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Lawsuit: Pollution From Fire Making Residents Sick

September 25, 2013 10:52 am | News | Comments

About a dozen Slaughter residents allege respiratory problems and diminished property values in a lawsuit filed in the wake of the Nov. 19 blaze that destroyed the Monolyte Laboratories Inc. chemical facility. The suit seeks an unspecified amount of damages from Monolyte and several other companies.

NH Jury Weighing Allegations Of Rat In Lemonade

September 25, 2013 7:45 am | News | Comments

Fifty-year-old Colleen Grady of Manchester sued the Coca-Cola company — which owns Minute Maid products — plus a food distributor and a supermarket. She says she found the rodent after pouring the contents into a pitcher before a party two years ago.   

GE Unit Appeals Idaho Judge's Megaloads Ruling

September 24, 2013 1:55 pm | News | Comments

The company Monday filed an appeal in U.S. District Court in Boise, saying Judge B. Lynn Winmill committed "serious errors of law and fact" when he blocked its so-called megaload from traveling U.S. Highway 12's federally-designated Wild and Scenic River corridor.

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Judge Upholds CMU's $1.17B Patent Verdict

September 24, 2013 7:51 am | by Kevin Begos, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer said Marvell Technology Group didn't present convincing arguments for overturning the award or ordering a new trial in a case over semiconductor chips that used technology developed by a CMU professor and student.

Novell Loses Appeal On Case Against Microsoft

September 24, 2013 7:47 am | News | Comments

The case was so important to Microsoft that it put co-founder Bill Gates on the stand for two days, saying he had no idea a last-minute decision to drop a tool for outside developers would sidetrack Novell. Novell says the decision cost it time and market share, and that it was forced to sell WordPerfect for a $1.2 billion loss.

Suntech: Court Orders Solar Projects Seized

September 23, 2013 2:13 pm | News | Comments

Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. said Monday that an Italian court issued a ruling to seize more solar projects that received investments from Global Solar Fund SCA. The court also ordered the seizure of tariffs paid to private companies that got investments from Global Solar, Suntech said.

Chiquita Seeks Dismissal In Colombian Case

September 23, 2013 8:01 am | by Curt Anderson, AP Legal Affairs Writer | News | Comments

Faced with potentially billions of dollars in legal liability, Chiquita Brands International is asking a federal appeals court to block lawsuits filed against it in the U.S. by thousands of Colombians whose relatives were killed in that country's bloody, decades-long civil war.

2 Sentenced In Plot To Export U.S. Military Antennas

September 23, 2013 7:53 am | News | Comments

According to court documents, the two conspired with others to defraud the United States by illegally exporting 55 cavity-backed spiral antennas and biconical antennas from a Massachusetts company to Singapore and Hong Kong without the required State Department license.

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Dakotas, Texas And Nevada Sue EPA

September 20, 2013 12:23 pm | by James MacPherson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys general said in court papers that the states meet the new standard under the Clean Air Act, and that the EPA's inaction "will lengthen and complicate the overall permitting process, or even make permitting impossible." The states allege the EPA is in violation federal law by missing its deadline to make the required determinations.

Ex-Halliburton Manager Charged In Gulf Spill Probe

September 20, 2013 7:28 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former Halliburton manager was charged Thursday with destroying evidence following BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a case that coincides with a guilty plea to a related charge by the Houston-based oilfield services company.    

Court Upholds Calif.'s Low Carbon Fuel Standard

September 19, 2013 1:40 pm | by Jason Dearen, Associated Press | News | Comments

The ruling reverses a U.S. District Court ruling in favor of the plaintiffs, and removes an injunction that at one point halted implementation of the law. The California Air Resources Board, the agency in charge of implementing the standard, appealed, and was able to continue implementing the law while the case was being heard.

Feds Allege More Than $100M Biofuels Scam

September 19, 2013 7:54 am | by Rick Callahan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Six people were arrested Wednesday morning following their indictments on conspiracy, wire fraud and other charges alleging they were involved in the sale of more than 35 million gallons of fuel as 100 percent biofuel when it actually contained some petroleum diesel.

