Zeppelin Loses Fight over Legal Fees In ‘Stairway’ Copyright Case

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Led Zeppelin may have won the copyright war over its creation of “Stairway to Heaven,” but it lost its battle this week to recoup nearly $800,000 in defense fees.

Judge R. Gary Klausner ruled that the band’s songwriters, record label and associated companies were not entitled to legal fees and other costs because the copyright lawsuit against them was not frivolous. Continue reading Zeppelin Loses Fight over Legal Fees In ‘Stairway’ Copyright Case

Uber to Settle Suit for $100M, Drivers Stay Independent Contractors

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Uber has agreed to pay up to $100 million to settle a class-action lawsuit which resolves a major challenge to its business model by allowing the ridesharing service to keep its California and Massachusetts drivers as independent contractors.

The lawsuit had claimed that Uber drivers are employees and thus entitled to reimbursement of expenses. Continue reading Uber to Settle Suit for $100M, Drivers Stay Independent Contractors

Court Upholds NFL’s $765 Million Concussion Settlement as ‘Fair’

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The National Football League’s $765 million concussion settlement was found by a federal appeals court to be fair, if imperfect.

The decision sets in motion the resolution of thousands of lawsuits covering more than 20,000 retired players. About 1 percent opted out of the settlement, which is to compensate for head injuries over the next 65 years. Continue reading Court Upholds NFL’s $765 Million Concussion Settlement as ‘Fair’

Automatic Braking, Due by 2022 in U.S. Cars, Could Prevent 20% of All Crashes

Major automakers will announce Thursday they have agreed to install automatic emergency braking systems in nearly all U.S. vehicles by September 2022, three sources briefed on the plans said.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced in September a deal in principle with 10 automakers to eventually add the technology to prevent thousands of crashes a year. The final agreement includes additional automakers and will be unveiled at a press conference in McLean, Va., at a press conference. Continue reading Automatic Braking, Due by 2022 in U.S. Cars, Could Prevent 20% of All Crashes

Uber to Pay $28M to Settle Claims over Its ‘Safe Rides Fee’

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Uber Technologies Inc. said it will pay $28.5 million to settle claims that a $1 “safe rides fee” charged to riders was misleading because its background checks on drivers aren’t as rigorous as the company advertised. Continue reading Uber to Pay $28M to Settle Claims over Its ‘Safe Rides Fee’

Driverless Car Accidents Pile Up As They Obey Laws, Humans Don’t So Much

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The self-driving car, that cutting-edge creation that’s supposed to lead to a world without accidents, is achieving the exact opposite right now: The vehicles have racked up a crash rate double that of those with human drivers.

The glitch?

They obey the law all the time, as in, without exception. This may sound like the right way to program a robot to drive a car, but good luck trying to merge onto a chaotic, jam-packed highway with traffic flying along well above the speed limit. It tends not to work out well. As the accidents have piled up — all minor scrape-ups for now — the arguments among programmers at places like Google Inc. andCarnegie Mellon University are heating up: Should they teach the cars how to commit infractions from time to time to stay out of trouble? Continue reading Driverless Car Accidents Pile Up As They Obey Laws, Humans Don’t So Much

U.S. Unveils Hobby Drone Registry Rules, Deadlines

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has unveiled its registration process for owners of small unmanned aircraft (UAS), or small drones used for hobby or recreation.

The registration requirement applies to UAS weighing more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds including payloads such as on-board cameras. Continue reading U.S. Unveils Hobby Drone Registry Rules, Deadlines

Southern California Man Arrested for Fraud After Crashing BMW in Race

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Andres Hernandez, 36, of Lakewood, Calif., allegedly totaled his BMW while racing and then provided false statements to his insurer about the location of the collision.

He was paid $64,860 for the claim, and was subsequently arrested on two counts of auto insurance fraud. Continue reading Southern California Man Arrested for Fraud After Crashing BMW in Race

California Worker Injury Rate Lowest in 13 Years

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The California Department of Industrial Relations has posted the state’s 2014 occupational injury and illness data, which offers a look at employer-reported injuries involving days away from work.

The data shows that the incidence of occupational injuries remained at its lowest level in 13 years. Continue reading California Worker Injury Rate Lowest in 13 Years

Five Questions with Renee Kim from Cookies by Design, Long Beach.

 

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99.9 Percent Probability of L.A.-Area Earthquake: Study

There is a 99.9 percent chance of a magnitude-5 or greater earthquake striking within three years in the greater Los Angeles area, where a similar sized temblor caused more the $12 million in damage last year, according to a study by NASA and university researchers.

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Farmers Estimates $225M Loss from Northern California Fires

Farmers Insurance reported more than 1,300 claims filed, and an anticipated 1,800 total, with an estimated overall loss of roughly $225 million from two California wildfires that burned nearly 150,000 acres this month in Napa, Sonoma, Amador and Calaveras counties. Continue reading Farmers Estimates $225M Loss from Northern California Fires