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NY Attorney General Claims Win In Tobacco Claim

September 12, 2013 9:58 am | News | Comments

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says arbitrators have rejected a claim from major cigarette manufacturers that the state owes them part of one year's $800 million payment under a multi-state settlement agreement over tobacco-related diseases.

Japanese Exec Charged With Price Fixing

September 12, 2013 7:43 am | News | Comments

An executive with G.S. Electech has been charged with conspiracy to rig bids and fix prices for automobile antilock brake parts installed in American cars. A federal grand jury in Covington, Ky., on Wednesday indicted Shingo Okuda, who is accused of agreeing to coordinate bids and fix prices of automotive parts submitted to Toyota.

Wash. To Receive Withheld Tobacco Settlement Money

September 11, 2013 9:08 pm | News | Comments

Washington state will receive nearly $15 million in disputed tobacco settlement money after an arbitration decision said that tobacco companies were not entitled to pay the state less under a landmark multi-state 1998 settlement agreement, the state attorney general's office announced Wednesday.

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Feds Oppose Bid To Delay BP Rig Supervisors' Trial

September 11, 2013 1:55 pm | News | Comments

In a court filing Tuesday, prosecutors said lawyers for Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine have ample time to prepare for a trial scheduled to start on Jan. 13. Defense attorneys have asked for a nine-month delay, saying they need more time to review millions of pages of documents provided by the government.

NOLA Brewing Sued Over MechaHopzilla Beer

September 11, 2013 8:00 am | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawsuit was filed Friday in U.S. District Court in New Orleans by Toho Co. Ltd. It includes photographs of the Mechagodzilla character Toho introduced in 1974 and a beer can produced by New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Co. LLC, known as NOLA Brewing.

Environmentalists, Tribe Seek To Halt GE Megaloads

September 10, 2013 10:53 am | by John Miller, Associated Press | News | Comments

Meanwhile, a lawyer for a General Electric Co. subsidiary told U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill that the courts had no authority to interfere with the company's second 225-foot-long, 640,000-pound water evaporator, slated to travel on U.S. Highway 12 on Sept. 18.

BP, Feds Offer Dueling Gulf Spill Estimates

September 6, 2013 7:36 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

With a high-stakes trial set to resume in less than a month, BP and the federal government on Thursday offered conflicting estimates of how much oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico after the blowout of the company's Macondo well triggered a deadly explosion.

Ex-NASA Engineer Gets Probation In Software Piracy

September 5, 2013 7:43 am | by Randall Chase, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. District Judge Leonard Stark credited Cosburn Wedderburn, 40, for his substantial assistance to federal authorities investigating the website called "Crack 99," which sold pirated, industrial-level software in which the access control mechanisms had been "cracked," or circumvented.

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4 Ex-NFL Players File New Suit On Concussions

September 4, 2013 10:33 am | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

The ex-players — Jimmy Williams, Rich Mauti, Jimmy Keyes and Nolan Franz — filed the federal lawsuit in New Orleans on Sunday. Last week, the NFL tentatively agreed to pay $765 million to past players with health problems that can be caused by concussions, but some said the amount should have been more.

Court Asked To Uphold BP Spill Settlement Approval

September 4, 2013 10:14 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Plaintiffs' attorneys who brokered a multibillion-dollar settlement with BP following the company's 2010 Gulf oil spill have asked a federal appeals court to uphold a judge's approval of the deal.In a court filing Tuesday, the private lawyers say only a "paltry few objectors" have raised narrow concerns about the settlement.

Disputed Info Allowed In 2009 Airliner Crash Suits

September 4, 2013 8:26 am | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Colgan executives said the findings were privileged and intended for internal use only — and withheld them from the National Transportation Safety Board during its investigation of the crash. Lawyers also argued the report was irrelevant to the lawsuits because Sabatini's firm wasn't hired to investigate the crash.

NH AG: Shell Oil Owes State For Cleanup Costs

September 4, 2013 8:19 am | News | Comments

Attorney General Joseph Foster says Shell owned or operated gas stations in New Hampshire from the 1930s through 1998, and there were costs involved to clean up spills. Foster says that in claiming costs for cleanup, Shell did not disclose the existence of the insurance policies and failed to attach copies of those policies to its claim forms.

NC Mattress Manufacturer Facing Federal Lawsuit

September 4, 2013 7:42 am | News | Comments

A family owned mattress manufacturer in Thomasville is facing a federal lawsuit, saying the company subjected black employees to a racially hostile work environment.The lawsuit was filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Aug. 28 against Carolina Mattress Guild Inc.

