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Five major German carmakers, Audi AG, Porsche AG, BMW AG, Mercedes-Benz USA and Volkswagen AG, along with a supplier got hit with an antitrust class action Friday in California federal court, with car owners alleging the companies conspired to share information and stunt innovation to save on costs.
Pepperdine University’s athletic director defended the Christian-affiliated school Friday in a California trial over allegations it discriminated against two female basketball players because they were dating, telling jurors the team’s coach was instead worried about the impact on “team chemistry” when the couple began distancing themselves from others.
Johnson & Johnson on Friday cross-examined a toxicology expert for a woman alleging in a California jury trial that the company’s talcum powder products caused her ovarian cancer, asking if she was misinterpreting studies to support her opinion that talc is toxic and causes cancer.
Browne George Ross LLP told a California judge Friday that the firm has reached a financial settlement in its lawsuit alleging it was underpaid millions of dollars by its co-counsel in dozens of consumer protection class actions against mortgage lenders.
A San Francisco judge was pleased to learn he wouldn't have to rule in SanDisk's suit seeking to block Toshiba from selling its multibillion-dollar memory chip business when the companies announced at a hearing Friday they'd reached an agreement that Toshiba will notify SanDisk two weeks before closing on any deal.