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Clergy sex abuse settlements top $2.5 billion nationwide

Clergy Sex Scandal

There have been nearly 17,000 victims of clergy sexual abuse since 1950 and legal settlements for their suffering continue to climb. Add another $10 million to the $2.5 billion that the Catholic Church in the USA has spent in confronting the clergy sex abuse crisis.


Cardinal Mahony used cemetery money to pay sex abuse settlement

Cardinal Mahony

The Archdiocese of L.A. took $115 million from its cemeteries' maintenance fund in 2007, nearly depleting it. The move seems legal, but it was not announced, and relatives of the dead were not told.


McDonald's settles $700,000 suit over Islamic diet

McDonald's and one of its franchise owners agreed to pay $700,000 to members of the Muslim community to settle allegations a Detroit-area restaurant falsely advertised its food as being prepared according to Islamic dietary law.


Court upholds $3.4 billion Native American deal

An appeals court on Tuesday upheld a $3.4 billion settlement of a class-action lawsuit over mismanagement of government trust funds for hundreds of thousands of Native Americans, ruling that it was fair, reasonable and adequate.


F.T.C. Said to Be Near Facebook Privacy Deal

F.T.C. Said to Be Near Facebook Privacy Deal

Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission are nearing a settlement over deceptive practices related to several Facebook features, including its privacy settings, according to two people briefed on the settlement.


Mel Gibson, ex-girlfriend reach settlement

Mel Gibson, ex-girlfriend reach settlement

Mel Gibson and his ex-girlfriend have reached a financial and custody settlement of a bitter dispute that spawned a criminal case and left the Academy Award winner's reputation damaged.


Whitman settles for $5,500 with former housekeeper

Former California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman agreed Wednesday to provide her former housekeeper with $5,500 in unpaid wages to settle a dispute that erupted after it was revealed the woman was an illegal immigrant.


Kidnap victim Dugard to get $20 million

Kidnap victim Dugard to get $20 million

The California Assembly passed a bill appropriating $20 million to kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard to settle her claims against the state, the chief clerk's office said.


Ground Zero Workers Reach $657 Million Settlement

A settlement has been reached in the cases of thousands of rescue and cleanup workers who sued the city over damage to their health, according to city officials.


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