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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.                

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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.          

NLRB Hears Union Complaints About Mercedes

April 9, 2014 8:01 am | News | Comments

A judge with the National Labor Relations Board is considering a complaint filed by union supporters at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama, where labor has failed to gain a foothold despite past organizing attempts.         

N.C. Sides With Duke In Appeal Of Coal Ash Ruling

April 8, 2014 3:51 pm | by Michael Biesecker, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina regulators are joining with Duke Energy in appealing a judge's ruling on cleaning up groundwater pollution leeching from the company's coal ash dumps.                 

Swedish Court Orders Sony To Pay $46K

April 8, 2014 3:33 pm | News | Comments

Lund's district court on Tuesday ruled that Sony's mobile phone model W715, which includes and MP3 player, should be considered as equipment aimed at copying copyright protected material.             

Zohydro Maker Sues To Block Ban

April 8, 2014 8:15 am | News | Comments

The maker of Zohydro, a controversial new prescription painkiller, has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to block Massachusetts' ban on local doctors prescribing and dispensing the drug.           

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'Lemon Law King' Sues Tesla

April 8, 2014 7:48 am | by Todd Richmond, Associated Press | News | Comments

Wisconsin's self-proclaimed "lemon law king" filed a lawsuit against Tesla, accusing the company of refusing to give a Franklin doctor a refund on a defective electric sedan that cost nearly $100,000.         

Takeda, Eli Lilly Hit With $9B Penalty

April 8, 2014 7:43 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A U.S. jury ordered Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and Eli Lilly to pay $9 billion in punitive damages over a diabetes medicine linked to cancer.                   

Supreme Court Rejects Early Appeal Of Surveillance Ruling

April 7, 2014 10:23 am | News | Comments

The Supreme Court has declined an early look at a constitutional challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records.              

Families Want GM Prosecuted For Defects

April 7, 2014 7:42 am | by Paul Wiseman and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

The families of those who died in General Motors cars with defective ignition switches want prosecutors to go after GM insiders responsible for letting the problems fester for more than a decade.           

Tesla To Appeal New Jersey Regulations

April 3, 2014 7:52 am | by David Porter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric-car company Tesla Motors has filed notice it intends to go to court to appeal New Jersey's ruling that would stop it from selling its vehicles in the state within two weeks.            

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Former BP Engineer Gets Sentencing Delay

April 2, 2014 12:52 pm | News | Comments

Mix, 52, of Katy, Texas, was accused of deliberately deleting text messages to and from a supervisor and a BP contractor to stymie a grand jury's investigation of the spill.              

Samsung Says Patents Were Developed By Google Engineers

April 2, 2014 7:40 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Samsung fired back at Apple's accusations of patent theft Tuesday, saying the South Korean tech giant didn't write any of the Android software on its smartphones and tablets, Google did.               

CMU Awarded $1.54B In Marvell Patent Dispute

April 1, 2014 2:04 pm | News | Comments

A U.S. court has awarded Carnegie Mellon University $1.54 billion in a patent dispute with chip maker Marvell Technology.                        

Rat Poison Maker Challenges California Rule

April 1, 2014 8:29 am | by Channing Joseph, Associated Press | News | Comments

The manufacturer of a popular rat poison is suing California over a new regulation that would prevent consumers from buying many types of pesticides for at-home use because they can harm pets and wildlife.           

Supreme Court May Limit Software Patents

March 31, 2014 12:16 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court appears willing to make it tougher to approve patents for computer software in a case that is being closely watched by technology companies.                 

Another Apple-Samsung Battle Heads To Court

March 31, 2014 8:22 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The trial will mark the latest round in a long-running series of lawsuits between the two tech giants that underscore a much larger concern about what is allowed to be patented.              

Appeals Court Allows Meat Labels

March 28, 2014 11:35 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court is allowing labels on meat products that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.                       

Judge Won't Dismiss 'Pink Slime' Suit

March 28, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

A South Dakota judge on Thursday refused to throw out a defamation lawsuit against ABC related to its coverage of a meat product called lean, finely textured beef, which critics have dubbed "pink slime."            

Women Say J&J Trashed Records In Product Injury Suits

March 27, 2014 8:01 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Lawyers and advocates for women alleging Johnson & Johnson products injured them urged the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to investigate their claims the health care giant deliberately destroyed many documents critical to their lawsuits.

Group Seeks To Overturn NYC E-Cigarette Ban

March 25, 2014 11:40 am | News | Comments

The Smoke-Free Air Act was signed into law in December, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's last month in office. The law prohibits e-cigarettes in all areas where regular cigarettes are banned.            

Supreme Court: Company Can Move Forward With Lexmark Suit

March 25, 2014 10:34 am | News | Comments

The Supreme Court will allow a competitor of printer maker Lexmark International Inc. to move forward with a lawsuit accusing the company of disparaging its business.               

Judge Finds Labor Company Liable For Thai Worker Abuse

March 25, 2014 8:40 am | by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has found a California-based labor contractor liable for discrimination and abuse of hundreds of Thai workers at Hawaii farms.                     

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