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City: Odor From Sriracha Chili Plant A Nuisance

October 29, 2013 7:49 am | News | Comments

The maker of Sriracha hot sauce is under fire for allegedly fouling the air around its Southern California factory. The city of Irwindale filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday asking a judge to stop production at the Huy Fong Foods factory, claiming the chili odor emanating from the plant is a public nuisance.

Judge Approves Settlement With Wis. Manufacturer

October 29, 2013 7:48 am | News | Comments

A federal judge has approved a $4.6 million settlement of an environmental lawsuit against a Madison manufacturer by a group of its neighbors. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb approved the settlement Monday against Madison-Kipp. Under the settlement reached in July, the 32 homes will receive money and pollution control equipment.

Suit Settled In Death Of Man Infected By Amoeba

October 29, 2013 4:03 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The parents of a St. Bernard Parish man whose death in 2011 was linked to a rare brain-eating amoeba have settled their lawsuit against the manufacturers of two household devices that they blamed for their son's deadly infection. Settlement terms weren't disclosed in a federal judge's order that dismissed the wrongful death suit on Oct. 15.

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DuPont Sued Over Cancer

October 28, 2013 7:39 am | by Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nine Ohio and West Virginia residents who have cancer and other diseases have filed federal lawsuits this month against chemical giant DuPont, alleging the company knowingly contaminated drinking-water supplies with a chemical used by one of its plants.

Idaho Lawsuit Is Latest Claim Against Remington

October 25, 2013 2:28 pm | by John Miller, Associated Press | News | Comments

Korpi's case joins dozens of similar claims across the country filed against Remington over the past three decades. They contend its Model 700 bolt-action rifle, with more than 5 million sold since the 1940s, has a flawed trigger mechanism that the company has known about for years.

Jack Daniel's In Legal Fight With Small Distiller

October 25, 2013 11:37 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

A white whiskey named for an Appalachian moonshiner was first sold in Mason jars, but recently switched to square-shaped bottling. That new look has the small distiller embroiled in a trademark fight with Jack Daniel's Tennessee whiskey.    

Oklahoma Judge: Settlement Reached In Toyota Case

October 25, 2013 10:13 am | News | Comments

The jury found Toyota Motor Corp. liable Thursday for a fatal crash and awarded $1.5 million compensation to Jean Bookout, the driver injured in the crash, and $1.5 million to the family of Barbara Schwarz, who died. The jury also decided that Toyota acted with "reckless disregard" for the rights of others.

NH Gunpowder Plant Owner Convicted In Fatal Blast

October 24, 2013 7:46 am | News | Comments

The force of the explosion rattled buildings and sent plumes of black smoke into the air. Dozens of homes were evacuated, and firefighters couldn't get close to the burning site for several hours because ammunition was exploding.      

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Is Detroit Eligible For Bankruptcy?

October 23, 2013 1:53 pm | by Ed White, Associated Press | News | Comments

The city of Detroit will present a "mountain of evidence" to show that its perilous finances qualify for a turnaround in bankruptcy court, an attorney said Wednesday as a judge opened an extraordinary trial to determine if the largest public filing in U.S. history will go forward.

December Hearing Scheduled In 'Pink Slime' Lawsuit

October 23, 2013 11:15 am | News | Comments

Oral arguments are scheduled for December in a motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit over ABC News' coverage of a meat product that critics dub "pink slime." The lawsuit filed by Beef Products Inc. was moved in June from federal court to circuit court. ABC is asking the circuit judge to dismiss the case.

Court: Studies Understated Samsung Health Hazards

October 23, 2013 7:55 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A South Korean court said studies conducted to evaluate safety at Samsung chip factories failed to fully examine workplace health hazards, undermining the electronics giant's efforts to distance itself from claims that its manufacturing plants caused fatal cancers.

Judge Mulls Restraining Order In Wind Turbine Suit

October 22, 2013 9:36 am | by Randall Chase, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gerald Lechliter, a retired Army colonel, sought the restraining order in a broader Chancery Court lawsuit. He filed the suit last year challenging construction of the wind turbine on land that had been set aside for open space and the process in which it was approved and funded.

Tentative Deal In Suit Against Neb. Manufacturer

October 22, 2013 8:00 am | News | Comments

The 12 filed the lawsuit in September 2011 for lost wages and other earnings that total more than $160,000. The lawsuit alleged that Davis and Dempster also didn't pay parts suppliers, defaulted on loans from banks and economic development firms and didn't deliver products to customers that paid up front.

