Corporate legal affairs

In this Aug. 23, 2019 photo, former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb takes the oath of special prosecutor before Judge Michael Toomin, during an status hearing concerning actor Jussie Smollett at the Leighton Criminal Court building, in Chicago. The latest twist in the Jussie Smollett saga is the revelation of a possible conflict of interest by the special prosecutor investigating why prosecutors dropped charges accusing the actor of staging a racist, homophobic attack on himself. Dan Webb disclosed this week he once co-hosted a political fundraiser for a figure central to his investigation, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx. A Cook County judge must now decide if bias or the appearance of bias renders Webb's position untenable.(Antonio Perez/ Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)
October 02, 2019 - 6:49 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago judge could decide this week whether the special prosecutor investigating possible conflicts of interest in Jussie Smollett’s criminal case has a conflict himself, the latest twist in a saga marked by turns and reversals since the “Empire” actor reported a racist,...
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FILE - In this May 31, 2017 file photo, then-state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, speaks at a Capitol news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Lara, who is now the California Insurance Commissioner, announced Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, that Mercury Insurance Co. is ending its two-decade battle with California regulators by agreeing to pay the state more than $41 million in property and casualty penalty and interest payments. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
October 02, 2019 - 1:07 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Mercury Insurance Co. is ending its two-decade battle with California regulators over extra fees charged to customers by agreeing to pay the state more than $41 million, California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara said Wednesday. He said it’s the largest property and...
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Former U.S. Rep. Chris Collins leaves federal court, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in New York. Collins pleaded guilty Tuesday in an insider trading case, a day after he resigned from Congress and set off a scramble to fill his seat in his Republican-leaning district. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
October 01, 2019 - 5:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Former Rep. Chris Collins pleaded guilty Tuesday in an insider trading case, a day after he resigned from Congress and set off a scramble to fill his seat in his Republican-leaning district. Collins had initially denied charges he leaked confidential information about a...
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FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2014 file photo, a Fiat logo pictured on a car in Milan, Italy. Fiat Chrysler has agreed to pay $40 million to settle a complaint by securities regulators that it misled investors by overstating monthly sales numbers. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)
September 27, 2019 - 12:54 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is paying $40 million to settle with U.S. securities regulators who say the automaker misled investors by overstating its monthly sales numbers over a five-year period. The Italian-American company inflated sales by paying dealers to report fake numbers from 2012 to...
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September 24, 2019 - 3:33 pm
DETROIT (AP) — A Fiat Chrysler engineer pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges alleging that he rigged software in more than 100,000 pickup trucks and SUVs sold in the U.S. so they would pass emissions tests even though they were spewing far more pollution on the roads. The alleged scheme involving...
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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, file photo, Herbert Diess, CEO, Volkswagen AG, speaks during media previews for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. German prosecutors say they have charged Volkswagen chief executive Herbert Diess and chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch, along with former CEO Martin Winterkorn, with market manipulation in connection with the diesel emissions scandal that erupted in 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
September 24, 2019 - 6:25 am
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on the charges brought against Volkswagen's bosses (all times local): 1:25 p.m. Volkswagen's board of directors is convening to discuss the next steps in light of indictments against current CEO Herbert Diess and board chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch on charges of securities...
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FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019, file photo, provided by the Ventura County Fire Department, VCFD firefighters respond to a boat fire off the coast of southern California. A crewman injured in the fire that killed 34 people aboard a dive boat off Southern California has sued the boat owner and the company that chartered the vessel. Ryan Sims filed the lawsuit last week in Ventura County Superior Court saying the Conception dive boat was unseaworthy and operated in an unsafe manner. (Ventura County Fire Department via AP, File)
September 19, 2019 - 9:18 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A crewman injured while escaping the fire that killed 34 people aboard a dive boat off Southern California sued the vessel's owner and the company that chartered it. Ryan Sims filed the lawsuit last week in Ventura County Superior Court saying the boat was unseaworthy and...
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Secretary of Labor nominee Eugene Scalia speaks during his nomination hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
September 19, 2019 - 11:07 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to lead Labor Department tried to assure senators Thursday that his years of legal work for corporate clients would not influence his actions as a Cabinet member. In opening remarks before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee,...
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A group of supporters of the trial shows banners reading "unjust sentence" in front of Tokyo District Court in Tokyo Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. The court on Thursday ruled that three former executives for Tokyo Electric Power Company were not guilty of professional negligence in the 2011 Fukushima meltdown. It was the only criminal trial in the nuclear disaster that has kept tens of thousands of residents away from their homes because of lingering radiation contamination. (Satoru Yonemaru/Kyodo News via AP)
September 19, 2019 - 1:47 am
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court on Thursday ruled that three former executives for Tokyo Electric Power Company were not guilty of professional negligence in the 2011 Fukushima meltdown. The ruling by the Tokyo District Court ended the only criminal trial in the nuclear disaster that has kept tens of...
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September 17, 2019 - 6:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are challenging a new Justice Department probe into a deal between California and four big automakers, accusing the Trump administration of using antitrust powers to target political opponents. "My suggestion is you're doing this for political reasons," Sen...
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