Lawsuit by Henrietta Lacks’ descendants asks key questions about intellectual property

May 20, 2022
The Black woman's cells, taken in 1951 without her consent, spurred medical advances worth billions. Now a judge has to decide if her family is entitled to a share of the profits.
Attendees admire a painting of Henrietta Lacks at HBO's The HeLa Project Exhibit For "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" on April 6, 2017 in New York City. A lawsuit against a pharma company from Lacks' descendants brings up a host of ethical questions surrounding medical profits, intellectual property and racial equity.
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Brits push back against SLAPP lawsuits that "gag" critics of oligarchs

Apr 29, 2022
The U.K. government has promised to act against the suits that allow wealthy litigants to abuse libel law and deter reporting on their finances.
The U.K. government has promised to take action against SLAPPs, lawsuits that often target journalists, authors and campaign groups.
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In opioid settlement, Native American tribes prove themselves as a legal force

Feb 3, 2022
The deal marks a shift in how tribes are treated when they seek financial restitution from corporations in the courts.
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Fallout from pandemic job loss: Workplace lawsuits

Apr 13, 2021
Many people have lost jobs due to the pandemic. Some are suing their former employers.
The pandemic has disrupted ties between many workers and their employers. A labor attorney says some companies are taking the opportunity to discard workers who are older, disabled or marginalized.
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The hangup on the Hill: Who's liable for COVID infections at work or school?

Dec 11, 2020
Congressional Republicans want schools and businesses to be protected from lawsuits.
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Investors finance lawsuits for potentially big returns

Nov 22, 2018
The practice of advancing portions of expected personal injury settlements to plaintiffs draws scrutiny from states.
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A look back at the "pivot to video" after a new lawsuit alleges Facebook misled about video viewership

Oct 19, 2018
The measurement error may have impacted more than just advertisers.

A look back at the "pivot to video" after a new lawsuit alleges Facebook misled about video viewership

Oct 19, 2018
The measurement error may have impacted more than just advertisers.