The victims say DaimlerChrysler subsidiary, automaker Mercedes-Benz, allegedly aided human rights abuses in their country and want to sue in American courts. Daimler, however, argues that since it is a German corporation, it should not be able to be sued in a state court for actions a subsidiary allegedly took in a foreign country.
Anthony Badalamenti, 62, of Katy, Texas, faces a maximum sentence of 1 year in prison and a $100,000 fine after his guilty plea in U.S. District Court to one misdemeanor count of destruction of evidence. His sentencing by U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey is set for Jan. 21.
The Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether the Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its authority in developing rules aimed at cutting emissions of six heat-trapping gases from factories and power plants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.