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Texas Search Group Sues FAA Over Drones

April 22, 2014 8:41 am | by Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press | News | Comments

A group involved in searches for missing persons around the nation filed a lawsuit on Monday asking a federal court to set aside an order that prohibits the nonprofit from employing drones in its work.           

Man Convicted For Fatal N.H. Explosion On Trial

April 22, 2014 8:01 am | by Patrick Whittle, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Vermont man convicted for the 2010 explosion that killed two workers at a New Hampshire gunpowder plant is on trial for wire fraud, but defense attorneys say he was trying to create jobs, not defraud the government.          

GM Wants More Protection From Lawsuits

April 22, 2014 7:46 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

General Motors Co. has filed suit in a U.S. bankruptcy court asking a judge to protect the company from legal claims for actions that took place before it emerged from bankruptcy in 2009.                

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Court Won't Block Ruling In Patent Case

April 21, 2014 10:30 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday declined to temporarily block a lower court ruling that opens the world's best-selling multiple sclerosis drug to competition from generic rivals next month.           

Manufacturing.net Rewind: More Trouble For GM; GE's First Micro-Factory

April 18, 2014 2:15 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the fallout from a lawsuit against GE picking Louisville for its micro-factory to an explosion and fire at a Tennessee ammunition plant.        

Appeals Court Rejects Challenge To Cement Plant Pollution Standard

April 18, 2014 12:35 pm | News | Comments

The Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental groups had argued that the standard weakened an earlier EPA rule for cement plants that the industry had successfully challenged.            

Apartheid Abuse Cases Against Ford, IBM Go Forward

April 18, 2014 9:07 am | News | Comments

A federal judge on Thursday declined to toss out decade-old lawsuits that accuse IBM Corp. and Ford Motor Co. of supporting apartheid by letting their subsidiaries sell computers and cars to the South African government.           

Former BP Employee Settles Insider-Trading Charges

April 18, 2014 8:07 am | News | Comments

The U.S. government says a former BP employee who was a coordinator during the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has settled federal charges of using confidential information on the seriousness of the spill to profit illegally from trading in BP stock. 

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Consumer Groups Win 'Company Doe' Appeal

April 17, 2014 12:13 pm | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press | News | Comments

We soon could know the identity of the manufacturer — only known now as "Company Doe" — in a product safety case that has been linked to a child's death.                  

Tobacco Companies Make Payments Under Settlement

April 17, 2014 11:27 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

The nation's top cigarette makers say they've made annual payments as part of a settlement in which some companies are paying states billions for smoking-related health care costs.              

Texas Blast Victims Pick Closure Over Answers

April 16, 2014 12:46 pm | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

Key questions remain unanswered, including what sparked the fire and what firefighters knew about the chemicals inside the plant.                       

If Filed, Plane Lawsuits May Not Get Heard In U.S.

April 16, 2014 8:20 am | by Gillian Wong, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some lawyers have argued that the families could still sue in America if they alleged the plane's U.S. manufacturer, the Boeing Co., was somehow responsible for the disaster.              

U.S. Indicts 3 Bridgestone Execs For Price-Fixing

April 16, 2014 8:12 am | News | Comments

A U.S. federal grand jury has indicted one current and two former Japanese executives of Bridgestone Corp. for their involvement in automobile parts price-fixing in the United States, the Department of Justice announced.       

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Judge Blocks Mass. Ban On Zohydro

April 16, 2014 7:56 am | by Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press | News | Comments

The judge issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday after pharmaceutical company, Zogenix, argued in a lawsuit that the ban issued by Gov. Deval Patrick in March is unconstitutional.                

GM Asking Bankruptcy Court For Lawsuit Protection

April 16, 2014 7:51 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors revealed in court filings late Tuesday that it will soon ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy.           

Court Upholds EPA Emission Standards

April 15, 2014 11:59 am | by Pete Yost, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court has upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.                

Lawsuit: Georgia Factory Is Polluting Altamaha River

April 14, 2014 2:50 pm | by Ray Henry, Associated Press | News | Comments

An environmental group is suing a factory in southeast Georgia, accusing the company of discharging colored waste and odors in the Altamaha River.                   

Couple Gets $1.3M Wind Turbine Settlement

April 14, 2014 2:10 pm | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press | News | Comments

The construction and operation of what has become the Kingdom Community Wind project generated fierce opposition from a number of people who claimed the project marred the pristine ridgeline for no environmental benefit.         

Lawsuit: GM Intentionally, Systematically Concealed Defects

April 14, 2014 8:27 am | News | Comments

Parents of a Georgia teenager who suffered a severe brain injury in a 2009 car crash say General Motors knew of a defect in her car but took steps to conceal it.                        

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Toyota Replaces Robots With Humans; GM Puts Engineers On Leave

April 11, 2014 2:30 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the fallout from GM's massive recall to Toyotas' latest innovative move.                   

Lindt Wins Latest Round In Gummy Bear Battle

April 11, 2014 11:21 am | News | Comments

A Cologne appeals court ruled Friday that the Swiss company's gold-foil wrapped chocolate teddy doesn't violate Haribo's copyrighted "Gold Bear" name for its gummy bears.                

50 Cent Ordered To Pay In Headphone Case

April 10, 2014 3:07 pm | News | Comments

Federal court records show that rapper 50 Cent has been ordered to pay a Bradenton earphone manufacturer more than $16 million in connection with a failed partnership to produce the entertainer's line of headphones.      

Judge Sets Hearing In Boeing Sale Lawsuit

April 10, 2014 12:58 pm | News | Comments

A federal judge in Kansas has set a hearing in the lawsuit against Boeing brought by two unions over pensions and retiree medical benefits.                   

Defendant: Food Poisoning Was Easy Under Loose Security

April 9, 2014 11:42 am | News | Comments

A man who was indicted earlier this year for lacing frozen food products with pesticide at a factory in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo, says he had no trouble doing so because of loose security.                

Officials Sentenced For Tomato Price-Fixing Scam

April 9, 2014 8:43 am | News | Comments

Randall Rahal of Nantucket, Mass., was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison. Prosecutors say the former SK Foods broker bribed buyers at food giants such as Kraft Foods, Safeway Inc. and Frito-Lay.          

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