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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.               

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."

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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.                      

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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.           

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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.                 

Pratt & Whitney Canada Sued Over Fatal Crash

June 10, 2014 7:45 am | by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawsuit says Pratt & Whitney knew about a tendency of turbine blades to stretch when heated, which causes the engine to lose power.                      

Court: BP Must Pay Claims During Appeal

June 9, 2014 12:53 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court says BP must continue paying claims from a fund established after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill while the company appeals terms of its settlement with some businesses.           

Supreme Court Rules Against Homeowners In Toxic Water Case

June 9, 2014 12:21 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The justices said state law strictly bars any lawsuit brought more than 10 years after the contamination occurred — even if residents did not realize their water was polluted until years later.          

Hershey Sues Edible Pot Company

June 9, 2014 8:02 am | by Sadie Gurman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Hershey Co. has sued a Colorado marijuana edibles maker, claiming it makes four pot-infused candies that too closely resemble iconic products of the chocolate maker.              

iFone Trumps iPhone In Mexican Trademark Ruling

June 6, 2014 1:56 pm | by Mark Stevenson | News | Comments

Mexico's intellectual property agency said Friday it has ruled in favor of a small local firm's rights to the "iFone" name, saying that ads for Apple's iPhone have encroached on the trademark.            

Former Japanese Exec Indicted For Price-Fixing

June 6, 2014 8:04 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Justice Department says a grand jury has indicted a former executive at a Japanese auto parts maker on accusations that he helped fix the prices of seatbelts sold to leading Japanese automakers.         

Beastie Boys Get $1.7M In Monster Case

June 6, 2014 7:53 am | by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's a rap: The Beastie Boys have won $1.7 million in a copyright violation case against the maker of Monster Energy drink.                      

$100M NuvaRing Settlement Finalized

June 6, 2014 7:46 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

A $100 million settlement involving NuvaRing, a birth-control device linked to sometimes-fatal side effects, will stand now that enough claimants have chosen to opt into the agreement.            

Glock Execs, Gun Dealer Face Indictment

June 5, 2014 2:24 pm | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors have accused a Kansas firearms dealer of paying more than $1 million bribes and kickbacks to two high-ranking executives of Glock Inc. in exchange for preferential treatment and access to confidential company information.  

Trial On Mercury Cleanup In Penobscot River Begins

June 4, 2014 3:46 pm | by Alanna Durkin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly 15 years after the closure of a chemical plant that dumped mercury into Maine's Penobscot River, a federal trial began Tuesday to determine whether the company now responsible for it must pay to clean up the downriver contamination that advocates say puts humans and wildlife at risk.

GlaxoSmithKline To Pay $105M To 45 States

June 4, 2014 1:49 pm | News | Comments

The settlement resolves allegations that GSK illegally marketed Advair, Paxil and Wellbutrin for purposes that had not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.               

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