Fire Victims Join PG&E to Oppose Multibillion-Dollar Securities Fraud Claim

After months of quarrelling over Pacific Gas and Electric’s liability for sparking destructive wildfires, fire victims joined their former foe Wednesday in fighting to block a group of current and former investors from extracting billions of dollars from PG&E on securities fraud claims.

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Anti-SLAPP

Reversing, a California Appeals Court ruled that the trial court incorrectly declined to grant the anti-SLAPP motion of a film producer who was sued by an investor who said no “substantial” work had been completed on a documentary about the Syrian refugee crisis — the appeals court found project is an act “in furtherance” of protected speech.

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Emissions Scandal Fallout

Volkswagen must face a proposed class action suit brought by a bonds-purchaser who sold the bonds for a loss following the auto manufacturer’s emissions scandal, a federal court in California ruled. The claims are based on Volkswagen’s failure to disclose that it had secretly installed devices in cars to mask “unlawfully high emissions.”

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