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Endo To Settle Pelvic Mesh Lawsuits For $830M

May 1, 2014 8:49 am | News | Comments

Drug and medical device maker says it will pay $830 million to resolve roughly 20,000 personal lawsuits from patients who say they were injured by the company's vaginal mesh implants.             

U.S. Wants Charge Reinstated In BP Spill Case

May 1, 2014 7:58 am | News | Comments

Prosecutors urged a federal appeals court panel Wednesday to reinstate a criminal charge alleging that a former BP executive obstructed a congressional investigation into the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.        

Court Revives $10B Verdict In Cigarette Case

April 30, 2014 10:43 am | News | Comments

An Illinois appellate court has reinstated a $10.1 billion verdict in a class-action lawsuit against Phillip Morris USA that found the cigarette-maker misled customers about "light" and "low tar" designations.            

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Apple Lawyer Invokes Jobs' Memory At Patent Case

April 29, 2014 2:22 pm | News | Comments

Lawyer Harold McElhinny told jurors on Tuesday that Samsung had unfairly and brazenly ripped off smartphone features that Jobs and other Apple executives had invented.               

Court Revives EPA Cross-State Pollution Rule

April 29, 2014 11:08 am | News | Comments

The Supreme Court has given the Environmental Protection Agency an important victory in its effort to reduce power plant pollution that contributes to unhealthy air in neighboring states.           

Europe Warns Google, Samsung On Patent Abuse

April 29, 2014 8:25 am | News | Comments

The European Commission says Motorola Mobility — which Google is selling to China's Lenovo — has abused its market position in Europe by refusing to grant crucial technology licenses to rival Apple, then suing Apple for infringement.        

Anheuser-Busch Discrimination Suit Heads To Trial

April 28, 2014 2:05 pm | News | Comments

A gender discrimination lawsuit by a former top Anheuser-Busch executive against the St. Louis brewer goes to trial more than four years after the suit was filed.               

Court Won't Hear Microsoft Antitrust Case

April 28, 2014 10:54 am | News | Comments

The Supreme Court has declined to take up software maker Novell Inc.'s appeal in a long-running antitrust case against Microsoft Corp.                      

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Cambodian Labor Activists' Trial Begins

April 25, 2014 2:00 pm | News | Comments

Almost two dozen Cambodian factory workers and rights activists went on trial Friday in connection with labor protests earlier this year that rocked Prime Minister Hun Sen's government.             

Judge Accepts Settlement In Sudden Acceleration Suit

April 25, 2014 12:04 pm | News | Comments

A judge has accepted a settlement involving the family of a 77-year-old Flint-area woman killed when her 2005 Toyota Camry slammed into a tree after alleged sudden acceleration.             

Adobe, Apple Settle High-Tech Workers' Lawsuit

April 25, 2014 8:14 am | News | Comments

Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe Systems have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another.       

Auto Parts Maker Paying $19.9M Fine In Price-Fixing Case

April 24, 2014 10:44 am | News | Comments

Federal officials allege Showa Corp., based in Japan, had agreed to rig bids and fix prices for some powered steering assemblies sold to Honda Motor Co. and some of its subsidiaries.                    

Chiquita Wants Court To Toss Terror Payments Case

April 24, 2014 8:49 am | by Curt Anderson, AP Legal Affairs Writer | News | Comments

Produce giant Chiquita Brands International is asking a federal appeals court to toss out lawsuits filed against it in the U.S. by thousands of Colombians whose relatives were killed in a bloody civil war.            

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GM, Lawyers Fighting Over Bankruptcy Protections

April 23, 2014 7:52 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Lawyers who are suing GM say it shouldn't get the usual benefits of bankruptcy protection because it concealed a deadly ignition switch problem when the court was making bankruptcy decisions.              

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.                

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. 

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.                       

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