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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.

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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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Appeals Court Allows Horse Slaughterhouses To Open

December 16, 2013 7:59 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Companies in New Mexico and Missouri could begin slaughtering horses within a few weeks after a federal appeals court removed a temporary ban that was preventing domestic horse slaughter from resuming for the first time since 2007.      

Toyota To Enter Settlement Negotiations

December 13, 2013 12:21 pm | News | Comments

Toyota will seek to settle hundreds of lawsuits involving alleged unintended acceleration problems in its vehicles, according to a U.S. District Court filing in California. A motion filed Thursday by Toyota and plaintiffs asks for an order to establish an "intensive settlement process" in personal injury, wrongful death and property damage cases.

Indian Court Allows Nokia To Sell Frozen Assets

December 13, 2013 8:21 am | by Kay Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The ruling by the Delhi High Court coincided with a deadline after which Nokia had said the factory in the southeastern city of Chennai would be excluded from the Microsoft deal and might have to close. At least 8,000 workers are employed at the factory, which makes basic phone handsets, and some 25,000 subcontractors are dependent on its business, according to court filings.

S. Korea Court: Apple Didn't Violate Samsung Patents

December 12, 2013 10:52 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A Seoul court rejected Samsung's claim that iPhone and iPad models violated three of its patents, another setback for the South Korean electronics giant in a global battle with Apple over rights to technologies that power smartphones and tablets.   

Sriracha Maker Says Calif. Put Hold On Its Sauces

December 12, 2013 8:16 am | News | Comments

The Southern California-based maker of Sriracha has been told it can't ship any more of its popular hot sauce to food distributors until next month because the state Department of Public Health is enforcing stricter guidelines that require a 30-day hold on the product.

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Budvar Claims Win Over AB InBev In Portugal

December 11, 2013 8:07 am | News | Comments

The Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar NP says a Portuguese trade court has upheld a decision prohibiting its rival, Anheuser-Busch InBev, from using the Budweiser name in the country. State-owned Budvar says the ruling bans AB InBev, the world's largest brewer, from selling its beer under the Budweiser name in Portugal.

Quick Sale In Fisker Bankruptcy Remains On Track

December 11, 2013 7:46 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A judge gave preliminary approval Tuesday to failed electric-vehicle maker Fisker Automotive's description of its proposed bankruptcy plan, despite expressing concerns that the bankruptcy case was moving too rapidly.       

Vt. Joins Suit Seeking Fees In Patent Litigation

December 10, 2013 12:02 pm | News | Comments

Attorney General Bill Sorrell says the states filed a friend-of-the-court brief asking the high court to relax the standard that lower courts use to award attorneys' fees to prevailing parties in some patent cases.       

Defense Seeks Mistrial For Former BP Engineer

December 10, 2013 11:57 am | News | Comments

Attorneys for a former BP drilling engineer have asked the judge in the case to declare a mistrial. In a filing Tuesday, Kurt Mix's attorneys argued a prosecutor's questioning of a witness on Monday amounted to injecting unsupported accusations of misconduct against Mix.

Court: Exec Guilty Over Faulty French Implants

December 10, 2013 8:03 am | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

A French businessman who sold tens of thousands of breast implants filled with industrial-grade silicone and prone to leaks was convicted of fraud on Tuesday and sentenced to the maximum four years in prison.         

Apple Wants Samsung To Pay $22M For Legal Bills

December 9, 2013 8:26 am | News | Comments

The money sought in documents filed Thursday would be in addition to the $930 million in damages that juries decided Samsung owes Apple Inc. after hearing evidence of patent infringement in two separate trials held in a San Jose, California, federal court during the past 15 months.

No Prison Time For 2 Top Ex-Execs In N.Y. Conspiracy

December 9, 2013 7:41 am | News | Comments

Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. founder Louis Tomasetta (tahm-ah-SEHT'-uh) and Eugene Hovanec (HOH'-vah-nehk) were sentenced Friday in Manhattan federal court to three months of probation. They admitted in August that they conspired to destroy or falsify records related to Vitesse's April and October 2001 stock option grants.

Court To Jump Into Patent Discussion

December 6, 2013 1:44 pm | News | Comments

The Supreme Court will hear an appeal of a lower court decision that a federal judge called the "death" of software patents. Justices will take up an appeal from lawyers representing the Alice Corp. in its attempt to patent computer-implemented escrow systems, software, and methods.

Peanut Butter Plant Can Resume Limited Operations

December 6, 2013 1:41 pm | News | Comments

A bankruptcy judge's order allows an eastern New Mexico peanut butter plant involved in a nationwide salmonella outbreak last year to resume limited operations. Sunland Inc. in Portales closed its doors and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in October.

Woman Fights Ticket For Driving With Google Glass

December 4, 2013 8:20 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

A woman has pleaded not guilty to what is believed to be the first traffic citation alleging a motorist was using Google's computer-in-an-eyeglass. The device known as Google Glass, not yet widely available to the public, features a thumbnail-size transparent display above the right eye.

23andMe Faces Class Action Lawsuit In California

December 4, 2013 8:01 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Genetic testing company 23andMe is facing a class action lawsuit alleging that the Silicon Valley startup misled customers with advertising for its personalized DNA test kit. The test is marketed as a tool to help users predict their risk of developing various diseases.

Detroit's Bankruptcy Follows Decades Of Decay

December 4, 2013 7:41 am | News | Comments

For decades, Detroit paid its bills by borrowing money while struggling to provide the most basic of services for its residents. The city, which was about to default on a good chunk of a long-term debt exceeding $18 billion, now will get a second chance in a federal bankruptcy court-led restructuring.

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