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Quebec Train Fire Victims Seek U.S. Bankruptcy Role

September 3, 2013 7:49 am | News | Comments

The motions filed last week in U.S. Bankruptcy Court ask for the creation of committee to represent wrongful-death and injury claimants as Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway undergoes Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. The company's Canadian counterpart has also filed for bankruptcy.

Lawsuit: Shampoos Still Contain Carcinogens

August 29, 2013 12:43 am | News | Comments

Cocamide DEA was named last year as a carcinogen under Proposition 65, which requires warnings for consumer products with harmful amounts of certain toxic compounds. The four companies sued Tuesday did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Judge Refuses To Suspend BP Settlement Payments

August 28, 2013 2:21 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has rejected BP's latest request to suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast residents and businesses while a former FBI director leads an independent investigation of the program, which compensates victims of the company's 2010 oil spill.

Trustee Wants Chapter 7 Bankruptcy For Beef Plant

August 28, 2013 10:32 am | by Dirk Lammers, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

A federal trustee asked a judge Tuesday to convert a troubled South Dakota beef processing plant's bankruptcy to a Chapter 7 liquidation. Assistant U.S. trustee James Snyder said in a petition that he believes that Northern Beef Packers, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month, is "administratively insolvent" based on company reports and statements.

Indicted Former Creamery CEO Defends Funding

August 27, 2013 4:08 pm | News | Comments

The former CEO of a Mat-Su Valley creamery said she hopes a federal grand jury indictment against her ultimately will set the record straight on the company she helped create. Karen Olson is charged with defrauding the state to illegally obtain a $430,000 loan for Valley Dairy Inc., the parent company of the now-defunct Matanuska Creamery.

Philip Morris Wins Packaging Victory In Thailand

August 27, 2013 8:02 am | by Thanyarat Doksone, Associated Press | News | Comments

The company on Tuesday praised a court's decision to temporarily suspend an Oct. 2 government deadline requiring new labels on the dangers of smoking to cover 85 percent of a cigarette package. The requirement now is for 55 percent. Bangkok-based Philip Morris spokeswoman Onanong Pratakphiriya said such warning labels were not effective.

Toyota Canada Settles Claims Stemming From 2009-2010 Recalls

August 23, 2013 8:50 am | News | Comments

Toyota Canada says it has agreed to settle consumer claims related to losses stemming its recalls in 2009 and 2010. About 14,500 Lexus RX350 and RX450h models from the 2010 model year were recalled because of suspected throttle control problems.

Judge Dismisses Claim Over Company Pot Policy

August 23, 2013 7:55 am | News | Comments

A federal judge in Denver has dismissed the claim of a former MillerCoors' employee who was fired after he tested positive for medical marijuana he was taking for illnesses.Paul Curry had accused MillerCoors of violating Colorado's employment discrimination statutes.

3 Prosecutors Ask Out Of Ex-BP Engineer's Case

August 22, 2013 12:55 pm | News | Comments

A Justice Department spokesman said Wednesday's request to withdraw Derek Cohen, Avi Gesser and Scott Cullen from the prosecution of Kurt Mix was a "staffing adjustment" that shouldn't affect trial preparations. Mix's trial is scheduled to start on Dec. 2. The Katy, Texas, resident pleaded not guilty last year to two counts of obstruction of justice.

Settlement Reached In W.Va. Surgical Mesh Case

August 22, 2013 7:44 am | News | Comments

Thousands of surgical mesh lawsuits have been filed nationwide. Only one other has gone to trial. Last week, a federal jury awarded a Georgia woman $2 million in her lawsuit against C.R. Bard. The lawsuits accuse the pelvic repair products' manufacturers of inadequate testing, failing to disclose potential risks and fraudulently promoting the mesh as a safe medical device.

Contractor Sues Hoku's Chinese Parent Company

August 21, 2013 2:21 pm | News | Comments

A Washington state-based contractor is suing the Chinese parent company of a defunct polysilicon maker over a failed $700 million plant in eastern Idaho that had been expected to supply the solar energy industry but never produced anything.    

Diamond Foods Proposes Walnut Lawsuit Settlement

August 21, 2013 12:56 pm | News | Comments

The company, which sells Kettle Chips, Emerald nuts and Pop Secret popcorn, is offering to pay $11 million in cash and issue 4.5 million shares to settle a proposed class action against the company and two former officials. The company's shares closed at $19.13 on Tuesday. Based on that price, the stock is worth $85.1 million.

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