Doe Run Settles Lead Liability Cases In Missouri

September 18, 2013 12:07 pm | by David A. Lieb, Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys for the plaintiffs and Doe Run both confirmed Tuesday they had resolved the cases in advance of an Oct. 8 trial in St. Louis. A confidentiality agreement bars disclosure of the settlement terms, including how much money the families will get, attorneys said.

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Appeals Court Sides With Spirit AeroSystems

September 18, 2013 12:02 pm | News | Comments

A federal appeals court sided Tuesday with Spirit AeroSystems in a labor dispute stemming from the way the Wichita-based aircraft parts maker evaluates employee performance. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals found that the district properly refused the union's efforts to compel arbitration over the issue.

13 Arrested In Protest Of Keystone XL Pipeline

September 17, 2013 1:33 pm | News | Comments

Those arrested Monday were part of a group of protesters outside the Houston office of TransCanada Corp. They were protesting the proposed 1,700-mile pipeline, which would carry oil derived from tar sands in Alberta, Canada, to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Court Affirms $20.6M Award In Slide Death

September 16, 2013 7:47 am | by Denise Lavoie, AP Legal Affairs Writer | News | Comments

A jury awarded Robin Aleo's family a total of $20.6 million — $18 million in punitive damages and $2.6 million in compensatory damages —in 2011, finding that the slide sold by Toys R Us did not comply with federal safety standards.      

Maine Man Awarded $489K For Workplace Injury

September 13, 2013 10:30 am | News | Comments

A jury has awarded a Maine man $489,000 for injuries he suffered while performing welding work at a trash-to-energy plant. Attorney Peter Clifford says a York County Superior Court jury on Wednesday awarded damages to 48-year-old Joseph Bordeau, from the western Maine town of Mexico.

Judge Urged To Accept Halliburton's Guilty Plea

September 13, 2013 10:17 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Halliburton Energy Services and Justice Department prosecutors have urged a federal judge to approve a plea deal that calls for the Houston-based company to pay a $200,000 fine for destroying evidence after BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

BP Seeks Cuts In Settlement Program's Budget

September 13, 2013 8:03 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP has urged a federal judge to reject a $111 million budget request by the court-supervised administrator of the company's multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents following its 2010 Gulf oil spill.      

Judge Refuses To Block New Meat Labeling Rules

September 12, 2013 2:31 pm | News | Comments

A federal judge has refused to block new rules that require the meat industry to include specific information about the origin of their products on labels. But industry groups say they'll continue fighting.The new rules took effect in May.    

Ford Wins Ohio Retrial On Truck Dealer Discounts

September 12, 2013 10:27 am | News | Comments

A jury in Cleveland has rejected a claim by commercial truck dealers that Ford Motor Co. overcharged them over an 11-year period by offering discounts to other dealerships. The jury returned the verdict Wednesday in the class-action lawsuit filed by Westgate Ford Truck Sales of Youngstown in 2002.

NY Attorney General Claims Win In Tobacco Claim

September 12, 2013 9:58 am | News | Comments

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says arbitrators have rejected a claim from major cigarette manufacturers that the state owes them part of one year's $800 million payment under a multi-state settlement agreement over tobacco-related diseases.

Japanese Exec Charged With Price Fixing

September 12, 2013 7:43 am | News | Comments

An executive with G.S. Electech has been charged with conspiracy to rig bids and fix prices for automobile antilock brake parts installed in American cars. A federal grand jury in Covington, Ky., on Wednesday indicted Shingo Okuda, who is accused of agreeing to coordinate bids and fix prices of automotive parts submitted to Toyota.

Wash. To Receive Withheld Tobacco Settlement Money

September 11, 2013 9:08 pm | News | Comments

Washington state will receive nearly $15 million in disputed tobacco settlement money after an arbitration decision said that tobacco companies were not entitled to pay the state less under a landmark multi-state 1998 settlement agreement, the state attorney general's office announced Wednesday.

Feds Oppose Bid To Delay BP Rig Supervisors' Trial

September 11, 2013 1:55 pm | News | Comments

In a court filing Tuesday, prosecutors said lawyers for Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine have ample time to prepare for a trial scheduled to start on Jan. 13. Defense attorneys have asked for a nine-month delay, saying they need more time to review millions of pages of documents provided by the government.

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