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TreeHouse Foods Sues Green Mountain Coffee

February 12, 2014 8:15 am | News | Comments

TreeHouse argues that Green Mountain's agreements with various suppliers and distributors are designed to give the company monopoly power in the cup market following the expiration of some of its patents. The company also said that a new version of the Keurig brewer, expected to be launched later this year, will have an "anticompetitive lock-out technology."

Judge OKs Ohio Child Cancer Suit Against Whirlpool

February 11, 2014 2:09 pm | by John Seewer, Associated Press | News | Comments

The families believe smokestacks from Whirlpool's huge washing machine plant in Clyde sent a chemical compound suspected of causing cancer into the neighborhoods of several children who were among the first diagnosed. Whirlpool, based in Benton Harbor, Mich., has maintained that there is no scientific or medical fact to back up the allegations.

Lawyer: Owners Not Liable For Bangladesh Factory Fire

February 10, 2014 8:15 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | News | Comments

Delwar Hossain, managing director of Tazreen Fashions Ltd., and his wife surrendered to authorities Sunday after being charged with culpable homicide in December. The case is the first of its kind against an owner in Bangladesh's powerful garment industry, which has a huge influence in the country's affairs from politics to sports.


Judge Rejects Hybrid Appeal In Fisker Bankruptcy

February 10, 2014 8:10 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A bankruptcy judge had rejected Hybrid's plan to use $75 million it claims it is owed as Fisker's senior secured lender on the bid. He capped Hybrid's credit bid at $25 million, setting up a competitive auction with Chinese auto parts conglomerate Wanxiang Group Corp. Rewind: $5M For A Toilet Prank; U.S. Vehicle Recalls Surge

February 7, 2014 2:13 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across, from Biden and a war on labor to craft beer delivered by drones. Also, eating too much sugar can lead to fatal heart problems, and labor regulators are trying once again to streamline the process in which workers decide whether to join labor unions.

S.Korea Court Invalidates Ssangyong Layoffs

February 7, 2014 7:59 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A South Korean appeal court said the layoff of 153 employees at Ssangyong Motor Co. in 2009 was unjustified, in a belated victory for auto workers who fought pitched battles with riot police at the time. The 153 were among 2,600 workers that Ssangyong tried to shed in 2009, sparking South Korea's worst labor strife in years.

Pa. Man Paralyzed By Tipped Toilet Prank Gets $5M

February 6, 2014 7:59 am | News | Comments

The lawsuit faulted the manufacturer for not providing ground spikes with the unit, despite holes designed for that purpose on the base, and the installer for resting the unit on a hill, and propping it up with wood.       

Utah Gives Final OK To Chevron Fuel Spill Deal

February 5, 2014 2:23 pm | News | Comments

Utah has given final approval to a $5.35 million settlement with Chevron after a pipeline leaked about 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel in northern Utah last year. The agreement includes $4.4 million for mitigation projects beyond efforts to clean up the marsh area near Willard Bay in Box Elder County.


Missouri AG Challenges California Egg Law

February 5, 2014 11:48 am | by David A. Lieb, Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri's attorney general has asked a federal court to strike down a California law regulating the living conditions of chickens, setting up a cross-country battle that pits new animal protections against the economic interests of Midwestern farmers.

U. Of Wisconsin Foundation Sues Apple Over Patent

February 5, 2014 10:21 am | News | Comments

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation alleges that Apple's A7 processor, which is used in its iPhone 5S and other devices, incorporates technology patented by the university in 1998. It was developed by four UW-Madison computer microprocessor architecture researchers.

4 Workers Injured In Refinery Explosion In 2011 File Lawsuit

February 5, 2014 8:02 am | News | Comments

Kimberly Janvier, Irene Rombaut, Shawn Farrell and Sylvan Blake were working at the Co-Op refinery on Oct. 6, 2011 when the explosion occurred. They say that they all suffered severe physical injuries in the blast and they and their family members also suffered severe emotional distress and anxiety after the explosion.

Chinese Man Charged In Seed Thefts Pleads Innocent

February 3, 2014 3:38 pm | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the six men from China charged with conspiring to steal patented seed corn from two of the nation's leading seed developers has appeared in federal court in Des Moines and was ordered held in custody while he awaits trial.    

