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Judge Clears Boy Scouts’ $850M Sex Abuse Settlement Plan With Conditions

The Boy Scouts of America has received a green light from a judge to proceed with its $850 million reorganization plan to exit bankruptcy and settle more than 80,000 claims brought by victims of sexual abuse. The ruling by U.S. …

Cloudy D&O Policy Language May Force Insurer to Pay for Defense of Investor Suit

Because of “ambiguous” policy language in a complicated insurance contract, a directors and officers insurer may be liable for more than $600,000 in legal fees paid by the founder of a business that was sued by its investors. A panel …

Church Official Warns of Financial Flood Due to Abuse Claims

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A top official with the Archdiocese of Santa Fe says a financial flood from clergy sex abuse claims is coming and a settlement would serve as the dam to prevent devastation to parishes across northern …

Lawyers Seeking 32% of $641M Flint Tainted Water Settlement

DETROIT (AP) — Lawyers who negotiated a $641 million settlement for victims of Flint’s lead-contaminated water are asking a judge to set aside up to 32% for fees and expenses for years of work on the case. If granted, the …

PG&E Judge Rejects Bid to Throw Out Victims’ Bankruptcy Vote

The judge overseeing PG&E Corp.’s bankruptcy rejected an effort by dissident fire victims to upend voting on the California utility’s reorganization plan. Judge Dennis Montali said during a hearing Friday that he planned to deny a motion asking to throw …

Lampert Loses Ruling Tied to $718 Million Claim on Old Sears

Eddie Lampert suffered a setback in federal court this week when a judge effectively ruled that some of his claims against the bankrupt estate of Sears Holdings Corp. have so little priority that they are likely worth a fraction of …

Author Says Lawyers, not Plaintiffs, the Real Winners in Class-Action Suits

Brooke Melton died on her 29th birthday. Her Chevy randomly shut off in the middle of the highway a little before 8 p.m., and she crashed into a creek in Atlanta. A couple hours later, her parents were notified by …

Cinemark Attorneys Want Colorado Theater Shooting Victims to Pay $700K in Legal Fees

Attorneys for Cinemark want victims of a 2012 shooting at a Colorado movie theater to pay nearly $700,000 in legal fees after they unsuccessfully sued the theater chain. The company’s lawyers told a judge they need the money to cover …

Milwaukee Archdiocese Owes Millions in Legal Fees

Is the Archdiocese of Milwaukee too broke to pay its legal bills? The church says yes, but attorneys for those owed money by the archdiocese say no – and they want to get paid. Bankruptcy Judge Susan Kelley was to …

Federal Appeals Court Says Patent Suit Losers Should Pay Legal Costs

Patent owners who lose infringement lawsuits should have to pay the winners’ legal fees more often, a U.S. appeals court said in adding its views to a debate before Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court. The U.S. Court of Appeals …