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States Shielded From Copyright Suits, Supreme Court Rules

The U.S. Supreme Court said copyright owners can’t sue for damages when a state government pilfers their work, ruling against businesses in a case stemming from the wreckage of the pirate Blackbeard’s flagship. The justices on Monday unanimously said states …

Child Abuse Claims Lead Buffalo Diocese into Bankruptcy

The Diocese of Buffalo, New York, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing child abuse lawsuits that resulted in financial uncertainty. New York State passed legislation in January 2019 that modified the statute of limitations on child abuse claims, allowing …

Nisource Unit to Plead Guilty After U.S. Probe into Mass. Gas Explosions

BOSTON — A subsidiary of utility operator NiSource Inc has agreed to pay $53 million and plead guilty to breaking federal pipeline safety laws to resolve an investigation into catastrophic gas explosions in three Massachusetts communities in 2018. Columbia Gas …

Bayer’s Chairman to Leave as Company Fights Roundup Suits

Bayer AG Chairman Werner Wenning will step down as the German drug and chemicals company wrestles with the growing fallout from U.S. lawsuits over its Roundup weedkiller. Wenning will be succeeded in April by Norbert Winkeljohann, 62, who has served …

Sex Abuse Cases Push Harrisburg Catholic Diocese into Bankruptcy

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, facing sex abuse claims it says it may not be able to pay, filed for bankruptcy protection, citing changing laws and an increasing number of victims. The church “has struggled to remain financially viable …

Sex Abuse Claims Drive Boy Scouts of America to Bankruptcy

The Boy Scouts of America sought bankruptcy protection to cope with a rising tide of claims tied to sexual abuse of children in its ranks. The group filed in Delaware early Tuesday under Chapter 11 of the U.S. bankruptcy code, …

Small Businesses Caught in Crosshairs of Sears Bankruptcy

The estate of Sears Holding Corp. is trying to take back payments it made to vendors – many of them small businesses – more than a year ago as it tries to shore up funds to wrap up its bankruptcy …

FDA to Hold Public Meeting on Testing for Asbestos In Talc

SILVER SPRING, Md., — For the first time in nearly 50 years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will examine asbestos testing for talc powders and cosmetics at a hearing on Tuesday. Regulators are taking a closer look after finding …

Travelers Sets Aside ‘Modest’ Funds for Child Sex-Abuse Claims

Travelers Companies Inc has set aside a “modest” amount of additional money to cover its possible exposure to child sex-abuse claims, the insurer’s finance chief, Daniel Frey, told analysts during an earnings call on Thursday. Two analysts asked about Travelers’ …

Wawa Facing Lawsuits Over Data Breach at All of its Stores

PHILADELPHIA — The Wawa convenience store chain is facing a wave of lawsuits over a data breach that affected its 850 locations along the East Coast. Wawa Inc. discovered malware on its payment processing servers this month before stopping the …