Latest Legal settlements News

Court: Baltimore can't stop settlement winners from speaking

Jul. 11, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — It is unconstitutional for the city of Baltimore to reduce financial settlements to alleged victims of police misconduct when they speak out about their experience, a federal appeals court has ruled, likening the practice to "hush money." The 2-1 ruling Thursday from the 4th U.S....

Premera Blue Cross pays states $10 million over data breach

Jul. 11, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Premera Blue Cross, the largest health insurer in the Pacific Northwest, has agreed to pay $10 million to 30 states following an investigation into a data breach that exposed confidential information on more than 10 million people across the country. The settlement , negotiated with the...

APNewsBreak: Customs clarifies policy on plane ID searches

Jul. 11, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection is clarifying that airline passengers aren't required to submit to identification checks when getting off planes if there's no law enforcement-related reason. The new policy directive comes as a result of a settlement in a lawsuit; the documents were...

Colorado settles suit by transgender inmate who alleged rape

Jul. 10, 2019 10:31 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado reached a $170,000 settlement with a transgender woman who sued the state and alleged being raped, assaulted and harassed while held in a men's prison, state officials said Wednesday. Officials said the agreement does not force broad policy changes for transgender inmates in...

Company settles lawsuits over Missouri duck boat that sank

Jul. 10, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A company that owns a duck boat that sank on a Missouri lake last summer, killing 17 people, said that it has settled or is in the process of settling more than half of the lawsuits it faces. KYTV reports that Ripley Entertainment made the disclosure in documents filed this month in...

Family of teen killed during gas explosions settles lawsuit

Jul. 9, 2019 2:47 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The family of a high school student who was killed during a series of natural gas explosions in Massachusetts last year has reached a settlement with the utility involved in the disaster, a lawyer for the family and the company announced Tuesday. Financial details were not disclosed....

The Latest: Accuser's mom: No settlement in Spacey lawsuit

Jul. 8, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on the case accusing Kevin Spacey of groping a young man at a Nantucket bar in 2016 (all times local): 4:15 p.m. The mother of a man who accused Kevin Spacey of groping him at a Nantucket bar in 2016 says they did not receive a settlement to drop a lawsuit against the...

Kevin Spacey accuser drops lawsuit against actor

Jul. 5, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A young man who says Kevin Spacey groped him in a Nantucket bar in 2016 has dropped his lawsuit against the Oscar-winning actor, his lawyer said Friday. Spacey still faces a criminal charge. He pleaded not guilty to indecent assault and battery in January. His accuser's lawyer, Mitchell...

Oklahoma presses opioid case against Johnson & Johnson

Jul. 4, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — So far, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has secured about $355 million from two groups of defendant drugmakers in the state's lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, and he's trying to make the case that even more money should come Oklahoma's way in the first such state case to go...

Environmental group ends suit over land for endangered frog

Jul. 1, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An environmental group is dropping its legal fight over critical habitat for an endangered frog, with a settlement now proposed in the case, but the group also says the story isn't over. "It might not be 'that's it,' but it is for now. The decision will go back to the U.S. Fish and...