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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.                     

N.C. