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Cambodia Convicts Then Frees Labor Activists

May 30, 2014 8:30 am | by Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Cambodian court on Friday convicted almost two dozen factory workers and rights activists for instigating violence during protests that rocked the government earlier this year, but in a surprise move gave them suspended sentences.     

Contractor Seeks $2.1M From Failed Beef Plant

May 29, 2014 3:56 pm | News | Comments

A $2.1 million bankruptcy trial against a failed beef packing plant in South Dakota is expected to last through the rest of week.                    

Italy Wants $1.6B In Damages From Novartis And Roche

May 29, 2014 11:02 am | News | Comments

Italy's health ministry is seeking $1.63 billion in damages from Swiss pharmaceutical giants Novartis and Roche after an anti-trust court ruled the two companies colluded to prevent the distribution of an eye medication.       


Boehringer Ingelheim Reaches $650M Settlement Over Blood Thinner

May 29, 2014 8:15 am | by Jim Suhr, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

German drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim has agreed to pay $650 million to settle thousands of U.S. claims questioning the marketing and safety of its popular blood thinner Pradaxa.                   

Court Won't Stop BP Spill Claims Payments

May 28, 2014 2:17 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP PLC must resume paying claims while it asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review its settlement with businesses over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal appeals court panel said Wednesday.           

Woman Sues Packing Company Over Illness

May 28, 2014 9:41 am | News | Comments

A college student sickened at a Detroit-area restaurant has sued a packing company that recalled 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli.               

Hot Sauce Controversy Might Be Cooling Down

May 28, 2014 8:08 am | News | Comments

The city of Irwindale, Calif., has been squabbling with the company for months after residents complained that spicy odors burned their throats and eyes.                 

Court Sides With EPA On Acid Rain Standard

May 27, 2014 1:53 pm | by Pete Yost, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Environmental Protection Agency was justified in not establishing a new air quality standard for acid rain.                 


Singapore Fines 3 Firms For Price-Fixing

May 27, 2014 10:30 am | News | Comments

Singapore's antitrust authority on Tuesday fined three Japanese companies a total of $7.2 million for price-fixing of ball and roller bearing products in the Singapore market.                 

Salmonella Victim Praises Charges

May 23, 2014 8:40 am | by Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press | News | Comments

A woman severely sickened after eating tainted eggs in 2010 says she welcomes criminal charges against the corporate executives blamed for a salmonella outbreak.                

U.S. Accuses Japanese Exec Of Price Fixing

May 23, 2014 8:12 am | News | Comments

According to an indictment, Hitoshi Hirano fixed prices of heater control panels sold to Toyota Motor Corp. between 2003 and 2010. The panels were used for vehicles made in the U.S. and elsewhere.         

State Court Allows 'Pink Slime' Lawsuit To Go Forward

May 23, 2014 7:57 am | by Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press | News | Comments

Beef Products Inc. sued the television network in 2012 seeking $1.2 billion in damages for the coverage of the meat product called lean, finely textured beef, which critics dubbed "pink slime."          

California Counties Sue Drug Companies Over Marketing

May 23, 2014 7:53 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two California counties have filed a lawsuit accusing five drug companies of waging a campaign of deception to boost the sales of painkillers behind the nation's prescription drug addiction problem.              


N.C. Lawmakers Consider New Rules For Patent Abuse

May 22, 2014 2:47 pm | by Katelyn Ferral, Associated Press | News | Comments

The bill would classify unfair allegations of patent infringement as a deceptive trade practice and financially help companies who are wrongly sued.                     

Process For Handling 'Legacy Lawsuits' To Change

May 21, 2014 3:56 pm | by Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press | News | Comments

Louisiana laws governing disputes over how to handle the cleanup of environmental damage caused by drilling years ago have been reworked under a bill supported by Gov. Bobby Jindal and now headed to his desk.           

BP Will Ask Supreme Court To Hear Claims Issue

May 21, 2014 2:27 pm | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP PLC says it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether businesses must prove they were directly harmed by the 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect payments from a 2012 settlement.          

Alcoa Employee Arrested In $1M Fraud Case

May 21, 2014 8:57 am | News | Comments

An Alcoa machine shop worker in Texas has been arrested in what prosecutors call a $1 million scam to order, steal and then resell equipment.                  

FedEx Sued Again Over Deadly Bus Crash

May 21, 2014 7:51 am | News | Comments

The family of a Los Angeles student who was among 10 people killed when a FedEx truck collided with a charter bus in Northern California is suing the shipping company.                

Medtronic To Pay More Than $1B In Patent Settlement

May 20, 2014 9:32 am | News | Comments

Medtronic has agreed to pay more than $1 billion to settle long-standing patent litigation with fellow medical device maker Edwards Lifesciences over replacement heart valves.              

CEO Of China Drug Company Commits Suicide Amid Probe

May 19, 2014 8:35 am | News | Comments

Sanjing Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. said that Liu Zhanbin jumped from a third-floor bathroom window in a hospital where he was receiving medical treatment while being accompanied by court guards.          

Anheuser-Busch VP Loses Discrimination Suit

May 19, 2014 7:54 am | by Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch did not discriminate against a former executive by paying her significantly less than a male predecessor, a jury in St. Louis decided Friday.                

Google, Apple Settle Patent Dispute

May 19, 2014 7:46 am | News | Comments

Two of the world's largest technology giants have reached an agreement to settle all of their lawsuits against each other regarding smartphone patents.                         

Japan Court Limits Samsung Damages Claim

May 16, 2014 9:55 am | News | Comments

A Japanese court ruled that Samsung can only seek a maximum of around 9.95 million yen in damages from the Japanese unit of Apple, judging the amount of damages should not exceed a royalty payment under a license agreement.         

Protecting The Godzilla Brand

May 16, 2014 8:36 am | News | Comments

Toho's attorneys use copyright and trademark law as effectively as Godzilla uses his tail and claws to topple buildings and swat opponents. Their court injunctions have permanently whacked music, books and movies from store shelves.       

UK Man Convicted In HP Fraud Scheme

May 16, 2014 8:04 am | News | Comments

A 47-year-old man federal prosecutors describe as a United Kingdom citizen has been convicted of participating in a conspiracy to defraud Hewlett-Packard of some $14 million by fraudulently purchasing computers and equipment at a discount.  

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