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FILE - This Dec. 3, 2018, file photo shows homes leveled by the Camp Fire line at the Ridgewood Mobile Home Park retirement community in Paradise, Calif. Lawyers who negotiated a deal between wildfire victims and Pacific Gas & Electric say questions about the beleaguered company's ability to pay $13.5 billion to the victims could unravel the deal, upending the company's efforts to get out of bankruptcy by June 30.(AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Market tumult threatens PG&E deal with wildfire victims

Apr. 6, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Lawyers who negotiated a crucial $13.5 billion deal for the victims of deadly wildfires caused by Pacific Gas & Electric equipment are expressing serious doubts about whether the nation's largest utility will be able to pay the full amount as the economy sinks toward a...

U of Rochester, ex-professors settle retaliation claims

Mar. 27, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The University of Rochester will pay $9.4 million to settle a lawsuit brought by nine former professors and students who said they faced retaliation after bringing sexual misconduct claims against a professor, the group's attorneys said Friday. “Our clients have had to leave...

In this photo taken Feb. 18, 2020, people walk behind a Pacific Gas and Electric truck parked in San Francisco. The stock market turmoil triggered by the coronavirus pandemic is raising worries that Pacific Gas & Electric's $13.5 billion settlement with victims of catastrophic wildfires may be worth far less by the time the beleaguered company emerges from bankruptcy. A lawyer who represents more than 81,000 wildfire victims flagged the escalating concerns during a Wednesday, March 25, 2020, court hearing held by conference call. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

PG&E's falling stock price worries fire victims eyeing deal

Mar. 25, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — The stock market turmoil triggered by the coronavirus pandemic is raising worries that Pacific Gas & Electric's $13.5 billion settlement with victims of catastrophic wildfires may be worth far less by the time the beleaguered company emerges from bankruptcy. A lawyer who...

Ferguson settles municipal court fees lawsuit for $1.7M

Mar. 25, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — The city of Ferguson, Missouri, has agreed to a $1.7 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit that accused its municipal court of charging illegal court fees, attorneys involved in the case said Wednesday. A judge on Tuesday approved a preliminary settlement. A final hearing is...

Target subsidiary to pay over $2M in class action lawsuit

Mar. 25, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Target Corp. subsidiary will pay nearly $2.3 million to settle a class action lawsuit filed by a Massachusetts woman who alleged it engaged in illegal debt collection practices, court records show. Target Enterprise Inc. will pay $7,500 to Gabrielle Carlson, of Clinton, and about...

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2019, file photo, Cindy Parlow Cone, then-vice-president of U.S. Soccer,  attends a meeting of the organization's board of directors in Chicago. The newly installed president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Soccer Federation used their first news conference to say that settling a lawsuit filed by women's national team players is their priority. “A lot of damage has been done, and I think we are going to have to rebuild that trust and rebuild the relationship, and it's not going to happen overnight,” President Cindy Parlow Cone said Tuesday, March 24, 2020. 
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

New US Soccer leadership: Settling women's lawsuit priority

Mar. 24, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The newly installed president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Soccer Federation used their first news conference to state that settling a lawsuit filed by women's national team players is a top priority. “A lot of damage has been done, and I think we are going to have to...

Only on AP: Pepper-sprayed inmates reach $177K settlement

Mar. 12, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A private prison in northeast Louisiana must pay a total of $177,500 to five former inmates of that prison whose faces were pepper-sprayed while they were handcuffed and kneeling in 2016. One inmate's father said he believed each man was getting about $20,000. “I told my son I'd...

Judge approves $143M natural gas explosions settlement

Mar. 12, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts judge approved a $143 million class action settlement Thursday for residents and business owners affected by natural gas explosions in Massachusetts in 2018. The settlement's approval comes days after Columbia Gas of Massachusetts pleaded guilty to causing the explosions...

Ohio officials agree on plan to split any opioid settlements

Mar. 11, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Local officials representing nearly 85% of Ohio's residents have agreed to a plan to share any money brought in from settlements with companies over the toll of opioids. Gov. Mike DeWine and Attorney General Dave Yost, both Republicans, announced acceptance of the plan on Wednesday....

Sacramento agrees to settle suit by Stephon Clark protesters

Mar. 10, 2020 10:17 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento has agreed to pay more than $500,000 to settle a lawsuit on behalf of 84 people who were arrested during a protest over the police shooting of an unarmed, mentally ill black man, a lawyer said Tuesday. If a judge approves the deal, most protesters will receive $4,000...