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Court Won't Reinstate NYC Soda Ban

June 27, 2014 8:04 am | by David Klepper, Associated Press | News | Comments

Guzzlers prevailed as New York's highest court refused to reinstate New York City's ban on the sale of big sodas, ruling that the city's health department overstepped its bounds when approved the 16-ounce cap on sugary beverages.     

Sugar Company Fights Subpoena

June 26, 2014 7:57 am | News | Comments

Officials with American Crystal Sugar Co. say they should not have to testify in a lawsuit involving the sugar and corn syrup industries.                   

Los Angeles Jury Awards $20M To Gas Blast Victim

June 25, 2014 11:15 pm | News | Comments

Diao, 26, was living in a converted garage in San Gabriel when a gas company employee opened a valve that filled the garage with gas. After Diao lit a cigarette, the room ignited, according to court filings.              

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Minimum Wage Pits Franchisees Against Cities

June 25, 2014 2:29 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The IFA has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the Seattle law, arguing it violates the U.S. Constitution by treating franchises and other small businesses unequally.             

Boehner: House Planning To Sue Obama

June 25, 2014 2:02 pm | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

Speaker John Boehner says he intends to file a lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to carry out the laws passed by Congress.                     

Airport Targeted In Chemical Spill Lawsuit

June 25, 2014 8:32 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal lawsuit blames a Charleston, W.Va., airport runway project in part for the January chemical spill that left 300,000 residents without clean water for days.                

Supreme Court Raps EPA, But Upholds Warming Rules

June 23, 2014 11:33 am | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court largely left intact Monday the Obama administration's only existing program to limit power plant and factory emissions of the gases blamed for global warming.                     

Supreme Court Tosses Software Patent

June 20, 2014 8:50 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court on Thursday tossed out an Australian company's patent for business software in a decision that clarifies standards for awarding patents, but not as much as some firms had hoped.          

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Woman Sues, Saying Chia Powder Caused Salmonella

June 20, 2014 8:35 am | News | Comments

A Colorado woman has filed suit against Navitas Naturals of California, saying she contracted salmonella from the company's chia powder.                   

Lawsuit Claims Extending Eagle Death Permits Illegal

June 19, 2014 12:40 pm | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

A conservation group sued the Obama administration Thursday over a new federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to seek approval to kill or injure eagles for 30 years.                

Deadline Set For Claims In Freedom Industries Case

June 19, 2014 9:43 am | News | Comments

A federal bankruptcy judge has set an Aug. 1 deadline for financial claims by West Virginia residents and businesses affected by a January chemical spill in Charleston that contaminated the local water supply.         

Eaton To Pay $147.5M To Settle Trade Secrets Dispute

June 19, 2014 8:36 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Eaton Corp. will pay $147.5 million to settle a long-running trade secret dispute with aerospace firm Triumph Group that exploded into scandal after Eaton lawyers paid to improperly influence an ex-Mississippi state judge who eventually served prison time.

Missouri Sues Tyson Over Fish Kill

June 19, 2014 8:02 am | by Chris Blank, Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed suit Tuesday against Tyson Foods Inc. seeking civil penalties and compensation for state costs and natural resource damages for a large fish kill in southwestern Missouri.      

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Patent Infringement: How To Avoid A Nightmare

June 18, 2014 3:55 pm | by William H. Honaker, Attorney, Dickinson Wright PLLC | Articles | Comments

During my thirty years of specializing in patent law, I have seen many product launches unfold like a thunderstorm rolling over an outdoor party.                   

Dealer Sues Mitsubishi Over Inventory

June 18, 2014 8:28 am | News | Comments

The owner of four California car dealerships is suing Mitsubishi Motors North America and its credit arm, saying they forced the dealerships to stock more vehicles than they could sell, costing them millions in extra finance charges.       

'Pink Slime' Makers: Sales Are Rebounding

June 17, 2014 8:20 am | News | Comments

Sales of a treated ground beef product that critics derisively dubbed "pink slime" have rebounded, according to two of its manufacturers.                    

GPS Tracking Case Leaves Unsettled Questions

June 17, 2014 7:49 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Judges around the country are grappling with the ripple effects of a 2-year-old Supreme Court ruling on GPS tracking, reaching conflicting conclusions on the case's meaning and tackling unresolved questions that flare in a world where privacy and technology increasingly collide.

Kentucky Settles 10-Year Legal Battle With Tobacco Companies

June 13, 2014 2:52 pm | by Adam Beam, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tobacco companies have agreed to pay Kentucky more than $110 million to settle a 10-year legal battle over the state's share of the tobacco master settlement agreement.               

Iowa Court Reinstates Major Pollution Lawsuit

June 13, 2014 11:43 am | News | Comments

In a major environmental case, the Iowa Supreme Court says residents can bring a class-action lawsuit against a manufacturer accused of damaging their homes and cars with harmful pollution.               

Vermont Sued Over GMO Food Label Law

June 13, 2014 8:37 am | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press | News | Comments

The suit asks a judge to overturn the law and describes it as "a costly and misguided measure that will set the nation on a path toward a 50-state patchwork of GMO labeling policies that do nothing to advance the health and safety of consumers."

New Trial Ordered For Former BP Engineer

June 13, 2014 8:33 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new trial was ordered Thursday for a former BP engineer convicted of deleting text messages related to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.                   

Court Rules For Pom Wonderful In Coke Dispute

June 12, 2014 11:30 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court sided with juice maker Pom Wonderful in its long-running false advertising dispute with Coca Cola, a decision that could open the door to more litigation against food makers for deceptive labeling.       

EU Court Upholds $1.4B Intel Fine

June 12, 2014 10:56 am | News | Comments

A European Union court on Thursday upheld a $1.4 billion fine against the American microchip manufacturer for abusing its dominant position in the market for computer central processing units.              

Lawyers: GM Wants Bankruptcy Shield From Lawsuit

June 12, 2014 8:06 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Lawyers for a Georgia family that is trying to reopen a wrongful death lawsuit against General Motors say the company is trying to move the case to federal court so it can use bankruptcy as a shield from the claim.       

Court Backs NYC's 'Taxi Of Tomorrow' Plan

June 11, 2014 10:35 am | by Karen Matthews, Associated Press | News | Comments

A plan to remake the New York's yellow cab fleet by requiring owners to purchase Nissan minivans is legal, an appeals court ruled Tuesday.                      

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