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St. Cloud diocese in Minnesota to pay abuse victims $22.5M

May. 27, 2020 9:31 AM EDT

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Cloud in Minnesota will pay sexual abuse victims $22.5 million and file for bankruptcy, according to a settlement agreement. Some 70 people say they were abused by 41 priests in cases that date back to the 1950s. If the bankruptcy plan is...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 file photo, a worker completes an electric car ID.3 body at the assembly line during a press tour at the plant of the German manufacturer Volkswagen AG (VW) in Zwickau, eastern Germany.  Germany's Federal Court has ruled Volkswagen must buy back cars from owners who bought vehicles rigged to cheat in emissions tests but consumers must accept current value taking into account the mileage they drove rather than the full purchase price. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)

German court ruling clears the way to settle VW diesel cases

May. 25, 2020 9:45 AM EDT

KARLSRUHE, Germany (AP) — A German court has ruled that Volkswagen must buy back cars from owners of its diesel cars equipped with software that evaded emissions testing — but consumers must accept the current value of the car based on the mileage they drove since buying it, not the purchase price....

Snohomish County settles $1.95M lawsuit over park rape

May. 21, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A county in Washington state has agreed to pay about $2 million to the family of a teenage girl who was raped at a county-sponsored event in 2016. The Snohomish County Council voted Monday to pay the girl and her mother $1.95 million after they sued the county for negligence in April...

FILE - In this May 3, 2017, file photo is the remains of a business that was only open briefly in Woodstock, Ala., once operated with the help of John B. McLemore, who is featured in the serialized podcast

Lawsuit over popular 'S-Town' podcast dismissed

May. 20, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A lawsuit against the makers of the hit podcast “S-Town,” which tells the story of a man's troubled life and death in rural Alabama, was dismissed after a settlement was reached with the estate of the show's late protagonist. The lawsuit, filed by the estate of John...

Court throws out major literacy ruling in Detroit schools

May. 19, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out a groundbreaking decision that said Detroit students had a constitutional right to education and literacy, just days after Michigan's governor settled the case by agreeing to seek millions from the Legislature to improve education. The 6th U.S....

FILE - In this March 9, 2020, file photo, Tesla and SpaceX Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk speaks at the SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition in Washington. Musk is threatening to pull the company’s factory and headquarters out of California in an escalating spat with local officials over reopening an electric vehicle plant. On Twitter Saturday afternoon, May 9, 2020. Musk also threatened to sue over Health Department coronavirus restrictions that have stopped Tesla from restarting production at its factory in Fremont south of San Francisco. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Tesla shareholder suit over Elon Musk tweets remains on hold

May. 19, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge has denied a request by attorneys for Tesla shareholders to pursue a lawsuit seeking to prevent CEO Elon Musk from using his personal Twitter account to disseminate information regarding the electric vehicle and solar panel manufacturer. Vice Chancellor Joseph Slights...

FILE - An undated booking photo provided by the Caldwell County, Mo., Detention Center shows Garland

Family of missing Wisconsin brothers settles lawsuit

May. 18, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

KINGSTON, Mo. (AP) — The family of two Wisconsin brothers who were killed in Missouri last year has reached a $2 million settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the man charged with killing them and his mother. The family of Nicholas and Justin Diemel of Shawano County, Wisconsin, filed the...

Rape claim against governor campaign worker settles for $1M

May. 16, 2020 12:23 AM EDT

A lawsuit brought by a state employee alleging that a fellow worker on the campaign of Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy raped her has been settled for $1 million, her lawyers said Friday, wrapping up a case that reinforced perceptions of misogyny in state politics and led to a legislative investigation. The state and...

Under new leadership, USSF settles 1st of 4 lawsuits

May. 15, 2020 7:49 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Soccer Federation under new president Cindy Parlow Cone settled the first of several long-running lawsuits. The USSF and the U.S. Soccer Foundation reached an agreement that ended a lawsuit filed by the charitable organization in December 2018. Established in 1991 to receive the...

FILE - In this Sept. 2016 file photo, David Robinson poses for a portrait in the visiting area inside Jefferson City Correctional Center in Jefferson City, Mo. The city of Sikeston, Mo. has agreed to an $8 million settlement in a lawsuit filed by Robinson who spent 17 years in prison for murder before the state Supreme Court overturned his conviction. City manager Jonathan Douglas announced the settlement Friday, May 15, 2020, with Robinson, who sued the city after he was released from prison in May 2018 when a judge ruled there was clear evidence that he didn't kill local bar owner Sheila Box in 2000, the Southeast Missourian reported.(Laura Simon/The Southeast Missourian via AP File)

Wrongfully convicted Missouri man gets $8 million settlement

May. 15, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

SIKESTON, Mo. (AP) — A southeastern Missouri city has agreed to an $8 million settlement in a lawsuit filed by a man who spent 17 years in prison for murder before the state Supreme Court overturned his conviction. Jonathan Douglass, the city manager of Sikeston, announced the settlement Friday with David...