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EPA Proposal Could Block Alaska Mine

July 21, 2014 4:02 pm | by Becky Bohrer, Associated Press | News | Comments

The announcement came as the EPA was being sued by Pebble Limited Partnership, the group behind the proposed Pebble Mine, and the state of Alaska for allegedly exceeding its authority.             

Ag-Gag Laws Face Federal Court Challenges

July 21, 2014 9:25 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges.

RJ Reynolds To Fight $23.6B Verdict

July 21, 2014 8:19 am | by Jennifer Kay, Associated Press | News | Comments

The No. 2 U.S. cigarette maker is vowing to fight a jury verdict of $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer.                       

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Boeing Procurement Officer Pleads Guilty To Fraud

July 21, 2014 7:57 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former procurement officer for The Boeing Company in St. Louis pleaded guilty Friday to federal fraud charges for his role in a bribery and kickback scheme involving military aircraft parts sold to Boeing.          

Judge: Chinese Drywall Maker In Contempt

July 21, 2014 7:54 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has ordered a China-based maker of drywall to pay $55,000 in penalties and attorney fees — and to stop doing business in the U.S. — as punishment for refusing to take part in court proceedings over harm allegedly done by the product.

Subaru Sued Over Dangerous Auto Defect

July 21, 2014 7:51 am | News | Comments

Some Subaru vehicle models have a defect that could lead to engine failure while they're being driven, a federal lawsuit says.                      

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Massive Layoffs At Microsoft; Wal-Mart And Obama Face Lawsuits

July 18, 2014 2:19 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from Microsoft's plan to layoff up to 18,000 employees to Tracy Morgan suing Wal-Mart over a fatal accident in New Jersey.              

States Sues 5-Hour Energy Over Ads

July 18, 2014 8:13 am | by Steven Dubois, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two attorneys general from the Northwest have sued the companies responsible for the popular 5-Hour Energy drink, alleging they engaged in deceptive advertising.                      

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Recall Hearing Targets GM Legal Staff

July 17, 2014 11:04 am | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Lawmakers on Thursday demanded General Motors fire its chief lawyer and open its compensation plan to more potential victims as a Senate subcommittee delved deeper into deadly recalls.                

Former Prosecutor Wants Pardon For Fatal GM Crash

July 17, 2014 8:10 am | by Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former Texas prosecutor has asked the state to pardon a woman who pleaded guilty in a 2004 car crash that killed her fiance, saying she now believes the accident was caused by a faulty General Motors ignition switch.                  

Fight Continues Over Obama Lawsuit

July 16, 2014 2:04 pm | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

Democrats mocked the legal action as a purely political exercise that is doomed to failure but aimed at appeasing conservatives who want to see Obama impeached.                     

Feds, Widows Settle Mine File Lawsuit

July 16, 2014 7:52 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit over the deaths of two miners in a 2006 fire at an underground coal mine in West Virginia, according to court documents.       

China Indicts Corporate Investigators Involved In GSK Probe

July 15, 2014 8:25 am | News | Comments

Humphrey and Yu are part of an industry of investigators who help corporate clients screen potential partners and employees or watch for embezzlement and other employee misconduct.                 

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Tesla Settles Lemon Lawsuit

July 15, 2014 8:01 am | News | Comments

The deal calls for the California-based company to pay Franklin physician Robert Montgomery nearly $127,000 to cover the car's cost, his taxes and his attorney fees.                     

Judge Delays Trial In Salmonella Outbreak

July 15, 2014 7:55 am | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak traced to a southwest Georgia peanut plant five years ago will go on trial two weeks later than initially planned, a judge decided.               

Court Rules Against A&G Coal Corp. In Va. Pollution Case

July 14, 2014 2:25 pm | News | Comments

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejected A&G Coal Corp.'s claim that it was not required to report it was discharging selenium when the company applied for a permit for its Kelly Branch mine.   

Tracy Morgan Sues Wal-Mart Over Fatal Crash

July 14, 2014 7:36 am | by Bruce Shipkowski, Associated Press | News | Comments

The complaint claims the retail giant should have known that its driver had been awake for over 24 hours and that his commute of 700 miles from his home in Georgia to work in Delaware was "unreasonable."               

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Another Michigan City In Trouble; Boeing Checks Plane Parts

July 11, 2014 12:48 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the financial struggles of the birthplace of GM to a train accident that damaged six Boeing commercial airplane bodies.               

Tesla Sued In China For $3.85M

July 11, 2014 10:17 am | by The Street | Videos | Comments

Electric car-maker Tesla is being sued in China for trademark infringement. Chinese businessman Zhan Baosheng is suing the company over Tesla's trademark, which he registered in both Chinese and English in 2006, before the company arrived in China.

California Man Facing Prison For Economic Espionage

July 10, 2014 7:43 am | News | Comments

A jury convicted Walter Liew, 56, of selling DuPont Co.'s secret recipe for making cars, paper and a long list of everyday items whiter to the Chinese government for $28 million.                     

Apple Wins Court Case On Store Design Trademark

July 10, 2014 7:30 am | News | Comments

The European Union's highest court says Apple's characteristic retail store layout may be registered as a trademark.                       

John Wayne Heirs Sue Over 'Duke' Bourbon

July 9, 2014 12:14 pm | by Michael Biesecker, Associated Press | News | Comments

John Wayne's heirs are dueling with Duke University over the family's right to market bottles of bourbon branded with the late movie star's nickname, Duke.                 

Court Considers Charges In 2010 BP Disaster Deaths

July 9, 2014 8:01 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors tried to persuade a federal appeals court to reinstate some of the manslaughter charges against two BP employees in a case arising from the deaths of 11 workers in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.   

Settlement Reached In Remington Rifle Suit

July 9, 2014 7:42 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the nation's leading gun-makers has reached a settlement in a lawsuit claiming a popular hunting rifle has a defective trigger mechanism that can cause injury and death.                    

Former Anheuser-Busch Exec Wants New Trial

July 7, 2014 10:32 am | News | Comments

A former Anheuser-Busch executive who unsuccessfully sued the brewer for gender discrimination is seeking a new trial.                       

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