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French Court Orders Trial For EADS, Daimler Execs

December 2, 2013 11:39 am | Airbus | News | Comments

Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre, spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor, says that those ordered Monday to trial included John Leahy, the current Airbus chief operating officer, and Noel Forgeard, former EADS co-CEO. In a statement, EADS says it supported its managers, who it said were cleared in 2009 by France's market regulator in a separate inquiry.

Lawsuit Seeks $30M For Failed Mamtek Plant

December 2, 2013 8:04 am | News | Comments

Construction on the factory stopped in August 2011 when Mamtek failed to make a required bond payment. Since then, more than a dozen lawsuits have been filed to assign blame for bondholder losses, including a criminal case pending against former Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole.

Ex-BP Engineer Who Deleted Texts Heads To Trial

December 2, 2013 7:50 am | by Michael Kunzleman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly a year after energy giant BP cut a deal to a resolve a criminal investigation of its role in the nation's worst offshore oil spill, a jury is set to hear the Justice Department's case against a former company employee accused of trying to stymie the federal investigation.


Gunpowder Plant Owner Gets 10-20 Years In Blast

November 27, 2013 1:54 pm | News | Comments

The owner of a New Hampshire gunpowder plant where an explosion killed two workers has been sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison. Craig Sanborn, of Maidstone, Vt., was convicted last month of manslaughter and was sentenced Wednesday.    

Feds: Company To Pay Fine For Parts Price-Fixing

November 27, 2013 1:17 pm | News | Comments

The Justice Department says a Japanese auto parts maker has agreed to pay a $120 million fine as part of a plea agreement to settle a pair of price fixing schemes. The plea agreement and indictment filed in Toledo, Ohio, were finalized Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Judge Orders Cool-Down At Calif. Hot Sauce Factory

November 27, 2013 8:07 am | News | Comments

A judge has given a dose of cold water to Sriracha, ruling Tuesday that the factory that manufactures the trendy hot sauce must partially shut down after neighbors complained of the spicy smells it was producing.        

Jury Awards Mo. Worker $28M For Lung Damage

November 25, 2013 8:32 am | News | Comments

In the lawsuit, Philip Berger claimed he developed inflammation of the lung after breathing contaminants from a chemical used to cool cutting tools at Copeland Scroll Compressors, a firm owned by Ferguson-based Emerson Climate Technologies.     

Appeals Court Tosses $6M Verdict Against Taser

November 25, 2013 8:27 am | News | Comments

A federal appeals court has tossed out a more than $6 million award to the family of a North Carolina teenager who died after being shocked with a Taser.In a 2-1 ruling Friday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond upheld a jury's finding that Taser International was negligent in the 2008 death of 17-year-old Darryl Wayne Turner.


Guilty Plea In Bird Deaths At Wind Farms A First

November 25, 2013 8:17 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

Until the settlement announced Friday with Duke Energy Corp. and its renewable energy arm, not a single wind energy company had been prosecuted for a death of an eagle or other protected bird — even though each death is a violation of federal law, unless a company has a federal permit. Not a single wind energy facility has obtained a permit.

Judge Considers Closing Sriracha Hot Sauce Factory

November 25, 2013 8:14 am | News | Comments

A judge has declined to act immediately on a request to close a factory that residents say is stinking up their Southern California city with spicy smells produced by the manufacture of the popular hot sauce Sriracha.City News Service reports that Judge Robert O'Brien did agree Friday to take Irwindale's request for a preliminary injunction to close the plant under consideration.

The Benefit Of Early Case Assessment In Food Court

November 22, 2013 2:30 pm | by Ronald J. Levine, Esq., Canaan E. Himmelbaum, Esq., and Michael J. Glick, Esq. | Articles | Comments

There may be no “silver bullet” to stifle these threats, but there is promising new technology that can be effective in evaluating liability and promoting strategic action early enough to make a difference.         

Jury Awards $39M In Fatal Wis. Garage Panel Fall

November 22, 2013 8:41 am | News | Comments

A jury Thursday found manufacturer Advance Cast Stone mainly responsible for the collapse of a Milwaukee parking garage panel that killed a teenager and injured two others in 2010 and awarded $39 million in damages.The civil jury also found that Advance Cast Stone intentionally concealed and misrepresented a defect or deficiency in its installation of concrete panels.

