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U.S., Toyota Reach $1B Settlement

March 19, 2014 8:06 am | by Eric Tucker and Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. has reached a $1.2 billion settlement with Toyota and filed a criminal charge alleging the automaker defrauded consumers by issuing misleading statements about safety issues.             

Lawsuit Says Coal Pollutes Mississippi River

March 19, 2014 7:34 am | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawsuit against United Bulk Terminals alleges coal and petroleum coke fall daily from its conveyor belts at Davant, falling both in the river and on its bank.                

Federal Grand Jury To Investigate Duke Energy Spill

March 18, 2014 11:40 am | by Michael Biesecker and Mitch Weiss, Associated Press | News | Comments

The session at the federal courthouse in Raleigh comes as environmental groups amp up pressure on regulators and lawmakers to force Duke to clean up the leaky, unlined ash pits polluting North Carolina's waterways.        

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India To Appeal Decision In Scrapped Helicopter Case

March 18, 2014 8:19 am | News | Comments

India canceled the contract with Italian-owned Finmeccanica's helicopter arm AgustaWestland in January amid allegations that the company paid bribes to win the $750 million deal for 12 luxury helicopters to ferry VIPs.             

W.Va. Spill Company's President Wants To Get Paid

March 17, 2014 2:29 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

In court documents Saturday, Freedom Industries President Gary Southern requested an order to cash paychecks for work following the company's Jan. 17 bankruptcy filing, even as hundreds of creditors try to collect money owed by Freedom Industries.

Officials Having Trouble Collecting Disabled Workers' Judgment

March 10, 2014 8:17 am | News | Comments

Federal and state officials are having trouble collecting the multimillion-dollar judgment a Texas company was ordered to pay for mistreating 32 mentally disabled workers at an Iowa labor camp.             

Court Revives Lawsuits By Soldiers Over Waste Disposal

March 7, 2014 8:25 am | by Larry O'Dell, Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawsuits claim contractors KBR and Halliburton Co. exposed soldiers to toxic emissions and contaminated water when they burned waste in open pits without proper safety controls.             

Judge Won't Ban Samsung From Selling Smartphones

March 6, 2014 2:26 pm | News | Comments

A federal judge has denied Apple's request to permanently ban Samsung from selling 23 older-model smartphones and tablets that a jury found infringed on patents held by the maker of iPhones and iPads.          

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Judge Tells Duke To Clean Up Groundwater At Ash Dumps

March 6, 2014 2:19 pm | by Mitch Weiss, Associated Press | News | Comments

A North Carolina judge says Duke Energy must take immediate action to eliminate the source of groundwater pollution at its coal ash dumps.                    

Google Barge Heads To New Home

March 6, 2014 2:06 pm | News | Comments

The odd-looking, four-story vessel made of recycled shipping containers departed from Treasure Island to comply with a regulatory order concluding that Google didn't have the proper permits to build it there.        

2 Guilty Of Selling U.S. Trade Secrets To China

March 6, 2014 8:07 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two men were convicted of stealing a secret recipe for making a chemical used to whiten products from cars to the middle of Oreo cookies and selling it to a competitor controlled by the Chinese government.           

Wind Deal Status Unclear After Ruling

March 5, 2014 2:34 pm | by David Sharp, Associated Press | News | Comments

The court ruled that regulators must re-examine a deal in which Nova Scotia-based Emera invested more than $300 million to have a 49 percent stake in Boston-based First Wind's Northeast project portfolio.           

Micron To Settle Antitrust Lawsuit For $66.7M

March 5, 2014 2:13 pm | News | Comments

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced on Tuesday the settlement of the lawsuit Idaho and 34 other states brought against Micron and 11 other makers of dynamic random-access memory, or DRAM.            

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Judge Rules For Chevron In Ecuador Case

March 4, 2014 2:18 pm | by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked U.S. courts from being used to collect a $9 billion Ecuadorean judgment against Chevron for rainforest damage.                   

Supreme Court: Broad Protection For Whistleblowers

March 4, 2014 10:46 am | News | Comments

The Supreme Court ruled that whistleblower protections in a federal law passed in response to the Enron financial scandal apply broadly to employees of publicly traded companies and contractors hired by the companies.           

Panel: Oil Spill Claims Don't Need Direct Harm

March 4, 2014 10:13 am | News | Comments

The ruling could clear the way for payments to resume from a settlement administrator after they were frozen.                        

Judge Says City Not Liable For Mamtek Bonds

February 28, 2014 11:28 am | News | Comments

A federal judge has ruled that the city of Moberly and its industrial development authority are not responsible for bonds involved in a failed artificial sweetener plant project.              

Drug Firms Argue Over $1.2B Arkansas Judgment

February 27, 2014 12:12 pm | News | Comments

A lawyer for two drug companies told the Arkansas Supreme Court that the state improperly relied on federal regulations in a lawsuit that resulted in a $1.2 billion award.               

Fraud Allegations At Center Of Oil Spill Hearing

February 26, 2014 12:38 pm | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has agreed to delay a lawsuit against a Texas lawyer accused by BP of falsely claiming to represent thousands of deckhands who lost money in the 2010 Gulf oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier on Wednesday agreed to the delay while a criminal case against attorney Mikal (MEYE'-kahl) Watts unfolds.

TransCanada Says Neb. Pipeline Route Still Valid

February 25, 2014 12:44 pm | by Grant Schulte, Associated Press | News | Comments

The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline said Monday that its proposed route through Nebraska is still legally valid until a higher court decides whether the state's pipeline siting law is constitutional. A spokesman for Calgary-based TransCanada said last week's ruling to invalidate the proposed route cannot be enforced while a lawsuit filed by landowners is on appeal.

Apple, Samsung Fail To Settle Before March Trial

February 24, 2014 8:32 am | News | Comments

Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. have failed to settle their latest patent dispute despite a daylong meeting between top Samsung executives and Apple CEO Tim Cook hosted by a mediator earlier this month.       

Climate Case At Supreme Court Looks At EPA's Power

February 24, 2014 7:37 am | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The justices are hearing arguments Monday in a challenge to a regulation that forces companies that want to expand facilities or build new ones that would increase overall pollution to evaluate ways to reduce the carbon they release. Carbon dioxide is the chief greenhouse gas.

Delaware Court Affirms Dismissal Of DuPont Suit

February 21, 2014 7:53 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Delaware Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the widow of an Argentine national who claimed he was exposed to asbestos at a DuPont textile plant in the South American country.       

N.Y. Settles Probe Of Generic Drug Manufacturers

February 20, 2014 8:41 am | News | Comments

New York's attorney general has announced a settlement with generic drug manufacturers Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA intended to ensure they don't collude to restrict competition. According to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the settlement ends their 2010 agreement against competing over dozens of drugs.

Nebraska Law That Allowed Keystone XL Struck Down

February 20, 2014 8:27 am | by Grant Schulte, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Nebraska judge on Wednesday struck down a law that allowed the Keystone XL pipeline to proceed through the state, a victory for opponents who have tried to block the project that would carry oil from Canada to Texas refineries.    

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