Former school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson was awarded $289 million in damages in a victory in his case against Monsanto on Friday. Johnson claimed Monsanto’s most popular weedkiller Roundup gave him terminal non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer. Following the verdict, Monsanto issued a statement saying it stands by studies suggesting Roundup does not cause cancer.
The Nebraska execution of Carey Dean Moore convicted of killing two taxi drivers in 1979 may be postponed. German drugmaker Fresenius Kabi asked a judge to block the use of its drugs in Nebraska’s first-ever lethal injection. The company claims harm could come to its reputation if products intended to help are used to kill.
British cave diver, Vern Unsworth, who was instrumental in the rescue of 12 children trapped in a northern Thailand cave said he is considering legal action after the US billionaire Elon Musk called him a “pedo” or pedophile, in a now-deleted tweet. Unsworth previously called Musk’s mini-submarine for the rescue effort a ‘PR stunt.’
Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin is suing two of his children and business partner for elder exploitation and fraud. Aldrin’s lawsuit followed a petition by his children asking to be named his legal guardians, claiming he suffers from dementia. Aldrin asserts his children are using his legacy and company funds ‘for their own self-dealing and enrichment.’
Hobby Lobby, the arts-and-crafts seller, has managed to smuggle 5,500 historic artifacts out of Iraq by citing them as tiles, illegally. The artifacts date back thousands of years to the times of ancient Mesopotamia. After a civil complaint filed on Wednesday by the federal Prosecutors in Brooklyn, the company has agreed to return all of the pieces, and to forfeit to the government an additional $3 million, resolving the civil action.
Google has been fined 2.42 euros by the European Commission, the largest penalty so far by the regulator for such a case, for distorting the search results for shopping searches by promoting its own shopping comparisons at the top of search results. Google has 90 days to respond to the charge or face further penalties.
WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange’s, 7 year battle against a rape allegation has been dropped by Swedish prosecutors. Sweden’s director of public prosecution, Marianne Ny, said they “decided to discontinue the investigation” into a rape claim against Assange. Assange currently is under diplomatic protection but if he walks out, he still faces arrest and is in danger from being extradited to the United States to face charges of disclosing confidential military and diplomatic documents.
The federal government filed a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Tuesday, accusing it of using illegal engine-control software to enable its diesel-powered vehicles to pass emissions tests. The filing occurred days after Fiat Chrysler proposed a modification to the software to ensure correct test results in hopes of resolving the issue. The Environmental Protection Agency accused Fiat Chrysler in January of installing the software on about 104,000 Ram pickup trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokee sport-utility vehicles sold from 2014 through 2016.
Bill Cosby has said that he will not testify in court next month in Pennsylvania in a radio interview conducted on Tuesday. He said he planned to leave his defense to his legal team. In another interview with a different radio station, one of Cosby’s daughters commented saying “I believe that racism has played a big role in all aspects of this scandal. . . . My father is being punished by a society that still believes black men rape white women but passes off as ‘boys will be boys’ when white men are accused.”
The Supreme Court on Tuesday placed sharp limits on how much control patent holders have over how their products are used after they are sold. The case concerned Lexmark International, which makes toner cartridges for use in its printers. The court ruled that the company could not use patent law to stop companies from refilling and selling the cartridges. While there’s nothing specifically illegal about this, the Court said, a company such as Lexmark can’t try to use patent law to stop other companies, such as Impression, from reselling its old cartridges.