Class action lawsuits

March 01, 2019 - 4:57 pm
MONTREAL (AP) — The Quebec Court of Appeal has upheld a landmark judgment that ordered three tobacco companies to pay billions of dollars in damages to Quebec smokers. Imperial Tobacco, JTI-Macdonald and Rothmans, Benson & Hedges had appealed a ruling that found the companies chose profits over...
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FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2012, file photo, New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez speaks to reporters at his locker at the NFL football stadium in Foxborough, Mass. A federal judge says the 6-year-old daughter of deceased NFL player Aaron Hernandez missed a 2014 deadline to opt out of the $1 billion concussion settlement and can't separately sue the league over his CTE diagnosis. Yet Hernandez’s death in 2017 came too late for his family to seek compensation for CTE-related suicides under the class action settlement. 
 (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
February 15, 2019 - 12:33 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The 6-year-old daughter of the late NFL player Aaron Hernandez missed a 2014 deadline to opt out of the league's concussion settlement and can't separately pursue a $20 million suit over his diagnosis of a degenerative brain disease, a judge ruled. Yet Hernandez's death in 2017...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, file photo, Harvey Weinstein, center, leaves New York Supreme Court in New York. Weinstein’s lawyers say a New York judge should reject sex trafficking claims in a class-action civil lawsuit against the movie mogul. The lawyers said in papers filed late Monday, Jan. 28, that the law was aimed at stopping sex-trafficking rings or ventures that profit from the illicit sex trade. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
January 29, 2019 - 1:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein's lawyers said the movie mogul is not a sex trafficker, despite claims in a class-action lawsuit. The lawyers in a court filing late Monday urged U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein to toss out civil claims by women that claim Weinstein tried to coerce sex in...
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In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 photo, from left, attorneys David Seligman, Nina DiSalvo and Alexander Hood of Denver's Towards Justice are shown outside the organization's office east of downtown Denver. A deal filed in federal court in Denver Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, will allow young people who have provided low-cost child care for American families to share in a $65.5-million class action settlement with the companies that brought the workers to the United States. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
January 09, 2019 - 5:49 pm
DENVER (AP) — Young people from around the world who provided low-cost child care for American families will share in a proposed $65.5 million settlement of a lawsuit brought by a dozen former au pairs against the companies that bring the workers to the United States. Nearly 100,000 au pairs,...
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This undated booking photo provided by the Michigan Department of Corrections shows Johnathan Brown. A police abuse lawsuit could have cost Detroit millions of dollars. But lawyers are closing the case after eight years, acknowledging that the claims of possibly 200,000 people are practically worthless. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Brown and thousands of people who had been arrested by police years earlier. Detroit was accused of keeping crime suspects in cold, bare holding cells with no bedding and little food. Brown was detained for 55 hours during a homicide investigation and eventually "succumbed to the DPD detectives' tactics and gave a coerced statement," according to the lawsuit. (Michigan Department of Corrections via AP)
December 29, 2018 - 9:22 am
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit could have been on the hook for millions of dollars in a lawsuit alleging police abuse. Lawyers, however, are closing the case after eight years, acknowledging that the claims of possibly 200,000 people are practically worthless. The reason? Detroit's 2013 bankruptcy. The...
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FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2014, file photo, then-Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Daniel Carcillo talks with linesman Bryan Pancich, left, during the second period of a preseason NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild, in St. Paul, Minn. The NHL and attorneys for retired players have reached a tentative settlement worth roughly $19 million in the biggest lawsuit brought against the league over concussions and other head injuries. Carcillo, who played nine NHL seasons and joined the lawsuit in June, posted several messages of displeasure with the settlement on his verified Twitter account. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt, FIle)
November 12, 2018 - 4:35 pm
The National Hockey League announced a tentative $18.9 million settlement Monday with more than 300 retired players who sued the league and accused it of failing to protect them from head injuries or warning them of the risks involved with playing. The lawsuit, consolidated in federal court in...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018 file photo, the logo of Volkswagen is seen on top of a company building in Wolfsburg, Germany. German automaker Volkswagen reports its third quarter earnings on Tuesday, Oct. 30. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)
November 01, 2018 - 4:14 am
BERLIN (AP) — A German consumer group has filed a suit against Volkswagen that aims to establish a right to compensation for car owners affected by the automaker's diesel emissions scandal. The Federation of German Consumer Organizations filed the case to a court in Braunschweig under new rules...
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October 07, 2018 - 11:50 am
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Residents and businesses affected by the lead-contaminated water crisis in Flint are asking a judge to reinstate Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and other Michigan officials as defendants in a class-action lawsuit. Lawyers said Sunday that an amended complaint includes evidence not...
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Plaintiffs of Ford cars with bad transmissions gather outside a civil court before a verdict in a class-action lawsuit in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. The Thai court has ordered Ford Motor Co. to pay 291 customers a total of around $720,000 in compensation for selling cars equipped with faulty transmissions. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
September 21, 2018 - 9:43 am
BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court has ordered Ford Motor Co. to pay 291 customers a total of about $720,000 in compensation for selling cars equipped with faulty transmissions. The Bangkok South Civil Court's decision was welcomed Friday as a victory in a country where consumers rarely win redress. Most...
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Volunteers at the Senior Center in Lawrence, Mass. hand out food and supplies, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in the wake of last week's gas explosions and house fires in the Merrimack Valley. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
September 18, 2018 - 6:56 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers filed a class action lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of people who were forced out of their homes for days when dozens of natural gas explosions and fires ripped through three Massachusetts towns. The lawsuit is the first of what's likely to be several filed against Columbia Gas and...
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