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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.

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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.          

Judge Asked To Remove BP Settlement Probe Leader

January 24, 2014 9:55 am | by Michael Kunzleman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A lawyer targeted in an investigation of the settlement program for compensating victims of BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill has asked a federal judge to disqualify former FBI director Louis Freeh from reviewing and acting on any allegations involving the attorney.

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Anheuser-Busch, Craft Brewer Settle Video Lawsuit

January 24, 2014 8:16 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. has removed the "Hold my beer and watch this" videos from its Bud Light YouTube page, and the craft brewer that sued over use of the phrase has dropped the legal action. Big Sky Brewing Co. of Missoula, Mont., sued Anheuser-Busch in December, saying it had a trademark for the phrase "Hold my beer and watch this" and had used the slogan since 2004.

GE Hitachi To Pay $2.7M Over False Nuke Claims

January 23, 2014 11:36 am | News | Comments

A subsidiary of General Electric has agreed to pay $2.7 million to resolve claims its employees made false statements to the U.S. Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission about a reactor component.       

Cargill To Pay $2.2M In Discrimination Settlement

January 23, 2014 8:06 am | News | Comments

The money will be used to pay back wages and interest to nearly 3,000 applicants who were rejected for jobs at facilities in Springdale, Ark.; Fort Morgan, Colo.; and Beardstown, Ill., between 2005 and 2009. U.S. Department of Labor officials say the company's hiring process discriminated based on sex, race and ethnicity.

Halliburton Manager Gets Probation In Gulf Spill

January 21, 2014 2:17 pm | by Michael Kunzleman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former Halliburton manager apologized to his family and friends Tuesday before a federal judge sentenced him to one year of probation for destroying evidence in the aftermath of BP's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.     

Black Media Seek Part Of Court-Ordered Tobacco Ads

January 21, 2014 11:23 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

The National Newspaper Publishers Association and National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters argued that the ads should be disseminated through their outlets because the black community has been disproportionally targeted by tobacco companies and harmed by smoking.

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Judge To Sentence Ex-Halliburton Manager

January 21, 2014 8:10 am | by Michael Kunzleman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Anthony Badalamenti is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey in New Orleans. Badalamenti pleaded guilty in October to one misdemeanor count of destruction of evidence and faces a maximum sentence of 1 year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Life Sentence For China Dumpling Poisoner

January 20, 2014 8:20 am | News | Comments

A Chinese court on Monday sentenced a former food plant worker to life in prison for poisoning frozen dumplings that sickened 10 people in Japan in 2008 and strained relations with Tokyo just months before the Beijing Olympics.      

California Motorist Cleared In Google Glass Case

January 17, 2014 11:48 am | by Julie Watson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

However, Blair did find that the language of the code specifically bars the operation of a video or TV screen or similar device on the front of a vehicle while it is moving — a provision that Blair said could be broad enough to apply to Google Glass.

Listeria Cantaloupe Farmers Seek Probation

January 16, 2014 12:51 pm | by Steven K. Paulson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Colorado cantaloupe farmers who pleaded guilty to charges related to a deadly listeria outbreak in 2011 are asking a federal judge for probation, saying jail time for them is excessive because justice has been served with the federal government's imposition of new food guidelines.

Woman Headed To Court For Wearing Google Glass

January 16, 2014 11:02 am | by Julie Watson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

A U.S. woman goes to court Thursday to fight what appears to be the first citation for wearing Google Glass, the computer-embedded glasses, while driving. The case in San Diego could help shape future laws on wearable technology as it goes mainstream.

Judge: $1.17B Patent Verdict For CMU Stands

January 16, 2014 10:24 am | News | Comments

A U.S. judge has declined to reduce a $1.17 billion patent infringement verdict that Carnegie Mellon University won against a California technology firm in 2012. U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer previously rejected Marvell Technology Group's bid for a retrial in the case involving the university's 1998 patent on noise reduction technology in chips manufactured for computer hard drives.

U.S. Judge Dismisses Suit By French Goodyear Workers

January 16, 2014 9:52 am | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge in the town that's home to Goodyear has thrown out a lawsuit filed by French workers trying to save their tire-making jobs at a plant that has become a symbol of their country's labor tensions. Workers plan to appeal.     

Jury: Medtronic Owes Edwards About $390M

January 16, 2014 7:56 am | News | Comments

A federal jury ruled that medical device maker Medtronic infringed on a patent held by Edwards Lifesciences and ordered Medtronic to pay its competitor about $390 million in damages. Edwards said it will seek a permanent injunction to stop Medtronic's CoreValve system from going on sale in the U.S.

Teddy Bear Maker Steiff Loses Trademark Court Case

January 16, 2014 6:42 am | News | Comments

The General Court in Luxembourg ruled Thursday trademark protection can't be granted because buttoning the label to the soft toy's ear lacks a "distinctive character" and doesn't in itself enable average consumers to recognize the product's origin.

Apple To Refund At Least $32.5M In App Case

January 15, 2014 3:23 pm | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission said Apple will make full refunds for any such in-app purchases made by kids using mobile phones and other devices, and incurring charges by accident or without parents' permission. Apple will have to change its billing practices to make it more obvious that an actual purchase is taking place during the course of the game or app.

German Brewers Fined Over Price-Fixing

January 13, 2014 2:46 pm | News | Comments

The Federal Cartel Office said Monday that the companies involved fixed price increases for draft and bottled beer between 2006 and 2008. Five firms were fined — Bitburger, Krombacher, Veltins, Warsteiner and Barre — along with seven people deemed to be "personally responsible."

Judge To Decide If Horse Slaughter Plant Can Open

January 13, 2014 2:25 pm | News | Comments

The plant was blocked from opening last year after animal protection groups filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of Agriculture for issuing permits to Valley and two other companies that would become the first domestic plants to slaughter horses in seven years.

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