3M Creates a $1 Billion Trust For Soldiers Who Claim Its Earplugs Didn’t Provide Protection

Facing thousands of lawsuits from U.S. service members who said 3M earplugs failed to protect their hearing, the manufacturing giant announced it is committing $1 billion to a trust to resolve the suits — and that Aearo Technologies, the 3M unit that made the plugs, is filing for voluntary bankruptcy as part of the plan.

The announcement comes three years since the start of the service members’ litigation, which contends 3M’s Combat Arms earplugs were faulty. Since then, 3M has prevailed at six earplug-related trials and lost at 10; as of the most recent case, decided in May, 13 plaintiffs have won almost $300 million in judgments against the company. 3M has not paid out on those cases, instead choosing to appeal the verdicts.

As of June 30, there were nearly 250,000 earplug cases filed and outstanding, 3M said.

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A California Judge Reportedly Approves a $100 Million Riot Games Settlement

A recent report has stated a California judge has approved a $100 million settlement between Riot Games and former female employees.

While Activision Blizzard has been in the spotlight for its recent handling of ongoing sexual harassment and workplace discrimination accusations, fellow video game publishing company Riot Games has also been dealing with the aftermath of a gender-based discrimination lawsuit. Former employees came forward in 2018 to accuse Riot Games of having a hostile and toxic work environment.

At the end of 2021, Riot Games settled the class-action gender discrimination lawsuit for $100 million, with $80 million to be split among Riot Games’ former and current female employees from 2014 onward. This would address the lower salaries and lack of promotions for women working at Riot Games throughout the company’s history.

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Senate Approves the $56 Million Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Settlement

The state Senate voted unanimously Thursday to approve a $56 million settlement with families of victims in the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke.

Also Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a bill aimed at helping military spouses get professional licenses and military children access schools here. These are accommodations that could help bring the Air Force’s newest F-35 fighter jets to Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield.

The settlement bill was previously passed by the House and it’s now on its way to Gov. Charlie Baker, said state Sen. John C. Velis, D-Westfield.

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Aerojet Will Pay $9 Million to Resolve Allegations of Lying to Feds About Cybersecurity

Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc., the defense contractor with deep Sacramento roots, has agreed to pay a $9 million fine to resolve accusations that it lied to the federal government about its cybersecurity capabilities.

The settlement, announced Friday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento, stems from a whistleblower lawsuit initially filed by the company’s former senior director of cybersecurity. The ex-employee, Brian Markus, will receive $2.6 million of the settlement as part of the federal False Claims Act.

Contractors that do business with the Defense Department and NASA must meet certain federal standards for cybersecurity to prevent leaks of sensitive government data stored on the companies’ computers. Markus, who joined Aerojet when it was still headquartered in Rancho Cordova in 2014, said in his lawsuit that the rocket-engine manufacturer provided him with about half the staffing and budget he was promised. 

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Walgreens Agrees to a $105 Million Shareholders Settlement

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (WBA.O) agreed to pay $105 million to settle a long-running class-action lawsuit accusing it of misleading shareholders about how rising generic drug prices and reimbursement pressures would hurt its pharmacy business.

The preliminary all-cash settlement was filed on Thursday in a federal court in Chicago following six months of mediation, and requires a judge’s approval.

Walgreens denied wrongdoing, but settled to avoid the uncertainty, burden and cost of further litigation, settlement papers show. The company did not immediately respond on Friday to requests for additional comment.

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A Military Couple Reaches a $15 Million Settlement With Tripler Hospital Over Botched Delivery

A federal judge in Hawaii has approved a $15 million settlement for an Army couple whose son suffered brain damage from lack of oxygen during his delivery at Tripler Army Medical Center in 2018.

Under the settlement terms, Sean and Carolyn Galbreath will receive $7.5 million in upfront cash. Another $7.5 million would be invested in an annuity, which will provide a monthly stipend for their son for his entire life.

Projected out over a lifetime, the settlement equates to roughly $38 million, Rich Turbin, one of the attorneys representing the family, said at his Honolulu office Friday.

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Defrauded College Students Will Have $6 Billion Forgiven in a New Settlement

The Biden administration has agreed to cancel $6 billion in student loans for about 200,000 former students who say they were defrauded by their colleges, according to a proposed settlement in a Trump-era lawsuit.

The agreement filed Wednesday in San Francisco federal court would automatically cancel federal student debt for students who were enrolled at one of more than 150 colleges and later applied for debt cancellation because of alleged misconduct by the schools.

Almost all the schools involved are for-profit colleges. The list includes DeVry University, the University of Phoenix and other chains still in operation, along with many that have folded in recent years, including ITT Technical Institute.

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An Iowa City Settles Lawsuit Over a Deadly Police Shooting For $5 Million

Burlington, Iowa, has agreed to pay $5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the mother of a man who was shot to death by police nearly five years ago, the two sides said Thursday.

The settlement comes nearly five years after Officer Chris Chiprez shot and killed 27-year-old Marquis Jones.

Police stopped Jones on Oct. 1, 2017, for allegedly playing music too loudly, and police say Jones ran away with a gun in his hand. Chiprez fired several shots at Jones, saying in reports that Jones had refused orders to drop the gun. Jones fled into a backyard, followed by Chiprez, who fired a final shot that struck and killed Jones.

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Co-Owners File a $695 Million Lawsuit Against Georgia Power Over a Contract Dispute

The owners of a majority share of a nuclear power plant being expanded in Georgia are suing lead owner Georgia Power Co., claiming the company is trying to bilk them out of nearly $700 million by unilaterally changing a contract.

The lawsuits, filed in recent days in state court in Atlanta by Oglethorpe Power Corp. and the Municipal Electrical Authority of Georgia, lay out the clearest version yet of a contract dispute that’s been simmering for months.

At issue are the billions in cost overruns for a third and fourth nuclear reactor being built at Plant Vogtle, east of Augusta. If Oglethorpe and MEAG win, it could hold down bills for the millions of customers of electric cooperatives and municipal utilities in Georgia, as well as for customers of the municipal utility in Jacksonville, Florida, and for some Alabama cooperative and municipal utility customers.

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A Tesla Worker Rejects a $15 Million Race Bias Settlement

A Black former elevator operator at Tesla Inc’s flagship California assembly plant on Tuesday rejected a $15 million award in his lawsuit alleging racial abuse by coworkers, opening the door for a new trial after a judge slashed a $137 million jury verdict.

Lawyers for Owen Diaz, who had sued Tesla in 2017, turned down the judge’s award in a brief filing in federal court in San Francisco. They said in a statement that the award was unjust and would not deter future misconduct by Tesla.

“In rejecting the court’s excessive reduction by asking for a new trial, Mr. Diaz is again asking a jury of his peers to evaluate what Tesla did to him and to provide just compensation for the torrent of racist slurs that was directed at him,” his lawyers said.

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