Top hotels sued for ‘industry-wide failures’ to prevent U.S. sex trafficking – Reuters

Twelve hotel chains were named and accused of knowing and ignoring warning signs that women and children were sold as sex slaves on their premises, according to the filing, a consolidation of 13 existing cases, in U.S. federal court in Columbus, Ohio. The filing marked the first time the hotel industry – which has long … More Top hotels sued for ‘industry-wide failures’ to prevent U.S. sex trafficking – Reuters

California utility PG&E to pay $13.5 billion to settle claims from wildfire victims – CNN

California utility PG&E to pay $13.5 billion to settle claims from wildfire victims – CNN The massive settlement could compensate tens of thousands of victims who have had to recover and rebuild after losing homes, businesses and loved ones in the blazes. It would also mark a step forward in the beleaguered utility’s attempts to … More California utility PG&E to pay $13.5 billion to settle claims from wildfire victims – CNN

Supreme Court allows Sandy Hook families to sue Remington – CNN

A 2005 federal law protects many gun manufacturers from wrongful death lawsuits brought by family members. But families of victims of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, are pushing a different approach. A survivor and families of nine other victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting are attempting to hold Remington Arms … More Supreme Court allows Sandy Hook families to sue Remington – CNN

J&J Hit With $8 Billion Jury Award Over Antipsychotic Drug – WSJ

A Philadelphia jury on Tuesday orderedJohnson & Johnson to pay $8 billion in damages to a Maryland man who said his use of J&J’s antipsychotic Risperdal as a child caused enlarged breasts and the company failed to properly warn of this risk. It was the biggest award to date among more than 13,000 lawsuits against J&J … More J&J Hit With $8 Billion Jury Award Over Antipsychotic Drug – WSJ

New Climate Change Lawsuits Plague Oil Industry During Rough Week

“The Exxon trial represents the public debut of years of litigation by local communities across the country attempting to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for alleged damage and defrauding of investors and the public about the link between fossil fuels and climate change.” “Cities, states, individual citizens, kids—people are going to court because the president … More New Climate Change Lawsuits Plague Oil Industry During Rough Week

The new science fossil fuel companies fear

The first lawsuit over what fossil fuel companies revealed about the costs of climate change comes from the New York attorney general, who has accused Exxon Mobil of securities fraud. The suit alleges that Exxon used a different internal estimate for the cost that carbon-reduction policies would have on its business than it told investors; … More The new science fossil fuel companies fear

Four Drug Companies Reach Last-Minute Settlement in Opioid Litigation – WSJ

The country’s top drug distributors, McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc. and AmerisourceBergen Corp., agreed to pay $215 million, attorneys said. Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., an Israel-based manufacturer of medicine, will pay $20 million in cash over the next two years and donate $25 million in addiction-treatment drugs, attorneys said. A fifth defendant, Walgreens Boots Alliance, … More Four Drug Companies Reach Last-Minute Settlement in Opioid Litigation – WSJ

Opioid settlement talks fail, landmark trial expected Monday – Reuters

Top executives of the largest U.S. drug distributors and drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd left a Cleveland courthouse on Friday and lawyers for states and thousands of local governments said there was no agreement. The parties and four state attorneys general had been summoned by U.S. District Judge Dan Polster, who could be seen on … More Opioid settlement talks fail, landmark trial expected Monday – Reuters

Toxic PCBs Linger in Schools; EPA, Lawmakers Fail to Act – The New York Times

Whether PCBs are addressed often is determined by ZIP code. In California’s wealthy Santa Monica-Malibu School District, parents, including model Cindy Crawford, sued to force the district to address PCBs after tests of caulk found levels up to 11,000 times the 50 ppm threshold. The district ultimately agreed to get rid of PCBs. It has … More Toxic PCBs Linger in Schools; EPA, Lawmakers Fail to Act – The New York Times

Jury says J&J must pay $8 billion in case over male breast growth linked to Risperdal

A Philadelphia jury on Tuesday awarded $8 billion in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson and one if its subsidiaries over a drug the companies made that the plaintiff’s attorneys say is linked to the abnormal growth of female breast tissue in boys. apnews.com/7d119fdc28684ca3bd720ae0eb14f8a8