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NYC Sues BP Over Pension Fund Losses

April 26, 2013 2:02 pm | News | Comments

New York City is suing BP over the drop in its stock price after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, saying its pension funds lost $39 million. The lawsuit in federal court in New York claims BP failed to tell shareholders about the risks of its offshore drilling, and that after the spill it tried to minimize the cost to shareholders.

Oil Spill Judge: What Is Gross Negligence?

April 25, 2013 2:20 pm | News | Comments

The Justice Department and private plaintiffs' attorneys contend that BP PLC acted with gross negligence before the blowout on April 20, 2010. If U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier agrees, BP's civil penalties could soar. The blowout triggered an explosion that killed 11 workers on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf.

Police, Taser Maker Sued By Dead Woman's Kin

April 25, 2013 10:45 am | News | Comments

The parents of a 29-year-old woman who died in custody are suing the Erie police and Taser International Inc. claiming police use of the stun gun led to her death. The Erie County coroner ruled Talia Barnes died of a lethal combination of drugs two days after her July 2011 arrest.

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Japan Court Rejects Demand To Evacuate Children

April 25, 2013 9:07 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A Japanese court has rejected a demand that a city affected by the fallout of the country's 2011 nuclear disaster evacuate its children. The unusual lawsuit was filed on behalf of the children by their parents and anti-nuclear activists in June 2011. The Sendai High Court handed down its ruling Wednesday.

Court Upholds $32.8M Cooper Tire Case Verdict

April 24, 2013 1:49 pm | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Iowa Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a $32.8 million jury award against Cooper Tire and Rubber Co., affirming the verdict is in line with the evidence. The case involves a 2007 rollover crash near Bondurant that killed Assata Karlar, 27, and paralyzed Ivon Toe, 42.

Business Spill Claims Can Be Paid While BP Appeals

April 23, 2013 12:25 pm | News | Comments

A court-appointed claims administrator can continue making payments to businesses affected by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico while BP appeals a judge's decision in a dispute over the payouts.A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday rejected BP's request for a stay.

Haliburton Seeking Settlement Over Gulf Oil Spill

April 22, 2013 11:28 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Halliburton Chief Financial Officer Mark McCollum said during a conference call Monday that talks are at an "advanced stage." The Houston-based company says it hopes to resolve a substantial portion of private claims spawned after the explosion of the rig Deepwater Horizon.

High Court Rejects Tobacco Marketing Appeal

April 22, 2013 10:44 am | News | Comments

The Supreme Court has rejected a First Amendment challenge by tobacco companies to a 2009 law that restricts how they can market their products. The justices on Monday left in place a ruling by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati that upheld the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act that, for the first time, gave the federal government authority to regulate tobacco.

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U.S. High Court To Look At Daimler Appeal

April 22, 2013 10:42 am | News | Comments

The Supreme Court says it will hear an appeal from automaker Daimler AG that seeks to shut down a U.S. lawsuit over allegations that its unit in Argentina played a role in that country's 'dirty war" in the 1970s. The justices said Monday they will review a federal appeals court ruling that allowed a lawsuit filed by 22 Argentines in California to proceed.

Court Denies Beechcraft Contract Challenge

April 21, 2013 8:45 pm | News | Comments

Kansas airplane maker Beechcraft has lost a legal battle to halt work on a high-stakes Air Force contract awarded to rival Sierra Nevada Corp. The U.S. Court of Federal Claims on Friday denied Beechcraft's request for a temporary injunction. The contract for 20 planes for use in Afghanistan is worth more than $427 million. It could be worth as much as $1 billion, depending on future orders.

Miss. Becomes 3rd State To Sue BP For Oil Spill

April 19, 2013 2:20 pm | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorney General Jim Hood announced Friday that Mississippi had filed suits in federal and state court. The move comes one day before the three-year statute of limitations expires for claims related to the April 20, 2010 explosion and subsequent spill.

Jury Awards $7.2M For Defective Hearing Aid

April 18, 2013 2:03 pm | by Brett Barrouquere, Associated Press | News | Comments

The jury in federal court in Louisville awarded $6.25 million in punitive damages and $994,000 in compensatory damages on Wednesday to the family of Breanna Sadler of Vine Grove. Sadler's family sued Advanced Bionics in 2011 — about three years after the girls' cochlear implant made her ill.

