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Judge To Hear Suits Alleging GM Cars Lost Value

June 10, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

Lawsuits alleging that General Motors cars lost value because of ignition switch recalls will be heard in a New York City federal court.                     

Candle Company Exec Faces Harassment Suits

June 10, 2014 8:16 am | News | Comments

Three women who once worked at a Maine scented candle manufacturer say in federal lawsuits that the company's founder and president subjected them to "relentless sexual harassment."             

Texas Chemical Engineer Indicted In Trade Secrets Case

June 10, 2014 7:55 am | News | Comments

The indictment returned last week says Tezock moved to Texas and opened a company to manufacture, produce, purify and sell a specialty gas. Prosecutors say the process was developed by Voltaix.           

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State Sued Over Zohydro Restrictions

June 10, 2014 7:50 am | by Philip Marcelo, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge on Tuesday will consider whether Massachusetts' latest attempt to restrict a powerful new painkiller violates the U.S. Constitution.                 

Pratt & Whitney Canada Sued Over Fatal Crash

June 10, 2014 7:45 am | by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawsuit says Pratt & Whitney knew about a tendency of turbine blades to stretch when heated, which causes the engine to lose power.                      

Court: BP Must Pay Claims During Appeal

June 9, 2014 12:53 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court says BP must continue paying claims from a fund established after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill while the company appeals terms of its settlement with some businesses.           

Supreme Court Rules Against Homeowners In Toxic Water Case

June 9, 2014 12:21 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The justices said state law strictly bars any lawsuit brought more than 10 years after the contamination occurred — even if residents did not realize their water was polluted until years later.          

Hershey Sues Edible Pot Company

June 9, 2014 8:02 am | by Sadie Gurman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Hershey Co. has sued a Colorado marijuana edibles maker, claiming it makes four pot-infused candies that too closely resemble iconic products of the chocolate maker.              

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iFone Trumps iPhone In Mexican Trademark Ruling

June 6, 2014 1:56 pm | by Mark Stevenson | News | Comments

Mexico's intellectual property agency said Friday it has ruled in favor of a small local firm's rights to the "iFone" name, saying that ads for Apple's iPhone have encroached on the trademark.            

Former Japanese Exec Indicted For Price-Fixing

June 6, 2014 8:04 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Justice Department says a grand jury has indicted a former executive at a Japanese auto parts maker on accusations that he helped fix the prices of seatbelts sold to leading Japanese automakers.         

Beastie Boys Get $1.7M In Monster Case

June 6, 2014 7:53 am | by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's a rap: The Beastie Boys have won $1.7 million in a copyright violation case against the maker of Monster Energy drink.                      

$100M NuvaRing Settlement Finalized

June 6, 2014 7:46 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

A $100 million settlement involving NuvaRing, a birth-control device linked to sometimes-fatal side effects, will stand now that enough claimants have chosen to opt into the agreement.            

Glock Execs, Gun Dealer Face Indictment

June 5, 2014 2:24 pm | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors have accused a Kansas firearms dealer of paying more than $1 million bribes and kickbacks to two high-ranking executives of Glock Inc. in exchange for preferential treatment and access to confidential company information.  

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Trial On Mercury Cleanup In Penobscot River Begins

June 4, 2014 3:46 pm | by Alanna Durkin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly 15 years after the closure of a chemical plant that dumped mercury into Maine's Penobscot River, a federal trial began Tuesday to determine whether the company now responsible for it must pay to clean up the downriver contamination that advocates say puts humans and wildlife at risk.

GlaxoSmithKline To Pay $105M To 45 States

June 4, 2014 1:49 pm | News | Comments

The settlement resolves allegations that GSK illegally marketed Advair, Paxil and Wellbutrin for purposes that had not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.               

Court To Consider Restoring NYC Soda Ban

June 4, 2014 10:33 am | News | Comments

New York City officials are trying to convince the state's top court to reinstate their ban on big sodas, which was blocked by lower courts.                   

Hearing On Texas Oil Spill Resumes

June 3, 2014 3:59 pm | by Michael Graczyk, Associated Press | News | Comments

The captain of a tugboat whose barges collided with a cargo freighter in the Houston Ship Channel says the larger vessel increased its speed in foggy conditions and she couldn't turn quickly to avoid the crash.              

Former Medical Device Company Execs Convicted Of Fraud

June 3, 2014 8:24 am | News | Comments

A federal jury has convicted the former top two executives of a Texas medical device company for taking part in a scheme that defrauded shareholders and investors out of more than $400 million.            

Chicago Sues Over Painkiller Marketing

June 3, 2014 7:56 am | by Carla K. Johnson, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The city of Chicago is seeking damages in a lawsuit accusing five drug makers of deceptively marketing a class of prescription painkiller that can be highly addictive.                 

The Upstart Industry Riddled With Lawsuits

June 2, 2014 2:58 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

It may seem like a good sign when everyone wants a piece of an emerging product category even before ascertaining its market share. But it’s probably not a good sign when that category is littered with lawsuits.                     

Court Says Company Didn't Induce Patent Infringement

June 2, 2014 11:53 am | News | Comments

A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that a company is not liable for inducing patent infringement if someone other than the company carries out some of the steps leading to infringement.           

Deal Calls For Egg Company To Pay $6.8M Fine

June 2, 2014 11:00 am | by Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Iowa company has agreed to pay $6.8 million in fines for crimes that include selling the tainted eggs that caused a nationwide salmonella outbreak in 2010.                

Feds Say Arch Coal Workers Took $2M In Kickbacks

May 30, 2014 2:30 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ten Arch Coal employees at a West Virginia mine are charged with pocketing almost $2 million from vendors in a pay-to-play kickback scheme, federal prosecutors said Friday.               

Cambodia Convicts Then Frees Labor Activists

May 30, 2014 8:30 am | by Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Cambodian court on Friday convicted almost two dozen factory workers and rights activists for instigating violence during protests that rocked the government earlier this year, but in a surprise move gave them suspended sentences.     

Contractor Seeks $2.1M From Failed Beef Plant

May 29, 2014 3:56 pm | News | Comments

A $2.1 million bankruptcy trial against a failed beef packing plant in South Dakota is expected to last through the rest of week.                    

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