Jury Orders Samsung To Pay Apple $290M

November 22, 2013 8:08 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

A jury has added $290 million more to the damages Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying vital iPhone and iPad features, bringing the total amount the South Korean technology titan is on the hook for to $930 million. The verdict Thursday covers 13 older Samsung devices that a previous jury found were among 26 Samsung products that infringed Apple patents.


La. 2010 Drug Lawsuit Brings In $238M

November 21, 2013 11:20 am | by Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press | News | Comments

Twenty-five pharmaceutical companies will pay the Louisina $88 million to resolve allegations they charged Louisiana's Medicaid program too much for their drugs, the final settlement reached in a 2010 lawsuit filed by Attorney General Buddy Caldwell. 

Diet Supplement Maker Sued In Hawaii

November 21, 2013 8:09 am | by Oskar Garcia, Associated Press | News | Comments

A woman from Hawaii's Big Island is suing two companies who made and sold a dietary supplement that was pulled from shelves as state health officials investigate links to cases of hepatitis and liver failure.Lawyers for Everine Van Houten, 33, of Keaau, said Wednesday that she bought and used OxyELITE Pro, then began experiencing abdominal pain, fatigue and nausea one month later.

J&J To Pay $2.5B To Settle Hip Replacement Suits

November 20, 2013 7:34 am | by John Seewer and Matthew Perrone, Associated Press | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson said late Tuesday that it will pay $2.5 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits brought by hip replacement patients who accuse the company of selling faulty implants that led to injuries and additional surgeries.    

IKEA Execs Detained Over Snooping Allegations

November 19, 2013 12:49 pm | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say senior executives of IKEA France are in police custody over allegations that they illegally spied on employees and customers.IKEA France has fired four employees and instituted a code of conduct in response to the investigation, which began in April 2012.

Hercules Files Motion To Dismiss Part Of Lawsuit

November 19, 2013 10:10 am | News | Comments

Hercules Inc. and its parent company have asked a federal judge to allow the Environmental Protection Agency to address complaints raised by the city of Hattiesburg in its lawsuit that alleges improper disposed of harmful chemicals in its facility.The city sued for damages from what it has called decades of pollution from the Hercules plant site, which dates back to 1923.

How Manufacturers Can Bring Down The Gavel On Legal Fees

November 19, 2013 9:27 am | by Stephen Rauf, Legal Services Lead at Procurian | Articles | Comments

Perhaps one of the largest barriers to aggressively tackling legal expenditures is that failure is not an option. The relationships formed between corporate attorneys and outside firms often span multiple decades, forged on a foundation of trust.

Court Rules For Governor, Kia In Open Records Case

November 19, 2013 8:00 am | by Kate Brumback, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Fulton County Superior Court judge had refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by four people who were among about 43,000 who applied for jobs at the Kia plant in West Point. The four say they were discriminated against because they had been affiliated with the United Auto Workers labor union.

Court Orders New Review Of Apple Injunction

November 18, 2013 1:45 pm | News | Comments

A federal appeals court is ordering a lower court to reconsider Apple's attempt to block eight Samsung phones from the U.S. market because the products violate patents held by Apple.The appeals court says the lower court should reconsider Apple's request for a permanent injunction on the grounds that Samsung's products infringe three utility patents.

National Steel Car Chairman Indicted In Alabama

November 18, 2013 10:02 am | by Phillip Rawls, Associated Press | News | Comments

The indictment made public Friday accuses company chairman and CEO Gregory Aziz of Hamilton, Canada, of misleading officials with Alabama's state pension program to get financing for a rail car manufacturing plant that was never finished in northwest Alabama town of Cherokee.

German Firm Found Liable In Breast Implants Case

November 14, 2013 1:50 pm | News | Comments

A French court has ruled that a German product testing company failed its duty to check and control silicone breast implants used by tens of thousands of women worldwide that turned out to be prone to leakage.         

Samsung Says It Owes Apple $52M

November 13, 2013 2:29 pm | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

An attorney for Samsung says Apple deserves less than a quarter of the $380 million it's asking jurors to award it in a patent dispute between the two companies. Samsung attorney Bill Price said Wednesday during opening statements of a new trial between the two technology giants that Samsung owes Apple $52 million.

Ecuador Court Halves Chevron Pollution Judgement

November 13, 2013 2:14 pm | News | Comments

Ecuador's highest court has cut in half a landmark judgment against Chevron Corp. for oil contamination in the Amazon, putting the penalty at $8.8 billion. The sum equals the original judgment against the oil multinational awarded by a local judge in February 2011.

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