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Court To Consider Restoring NYC Soda Ban

June 4, 2014 10:33 am | News | Comments

New York City officials are trying to convince the state's top court to reinstate their ban on big sodas, which was blocked by lower courts.                   

Hearing On Texas Oil Spill Resumes

June 3, 2014 3:59 pm | by Michael Graczyk, Associated Press | News | Comments

The captain of a tugboat whose barges collided with a cargo freighter in the Houston Ship Channel says the larger vessel increased its speed in foggy conditions and she couldn't turn quickly to avoid the crash.              

Former Medical Device Company Execs Convicted Of Fraud

June 3, 2014 8:24 am | News | Comments

A federal jury has convicted the former top two executives of a Texas medical device company for taking part in a scheme that defrauded shareholders and investors out of more than $400 million.            

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Chicago Sues Over Painkiller Marketing

June 3, 2014 7:56 am | by Carla K. Johnson, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The city of Chicago is seeking damages in a lawsuit accusing five drug makers of deceptively marketing a class of prescription painkiller that can be highly addictive.                 

The Upstart Industry Riddled With Lawsuits

June 2, 2014 2:58 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

It may seem like a good sign when everyone wants a piece of an emerging product category even before ascertaining its market share. But it’s probably not a good sign when that category is littered with lawsuits.                     

Court Says Company Didn't Induce Patent Infringement

June 2, 2014 11:53 am | News | Comments

A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that a company is not liable for inducing patent infringement if someone other than the company carries out some of the steps leading to infringement.           

Deal Calls For Egg Company To Pay $6.8M Fine

June 2, 2014 11:00 am | by Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Iowa company has agreed to pay $6.8 million in fines for crimes that include selling the tainted eggs that caused a nationwide salmonella outbreak in 2010.                

Feds Say Arch Coal Workers Took $2M In Kickbacks

May 30, 2014 2:30 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ten Arch Coal employees at a West Virginia mine are charged with pocketing almost $2 million from vendors in a pay-to-play kickback scheme, federal prosecutors said Friday.               

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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.           

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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.                  

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