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Feds Still Weighing Appeal In BP Supervisors' Case

January 10, 2014 2:23 pm | News | Comments

A federal judge agreed Thursday to extend a deadline for the Justice Department to decide whether to appeal the dismissal of some manslaughter counts against two BP employees charged in the deadly 2010 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.

CareFusion To Pay $40.1M In False Claimse Case

January 10, 2014 8:06 am | News | Comments

CareFusion Corp. has agreed to pay $40.1 million to settle allegations it paid kickbacks and promoted its medical technology products for uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The Justice Department announced the settlement Thursday with the California-based company of a whistleblower lawsuit unsealed in U.S. District Court in Kansas.

Case Makes iPhone A BlackBerry Clone

January 9, 2014 2:42 pm | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Its similarities with BlackBerry phones are notable: It has angle-cut keys suitable for thumb-typing. The keyboard layout is nearly identical — for example, with parentheses above the "T'' and "Y'' instead of the "9'' and "0'' on a typical keyboard. Thick silver bars separate rows of keys.

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Samsung, Apple CEOs To Discuss Lawsuit Settlement

January 9, 2014 12:47 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The chiefs of Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc. will meet to discuss settling a bitter two year legal battle over designs and technologies of smartphones and tablets. A filing with the U.S. District court in San Jose showed Thursday that senior legal executives from Apple and Samsung agreed earlier this week that the CEOs will meet by or before Feb. 19.

Alcoa Subsidiary Pleads Guilty To Bahrain Bribery

January 9, 2014 11:27 am | by Joe Mandak, Associated Press | News | Comments

A subsidiary of Alcoa Inc. has pleaded guilty and the company will pay $384 million for paying bribes to the Middle Eastern Kingdom of Bahrain through a London-based middleman. The corporate secretary for Alcoa World Alumina LLC pleaded guilty on behalf of the company on Thursday in federal court in Pittsburgh.

Novartis Sued In Kickback Scheme

January 9, 2014 8:32 am | by Jake Pearson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. paid kickbacks to a specialty pharmacy in exchange for recommending refills of a blood transfusion drug it produces, according to an amended complaint filed Wednesday in a civil case brought by state and federal prosecutors in New York.

From Promising Biofuels Pitch To Federal Custody

January 8, 2014 2:28 pm | by Phuong Le, Associated Press | News | Comments

The indictment in December alleges that the CEO received millions of dollars in deposits from investors to build and operate plants in Slovenia, India and Canada. Instead, the indictment alleges, he spent that money, using a $1 million for a home in Kennewick and $65,000 for furnishings and other personal expenses.

Fishermen Sue Texas Lawyer In BP Claims Dispute

January 8, 2014 2:18 pm | by Michael Kunzleman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of Vietnamese fishermen sued a Texas lawyer on Tuesday over allegations that he falsely claimed to represent thousands of deckhands to secure a lucrative appointment on a committee of attorneys representing victims of BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill.

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Goodyear Sues Over 'Boss-Napping' In France

January 8, 2014 1:39 pm | News | Comments

Goodyear Dunlop Tires France — a subsidiary of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. of Akron, Ohio — said in a statement the lawsuit was filed Wednesday with the prosecutor in Amiens, France, because it can't accept "actions that endanger people and goods."

Feds Crack Down On 4 Bogus Weight Loss Aids

January 8, 2014 8:15 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The government's settlement with California-based Sensa is part of a broader crackdown on four companies peddling weight-loss products including food additives, skin creams and dietary supplements.           

Judge Ups Lead Paint Verdict To $1.15B

January 8, 2014 8:03 am | News | Comments

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James P. Kleinberg on Tuesday issued a final verdict ordering Sherwin Williams, National Lead and ConAgra to pay $1.15 billion after finding that the companies knew the paint was harmful to children. A tentative ruling issued in December after a five-week nonjury trial had said the companies would have to pay $1.1 billion.

Wal-Mart Eyes Legal Action Over Fox In Donkey Meat

January 3, 2014 9:45 am | News | Comments

Wal-Mart had recalled the donkey meat — which it said was considered a popular delicacy in parts of China — after DNA testing by a government agency. The company said Thursday that it withdrew all products from the supplier, Dezhou Fujude Food Company, and that affected customers were offered compensation.

