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Judge Finds Ransomware Damage to Computer a ‘Direct Physical Loss’

State Auto Property and Casualty Insurance Co. is liable for the cost of replacing a computer server that was damaged and perhaps permanently compromised by a ransomware attack despite the carrier’s argument that the business owner did not suffer a …

PG&E Nearing Deal With Pimco, Elliott on Restructuring Plan

PG&E Corp. is nearing a deal with a group of bondholders led by Pacific Investment Management Co. and Elliott Management Corp. that would entitle them to a mix of equity and new debt if they scrap their rival restructuring plan, …

Federal Judge Temporarily Exempts Truck Drivers From California Gig Worker Law

A federal judge has temporarily blocked a California labor law meant to take effect from Jan. 1 from impacting over 70,000 independent truckers by granting a ‘temporary restraining order.’ U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez in San Diego granted on Tuesday …

U.S. May Be on Hook for $1 Billion to Cover Harvey Damage

The U.S. government may be on the hook for as much as $1 billion after a federal judge found it responsible for the flooding of thousands of homes and businesses in Houston during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. U.S. District Judge …

Judge Tosses Spill Claims Against Dispersant Maker

A federal judge presiding over litigation spawned by the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill has dismissed all claims against the manufacturer of a chemical dispersant that was used to break up crude gushing from BP’s blown-out well. U.S. District …

Judge Allows Civil Suits in Meningitis Outbreak to Proceed

A federal judge in Boston on Wednesday allowed civil suits against the pharmacy at the heart of the deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak to proceed and noted that any criminal case would have priority in gathering evidence. U.S. District Judge Dennis …

Judge Urged to Approve Chinese Drywall Settlements

Attorneys for thousands of Gulf Coast property owners urged a federal judge Tuesday to give his final approval to a proposed class-action settlement that calls for a Chinese drywall manufacturer to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to repair homes …

Judge Tentatively OKs $40M Skechers Settlement

A federal judge tentatively approved a $40 million settlement between Skechers USA Inc. and consumers who bought the toning shoes after ads made unfounded claims that the footwear would help people lose weight and strengthen muscles. An undetermined number of …

Judge Considers GPS Evidence in Boston Arson Case

A federal judge heard arguments Wednesday on whether to toss out evidence against a Boston man authorities say set fires as a way to settle scores. Jose Baez, described by authorities as a vengeful serial arsonist, faces four counts of …

Guess Loses Bid to Dismiss Gucci Trademark Case

A federal judge rejected Guess Inc’s bid to dismiss a trademark infringement lawsuit by Italian luxury goods company Gucci. U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin in Manhattan ruled in favor of Guess on Tuesday with regard to infringement claims based on …