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EU Top Court Holds Up State's Say In Volkswagen

October 22, 2013 7:43 am | News | Comments

The German state of Lower Saxony's 20 percent stake in the Wolfsburg-based automaker gives it the right to block corporate decisions — a lower threshold than the 25 percent blocking minority for all other German public companies. But the court ruled the law still meets the relevant European requirements.

Five Common Mistakes Employers Make Regarding The WARN Act

October 21, 2013 10:29 am | by Michael Groebe, Senior Counsel, Foley & Lardner | Articles | Comments

While the economy appears to be turning around, employers across the country continue to make difficult decisions concerning mass layoffs and plant closings. Employers that forget about the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (the “WARN Act”) and applicable state “baby” WARN Acts do so at their peril.

Anacor Gets $100M Arbitration Ruling From Valeant

October 18, 2013 11:54 am | News | Comments

The companies said Valeant was ordered to pay $100 million in damages and will also have to pay costs and attorney's fees. Anacor said it expects the award to be confirmed by the end of the year, and after that Valeant will have up to six months to pay.

Farmers Tied To Outbreak Sue Auditor

October 18, 2013 11:52 am | by Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Colorado farmers whose cantaloupes were tainted with listeria have filed a lawsuit blaming a food-safety auditor that didn't pick up safety problems and gave the farm a "superior" rating just a month before the nation's deadliest case of foodborne illness in a quarter century.

Target Of BP Settlement Probe Lashes Out At Freeh

October 18, 2013 10:20 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Before a judge appointed him to lead the investigation, former FBI Director Louis Freeh disclosed that he is a partner at a law firm that is working on an unrelated case with lawyers for Kirkland & Ellis, a firm that represents the London-based oil giant.

Legal Risk Management: What Every Manufacturer Should Do Now

October 17, 2013 12:29 pm | by Tonya G. Newman and Sonya Rosenberg | Articles | Comments

“Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.” The English proverb resonates, particularly in the area of risk management. One of the most important tools available to any successful business operation is the deliberate assessment and tackling of potential risks.

EU Court Orders Italy To Recoup $400M From Alcoa

October 17, 2013 10:00 am | News | Comments

The European Union's top court on Thursday ordered Italy to comply with a directive by the bloc's executive arm to fully reclaim 295 million euros ($400 million) of state aid payments that were made to U.S. aluminum giant Alcoa.     

Samsung: No European Patent Suits For 5 Years

October 17, 2013 9:18 am | News | Comments

The Commission's top regulator Joaquin Almunia said Thursday enforcing patents is a legitimate business practice. But once a technology becomes an industry standard, its owner must offer others a chance to license it on reasonable terms — something Samsung failed to do.

Ex-CFO Of Tech Company Sentenced For Embezzlement

October 17, 2013 8:41 am | News | Comments

The former chief financial officer of an Orange County technology company was sentenced Wednesday to more than four years in prison for stealing roughly $15 million from the company. Jean Joseph Ibrahim was given a 50-month sentence and ordered to pay $15 million in restitution, City News Service reported.

Farmers Tied To Listeria Outbreak To Plead Guilty

October 16, 2013 1:40 pm | by Colleen Slevin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Colorado cantaloupe farmers charged in a deadly listeria outbreak plan to plead guilty under a deal with federal prosecutors. Eric and Ryan Jensen filed documents Tuesday notifying the court that they would plead guilty to unspecified charges under the agreements.

Court Seems Skeptical Of DaimlerChrysler Lawsuit

October 15, 2013 12:40 pm | by Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press | News | Comments

The victims say DaimlerChrysler subsidiary, automaker Mercedes-Benz, allegedly aided human rights abuses in their country and want to sue in American courts. Daimler, however, argues that since it is a German corporation, it should not be able to be sued in a state court for actions a subsidiary allegedly took in a foreign country.

Ex-Halliburton Manager Pleads Guilty

October 15, 2013 12:36 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Anthony Badalamenti, 62, of Katy, Texas, faces a maximum sentence of 1 year in prison and a $100,000 fine after his guilty plea in U.S. District Court to one misdemeanor count of destruction of evidence. His sentencing by U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey is set for Jan. 21.

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