Latest Legal settlements News

Ramsey County District Attorney Jon Choi, at podium, and Archdiocese officials hold a press conference Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, after the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis submitted its final progress report on tightened clergy abuse protocols to a Ramsey County District judge  at the Ramsey County Attorney's office in St. Paul, Minn. Ramsey County had sued the archdiocese in 2015 for failure to protect children, and dropped the charges in lieu of three years of court monitoring of the archdiocese. (Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP)

Oversight ends in St. Paul Archdiocese child protection case

Jan. 28, 2020 5:08 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors announced Tuesday that they have ended four years of oversight of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis as part of settlement designed to protect children from clergy sex abuse. Ramsey County sued the archdiocese in 2015 for its failure to protect children. County...

FILE — In this April 9, 2019 file photo is the California Department of Motor Vehicles office in the Arleta neighborhood of Los Angeles. The California DMV announced Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, that it has come to an agreement with soccer fan Jonathan Kotler who had sued the department claiming it had violated his First Amendment rights by rejecting a personalized license plate he said would celebrate his favorite team, but which the DMV said might be deemed offensive. The lawsuit said Kotler applied for a plate that would read COYW, an abbreviation of

California settles lawsuit with soccer fan over vanity plate

Jan. 28, 2020 4:41 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California soccer fan has won in his attempt to honor his favorite soccer team with the vanity plate “COYW” -- an acronym for the slogan “Come On You Whites.” The state Department of Motor Vehicles initially said the tagline has offensive...

Report: Ford to pay $30M-plus for lawsuit over transmissions

Jan. 25, 2020 11:12 AM EST

Ford will pay at least $30 million in a proposed settlement over a class-action lawsuit related to failing transmissions in its Fiesta and Focus vehicles. The lawsuit represents nearly 2 million owners and former owners of the cars, which had bad dual-clutch transmissions, the Detroit Free Press reported, citing...

Former diver settles University of Idaho sex assault lawsuit

Jan. 24, 2020 10:59 AM EST

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — A former University of Idaho athlete is expected to receive a settlement payment in exchange for dropping a lawsuit claiming the school mishandled her sexual assault complaint, the university said. The state of Idaho will pay $160,000 to Mairin Jameson, who says she plans to work with...

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2015, file photo, Ronald David Guinto appears in a courtroom during the first day of his preliminary hearing at the A.F. Bray Courthouse in Martinez, Calif. Guinto's twelve former students, who he was convicted of sexually abusing when he was their teacher at a San Francisco Bay Area school, will receive a combined $10.9 million to settle a lawsuit against the school, an attorney said Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Guinto, 38, is serving a 931-year sentence after being convicted in 2017 of molesting 15 boys when he was their teacher at Making Waves Academy in Richmond and ran a youth program. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group via AP, File)

Child molester victims to get nearly $11M in settlement

Jan. 23, 2020 6:57 PM EST

MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) — Twelve former students of a man convicted of sexually abusing them when he was their teacher at a San Francisco Bay Area school will receive a combined $10.9 million to settle a lawsuit against the school, an attorney said. Ronald David Guinto, 38, is serving a 931-year sentence...

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2016, file photo, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Banking Committee. Federal regulators have slapped former Wells Fargo Chief Executive Stumpf with a $17.5 million fine for his role in the bank's sales practices scandal. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Former Wells Fargo CEO fined $17.5M for sales scandal

Jan. 23, 2020 2:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators have slapped former Wells Fargo Chief Executive John Stumpf with a $17.5 million fine for his role in the bank's sales practices scandal. Stumpf also accepted a lifetime ban from the banking industry. Along with its fine against Stumpf, the Office of the Comptroller of...

LA agrees to pay $5.75M settlement over Marine vet's death

Jan. 23, 2020 1:13 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The city agreed Wednesday to pay $5.75 million to the parents of a Marine veteran who died after police jolted him six times with a stun gun during a 2014 confrontation. The City Council unanimously approved a lawsuit settlement for the family of Michael Frederick Mears, the Los Angeles...

Eastern Michigan pays $125,000 to settle Title IX lawsuit

Jan. 22, 2020 2:36 PM EST

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Eastern Michigan University will pay two female student athletes a combined $125,000 to settle a lawsuit that accused the university of discrimination when it eliminated their softball and tennis teams in 2018. Former EMU softball player Ariana Chretien will receive a $100,000...

Washington company settles disability discrimination claim

Jan. 22, 2020 1:06 PM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state construction company is expected to pay $100,000 and train employees to settle a federal disability discrimination lawsuit. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the settlement Tuesday with Diamond B Constructors Inc. and Harris Companies,...

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2019, file photo the company logo shines off the grille of an unsold 2020 Model X at a Tesla dealership in Littleton, Colo. Tesla will be able to sell and service its vehicles in the back yard of Detroit’s three automakers under a lawsuit settlement, a person briefed on the matter says. The settlement between the office of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Tesla is likely to be announced Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, says the person who asked not to be identified because terms of the deal haven’t been made public. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Michigan lifts barriers to Tesla sales, settling lawsuit

Jan. 22, 2020 12:39 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan has cleared the way for Tesla to sell more electric vehicles in the state and get them serviced under a deal filed Wednesday that settles a lawsuit by the automaker. It won't be as simple as Tesla opening a dealership on a corner lot. But consumers at least won't have to leave...