U.S. appeals court allows Texas to implement voter ID law

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Friday allowed Texas to implement a law requiring photo identification at the ballot box, reversing a lower court decision that blocked the measure on the grounds it could be discriminatory against racial minorities. In a 2-1 decision, a panel from the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit […]

Johnson & Johnson wins appeal to overturn $151 million hip implant verdict

(Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson on Wednesday secured a favorable U.S. appellate court ruling, overturning a verdict that had awarded $151 million to five people who blamed injuries they suffered on the company’s Pinnacle hip implant devices. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said two of the plaintiffs’ defective marketing claims were legally insufficient […]

U.S. Republican tax law’s pass-through deduction open to gaming – experts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican tax law’s new deduction for pass-through businesses, intended to help small businesses, was “ill thought through” and will end up benefiting the wealthy, experts told the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday at a hearing on the law’s early impacts. The tax overhaul, which sailed through the Republican-controlled U.S. Congress […]

U.S. Supreme Court rules for Arab Bank over human rights claims

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that foreign corporations cannot be sued in American courts for human rights abuses overseas, refusing to revive a lawsuit claiming Jordan-based Arab Bank Plc helped finance militant attacks in Israel and the Palestinian territories. The 5-4 decision left in place a lower court ruling that […]

Twitter bans ads from Russia’s Kaspersky Lab

(Reuters) – Twitter Inc said on Friday that it has banned ads from Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, saying the cyber-security company’s business model conflicts with advertising rules and citing U.S. government claims that Kaspersky has ties to Russian intelligence agencies. Twitter confirmed the ban in an email to Reuters after Kaspersky Lab co-founder Eugene Kaspersky disclosed […]

Former New York Mayor Giuliani to join Trump legal team

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a one-time federal prosecutor, is joining U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal legal team, Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said in a statement on Thursday. “Rudy is great,” Sekulow quoted Trump as saying. “He has been my friend for a long time and wants to get this […]

As Bon-Ton liquidates, U.S. department stores vie for its shoppers

(Reuters) – Bon-Ton Stores Inc won court approval on Wednesday for a bid to wind down its operations, clearing the way for one of the largest U.S. department store chains to begin selling everything from its store inventory to leases and fixtures. With the disappearance of Bon-Ton, analysts said rivals such as Macy’s Inc, J.C. […]

Exclusive: Facebook to put 1.5 billion users out of reach of new EU privacy law

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – If a new European law restricting what companies can do with people’s online data went into effect tomorrow, almost 1.9 billion Facebook Inc users around the world would be protected by it. The online social network is making changes that ensure the number will be much smaller. Facebook members outside the […]

Canada seeks U.S. help to solve EpiPen shortage

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada said on Tuesday it is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to access supplies of Mylan N.V.’s EpiPen emergency allergy antidote amid a growing shortage that has spared the United States. EpiPens deliver a potentially lifesaving dose of the generic drug epinephrine via an automatic injector. They are made […]

AT&T subsidiary DirecTV asks to be dropped from antitrust case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – DirecTV, the biggest U.S. pay TV company and a subsidiary of AT&T, asked a federal court on Tuesday to drop it from the lawsuit that the government filed to stop AT&T from buying movie and TV production company Time Warner. “DIRECTV is not the seller, the acquired entity, or a major stockholder […]