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Pa., W.Va. Landowners Sue FirstEnergy Over Waste

October 15, 2013 7:52 am | by Vicki Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 50 West Virginia and Pennsylvania property owners are suing FirstEnergy over groundwater pollution, soggy yards and foundation damage they blame on a leaking coal ash impoundment and the 7-mile waste pipeline that feeds it.    

$120M Lawsuit Over Ind. Factory Moves Ahead

October 14, 2013 8:38 am | News | Comments

The Indiana appeals court has decided against stopping a lawsuit filed by a Detroit-based construction company against the German company that stopped building a new transmission factory in central Indiana five years ago.       

Jury Finds BP Negligent In Texas Emissions Event

October 11, 2013 10:28 am | News | Comments

A Galveston jury has found BP negligent in a 41-day emissions event at its Texas City refinery in 2010, but says no one was harmed by the pollution. Jurors unanimously agreed BP PLC was responsible, but only one wanted to award damages. Most jurors say there wasn't enough evidence to link the pollution to illnesses.

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Jury: Toyota Not Liable For Death Of U.S. Woman

October 11, 2013 8:07 am | News | Comments

The outcome of the so-called "bellwether" case could influence whether Toyota should be held responsible for sudden unintended acceleration as part of a larger group of lawsuits filed in state courts. Another case began in Oklahoma this week and there are more than 80 similar lawsuits filed in U.S. state courts.

Chinese Drywall Maker Challenges Judge's Ruling

October 9, 2013 1:32 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans didn't indicate how soon it would rule after hearing arguments Wednesday by lawyers for Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd. and a group of Virginia homeowners who sued the foreign company.

Indictment: Ex-Lilly Workers Stole Trade Secrets

October 9, 2013 11:03 am | News | Comments

Three former employees of Eli Lilly and Co. sent trade secrets the company valued at more than $55 million to a competing Chinese drug company, according to a federal indictment unsealed in Indianapolis Tuesday.        

Former NJ Drug Exec Admits Stock Scheme

October 9, 2013 10:18 am | News | Comments

On Monday in Newark, Lazorchak pleaded guilty to five counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy. Michael Pendolino of Nashua, N.H., whom authorities said was a high school friend of Lazorchak's, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy.  

Michael Jackson Estate Sues Over Products In Japan

October 9, 2013 8:38 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Michael Jackson's estate is suing a man and three companies in Japan, alleging they are using the name and likeness of the late pop star on key chains, mugs and other products without permission.The lawsuit filed in Tokyo District Court last month does not seek money but demands the actions stop.

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Ex-Boeing Worker Accused Of Giving Inside Info

October 9, 2013 7:53 am | Boeing | News | Comments

A federal grand jury in St. Louis has indicted a former Boeing Co. procurement officer on charges he gave inside information to a Washington state shop owner and others, netting the subcontractors more than $3.5 million in orders for aircraft parts.  

Budvar Claims Victory Over AB InBev In Italy

October 8, 2013 7:36 am | by Karel Janicek, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state-owned Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar NP said on Tuesday an Italian court has banned its bitter rival, beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev, from using the Budweiser trademark in that country, the latest ruling in their long legal battle over the brand name.

Court Won't Hear Appeal Of Landmark 1996 Lawsuit

October 7, 2013 2:18 pm | News | Comments

The court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Philip Morris USA Inc., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., and Liggett Group LLC. They wanted the court to consider overturning a $2.5 million Tampa jury verdict in the death of smoker Charlotte Douglas.   

BlackBerry Faces Class Action Shareholder Lawsuit

October 7, 2013 8:30 am | News | Comments

A class action lawsuit has been filed against BlackBerry by a shareholder claiming the company misled investors about its future, including how the BlackBerry 10 smartphone line would fare against competitors.The lawsuit seeks to represent thousands of shareholders who purchased BlackBerry stock from Sept. 27, 2012, to Sept. 20, 2013.

Idaho Parents Sue School, Football Helmet Co.

