

Commentary: Baseball’s Protection From Litigation Needs to Change

We live in a society that is both risk-averse and litigation-mad. Not surprisingly, these two things go hand in hand. After a handful of crashes involving Toyota Motor Corp. automobiles, said to be the result of sudden acceleration, the company …

How the Fyre Festival Went Up in Flames

Soon after William N. Finley IV got off the bus to the festival grounds late Thursday afternoon, he realized something was very wrong. He’d flown into the Bahamas for the Fyre Festival, a luxury getaway filled with celebrities, yachts, and …

Supreme Court Sympathetic to Microsoft in Xbox Owners’ Suit Alleging Defect

The Supreme Court suggested Tuesday that it is sympathetic to Microsoft Corp. in a dispute with disgruntled owners of the Xbox 360 video-game system who sued saying the console has a design defect that scratches game discs. The justices heard …

Quake Hit Oklahoma Town Sues 27 Energy Firms

Residents of a town hit by Oklahoma’s strongest earthquake have filed a class-action lawsuit against dozens of energy companies, accusing them of triggering destructive temblors by injecting wastewater from oil and gas production underground. Pawnee residents filed the suit Thursday …

Florida Housing Authority Targeted Black Families to Buy Chinese Drywall Homes

Sulfurous fumes seep from the walls of Valentine Hendrix’s home, slowly attacking her appliances and light fixtures, her lungs and sinuses. It’s been that way for almost nine years. In 2008, Hendrix’s family was one of 12 poor black families …