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Apple Wants $380M In Patent Trial With Samsung

November 13, 2013 2:03 pm | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple demanded Wednesday that Samsung Electronics pay it $380 million for copying vital iPhone and iPad features, as a billion-dollar patent fight between the world's two biggest smartphone makers resumed in a Silicon Valley courtroom.An Apple attorney made the demand during opening statements in a trial to determine damages.

High Court Considers Whistle-Blower Protections

November 13, 2013 8:19 am | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The provision at issue at the Supreme Court protects people who expose the kind of corporate misdeeds that arose at Enron. But there is a dispute over whether the protection covers only employees of publicly traded companies or also applies to contractors hired by the companies.

Starbucks To Pay $2.76B In Coffee Spat With Kraft

November 13, 2013 7:51 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

An arbitrator has concluded that Starbucks must pay $2.76 billion to settle a dispute with Kraft over coffee distribution. The two consumer products companies had been locked in a fight for three years after Starbucks Corp. fired Kraft as its distributor of packaged coffee to grocery chains.


Siemens Subsidiary Fined Over Russian Bribes

November 12, 2013 11:43 am | News | Comments

Swiss federal prosecutors said Tuesday that Sweden-based Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery made payments between 2004 and 2006 to "senior executives of the Russian state-owned" gas production company into their Swiss bank accounts. Gazprom wasn't identified by name, but is Russia's only state gas company.

Millions At Stake At 2nd Apple-Samsung Trial

November 12, 2013 7:45 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

In courts, government tribunals and regulatory agencies around the world, Apple Inc. has argued that Samsung's Android-based phones copy vital iPhone features. Samsung Electronics Co. is fighting back with its own complaints that some key Apple patents are invalid and Apple has also copied Samsung's technology.

Equipment Maker Sues W.Va. Billionaire's Companies

November 11, 2013 8:31 am | News | Comments

A coal mine equipment maker and seven companies owned by West Virginia billionaire Jim Justice are involved in a legal dispute over payments.Beckley-based Phillips Machine Services sued the Justice-owned companies last month in Raleigh County Circuit Court.

Court Rejects Cooper Tire Claim In Apollo Dispute

November 11, 2013 7:48 am | News | Comments

The Delaware Court of Chancery has rejected a claim by Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. that Apollo Tyres breached the terms of an agreement to buy Cooper Tire. The decision handed down Friday is the latest snag in a monthslong dispute that has delayed Apollo's takeover of Findlay, Ohio-based Cooper.

Pilot's Widow Sues Copter Maker

November 8, 2013 2:02 pm | News | Comments

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday that Violeta Escobar filed a lawsuit in federal court in Hawaii against manufacturer European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. and the owner of the helicopter. Escobar's husband, Nathan Cline, was the pilot for Blue Hawaiian Helicopter who died in the crash. The crash also killed four tourists.


Ride Owner Charged In NC State Fair Injuries

November 7, 2013 11:05 am | by Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press | News | Comments

Deputies issued arrest warrants for Joshua Gene Macaroni, whose Georgia family business owns the "Vortex" ride. Macaroni is charged with two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, and third felony assault charge of assaulting a juvenile, the sheriff's office said in a statement. Macaroni was not in custody, deputies said.

Texas Brine Sued By Its Insurer Over Sinkhole Site

November 6, 2013 9:05 am | News | Comments

One of the insurers of Texas Brine Company has filed a lawsuit accusing the company of ignoring warnings about the potential for disaster if it continued mining an Assumption Parish salt dome cavern. The suit arises from the massive sinkhole created after the cavern collapsed in 2012 and a dispute over possible insurance payouts.

Federal Appeals Court Halts Horse Slaughterhouses

November 5, 2013 7:40 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court on Monday temporarily halted plans by companies in two U.S. states to begin slaughtering horses, continuing on-again, off-again efforts to resume domestic equine slaughter two years after Congress lifted a ban on the practice.

Food Labeling Litigation: Are Consumers Cutting Off Their Nose To Spite Their Face?