Ill. Chemical Plant Unit Down Pending Fire Probe

January 2, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the Cook County judge on Tuesday granted a preliminary injunction against Blue Island Phenol in suburban Alsip. It requires the company to investigate the cause of the Dec. 13 explosion and fire that injured two workers and identify corrective measures.

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Cambodian Troops Quash Protest At Garment Factory

January 2, 2014 8:50 am | by Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press | News | Comments

Soldiers from a military special command unit carrying metal pipes, knives, AK-47 rifles, slingshots and batons clashed with workers at a factory in an outlying area of Phnom Penh, local human rights group LICADHO said. Its statement said 10 people were taken into military custody and that monks and workers were beaten.

Hyundai, Kia To Pay Millions In Fuel Settlement

December 24, 2013 10:38 am | News | Comments

Hyundai and its sister company Kia say they'll pay up to $395 million to consumers as part of a proposed settlement over overstated gas mileage. The automakers faced lawsuits after they acknowledged in November that they had overstated the fuel economy of some of its vehicles.

Fisker Says Former Employees' Claims Not Valid

December 23, 2013 11:47 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Fisker attorneys asked a Delaware judge in court papers this week to consider the demands of 157 former employees as general unsecured claims with zero value. The former employees, who filed a federal lawsuit in California alleging inadequate notice of the layoffs, claim they are owed about $3.8 million, with about half that amount entitled to priority over other creditors' claims.

Maryland Man Gets 8 Years In Iran Satellite Case

December 23, 2013 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Earlier this year, a jury found Modanlo guilty of violating a U.S. trade embargo against Iran by brokering a deal to help the country launch an Earth-observation satellite from Russia in 2005. The launch of the Sina-1 satellite marked the practical beginning of Iran's space program.

New Mexico AG Sues To Stop Horse Slaughter

December 20, 2013 9:40 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorney Blair Dunn called King's lawsuit frivolous and a waste of taxpayer money. King defended the lawsuit, saying Valley Meat stands to violate state laws related to food safety, water quality and unfair business practices.

Ex-BP Engineer Convicted On Single Obstruction Charge

December 18, 2013 12:29 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former BP drilling engineer was convicted Wednesday of deleting text messages from his cellphone to obstruct a federal investigation of the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A federal jury deliberated for more than nine hours over three days before reaching the verdict on Kurt Mix's case. The count of obstruction of justice carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

NAM, Businesses Again Challenge Union Poster Rules

December 18, 2013 12:25 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

A prominent business group is challenging government rules that require federal contractors to display posters telling workers they have a legal right to form a union. The National Association of Manufacturers filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday that asserts the Labor Department regulations violate the free speech rights of employers.

BP Sues Lawyer Over Oil Spill Claim Filings

December 17, 2013 1:44 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP PLC has sued Texas lawyer Mikal (MEYE'-kahl) Watts, saying he fraudulently claimed to represent 40,000 deckhands who lost money because of the 2010 oil spill. The lawsuit claims his filings inflated the estimate for a settlement fund to $2.3 billion.

Hearing On Tuesday In 'Pink Slime' Lawsuit

December 17, 2013 8:24 am | News | Comments

A judge is scheduled to hear oral arguments Tuesday in a motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit over ABC News' coverage of a meat product that critics dub "pink slime." The lawsuit filed by Beef Products Inc. was moved in June from federal court to circuit court. ABC is asking the circuit judge to dismiss the case.

Calif. Company Asks For Judgment Vs. Sunland's CEO

December 17, 2013 8:00 am | News | Comments

A California company suing Sunland Inc. for $1 million also is asking for a judgment against one of the top executives of the defunct Portales peanut processor. Albuquerque attorney Nathan Mann says chocolate maker Swain Creations Inc. is accusing Sunland and CEO Jimmie Shearer of fraud, concealment and intentional misrepresentation.

Judge Dismisses Monster Beverage's Lawsuit Vs. SF

December 17, 2013 7:55 am | News | Comments

A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by Monster Beverage Corp. that sought to block the San Francisco city attorney's investigation into the company's marketing practices. Monster filed its lawsuit after the city attorney demanded that the company reduce caffeine levels in its drinks and stop marketing to minors.

Judge: Paint Companies To Pay Calif. Cities $1.1B

December 17, 2013 7:39 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lead-based paints were barred from the U.S. market in 1978, but millions of homes painted before then still pose a health risk. The industry argued that it never deliberately sold a harmful product and that the old paint is no longer a significant public health risk.

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