New Zealand Company Convicted In Deadly Mine Blast

April 18, 2013 11:06 am | News | Comments

A New Zealand judge on Thursday convicted a coal mining company of nine health and safety violations over a 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners. Judge Jane Farish found that Pike River Coal failed to ensure the safety of its workers. The now-bankrupt company didn't defend itself against the charges.

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BP Faces $1B Lawsuit For Texas Refinery Gas Leak

April 16, 2013 1:21 pm | News | Comments

More than 470 people are suing BP for $1 billion, saying they became sick due to a 15-day gas leak at its refinery in Texas City.The Galveston County Daily News reports that BP says mercaptan leaked from a storage tank in November 2011.

BP Manager Testifies At Trial Over Gulf Oil Spill

April 15, 2013 2:03 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A BP team leader who supervised managers on the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 says he was frustrated by last-minute changes to the drilling project but didn't have any safety concerns before the deadly blast. John Guide was the first witness to testify Monday as a trial over the disaster entered its eighth week.

Court: Can Human Genes Be Patented?

April 15, 2013 10:57 am | News | Comments

The Supreme Court grapples Monday with the question of whether human genes can be patented, and the ultimate answer could reshape U.S. medical research, the fight against diseases like breast and ovarian cancer and the multi-billion dollar medical and biotechnology business.

Jury Finds Helmet Maker Riddell Negligent

April 15, 2013 7:47 am | by Catherine Tsai, Associated Press | News | Comments

The jury awarded $11.5 million to the family of Rhett Ridolfi, who suffered a concussion during practice at Trinidad High School in 2008. Ridolfi, now 22, wasn't immediately taken to the hospital and now has severe brain damage, as well as paralysis on his left side.

Ex-BP Engineer Responds To 'Farcical' Claims

April 11, 2013 2:08 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico claims federal prosecutors have tacked on "farcical" allegations that he also deleted dozens of voicemails to stymie a grand jury probe of the disaster.

2 New Indictments In Cancer-Data-To-China Plot

April 11, 2013 1:49 pm | News | Comments

Online court records say 42-year-old Hua Jun Zhao was indicted Tuesday on charges of computer fraud and lying to a federal agent. A previous charge of economic espionage was superseded by the indictment, meaning it no longer applies unless he's indicted on that charge as well.

Judge: University Must Shield 'Pink Slime' Data

April 10, 2013 11:15 am | by Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge has blocked Iowa State University from releasing documents about food safety research conducted for the maker of the beef product that critics call "pink slime." District Judge Dale Ruigh ruled last month that releasing the information would cause "irreparable harm" to Sioux Falls, SD-based Beef Products, Inc.

French Workers Sue Goodyear In Ohio To Save Jobs

April 10, 2013 8:11 am | News | Comments

The class-action lawsuit was filed in Summit County Common Pleas Court against Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. on behalf of workers at its factory in Amiens, France. Robert Gary, an attorney who worked on the filing, said the labor dispute was taken to court in Ohio because corporate decisions affecting French workers were made in Akron.

Court: Motorist Can't Use iPhone Map

April 9, 2013 2:18 pm | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

Steven Spriggs was stopped in a traffic jam near downtown Fresno and thought nothing of whipping out his iPhone 4 and clicking on the map feature to see if there was an alternate route around the construction mess.He was startled when he looked up and saw a California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer ordering him to pull over.

Trial Begins Over Baby Food Lead Warning

April 8, 2013 8:05 am | by Jason Dearen, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's largest baby food makers face a lawsuit by an environmental group aimed at forcing them to alert consumers that some products contains low amounts of lead. The case scheduled for trial Monday will determine whether they should put warning labels on such products sold in California.

4 Former BizJet Execs Charged With Foreign Bribery

April 8, 2013 8:01 am | by Chuck Bartels, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The indictment, which followed an FBI investigation, accuses the former BizJet executives of bribing government officials in Brazil, Mexico and Panama to secure maintenance contracts. BizJet cooperated with authorities and entered into a deferred prosecution agreement that had the company pay a penalty of $11.8 million.

Judge Deals Blow To High-Tech Workers' Lawsuit

April 8, 2013 7:58 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A federal judge on Friday struck down an effort to form a class action lawsuit to go after Apple, Google and five other technology companies for allegedly forming an illegal cartel to tamp down workers' wages and prevent the loss of their best engineers during a multiyear conspiracy broken up by government regulators.

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