October 7, 2013 8:09 am | News | Comments

The family of a northern Idaho teenager who suffered a traumatic brain injury during a football game is suing the school district and the maker of his football helmet.Robert Clark II and Julie Clark filed the lawsuit in September on behalf of Robert "Bobby" Norman Clark III, the Bonner County Daily Bee reported.

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NY Frees Ex-Tyco Exec Swartz On Parole

October 4, 2013 2:11 pm | News | Comments

Swartz, once Tyco's chief financial officer, was convicted along with former CEO Dennis Kozlowski on 22 counts of grand larceny, conspiracy, falsifying records and violating business law after prosecutors claimed they gave themselves millions in illegal bonuses and forgiven loans.

Russian Cosmonaut Wins Wages Case Vs. Space Agency

October 4, 2013 8:07 am | News | Comments

A Moscow regional court on Friday upheld a lawsuit filed by a prominent cosmonaut against the Russian space training center complaining about wages. Col. Sergei Volkov, who has logged 199 days in space, was contesting a recent government decision to strip retired military men like himself of extra pay for their space experience.

3rd Guilty Plea Expected In Explosives Case

October 3, 2013 12:35 pm | by Holbrook Mohr, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Louisiana prosecutor says an explosives company employee is expected to plead guilty in the investigation into alleged improper handling of millions of pounds of military propellant. Quality service manager Michael Kile would be the third Explo Systems Inc. employee to plead guilty in the case.

BP Exec: Well Could Have Been Sealed Sooner

October 2, 2013 1:37 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

James Dupree testified Wednesday at a trial over the spill that engineers didn't have the equipment they needed to attack this particular well at the time of the blowout and had to formulate several possible solutions "on the fly." After several other methods failed, BP ultimately used a capping stack to seal the well 87 days after the blowout.

UK Charges 6 With Multimillion Dollar Carbon Fraud

October 2, 2013 7:47 am | News | Comments

The Crown Prosecution Service says that four of the men created a string of dummy companies that traded in carbon credits, typically certificates which give polluters the right to emit a set amount of carbon dioxide in return for money paid to companies that fight climate change by taking steps such as planting trees.

NC Man Gets 7 Years For Selling Fake Airbags

October 1, 2013 1:54 pm | News | Comments

A Union County man accused of selling thousands of counterfeit airbags has been sentenced to seven years in prison. Prosecutors say Igor Borodin sold more than 7,000 airbags on eBay that he obtained from Chinese manufacturers.      

Closing Arguments In Case Against Toyota

October 1, 2013 1:41 pm | News | Comments

A jury could begin deliberating as early as Tuesday to determine whether Toyota Motor Corp. should be held liable for the death of a California woman who was killed when her Camry apparently accelerated and crashed despite her efforts to stop.     

Civil Trial Over OxyContin To Stay In Pike County

October 1, 2013 1:38 pm | News | Comments

The lawsuit filed by Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma alleges that the company misled health care providers, consumers and government officials regarding the risk of addiction associated with OxyContin.    

Brazil Judge Dismisses Case Against Chevron

October 1, 2013 1:36 pm | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors had been seeking about $20 billion in damages for an estimated 110,000 gallons (416,300 liters) of crude that seeped into the ocean near the Chevron well in November 2011. The prosecutor's office said it had no immediate comment on the ruling announced late Monday.

Testimony At BP Oil Spill Trial Targets Response

October 1, 2013 12:13 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Robert Turlak, a Transocean Ltd. manager, testified Tuesday at a federal trial that is focusing on BP's response to the April 2010 well blowout. BP's trial adversaries argue the company could have sealed the blown-out well much sooner if it had employed a capping strategy that Turlak and others had devised.

Federal Trial Over Gulf Oil Spill Resumes

September 30, 2013 9:39 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal trial over the 2010 BP oil spill resumed Monday with a focus on the company's response to the disaster, with billions of dollars at stake as the two sides argue over how much oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico.       

Trial Set For Owner Of NH Gunpowder Plant

September 30, 2013 8:10 am | by Lynne Tuohy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of a New Hampshire gun powder plant where two workers died in a 2010 explosion will argue in court that he cannot be guilty of manslaughter and negligent homicide because he was at a gun show in North Carolina when the fatal explosion occurred.

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