– Unions representing 60,000 hospitality workers in Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada, are suing three casino properties over allegations of dangerous working conditions. The lawsuit filed Monday by the Culinary Workers Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165 against Harrah’s Las Vegas and the Bellagio and Signature Condominiums claims the companies have not sufficiently protected workers and their families from the spread of COVID-19 and that rules and procedures for responding to workers who contract…"Unions sue three Nevada casino properties, claiming dangerous working conditions"
BOSTON – Harvard University on Monday said it would discontinue its policy of sanctioning students who joined single-sex clubs, citing a lawsuit by a group of U.S. fraternities and sororities who said the crackdown amounted to sexual discrimination. Harvard President Lawrence Bacow said it appeared clear the Ivy League school would lose the lawsuit following a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling holding that a federal law barring workplace discrimination protects gay and transgender employees. Bacow…"Harvard drops single-sex club ban after lawsuit by fraternities, sororities"
OTTAWA – Canada’s Supreme Court on Friday ruled in favor of a driver in a gig economy case that paves the way for a class action suit calling for Uber Technologies Inc to recognize drivers in Canada as company employees. UberEats driver David Heller had filed a class action suit, challenged by Uber, aiming to secure a minimum wage, vacation pay and other benefits like overtime pay. Drivers are now classified as independent contractors and…"Canada’s top court rules in favor of Uber driver in gig economy case"
– Seeking to forestall further claims, Bayer AG is taking a risky bet that an independent scientific review will ultimately show that its widely used weed killer Roundup does not cause cancer, legal experts said. The company on Wednesday agreed to pay as much as $10.9 billion to settle about 75% of the 125,000 filed and unfiled claims by Roundup users who say the herbicide caused them to develop a form of blood cancer. But…"Bayer bets on science in bid to prevent future Roundup lawsuits: legal experts"
WASHINGTON – The state of Minnesota on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the American Petroleum Institute, Exxon Mobil Corp and Koch Industries for what it called a decades-long campaign to deceive the public about climate change. The lawsuit is the latest in a series of legal challenges by states, cities, and citizen groups targeting fossil fuel companies over their role in global warming. Attorney General Keith Ellison said the state believed the oil and gas…"Minnesota sues Exxon, Koch and API for being ‘deceptive’ on climate change"
FRANKFURT – Bayer AG agreed to settle U.S. lawsuits claiming that its widely-used weedkiller Roundup caused cancer for as much as $10.9 billion after more than a year of talks, resolving litigation that has hit the company’s share price. The German drugs and pesticides maker has come to terms with about 75% of the current Roundup plaintiffs, involving about 125,000 filed and unfiled claims overall, it said in a statement on Wednesday. The settled cases…"Bayer settles Roundup cancer lawsuits for up to $10.9 billion"
BOSTON – The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday sued Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc , accusing it of using a charity that helps cover Medicare patients’ drug costs as a means to pay kickbacks for using its expensive macular degeneration drug Eylea. The government filed a lawsuit against the company in federal court in Boston, the latest case to result from an industry-wide probe of drugmakers’ financial support of patient assistance charities. But the lawsuit said Tarrytown,…"U.S. claims Regeneron paid kickbacks via charity to boost expensive drug"
– Germany’s Bayer is set to reach a settlement this week with U.S. plaintiffs that claim its glyphosate-based weedkillers cause cancer, two people familiar with the matter told . After more than a year of talks, however, some details and the overall amount of the settlement have yet to be finalised, one of the sources said on condition of anonymity. German business daily Handelsblatt earlier on Tuesday reported a deal was imminent, with Bayer pledging…"Bayer nears glyphosate settlement after lengthy talks: sources"
BERLIN – Bayer AG is close to agreeing a settlement worth $8-10 billion over claims its glyphosate-based Roundup weedkiller causes cancer, German business daily Handelsblatt reported on Tuesday. The company’s supervisory board was due to discuss and vote on the settlement, which includes a $2 billion buffer for future claims, in the coming days, paper cited company and negotiating partner sources as saying. A spokesman for Bayer declined to comment on the report. Perry Weitz…"Bayer close to glyphosate settlement worth $8-10 billion: Handelsblatt"
– A U.S. federal appeals court on Monday blocked California from requiring that Bayer AG label its glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup with a cancer warning, handing the company a victory in its ongoing litigation over the product. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge William Shubb called California’s cancer warning misleading and said the state’s label is not backed up by regulatory findings. Regulators worldwide have determined glyphosate to be safe with the exception of the…"U.S. court blocks California cancer label on Bayer’s Roundup weed killer"