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CA Lawmakers Consider Soft Drink Warning Label

February 24, 2015 2:43 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

A prominent California lawmaker seeks to place warning labels on soft drinks and other beverages containing added sugar, while industry groups gear up to combat the effort. Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning, a Democrat from Carmel, earlier this month introduced legislation requiring sweetened beverages...

U.S. To Fine Takata $14K Per Day

February 20, 2015 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government says it will fine Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. $14,000 per day for...

Hershey Moves To Ban Cadbury Chocolates In U.S.

February 19, 2015 10:34 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

For more than 30 years, importers of British goods brought English Cadbury Chocolate into the...

GM, Consumers Battle In Court Over Ignition Switch Defect

February 19, 2015 8:35 am | by Marley Jay, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A federal bankruptcy judge this week heard arguments from consumers who are suing General Motors...

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Barefoot Contessa Files Lawsuit Against CA Company Over Frozen Dinners

February 18, 2015 12:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Barefoot Contessa says in a lawsuit that a California company sold unauthorized look-alikes of her frozen dinners. Newsday says Ina Garten sued OFI Imports Inc. on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court. The host of the Food Network's "Barefoot Contessa" cooking show filed...

SEC Filing: Duke Energy Says It Expects To Settle Criminal Probe

February 18, 2015 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy says it expects to pay $100 million to settle an ongoing federal criminal investigation that began after a massive coal ash spill at a North Carolina plant. The details are contained in an earnings report filed Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission...

WV Chemical Spill Company's Bankruptcy At Crossroads

February 17, 2015 3:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal bankruptcy judge is calling for parties to meet to discuss how to conclude the case of Freedom Industries, whose January 2014 chemical spill caused a tap-water ban for 300,000 people for days. The Charleston Gazette reports Judge Ronald Pearson scheduled a March 3 status conference in...

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Ex-Smucker Employee Sentenced To Prison For Stealing $4.1M

February 17, 2015 3:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A former employee of the J.M. Smucker Co. in northeast Ohio has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison for stealing $4 million from the company over a 16-year-period. A news release says 54-year-old Mark Kershey of Akron was sentenced to 58 months Friday. He was the Orrville, Ohio, company's chief...

Judge: Oil, Gas Firms Not Liable For LA Coastal Erosion

February 17, 2015 3:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has dismissed a New Orleans-area levee authority's lawsuit charging oil and gas companies with destroying Louisiana's coastal wetlands. The lawsuit was filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East in 2013 against nearly 100 oil and gas companies over damage they...

Families: Send Suit Against Gun Manufacturer To State Court

February 17, 2015 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The families of nine children and adults killed in the 2012 Newtown school shooting are asking a federal judge to return their lawsuit against gun maker Remington to state court, where legal experts say it may have a better chance of succeeding. The families and shooting survivor Natalie Hammond...

Brewers Battle Over Who Can Distribute Beer In Kentucky

February 13, 2015 3:23 pm | by Adam Beam, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tensions between the emerging craft beer industry and one of the world's largest brewers have erupted into a regulatory fight about who can distribute beer in Kentucky. Anheuser-Busch owns two distributors in Kentucky and has attempted to buy others. But independent brewers worry they would be frozen...

Energy Company Withdraws From Lawsuit Against EPA

February 12, 2015 12:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An energy company has withdrawn from Wyoming's lawsuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ruling that lands around Riverton are legally Indian Country. However, Gov. Matt Mead said the decision by Devon Energy to drop out does not weaken or jeopardize the lawsuit, which...

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Should Energy Companies Be Liable For Earthquake Damage?

February 12, 2015 9:31 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The possible connection between disposal of fracking wastewater and earthquakes is the focal point of a lawsuit in Oklahoma. Jennifer Lin Cooper and her attorney Scott Poynter claim the November 2011 earthquakes in Prague, Oklahoma caused significant property damage. They allege that New...

Firm Cited In Deadly Energy Plant Blast To Pay Minimum Fine

February 11, 2015 3:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that was cited for 110 violations after a 2010 gas explosion that killed six workers at a Connecticut energy plant has paid only the minimum required fine for worker safety violations. The Hartford Courant reported Saturday that Keystone Construction & Maintenance...

U.S. Alleges That China Unfairly Helps Its Exporters

February 11, 2015 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

The United States is challenging China at the World Trade Organization, alleging that the Chinese government unfairly subsidizes exports in seven industries. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative says that China designates certain export companies as "demonstration bases" that...

Judge Sends Contractor To Prison For Faulty Gun Parts

February 11, 2015 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

A Colorado man who had a factory in Michigan has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for trying to sell faulty gun parts to the Defense Department. The government says Howard "Jack" Cahn's company, Aerospace Manufacturing Services, had contracts to supply parts for automatic...

