January 6, 2012
NEW YORK — A federal judge in New York has refused, for now, to halt collection of an $18 billion court judgment against the energy giant Chevron for environmental damage in an Ecuadorean rain forest. In one sense, the case shows the potential costs that can accrue from the massive consolidation of the oil industry into just a handful of mega-firms. Oil companies that have acquired former competitors wind up shouldering legal liabilities as well as assets. In this case, Courts in Ecuador have ordered San Rramon-based Chevron to pay the steep penalty for pollution that occurred when Texaco was operating in the forest, between 1972 and 1990.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2011 |
An appellate court decision upholding a $30-million judgment against this High Sierra ski resort has left civic leaders scrambling to avoid financial catastrophe. Residents reacted bitterly to the breach-of-contract judgment, blaming the town of Mammoth Lake's five-member council and its staffers for the fiscal dilemma that has overshadowed the snowiest winter in memory in the scenic Mono County community of 7,500 year-round residents, situated about 300 miles north of Los Angeles on Highway 395. "We're fed up with the Town Council," fumed Steve Schwind, a real estate broker and 30-year resident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1991
How dare Ted Kennedy sit in judgment of Clarence Thomas? How dare Ted Kennedy sit in judgment of anyone? PAT SAMUELSON, Costa Mesa
April 15, 2012 |
CARTAGENA, Colombia - President Obama said Sunday he would be angry if an internal investigation showed Secret Service personnel engaged in misconduct while in Colombia, because he expected representatives of the U.S. to act with the "utmost in dignity and probity. " But as he finished a weekend meeting with other Western Hemisphere leaders here, Obama said he would wait until the investigation concluded before passing judgment on the agents and military officers, part of a team that he said performed "extraordinary work on a day-to-day basis protecting me, my family and U.S. officials.
December 22, 1993
The estate of a co-founder of the Phil & Jim's TV & Appliance discount chain has been ordered by an Orange County Superior Court Judge to pay the Anaheim-based corporation $1 million. The judgment stemmed from a suit brought two years ago by company chairman Philipe E. Delgado, who alleged that his late partner, James Ousterhout, had concealed a terminal illness for more than three years and falsified the company's books to increase income to his estate and heirs.
January 24, 1987
There are some worldly observers who believe that sports is infantile, that shedding tears over a defeat in a meaningless game is chi-chi and that it is gauche to argue on national television whether a ball bounced in or out. I am glad for the existence of such people because every time I hear their kaffeeklatsch chatter, I thank God that, in sports, I have an endeavor in which, at some point, all the talking stops. Games, matches and contests should be decided on the field, by the players who each have an equal opportunity to win. Finger-pointing, arguments and protests have never been more apparent and the recent instant-replay rule seems just a shield for officials instead of a help to the game.