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High Court To Consider Deadlines For Suing Gov't

July 1, 2014 8:25 am | News | Comments

The Supreme Court will consider how strict deadlines should be for people to sue the federal government for negligence.                       

Court Says Bat Maker Not Liable For Pitcher's Injuries

July 1, 2014 8:09 am | by Sean Murphy, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Oklahoma man who was seriously injured by a line drive during a 2006 high school baseball game isn't entitled to a nearly $1 million award from the manufacturer of the bat used to hit the ball, a federal appeals court ruled.    

Supreme Court Won't Hear Dispute Over Calif. Fuel Standard

June 30, 2014 11:38 am | News | Comments

The Supreme Court won't hear a challenge to California's first-in-the-nation mandate requiring fuel producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.                   

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GM Victim Payment Plan Won't Have Limit

June 30, 2014 9:40 am | by Joan Lowy and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The attorney overseeing GM's compensation to victims of small-car crashes says there's no limit to what the company will pay, provided the crashes were caused by faulty ignition switches. The tally could climb into billions of dollars.   

Court: Wal-Mart Must Compensate Workers

June 30, 2014 8:09 am | News | Comments

Canada's Supreme Court ruled that Wal-Mart must compensate former workers at a Quebec store that was closed after they voted to become the first Wal-Mart store in North America to unionize.            

Honda To Pay $55.3M After Crash

June 30, 2014 8:07 am | News | Comments

A jury ordered Honda Motor Co. to pay $55.3 million for a rollover accident that left a Pennsylvania man paralyzed, but the car company said it would appeal.                

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Obama's Lawsuit; Jobs From China

June 27, 2014 12:52 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the House planning to sue Obama for failing to carry out the laws passed by Congress to China creating thousands of U.S. jobs.             

NAM Backs Boeing After 'Misguided Decision' By NLRB Judge

June 27, 2014 8:27 am | by Patrick Forrest, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, NAM | Blogs | Comments

Recently, an NLRB administrative law judge (ALJ) issued a decision that, if allowed to stand, would have significant implications for manufacturers and their intellectual property.              

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Court Won't Reinstate NYC Soda Ban

June 27, 2014 8:04 am | by David Klepper, Associated Press | News | Comments

Guzzlers prevailed as New York's highest court refused to reinstate New York City's ban on the sale of big sodas, ruling that the city's health department overstepped its bounds when approved the 16-ounce cap on sugary beverages.     

Sugar Company Fights Subpoena

June 26, 2014 7:57 am | News | Comments

Officials with American Crystal Sugar Co. say they should not have to testify in a lawsuit involving the sugar and corn syrup industries.                   

Los Angeles Jury Awards $20M To Gas Blast Victim

June 25, 2014 11:15 pm | News | Comments

Diao, 26, was living in a converted garage in San Gabriel when a gas company employee opened a valve that filled the garage with gas. After Diao lit a cigarette, the room ignited, according to court filings.              

Minimum Wage Pits Franchisees Against Cities

June 25, 2014 2:29 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The IFA has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the Seattle law, arguing it violates the U.S. Constitution by treating franchises and other small businesses unequally.             

Boehner: House Planning To Sue Obama

June 25, 2014 2:02 pm | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

Speaker John Boehner says he intends to file a lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to carry out the laws passed by Congress.                     

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Airport Targeted In Chemical Spill Lawsuit

June 25, 2014 8:32 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal lawsuit blames a Charleston, W.Va., airport runway project in part for the January chemical spill that left 300,000 residents without clean water for days.                

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.                   

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.                   

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.

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