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Jef Feeley
For Jef Feeley's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
A bottle of Bayer AG Roundup brand weedkiller concentrate
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 31, 2024
Bayer faces billions in Roundup claims as legal strategy falls short
In the firm's biggest courtroom loss so far, a jury awarded $2.25 billion to a former user who blamed his cancer diagnosis on exposure to the herbicide.
Elon Musk
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 31, 2024
Musk’s $55 billion Tesla pay package struck down, threatening status
Worth some $51.1 billion, Musk's Tesla options were one of his most valuable assets. Without them his net worth would drop to $154.3 billion.
In 2022, MLB umpires wore FTX patches on their sleeves.
SOCCER
Nov 29, 2023
MLB and Formula 1 face fraud suits for promoting FTX
Investors’ lawyers sued MLB and the other entities in U.S. federal court in Miami on Monday.
BUSINESS
Aug 30, 2023
3M to pay $6 billion to settle military earplug lawsuits
The company will pay $5 billion in cash and $1 billion in 3M common stock under the terms of the agreement
The 3M global headquarters in Maplewood, Minnesota. The multinational conglomerate has tentatively agreed to pay more than $5.5 billion to resolve over 300,000 lawsuits claiming it sold the U.S. military defective combat earplugs.
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 29, 2023
3M to pay more than $5.5 billion over faulty combat earplugs
Current and former service members allege 3M knew its earplugs were too short to work effectively and that it failed to warn the U.S. government or users.
People surveying wildfire damage in the town of Lahaina in Hawaii on Friday. Emergency workers on Saturday continued to dig through the ash and rubble, with the official death toll from the fires rising to 93.
WORLD / Society
Aug 14, 2023
Seeking cause of deadly Hawaii fires, lawyers probe power lines
Attorneys from three firms say accounts suggest damaged power infrastructure owned by Hawaiian Electric Industries created the spark for the flames.
The Universal Entertainment logo at the company's headquarters in Tokyo
BUSINESS
Aug 1, 2023
Japanese firm accused of improper influence over Manila casino
The dispute involves a $275 million investment by 26 Capital. Universal owns 88% of the property under the terms of the deal.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 5, 2022
Elon Musk revives $44 billion Twitter bid, aiming to avoid trial
For Twitter, proceeding with Musku2019s plan augurs a future under a mercurial billionaire who has spent months publicly criticizing its management.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 11, 2022
Musk’s about-face on Twitter shifts takeover saga to Delaware
The billionaire co-founder of Tesla will need to make his case before a judge in Delaware that Twitter failed to uphold its side of a merger deal reached in April.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 27, 2021
SoftBank settles WeWork lawsuit; Adam Neumann exits with windfall
The pact announced Friday ends a legal fight over a stock transaction that collapsed and eliminates the need for a March 4 trial in the U.S.

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Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves