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Judge Tosses Mining Company Violation Notice

November 5, 2014 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge dismissed a notice from the U.S. Secretary of Labor finding that a Patriot Coal subsidiary displayed a "pattern of violations" in its operations. The subsidiary, Brody Mining, had been cited with 54 orders concerning mine safety or health hazards. Those orders caused Secretary of...

Women Sue Ford For Harassment, Discrimination

November 4, 2014 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Several female workers at Ford Motor Co.'s Chicago assembly plant have filed a lawsuit against the automaker alleging sexual harassment and discrimination. The women claim male co-workers, managers, and supervisors would target them if they complained about propositions and...

Consumers United: What's Your Role In Corporate Campaign Financing?

November 4, 2014 10:09 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

In honor of the Mid-term election voting today, I want to look at corporate campaign financing and easy consumer access to this information through a new app called BuyPartisan. Campaign finance reform has been a hot topic lately. This September, Senate Democrats led by...

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Oil Company Lawsuit Bill Deemed Unconstitutional

November 4, 2014 9:18 am | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Louisiana Legislature's attempt to retroactively kill a flood board's lawsuit against the oil industry over damage to the state's coast is unconstitutional, a state judge ruled late Friday. Judge Janice Clark's decision came a day after two of the smaller players in the suit agreed to...

Hyundai, Kia To Pay $100M For Overstating MPG

November 3, 2014 2:00 pm | by Tom Krisher, Eric Tucker, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia will pay the U.S. government a $100 million civil penalty to end a two-year investigation into overstated gas mileage figures on window stickers of 13 models. The penalty, announced Monday by the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency, could serve as a precedent...

Distillers Gear Up For TN Whiskey War

October 31, 2014 11:02 am | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The passage of several months since a heated legislative debate over the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey has done little to mellow the dispute between two global liquor giants and the growing number of craft distillers caught between them. Jack Daniel's master distiller Jeff Arnett on Thursday urged...

Kimberly-Clark Lawsuit: Surgical Gowns Don't Protect Against Ebola

October 31, 2014 10:35 am | by Robert Jablon, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A $500 million lawsuit against Kimberly-Clark Corp. alleges the company falsely claimed its surgical gowns protected against Ebola and other infectious diseases. The suit, filed Wednesday in federal court, alleges that the multinational company knew for at least a year that its Microcool Breathable High...

Lawsuit Challenges Power Plant's Restart With Gas

October 30, 2014 11:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The environmental group Riverkeeper has filed a lawsuit challenging the state's approval to restart an idled power plant on the Hudson River with natural gas instead of coal. The petition filed in state Supreme Court in Albany seeks a halt to resumption of operations at the 500-megawatt Danskammer power plant...

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Bar Sues Florida For Restricting Beer Sales

October 30, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Florida craft beer bar is suing the state over its ban on half-gallon, refillable beer jugs known as growlers. The lawsuit was filed in federal court Tuesday and names the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The Crafted Keg in Stuart said a state law that allows unlimited...

No Settlement Reached For Wheat Claims Against Monsanto

October 27, 2014 12:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Prospects are dimming for a settlement on remaining claims in lawsuits over the May 2013 discovery of genetically engineered Monsanto wheat in an Oregon field. A joint status report submitted Friday in U.S. District Court in Kansas said no agreement has been reached in the lawsuits filed by non-soft white wheat...

U.S. Halal Food Supplier Indicted Over Beef Exports

October 27, 2014 9:29 am | by Ryan J. Foley, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The founder of a popular brand of food for observant Muslims has been indicted on charges that he shipped beef to Malaysia and Indonesia that didn't meet those countries' import requirements. A federal grand jury returned the indictment Thursday against Bill Aossey, Jr., who founded the Midamar Corp. in...

Manufacturer Halts Sales Of Highway Guardrails

October 24, 2014 5:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas company is stopping shipments of a common highway-guardrail system and conducting more crash tests after it lost a $175 million jury verdict. Trinity Industries Inc. said Friday that it would stop selling the ET-Plus system until testing is complete. Earlier this week, a jury in federal...

