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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Wis. Lawmaker Defends Asbestos Lawsuit Changes

April 5, 2013 11:43 am | by Todd Richmond, Associated Press | News | Comments

Asbestos-exposure lawsuits would be slowed until plaintiffs reveal how many businesses their attorneys plan to go after under a bill introduced Thursday by a Republican lawmaker, who said the measure would prevent lawyers from hiding multiple claims in hopes of maximizing awards.

Court Overturns $482M Patent Decision Against J&J

April 4, 2013 8:14 pm | News | Comments

A federal appeals court says that a Johnson & Johnson heart stent does not infringe a patent held by a doctor and inventor, overturning a $482 million decision against the company. The three-judge panel said a lower court misinterpreted the company's patent and should not have ruled in favor of Bruce Saffran, a doctor from Princeton, N.J.

Possible Deal Could Impact Ex-Enron CEO's Sentence

April 4, 2013 1:43 pm | by Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Justice Department says it is discussing possibly entering into an agreement with former Enron Corp. CEO Jeffrey Skilling which might reduce his prison sentence of more than 24 years. The possibility of a sentencing agreement was made public this week in a notice to victims of Enron's collapse.

BP Appeals Judge's Ruling In Gulf Spill Settlement

April 4, 2013 1:38 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP on Wednesday asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review last month's ruling by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who appointed Lafayette attorney Patrick Juneau to serve as claims administrator for a multibillion-dollar settlement between BP and a team of private plaintiffs' attorneys.

Cameron Dismissed From Trial Over Gulf Oil Spill

April 4, 2013 9:29 am | News | Comments

Wednesday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier means Cameron International is no longer a defendant in an ongoing trial designed to identify causes of BP's well blowout and assign fault to the companies involved. BP PLC, rig owner Transocean Ltd. and cement contractor Halliburton are the remaining defendants.

Claims Administrator Seeks Dismissal Of BP Lawsuit

April 2, 2013 7:45 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The suit that BP filed last month accuses Patrick Juneau of violating the settlement's terms in the way he is using a complex formula to determine payments to businesses affected by the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In a court filing Monday, Juneau argued he is entitled to immunity from BP's suit.

Covidien Awarded $176.5M In Patent Lawsuit

March 29, 2013 2:45 pm | News | Comments

Irish drug and medical device maker Covidien said Friday that a federal court in Connecticut has awarded it $176.5 million after ruling that a Johnson & Johnson unit infringed on three of its ultrasonic surgical products patents. The lawsuit against J&J's Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc. was related to Ethicon's Harmonic line of ultrasonic surgical products.

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