Irwindale Spicing Up Suit Against Sriracha Plant

February 3, 2014 8:00 am | News | Comments

A Los Angeles suburb is spicing up its lawsuit against a hot-sauce manufacturer it claims polluted the air with pungent smells. Stephen Onstot, an attorney representing Irwindale, tells City News Service that the small industrial city east of Los Angeles will add a breach-of-contract claim to its existing nuisance suit against the Sriracha plant.

Advertisement Rewind: Chrysler Gets A New Name; Manufacturers Are Leaving China

January 31, 2014 2:15 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across, from an 83-year-old nun awaiting a sentence for sabotage to Obama's State of the Union speech. Also, Toyota may recall cars because the seats might not meet flammability standards, and Snowden says the NSA also spied on industry.

U.S. Seeks Prison Term For Ex-Slaughterhouse Manager

January 31, 2014 8:24 am | by Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors are seeking prison time for a former Iowa kosher slaughterhouse manager who they say exploited immigrant workers for labor, money and sex. Prosecutors are planning to call several witnesses at Friday's sentencing hearing for Hosam Amara to recount abuses before a May 2008 immigration raid at the Agriprocessors, Inc.

Man Injured In Omaha Industrial Accident Sues

January 30, 2014 8:13 am | by Margery A. Beck, Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawsuit says the company and Silver "knew or should have known of the hazards that resulted in the explosion and collapse of their plant." Federal safety investigators are looking at structural problems and a dust explosion as possible causes of the building's collapse.

Hundreds Sue Makers Of Fukushima Nuclear Plant

January 30, 2014 7:49 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

The plaintiffs said that manufacturers — Toshiba, GE and Hitachi — failed to make needed safety improvements to the 4-decade-old reactors at the Fukushima plant. They are seeking compensation of $1 each, saying the idea is to raise awareness of the problem.

Chobani Loses 'Greek Yogurt' Legal Battle In UK

January 29, 2014 2:03 pm | News | Comments

A British court has ruled that Chobani, a U.S. brand of yogurt, cannot label its products "Greek" in the U.K. because they are made in America. A panel of three judges at the Court of Appeal upheld a lower court's ruling, siding with Chobani's rival Fage, which sells Greek yogurts under the "Total" brand.

Judge Stays Discovery In Star Scientific Suit

January 29, 2014 11:12 am | News | Comments

A federal judge is halting the discovery process in a lawsuit claiming Star Scientific Inc. misled investors. The U.S. District Court judge in Richmond on Tuesday granted a motion to stay discovery until the government completes its case against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife.

Firm Penalized $1.75M For False Weight Loss Ads

January 29, 2014 10:03 am | News | Comments

A company that sold alleged weight loss and body cleansing products in California will pay about $1.75 million in penalties and restitution for making false advertising claims. Santa Clara County prosecutors announced Tuesday that Suarez Corporation Industries could not substantiate claims that the products help people lose excess abdominal fat and rid bodies of toxins.

Microsoft Sues Iowa Firm Over Software

January 29, 2014 8:50 am | News | Comments

A lawsuit by Microsoft Corp. says an Iowa computer and information technology company sold computers with counterfeit Microsoft software. The lawsuit says Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft had told Dymin in July that it must stop selling the computers, but the company persisted.

Judge Orders Activists To Pay Full Restitution

January 29, 2014 8:08 am | by Travis Loller, Associated Press | News | Comments

The three were convicted of sabotage last year after they broke into the nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The restitution covers damage incurred at the plant when the three cut through fences and painted slogans on the outside wall of the uranium processing plant there.

Farmers Get Probation In Fatal Listeria Outbreak

January 28, 2014 1:53 pm | by Dan Elliott, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Colorado cantaloupe farmers who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from a deadly listeria outbreak in 2011 have been sentenced to five years of probation and six months of home detention. A federal magistrate in Denver on Tuesday also ordered brothers Eric and Ryan Jensen to each pay $150,000 in restitution and perform 100 hours of community service.

High Court Rules Against Steelworkers' Claim

January 28, 2014 8:41 am | News | Comments

The court was unanimous Monday in ruling in favor of United States Steel Corp. over workers' claims that they should be paid under the terms of federal labor law for the time it takes them to put on flame-retardant jackets and pants, safety glasses, earplugs, hardhats and other equipment.

83-Year-Old Nun To Be Sentenced For Sabotage

January 27, 2014 12:05 pm | News | Comments

An 83-year-old Catholic nun convicted in a protest and break-in at the primary U.S. storehouse for bomb-grade uranium will find out Tuesday whether she spends what could be the rest of her life in prison.          

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