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GM settles hundreds of ignition switch lawsuits

June 23, 2017 By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) – General Motors Co has agreed to settle federal lawsuits by as many as 203 plaintiffs over defective ignition switches in its vehicles, a Friday court filing shows. Settlement terms are confidential, but the accord could also resolve hundreds of state court claims, as well, lawyers for the automaker said in the filing in Manhattan federal court. Lawyers for the settling plaintiffs could not immediately be reached for comment. A GM spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment….

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Judge says San Francisco can subpoena Uber for driver information

June 23, 2017 By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A California state judge said on Thursday that San Francisco can demand from Uber records containing the ride-hailing company’s driver contact information, the city attorney said. San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera last month sought a court order compelling Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] to comply with the city’s demands for information about the company’s drivers. The city Treasurer and Tax Collector’s Office wants the names, addresses and driver’s license numbers of Uber’s drivers. Superior Court Judge Richard Ulmer in San…

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Appeals court overturns conviction of ‘Making a Murderer’ inmate

June 22, 2017 By Ian Simpson (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Thursday affirmed a decision to overturn the murder conviction of Brendan Dassey, a Wisconsin man serving a life sentence whose case was chronicled in the popular Netflix television documentary “Making a Murderer.” A three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled 2-1 to uphold a federal judge’s ruling last year that overturned Dassey’s conviction for a 2005 murder. Magistrate Judge William Duffin had ruled in August that the conviction was based on a…

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Two holdouts prevented Cosby guilty verdict, juror tells ABC

June 22, 2017 (Reuters) – Two holdout jurors prevented comedian Bill Cosby from being found guilty on two of three counts in his sexual assault trial and deliberations were so tense that jurors burst into tears, a jury member told ABC News in a report on Wednesday. Only one juror thought the 79-year-old entertainer was guilty on the third charge, the jury member said in describing the 52 hours of deliberations that ended in a mistrial on Saturday. Cosby is facing a second trial for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting…

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U.S. to seek to block DraftKings, FanDuel fantasy sports merger

June 19, 2017 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Monday it will seek to stop the merger of DraftKings and FanDuel, because the combined company would control more than 90 percent of the U.S. market for paid daily fantasy sports contests. The FTC, along with the attorneys general of California and the District of Columbia, will file a complaint in federal district court seeking a preliminary injunction to block the deal, the antitrust regulator said. The companies said in a joint statement that they were considering…

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Cosby again seeks mistrial with no end in sight for jury deliberations

June 17, 2017 By Joseph Ax NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – Bill Cosby’s defense lawyer asked a judge to declare a mistrial in his sexual assault case for at least the sixth time on Friday night, arguing that the jury’s deliberations, which will enter a sixth day on Saturday, have dragged on too long. “We had a 36-hour trial, and this is the 52nd hour” of deliberations, a visibly frustrated Brian McMonagle told Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O’Neill at about 8:45 p.m. Friday was the jury’s fourth…

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Dow, DuPont merger wins U.S. antitrust approval with conditions

June 15, 2017 By Diane Bartz (Reuters) – DuPont and Dow Chemical Co have won U.S. antitrust approval to merge on condition that the companies sell certain crop protection products and other assets, according to a court filing on Thursday. The asset sales required by U.S. antitrust enforcers were similar to what the companies had agreed to give up in a deal they struck with European regulators in March. The deal is one of several big mergers by farm suppliers, and the antitrust approval was quickly denounced by the head…

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Judge rules Uber must disclose key document in Waymo self-driving car case

June 7, 2017 By Alexandria Sage SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A magistrate judge has ruled that Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] must hand over a key document that could shed light on what its executives knew about alleged theft of trade secrets from Alphabet Inc’s Waymo self-driving car unit. Alphabet’s Waymo claimed in a lawsuit earlier this year that former engineer Anthony Levandowski downloaded more than 14,000 confidential files before leaving to set up a self-driving truck company, which Uber acquired soon after. The document in question is a due diligence…

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Brazilian ride-hailing app 99 raises $100 million from SoftBank

May 24, 2017 SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp agreed to invest $100 million in Brazilian ride-hailing app 99, the startup said on Wednesday, capping off a fund-raising round totaling more than $200 million. Press representatives for 99 declined to specify how big a stake SoftBank’s investment entailed. The transaction is subject to approval by Brazil’s Cade antitrust regulator. In January, Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-hailing company, spearheaded an initial investment of more than $100 million in the Brazilian firm. The capital injection underscores strong investor demand for…

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Three in critical condition after car plows through Times Square

May 19, 2017 By Jonathan Allen and Gina Cherelus NEW YORK (Reuters) – Three people remained in critical condition on Friday after a driver plowed into pedestrians in New York City’s Times Square the day before, killing a young woman on vacation and injuring her sister and 19 others, police said. Richard Rojas, the 26-year-old motorist, accelerated as he turned onto the sidewalk and appeared to have intentionally tried to mow down pedestrians, Mayor Bill de Blasio and police said. He is due in court in Manhattan later on Friday…

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