Court Rejects Pollution Petition

October 22, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge by environmentalists who sought a review of plans in New Mexico and other Western states that aim to reduce haze-causing pollution. A handful of environmental groups questioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to allow...

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Anheuser-Busch Sues Over Beer Distribution

October 22, 2014 12:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the largest beer brewers in the country is suing Kentucky to force the approval of a distributor's license. Anheuser-Busch is asking a Franklin County court to make the Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control administration approve the company's distributor license application in...

Jury Rules Against TX Company In Guardrail Case

October 21, 2014 6:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A jury has decided that a Texas company should pay $175 million in a case involving the safety of thousands of guardrails on highways around the country. A whistleblower charged that the company changed the design of caps at each end of the guardrails a decade ago that made...

Judge To Rule Against Ameren In Power Line Case

October 20, 2014 6:33 pm | by David A. Lieb, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge said Monday that he will rule against a subsidiary of Ameren Corp. in a legal fight over whether it needs state regulators' permission to build a high-voltage power line across northern Missouri. Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green said he's inclined to reject Ameren's request for a...

General Motors' Legal Chief Stepping Down

October 20, 2014 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors' chief lawyer Michael Millikin, who withstood withering criticism from lawmakers for his department's handling of an ignition switch recall, is retiring early next year. GM says in a statement that the 66-year-old Millikin will stay on until a replacement is on the...

Hershey Wins Lawsuit Against Colorado Pot Company

October 17, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Colorado marijuana company must recall or destroy its pot-infused edibles that resemble iconic Hershey treats as part of a settlement agreement with the chocolate company. The Hershey Co. filed a federal trademark lawsuit in June against...

Nike, Converse Chuck A Lawsuit At 31 Companies

October 16, 2014 2:12 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Nike is suing 31 companies over trademark infringements related to its Converse Chuck Taylor shoes. Copycats of the iconic shoes that debuted in 1917 have been on the market for decades and Nike has owned the company since 2003, so what leaves me scratching...

Bag Makers Launch Push To Overturn CA Ban

October 10, 2014 8:43 pm | by Fenit Nirappil - Associated Press | News | Comments

Plastic bag manufacturers on Friday passed their first hurdle in their effort to delay and eventually repeal California's new ban on single-use plastic shopping bags before it takes effect. The office of Attorney General Kamala Harris cleared the way for the groups to begin collecting signatures...

Judge Rules For Boeing In Whistleblower Lawsuit

October 8, 2014 4:44 pm | by Roxana Hegeman - Associated Press | News | Comments

Three former workers at the Boeing plant in Wichita who filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the aircraft maker and one of its suppliers failed to show Boeing defrauded the U.S. government in a $1.6 billion contract, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. U.S. District Judge...

National Steel Car CEO's Trial Date Set

October 8, 2014 5:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The trial of a Canadian business executive in north Alabama has been rescheduled for April. Gregory Aziz of Hamilton, Ontario, had been scheduled for trial this week in Tuscumbia on securities fraud charges. Colbert County Circuit Judge Jacqueline Hatcher delayed the trial at the request of the...

Defense Contractor Forks Over $13.7M In Settlement

October 7, 2014 7:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Justice Department says a Virginia-based defense contractor has agreed to pay $13.7 million to settle allegations it knowingly overbilled the government for work performed by people without proper job qualifications. According to the....

KS Supreme Court Rules On FedEx Ground Drivers

October 7, 2014 11:46 am | by Leonard Carder | News | Comments

On Friday, October 3, 2014, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a class of approximately 500 drivers working for FedEx Ground was misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees. FedEx faces liability to these drivers for...

Nearly 4K May Get Damages In Drywall Suit

October 6, 2014 3:44 pm | by Janet Mcconnaughey - Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has ruled that nearly 4,000 homeowners who say Chinese drywall ruined their homes are eligible to share any further damages he may award in lawsuits against Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd., a government-owned manufacturer that failed to show up in court. Notices were sent Friday to the...

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