Corporate legal affairs

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a gun safety forum in Las Vegas. Warren proposed breaking up big tech companies in March. She garnered immediate support, even from rivals such as Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican who retweeted Warren for what he said was the first time. Cruz said “she’s right — Big Tech has way too much power to silence Free Speech.” (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
October 03, 2019 - 9:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook’s CEO said his company is ready to “go to the mat” to stop Elizabeth Warren from breaking up tech giants. Amazon accused her of getting facts wrong. And some Democratic donors with ties to Wall Street have quietly said they’ll sit out the election or vote for President...
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In this Aug. 23, 2019 photo, former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb takes the oath of special prosecutor before Judge Michael Toomin, during an status hearing concerning actor Jussie Smollett at the Leighton Criminal Court building, in Chicago. The latest twist in the Jussie Smollett saga is the revelation of a possible conflict of interest by the special prosecutor investigating why prosecutors dropped charges accusing the actor of staging a racist, homophobic attack on himself. Dan Webb disclosed this week he once co-hosted a political fundraiser for a figure central to his investigation, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx. A Cook County judge must now decide if bias or the appearance of bias renders Webb's position untenable.(Antonio Perez/ Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)
October 02, 2019 - 7:49 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago judge could decide this week whether the special prosecutor investigating possible conflicts of interest in Jussie Smollett’s criminal case has a conflict himself, the latest twist in a saga marked by turns and reversals since the “Empire” actor reported a racist,...
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FILE - In this May 31, 2017 file photo, then-state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, speaks at a Capitol news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Lara, who is now the California Insurance Commissioner, announced Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, that Mercury Insurance Co. is ending its two-decade battle with California regulators by agreeing to pay the state more than $41 million in property and casualty penalty and interest payments. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
October 02, 2019 - 2:07 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Mercury Insurance Co. is ending its two-decade battle with California regulators over extra fees charged to customers by agreeing to pay the state more than $41 million, California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara said Wednesday. He said it’s the largest property and...
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This Facebook screen shot provided by The Campaign Legal Center shows, from left, Donald Trump Jr., Tommy Hicks Jr., Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, posted on May 21, 2018. Parnas and Fruman were arrested on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, on campaign finance violations resulting from a donation to a political action committee supporting President Donald Trump's reelection. (The Campaign Legal Center via AP)
September 27, 2019 - 6:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump wanted Ukrainian authorities to investigate his Democratic rival Joe Biden, Rudy Giuliani turned to an unlikely pair of fixers: two Soviet-born business partners from Florida. Documents show Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman made hundreds of thousands of...
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FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2014 file photo, a Fiat logo pictured on a car in Milan, Italy. Fiat Chrysler has agreed to pay $40 million to settle a complaint by securities regulators that it misled investors by overstating monthly sales numbers. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)
September 27, 2019 - 1:54 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is paying $40 million to settle with U.S. securities regulators who say the automaker misled investors by overstating its monthly sales numbers over a five-year period. The Italian-American company inflated sales by paying dealers to report fake numbers from 2012 to...
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September 25, 2019 - 4:16 pm
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma's tentative legal settlement over the toll of the nation's opioid crisis is unlikely to reverse the consequences of the epidemic in the hardest-hit towns and regions, according to a report released Wednesday. Purdue reached a tentative deal this month to resolve the...
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FILE - This June 26, 2019 file photo shows a Starbucks sign outside a Starbucks coffee shop in downtown Pittsburgh. In a ruling Tuesday Sept. 24, 2019, a European Union court overturned a ruling by the European Commission that a tax deal between the Dutch government and Starbucks amounted to illegal state support for the coffee giant. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
September 24, 2019 - 9:09 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — A European Union court ruled Tuesday that a tax deal between the Dutch government and Starbucks did not amount to illegal state support, as claimed by regulators, delivering a blow to the bloc's efforts to crack down on sweetheart tax breaks for multinationals. The General Court...
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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, file photo, Herbert Diess, CEO, Volkswagen AG, speaks during media previews for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. German prosecutors say they have charged Volkswagen chief executive Herbert Diess and chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch, along with former CEO Martin Winterkorn, with market manipulation in connection with the diesel emissions scandal that erupted in 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
September 24, 2019 - 7:25 am
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on the charges brought against Volkswagen's bosses (all times local): 1:25 p.m. Volkswagen's board of directors is convening to discuss the next steps in light of indictments against current CEO Herbert Diess and board chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch on charges of securities...
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House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler of N.Y., gives an opening statement as Corey Lewandowski, former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, testifies to the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
September 20, 2019 - 1:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved a bill Friday to end forced arbitration clauses that prevent workers and consumers from filing lawsuits in disputes with companies over employment practices, billing or civil rights. Supporters, mostly Democrats, said the bill would restore access to justice for...
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FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019, file photo, provided by the Ventura County Fire Department, VCFD firefighters respond to a boat fire off the coast of southern California. A crewman injured in the fire that killed 34 people aboard a dive boat off Southern California has sued the boat owner and the company that chartered the vessel. Ryan Sims filed the lawsuit last week in Ventura County Superior Court saying the Conception dive boat was unseaworthy and operated in an unsafe manner. (Ventura County Fire Department via AP, File)
September 19, 2019 - 10:18 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A crewman injured while escaping the fire that killed 34 people aboard a dive boat off Southern California sued the vessel's owner and the company that chartered it. Ryan Sims filed the lawsuit last week in Ventura County Superior Court saying the boat was unseaworthy and...
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