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Appeals Court Allows Horse Slaughterhouses To Open

December 16, 2013 7:59 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Companies in New Mexico and Missouri could begin slaughtering horses within a few weeks after a federal appeals court removed a temporary ban that was preventing domestic horse slaughter from resuming for the first time since 2007.      

Toyota To Enter Settlement Negotiations

December 13, 2013 12:21 pm | News | Comments

Toyota will seek to settle hundreds of lawsuits involving alleged unintended acceleration problems in its vehicles, according to a U.S. District Court filing in California. A motion filed Thursday by Toyota and plaintiffs asks for an order to establish an "intensive settlement process" in personal injury, wrongful death and property damage cases.

Indian Court Allows Nokia To Sell Frozen Assets

December 13, 2013 8:21 am | by Kay Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The ruling by the Delhi High Court coincided with a deadline after which Nokia had said the factory in the southeastern city of Chennai would be excluded from the Microsoft deal and might have to close. At least 8,000 workers are employed at the factory, which makes basic phone handsets, and some 25,000 subcontractors are dependent on its business, according to court filings.

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S. Korea Court: Apple Didn't Violate Samsung Patents

December 12, 2013 10:52 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A Seoul court rejected Samsung's claim that iPhone and iPad models violated three of its patents, another setback for the South Korean electronics giant in a global battle with Apple over rights to technologies that power smartphones and tablets.   

Sriracha Maker Says Calif. Put Hold On Its Sauces

December 12, 2013 8:16 am | News | Comments

The Southern California-based maker of Sriracha has been told it can't ship any more of its popular hot sauce to food distributors until next month because the state Department of Public Health is enforcing stricter guidelines that require a 30-day hold on the product.

Budvar Claims Win Over AB InBev In Portugal

December 11, 2013 8:07 am | News | Comments

The Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar NP says a Portuguese trade court has upheld a decision prohibiting its rival, Anheuser-Busch InBev, from using the Budweiser name in the country. State-owned Budvar says the ruling bans AB InBev, the world's largest brewer, from selling its beer under the Budweiser name in Portugal.

Quick Sale In Fisker Bankruptcy Remains On Track

December 11, 2013 7:46 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A judge gave preliminary approval Tuesday to failed electric-vehicle maker Fisker Automotive's description of its proposed bankruptcy plan, despite expressing concerns that the bankruptcy case was moving too rapidly.       

Vt. Joins Suit Seeking Fees In Patent Litigation

December 10, 2013 12:02 pm | News | Comments

Attorney General Bill Sorrell says the states filed a friend-of-the-court brief asking the high court to relax the standard that lower courts use to award attorneys' fees to prevailing parties in some patent cases.       

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Defense Seeks Mistrial For Former BP Engineer

December 10, 2013 11:57 am | News | Comments

Attorneys for a former BP drilling engineer have asked the judge in the case to declare a mistrial. In a filing Tuesday, Kurt Mix's attorneys argued a prosecutor's questioning of a witness on Monday amounted to injecting unsupported accusations of misconduct against Mix.

Court: Exec Guilty Over Faulty French Implants

December 10, 2013 8:03 am | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

A French businessman who sold tens of thousands of breast implants filled with industrial-grade silicone and prone to leaks was convicted of fraud on Tuesday and sentenced to the maximum four years in prison.         

Apple Wants Samsung To Pay $22M For Legal Bills

December 9, 2013 8:26 am | News | Comments

The money sought in documents filed Thursday would be in addition to the $930 million in damages that juries decided Samsung owes Apple Inc. after hearing evidence of patent infringement in two separate trials held in a San Jose, California, federal court during the past 15 months.

No Prison Time For 2 Top Ex-Execs In N.Y. Conspiracy

December 9, 2013 7:41 am | News | Comments

Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. founder Louis Tomasetta (tahm-ah-SEHT'-uh) and Eugene Hovanec (HOH'-vah-nehk) were sentenced Friday in Manhattan federal court to three months of probation. They admitted in August that they conspired to destroy or falsify records related to Vitesse's April and October 2001 stock option grants.

Court To Jump Into Patent Discussion

December 6, 2013 1:44 pm | News | Comments

The Supreme Court will hear an appeal of a lower court decision that a federal judge called the "death" of software patents. Justices will take up an appeal from lawyers representing the Alice Corp. in its attempt to patent computer-implemented escrow systems, software, and methods.

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Peanut Butter Plant Can Resume Limited Operations

December 6, 2013 1:41 pm | News | Comments

A bankruptcy judge's order allows an eastern New Mexico peanut butter plant involved in a nationwide salmonella outbreak last year to resume limited operations. Sunland Inc. in Portales closed its doors and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in October.

Woman Fights Ticket For Driving With Google Glass

December 4, 2013 8:20 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

A woman has pleaded not guilty to what is believed to be the first traffic citation alleging a motorist was using Google's computer-in-an-eyeglass. The device known as Google Glass, not yet widely available to the public, features a thumbnail-size transparent display above the right eye.

23andMe Faces Class Action Lawsuit In California

December 4, 2013 8:01 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Genetic testing company 23andMe is facing a class action lawsuit alleging that the Silicon Valley startup misled customers with advertising for its personalized DNA test kit. The test is marketed as a tool to help users predict their risk of developing various diseases.

Detroit's Bankruptcy Follows Decades Of Decay

December 4, 2013 7:41 am | News | Comments

For decades, Detroit paid its bills by borrowing money while struggling to provide the most basic of services for its residents. The city, which was about to default on a good chunk of a long-term debt exceeding $18 billion, now will get a second chance in a federal bankruptcy court-led restructuring.

Suits Filed Against Ky. Glass Plant Operators

December 3, 2013 8:39 am | News | Comments

One lawsuit alleges the plant operators "illegally, recklessly or negligently" dumped hazardous substances outside the boundaries of the property. The lawsuit also said contamination spread through at least a 5-mile radius around the facility, exposing people to increased risk of cancers, kidney failure and damage to the central nervous system.

Co-Owner Of Va. Drug Firm Admits Illegal Imports

December 2, 2013 2:02 pm | News | Comments

Thirty-eight-year-old Syed "Farhan" Huda of Arlington entered the plea Monday in federal court in Alexandria on charges of importation fraud, selling misbranded drugs and distributing prescription drugs without a license.      

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.        

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