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In new court filings, California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing has indicated that it plans to officially object to September’s proposed anti-harassment settlement between Activision Blizzard and the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Why it matters: A scrapped settlement could extend the scrutiny Activision faces from myriad investigations and lawsuits while delaying or nixing a planned $18 million victims fund.

  • While Activision and the EEOC have presented the settlement as a means for justice for some workers, critics have said it also lets Activision begin to turn the page relatively quickly.

Between the lines: The DFEH’s filing focuses on the technicality of when it can object, urging the court to let it do so before the plan causes it “irreparable harm.”

  • The DFEH’s objections, hinted in these preliminary filings, focus on the EEOC settlement’s lack of mention of its own suit and potential damages victims could receive.
  • It also criticizes language in the plan that could lead people who settle under the EEOC agreement to release Activision from any other claims.

Flashback: In February 2020, lawyers for women who had worked at another major California-based game company, Riot, withdrew from a planned $10 million settlement after the DFEH and others objected to the size of that deal.

  • The DFEH had argued the month prior that women who worked at Riot were entitled to $390 million more.

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Companies under pressure to disclose more information to investors

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Facebook's latest firestorm highlights a broader reckoning over what public companies should disclose to investors, both about their external impacts and their inner workings.

Why it matters: The belief that all companies need to disclose is how much money they’re making, and how much they’re spending, is quickly becoming outdated.

New complaints unlikely to hobble Facebook

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A former Facebook employee has filed eight complaints with the Securities and Exchange Commission alleging the social network deceived investors. But even if regulators find the company at fault, it’s unlikely to remake Facebook in a drastic way.

Why it matters: Critics of Big Tech companies like Facebook have increasingly pushed for the government to halt certain practices — driven by advertising business models — they say allow or encourage harmful content.

Biden: "Being a cop today is one hell of a lot harder than it's ever been"

President Biden speaks during the 40th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service at the U.S Capitolon Oct. 16. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden speaking at the U.S. Capitol on Saturday honored members of law enforcement who died in the line of duty in 2019 and 2021 and saluted those who are currently serving.

Driving the news: "We expect everything of you, and it's beyond the capacity of anyone to meet the total expectations. Being a cop today is one hell of a lot harder than it's ever been," Biden said.