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Feds Crack Down On 4 Bogus Weight Loss Aids

January 8, 2014 8:15 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The government's settlement with California-based Sensa is part of a broader crackdown on four companies peddling weight-loss products including food additives, skin creams and dietary supplements.           

Judge Ups Lead Paint Verdict To $1.15B

January 8, 2014 8:03 am | News | Comments

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James P. Kleinberg on Tuesday issued a final verdict ordering Sherwin Williams, National Lead and ConAgra to pay $1.15 billion after finding that the companies knew the paint was harmful to children. A tentative ruling issued in December after a five-week nonjury trial had said the companies would have to pay $1.1 billion.

Wal-Mart Eyes Legal Action Over Fox In Donkey Meat

January 3, 2014 9:45 am | News | Comments

Wal-Mart had recalled the donkey meat — which it said was considered a popular delicacy in parts of China — after DNA testing by a government agency. The company said Thursday that it withdrew all products from the supplier, Dezhou Fujude Food Company, and that affected customers were offered compensation.

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Ill. Chemical Plant Unit Down Pending Fire Probe

January 2, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the Cook County judge on Tuesday granted a preliminary injunction against Blue Island Phenol in suburban Alsip. It requires the company to investigate the cause of the Dec. 13 explosion and fire that injured two workers and identify corrective measures.

Cambodian Troops Quash Protest At Garment Factory

January 2, 2014 8:50 am | by Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press | News | Comments

Soldiers from a military special command unit carrying metal pipes, knives, AK-47 rifles, slingshots and batons clashed with workers at a factory in an outlying area of Phnom Penh, local human rights group LICADHO said. Its statement said 10 people were taken into military custody and that monks and workers were beaten.

Hyundai, Kia To Pay Millions In Fuel Settlement

December 24, 2013 10:38 am | News | Comments

Hyundai and its sister company Kia say they'll pay up to $395 million to consumers as part of a proposed settlement over overstated gas mileage. The automakers faced lawsuits after they acknowledged in November that they had overstated the fuel economy of some of its vehicles.

Fisker Says Former Employees' Claims Not Valid

December 23, 2013 11:47 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Fisker attorneys asked a Delaware judge in court papers this week to consider the demands of 157 former employees as general unsecured claims with zero value. The former employees, who filed a federal lawsuit in California alleging inadequate notice of the layoffs, claim they are owed about $3.8 million, with about half that amount entitled to priority over other creditors' claims.

Maryland Man Gets 8 Years In Iran Satellite Case

December 23, 2013 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Earlier this year, a jury found Modanlo guilty of violating a U.S. trade embargo against Iran by brokering a deal to help the country launch an Earth-observation satellite from Russia in 2005. The launch of the Sina-1 satellite marked the practical beginning of Iran's space program.

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New Mexico AG Sues To Stop Horse Slaughter

December 20, 2013 9:40 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorney Blair Dunn called King's lawsuit frivolous and a waste of taxpayer money. King defended the lawsuit, saying Valley Meat stands to violate state laws related to food safety, water quality and unfair business practices.

Ex-BP Engineer Convicted On Single Obstruction Charge

December 18, 2013 12:29 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former BP drilling engineer was convicted Wednesday of deleting text messages from his cellphone to obstruct a federal investigation of the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A federal jury deliberated for more than nine hours over three days before reaching the verdict on Kurt Mix's case. The count of obstruction of justice carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

NAM, Businesses Again Challenge Union Poster Rules

December 18, 2013 12:25 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

A prominent business group is challenging government rules that require federal contractors to display posters telling workers they have a legal right to form a union. The National Association of Manufacturers filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday that asserts the Labor Department regulations violate the free speech rights of employers.

BP Sues Lawyer Over Oil Spill Claim Filings

December 17, 2013 1:44 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP PLC has sued Texas lawyer Mikal (MEYE'-kahl) Watts, saying he fraudulently claimed to represent 40,000 deckhands who lost money because of the 2010 oil spill. The lawsuit claims his filings inflated the estimate for a settlement fund to $2.3 billion.

Hearing On Tuesday In 'Pink Slime' Lawsuit

December 17, 2013 8:24 am | News | Comments

A judge is scheduled to hear oral arguments Tuesday 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.

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Calif. Company Asks For Judgment Vs. Sunland's CEO

December 17, 2013 8:00 am | News | Comments

A California company suing Sunland Inc. for $1 million also is asking for a judgment against one of the top executives of the defunct Portales peanut processor. Albuquerque attorney Nathan Mann says chocolate maker Swain Creations Inc. is accusing Sunland and CEO Jimmie Shearer of fraud, concealment and intentional misrepresentation.

Judge Dismisses Monster Beverage's Lawsuit Vs. SF

December 17, 2013 7:55 am | News | Comments

A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by Monster Beverage Corp. that sought to block the San Francisco city attorney's investigation into the company's marketing practices. Monster filed its lawsuit after the city attorney demanded that the company reduce caffeine levels in its drinks and stop marketing to minors.

Judge: Paint Companies To Pay Calif. Cities $1.1B

December 17, 2013 7:39 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lead-based paints were barred from the U.S. market in 1978, but millions of homes painted before then still pose a health risk. The industry argued that it never deliberately sold a harmful product and that the old paint is no longer a significant public health risk.

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.

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.       

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.

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