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Outbreak at Iowa Pork Plant Was Larger Than State Reported

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The first confirmed coronavirus outbreak at an Iowa meatpacking plant was far more severe than previously known, with more than twice as many workers becoming infected than the state Department of Public Health told the public, …

COVID-19 Immunity Proposal Flounders in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Just a few weeks ago, Tennessee looked like a sure bet to become the latest state to protect businesses and other organizations from lawsuits by people impacted by the coronavirus in the push to reopen the economy. …

Some Disneyland Workers Protest Reopening Plans Amid Pandemic

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Workers at California’s Disneyland Resort protested from their cars on Saturday, arguing that the Walt Disney Co has not agreed to adequate protections for employees when the destination reopens to the public amid a pandemic. The company …

Los Angeles Union, Joined by ‘Pandemic Pig,’ Demands Meatpacking Plant Closure

LOS ANGELES — The union representing workers at a meatpacking plant near Los Angeles where at least 153 employees have come down with COVID-19 called on Thursday for the plant’s immediate closure, saying measures to control the outbreak were not …

M&A Legend Martin Lipton Warns of Coming Virus Lawsuit Wave

A push by Republicans in Congress to create stronger liability protections for businesses hammered by the Covid-19 virus won’t completely curb lawsuits over injuries and losses caused by the pandemic, famed M&A litigator Martin Lipton said. Speaking to the Economic …

Pandemic Stands to Complicate Potentially Bad Fire Season

DURANGO, Colo. — As if Southwest Colorado’s extreme drought wasn’t enough to raise concerns about a potentially destructive wildfire season, the added complications of the coronavirus have only fueled that anxiety. The COVID-19 outbreak demands people isolate as much as …

World’s Insurers Face $203 Billion Losses From Coronavirus

Lloyd’s of London, the world’s largest insurance exchange, estimates the industry will suffer around $203 billion in losses from the coronavirus pandemic this year. The projected losses include about $107 billion from underwriting claims, with the rest from insurers’ investment …

Phishing Attacks Against Banks Jump With Pandemic Used as Lure

Cyber-attacks trying to trick bank employees to click on malicious links jumped in the first quarter, with criminals attempting to take advantage of fear and confusion caused by the coronavirus pandemic. While the so-called phishing campaigns, which surged by a …

Blue Bell Pleads In Ice Cream Listeria Case; Ex-CEO Charged

AUSTIN — A Texas ice cream company has pleaded guilty to distributing contaminated goods and its former CEO has been charged with conspiracy and attempted wire fraud in connection to a 2015 listeria outbreak that left three people dead, federal …

Back To Work, Owners Make Changes So Workers Feel Safe

NEW YORK — Before the coronavirus outbreak, furniture deliveries at Sunnyland Outdoor Living meant two employees sitting side-by-side in a truck. Now, one will be driving the truck while the second follows in a car. And when Sunnyland’s workers reach …