November 4, 2013 3:22 pm | by Kristen E. Polovoy, Esquire, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP | Articles | Comments

Advertising relies on adjectives to prompt positive product images and consumer responses, such as “superior,” “genuine,” “unique,” “pure” and “natural.” However, advertising’s use of adjectives has fueled a runaway train of aggressive and costly food labeling class actions over the past several years.

Google Glass On The Road

November 4, 2013 2:34 pm | by Rene Henry | Blogs | Comments

Developers and techies alike will pay close attention to how this case resolves. If a judge deems Google Glass to much of a distraction, an array of developers will have to rethink apps they are building for the road.       


Settlement Reached Over Fatal Crash Near Gillette

November 4, 2013 1:46 pm | News | Comments

The parents of a Milton woman who died in a car crash near Gillette Stadium after drinking in the parking lot during a concert have settled the wrongful death lawsuit they brought against the Kraft Group, which owns the stadium and the New England Patriots.

J&J To Pay $2.2B To Settle Marketing Allegations

November 4, 2013 1:44 pm | by Matthew Perrone and Pete Yost, Associated Press | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries have agreed to pay over $2.2 billion to resolve criminal and civil allegations that the company promoted powerful psychiatric drugs for unapproved uses in children, seniors and disabled patients, the Department of Justice announced on Monday.

Missouri Horse Slaughter Plant Prepares To Open

November 4, 2013 1:41 pm | News | Comments

A federal judge in New Mexico last week cleared the way for equine slaughterhouses to resume operating in the U.S., dismissing a lawsuit by the Humane Society of the United States and other animal protection groups against the federal Department of Agriculture over planned plants in New Mexico and Iowa.

Court Must Revisit Harley Davidson's E. Pa. Taxes

November 4, 2013 8:03 am | News | Comments

The state Commonwealth Court says a lower court must determine whether a Harley-Davidson plant in eastern Pennsylvania is owed a refund on its local property taxes. The York Dispatch says York County Common Pleas Court must determine whether Harley Davidson is owed nearly a $2 million refund from the county, the Central York School District and Springettsbury Township.

Suit Claims Fire Caused By NH-Made Light Bulb

November 4, 2013 7:58 am | News | Comments

A lawsuit that alleges a defective light bulb manufactured in New Hampshire caused a fire at a paper mill in Mexico has been moved from state to federal court. In the complaint, the insurer for Kimberly-Clark de Mexico claims a light bulb manufactured at an Osram Sylvania plant in Manchester is responsible for a 2012 fire at a Kimberley-Clark plant in Morelia, Mexico.

Judge Denies Exxon Mobil Motions In Ark. Lawsuit

November 1, 2013 2:09 pm | News | Comments

A federal judge has rejected two motions by Exxon Mobil Corp. in a lawsuit filed following an oil spill from a ruptured pipeline in Mayflower.U.S. District Judge Brian Miller in Little Rock denied the company's request to dismiss the lawsuit and dismiss certain class-action allegations.

Ex-CEO Pleads Guilty In $5M Fire Fraud

November 1, 2013 12:02 pm | News | Comments

The former CEO of a company that made fire-resistant building blocks has pleaded guilty to scamming nearly $5 million from people who lost their homes in two wildfires. The Santa Barbara News-Press reports 64-year-old Penny Estes entered her plea to 28 counts on Thursday. She could face nearly 40 years in prison when she's sentenced.

Pa. Residents Living Above Mine Fire Free To Stay

October 31, 2013 2:38 pm | News | Comments

The mine fire began in 1962 and spread underneath the town, threatening residents with poisonous gases and dangerous sinkholes. By the end of the 1980s, more than 1,000 people had moved and 500 structures demolished under a $42 million federal relocation program.

Gulf Platform Owner Sued Over Deadly 2012 Blast

October 30, 2013 2:31 pm | News | Comments

A Filipino worker who was severely burned in a deadly explosion on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico last year is suing the platform's owner and operator. Lawyers for Renato Dominguez, 53, filed the suit against Houston-based Black Elk Energy LLC on Oct. 16 in a county court in Galveston, Texas.

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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