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Tracy Morgan Sues Wal-Mart Over Fatal Crash

July 14, 2014 7:36 am | by Bruce Shipkowski, Associated Press | News | Comments

The complaint claims the retail giant should have known that its driver had been awake for over 24 hours and that his commute of 700 miles from his home in Georgia to work in Delaware was "unreasonable."               

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Another Michigan City In Trouble; Boeing Checks Plane Parts

July 11, 2014 12:48 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the financial struggles of the birthplace of GM to a train accident that damaged six Boeing commercial airplane bodies.               

Tesla Sued In China For $3.85M

July 11, 2014 10:17 am | by The Street | Videos | Comments

Electric car-maker Tesla is being sued in China for trademark infringement. Chinese businessman Zhan Baosheng is suing the company over Tesla's trademark, which he registered in both Chinese and English in 2006, before the company arrived in China.

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California Man Facing Prison For Economic Espionage

July 10, 2014 7:43 am | News | Comments

A jury convicted Walter Liew, 56, of selling DuPont Co.'s secret recipe for making cars, paper and a long list of everyday items whiter to the Chinese government for $28 million.                     

Apple Wins Court Case On Store Design Trademark

July 10, 2014 7:30 am | News | Comments

The European Union's highest court says Apple's characteristic retail store layout may be registered as a trademark.                       

John Wayne Heirs Sue Over 'Duke' Bourbon

July 9, 2014 12:14 pm | by Michael Biesecker, Associated Press | News | Comments

John Wayne's heirs are dueling with Duke University over the family's right to market bottles of bourbon branded with the late movie star's nickname, Duke.                 

Court Considers Charges In 2010 BP Disaster Deaths

July 9, 2014 8:01 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors tried to persuade a federal appeals court to reinstate some of the manslaughter charges against two BP employees in a case arising from the deaths of 11 workers in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.   

Settlement Reached In Remington Rifle Suit

July 9, 2014 7:42 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the nation's leading gun-makers has reached a settlement in a lawsuit claiming a popular hunting rifle has a defective trigger mechanism that can cause injury and death.                    

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Former Anheuser-Busch Exec Wants New Trial

July 7, 2014 10:32 am | News | Comments

A former Anheuser-Busch executive who unsuccessfully sued the brewer for gender discrimination is seeking a new trial.                       

Lawsuits Aim To Stop Work At Mines In 3 States

July 7, 2014 10:02 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

Coal industry representatives say lawsuits against mines in three Western states could have consequences across the U.S. as environmentalists seek changes in how mining is approved on federally owned reserves.        

Backlash Stirs Against Foreign Worker Visas

July 7, 2014 8:11 am | by Laura Wides-Munoz and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Amid calls for expanding the nation's H-1B visa program, there is growing pushback from Americans who argue the program has been hijacked by staffing companies that import cheaper, lower-level workers to replace more expensive U.S. employees.  

Group: Coal Ash Dumps Polluting 3 N.C. Rivers

July 2, 2014 2:54 pm | by Mitch Weiss, Associated Press | News | Comments

An environmental group says it's planning to use the federal Clean Water Act to sue Duke Energy over coal ash pollution at three plants along North Carolina rivers.                 

Georgia Lawsuit Still Causing Headaches For GM

July 2, 2014 9:20 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Litigation over the 29-year-old's death was settled by GM last October, but not before it laid bare how the company allowed millions of small cars to stay on the road more than a decade after GM discovered ignition switch flaws linked to at least 13 fatalities.

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AB InBev Acquires Czech 'Budweiser' Brewer

July 2, 2014 8:34 am | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, has acquired a small Czech brewery, Samson, in an effort to strengthen its claim to the trademark name of Budweiser.              

Court To Hear Natural Gas Price-Fixing Claims

July 2, 2014 8:20 am | News | Comments

The Supreme Court will consider whether a group of energy companies can be sued under state antitrust laws for illegally manipulating natural gas prices more than a decade ago during California's energy crisis.                

High Court To Consider Deadlines For Suing Gov't

July 1, 2014 8:25 am | News | Comments

The Supreme Court will consider how strict deadlines should be for people to sue the federal government for negligence.                       

Court Says Bat Maker Not Liable For Pitcher's Injuries

July 1, 2014 8:09 am | by Sean Murphy, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Oklahoma man who was seriously injured by a line drive during a 2006 high school baseball game isn't entitled to a nearly $1 million award from the manufacturer of the bat used to hit the ball, a federal appeals court ruled.    

Supreme Court Won't Hear Dispute Over Calif. Fuel Standard

June 30, 2014 11:38 am | News | Comments

The Supreme Court won't hear a challenge to California's first-in-the-nation mandate requiring fuel producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.                   

GM Victim Payment Plan Won't Have Limit

June 30, 2014 9:40 am | by Joan Lowy and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The attorney overseeing GM's compensation to victims of small-car crashes says there's no limit to what the company will pay, provided the crashes were caused by faulty ignition switches. The tally could climb into billions of dollars.   

Court: Wal-Mart Must Compensate Workers

June 30, 2014 8:09 am | News | Comments

Canada's Supreme Court ruled that Wal-Mart must compensate former workers at a Quebec store that was closed after they voted to become the first Wal-Mart store in North America to unionize.            

Honda To Pay $55.3M After Crash

June 30, 2014 8:07 am | News | Comments

A jury ordered Honda Motor Co. to pay $55.3 million for a rollover accident that left a Pennsylvania man paralyzed, but the car company said it would appeal.                

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Obama's Lawsuit; Jobs From China

June 27, 2014 12:52 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the House planning to sue Obama for failing to carry out the laws passed by Congress to China creating thousands of U.S. jobs.             

NAM Backs Boeing After 'Misguided Decision' By NLRB Judge

June 27, 2014 8:27 am | by Patrick Forrest, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, NAM | Blogs | Comments

Recently, an NLRB administrative law judge (ALJ) issued a decision that, if allowed to stand, would have significant implications for manufacturers and their intellectual property.              

Court Won't Reinstate NYC Soda Ban

June 27, 2014 8:04 am | by David Klepper, Associated Press | News | Comments

Guzzlers prevailed as New York's highest court refused to reinstate New York City's ban on the sale of big sodas, ruling that the city's health department overstepped its bounds when approved the 16-ounce cap on sugary beverages.     

Sugar Company Fights Subpoena

June 26, 2014 7:57 am | News | Comments

Officials with American Crystal Sugar Co. say they should not have to testify in a lawsuit involving the sugar and corn syrup industries.                   

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