Farmers File More Than 360 Corn Lawsuits Against Syngenta

February 6, 2015 1:19 pm | by David Pitt, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Farmers and farm businesses in 20 states have now filed more than 360 lawsuits against agricultural chemicals-maker Syngenta, and hundreds more may be coming as a federal judge organizes the complex case so they can move forward. The dispute centers around Syngenta's sale of a corn seed called...

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WA Lawmakers Pushing Electric Car Ownership

February 5, 2015 10:27 am | by Derrick Nunnally, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Even with gas prices hovering around $2 per gallon, Washington state lawmakers are considering a raft of bills to encourage more drivers to turn to electric cars in the name of reducing pollution. Plug-in-and-charge automobiles are gaining popularity in the state. Washington records show there were nearly 12,000 registered electric cars by the end...

CA Ban On Inhumane Farm Animal Cages Upheld

February 5, 2015 9:54 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Egg farmer William Cramer was once again dismissed on Wednesday when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the earlier decision of a lower court to toss out Cramer’s lawsuit. Cramer’s lawsuit challenged California’s Proposition 2, a law which bans inhumane caging of egg-laying hens, breeding pigs, and veal calves, saying the...

Bias Complaints At Daimler Portland Plant Settled For $2.4M

January 29, 2015 2:32 pm | by Steven Dubois, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Daimler Trucks North America has settled discrimination complaints filed by six workers at its Portland plant by agreeing to pay $2.4 million. The complaints against the subsidiary of German automotive giant Daimler AG included an allegation that an employee threatened a black worker with a noose...

Toyota Lawyer Urges Jury To Find It Not Responsible In Crash

January 28, 2015 1:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Toyota Motor Corp. lawyer has told a Minnesota jury deciding whether the automaker is responsible for a crash that killed three people that the car couldn't have accelerated so quickly if the driver hit the brakes as he claimed. David Graves said in his closing argument Wednesday that the 2006...

Judge Says ND Oil Patch Lawsuit Can Move Forward

January 27, 2015 3:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge says a lawsuit against a major oil company doing business in the North Dakota oil patch can move forward. Judge Ralph Erickson's ruling grants conditional class action status to the suit filed by a former employee of Schlumberger, which provides technology and other support...

BP Executive Takes Stand In Gulf Oil Spill Penalty Trial

January 27, 2015 11:49 am | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A BP executive has taken the stand as lawyers for the oil giant make their case for a federal Clean Water Act penalty well under the $13.7 billion maximum for the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Richard Morrison, a regional president for BP Exploration and Production, was Tuesday's first witness as the three-week trial...

Defense Contractor To Pay $2M To Settle Claims

January 26, 2015 8:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Northern California defense contractor will pay the federal government $2 million to settle claims about its manufacturing of parts for remote-controlled aircraft. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento says Sacramento-based Composite Engineering Inc. agreed to pay the money to end...

MT High Court Upholds Coal Industry Sales Practice

January 26, 2015 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Montana's Supreme Court has sided with a Wyoming mining company in a dispute with state tax authorities who challenged the coal industry practice of making sales through affiliates. The unanimous high court ruling means Montana tax authorities must recalculate a $3.4 million tax bill for Gillette-based Cloud Peak...

Elon Musk's SpaceX Drops Lawsuit Against Air Force

January 24, 2015 12:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A spacecraft company run by billionaire Elon Musk has dropped a lawsuit alleging the U.S. Air Force improperly awarded a contract to launch military satellites to a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin. Musk's SpaceX filed the lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in April after...

Past, Future Effects Of Oil Argued In BP Penalty Trial

January 23, 2015 11:18 am | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental researchers and BP attorneys sparred Wednesday over the potential effects of the 2010 Gulf oil spill in a trial aimed at determining whether the oil giant should be made to pay some $13.7 billion in Clean Water Act penalties. A government witness, Dr. Stanley Rice, a retired National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Prospective Buyers Emerge For Shuttered Maine Paper Plant

January 20, 2015 3:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Three companies have expressed interest in reopening a Maine paper plant closed last month. But the head of the firm set to take control of the plant says he won't open discussions unless offers are on the table, and a federal judge today rejected efforts to halt the sale. Verso Paper Corp. last fall announced plans...

Tyson Foods To Pay $539K For Spill In Southwest MO

January 20, 2015 2:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tyson Foods Inc. will pay more than $530,000 for a chemical spill that killed more than 100,000 fish and caused a southwest Missouri town's wastewater treatment system to fail, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced Tuesday. Koster sued the company last June after the discharge...

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