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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.          

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.                   

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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.      

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.                   

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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.               

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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.                      

UPS Accused Of Racial Discrimination

June 11, 2014 8:36 am | by Brett Barrouquere, Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of eight current and former employees of United Parcel Service in Kentucky have sued the company saying they faced racial discrimination, poor treatment based on race and retaliation after they complained.           

GM: No More Serious Safety Issues Lurking

June 10, 2014 9:52 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A thorough review of General Motors' safety issues is nearing completion and hasn't turned up any more serious problems, the company's CEO said.                               

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.           

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.                 

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