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FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2007 file photo, Prince performs during halftime of the Super Bowl XLI football game in Miami. Minnesota court records show a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Prince's family members has been quietly dismissed in recent months against all defendants. Prince died of an accidental fentanyl overdose on April 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Prince wrongful death case dismissed; estate case continues

Jan. 20, 2020 12:04 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A wrongful death lawsuit filed by Prince's family members has been quietly dismissed in recent months, suggesting family members have reached settlements with defendants including the Minnesota doctor who saw Prince in the weeks before his death and the Illinois hospital that treated him...

FILE - In this July 23, 2018 file photo, a duck boat that sank in Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo., is raised after it went down the evening of July 19 after a thunderstorm generated near-hurricane strength winds, killing 17 people. The owner of the tourist duck boat has settled its final pending lawsuit for an undisclosed amount. (Nathan Papes/The Springfield News-Leader via AP, File)

Owner of boat that sank, killing 17, settles final lawsuit

Jan. 17, 2020 2:23 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The owner of a tourist duck boat that sank in a Missouri lake, killing 17 people, has settled its final pending lawsuit for an undisclosed amount. Thirty-one lawsuits have been filed against Ripley Entertainment since the former World War II amphibious vehicle sank in July 2018 at...

Woman who fed vultures, gators settles lawsuit for $53,000

Jan. 16, 2020 8:02 AM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman who fed vultures, alligators and other wildlife behind her gated-community home has agreed to pay $53,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by homeowners association. Palm Beach County Judge Scott Kerner on Wednesday permanently enjoined Irma Acosta Arya from feeding...

Sleep apnea company pays $37.5M to settle kickback lawsuits

Jan. 15, 2020 9:10 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — ResMed, a San Diego-based company that sells sleep apnea machines, will pay $37.5 million to settle allegations that it provided kickbacks to obtain customer referrals, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. The settlement covers five whistleblower lawsuits filed on behalf of the federal...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2018, file photo, police officers stand guard after the Confederate statue known as Silent Sam was toppled by protesters on campus at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. A national civil rights organization filed an appeal Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, on behalf of university students who want to intervene in the settlement that gives $2.5 million and a statue to a Confederate heritage group. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Students back in court over Confederate statue case

Jan. 14, 2020 8:28 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A national civil rights organization filed an appeal Tuesday on behalf of University of North Carolina students who want to intervene in a settlement that gives $2.5 million and a Civil War commemorative statue to a Confederate heritage group. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil...

Settlement agreed upon in audio book captions lawsuit

Jan. 14, 2020 1:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The audio book company Audible, Inc. and the publishing houses that had sued it for copyright infringement have agreed to a settlement. In a letter filed this week in federal court in New York, Audible's attorneys, writing on behalf of both sides, announced that “the parties have...

Chicago aldermen reject settlement with McDonald witness

Jan. 14, 2020 12:53 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago aldermen have rejected a proposed $125,000 legal settlement for a woman who witnessed the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white Chicago police officer. Some aldermen on Monday questioned why the city should pay Alma Benitez, who filed a federal lawsuit in 2016...

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2019, file photo, an excavator loads debris onto a truck while clearing a property burned by the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. A $13.5 billion settlement covering most of the losses from a series of catastrophic wildfires that drove Pacific Gas and Electric into bankruptcy is turning into a financial tug of war pitting the interests of U.S. taxpayers against the disaster victims still trying to rebuild their lives. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Federal government blasts PG&E's deal with fire victims

Jan. 14, 2020 3:01 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tensions between the U.S. government and Pacific Gas & Electric are boiling over as the two sides battle over whether a taxpayer-funded agency should be allowed to stake a claim on a $13.5 billion settlement covering most of the losses from catastrophic wildfires blamed on the...

School district settles lawsuit filed by former student

Jan. 13, 2020 11:53 AM EST

ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) — A school district in South Dakota has agreed to pay $65,000 to settle a sexual discrimination lawsuit brought by a former honor student who said her high school principal punished her for using a phrase her male peers used without retribution. Addison Ludwig said former Elk...

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2019 file photo, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter talks with reporters in Norman, Okla. The state of Oklahoma will receive $8.75 million from two pharmaceutical companies as part of a deal that will end legal action the state was considering against the opioid manufacturers. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter announced the agreement Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, with Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Par Pharmaceutical, Inc., both subsidiaries of Dublin-based Endo International. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Oklahoma reaches $8.75 million settlement with opiate maker

Jan. 10, 2020 3:12 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state of Oklahoma will receive $8.75 million from two pharmaceutical companies in a deal announced Friday that will end legal action the state was considering against the opioid manufacturers. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter announced the agreement with Endo Pharmaceuticals...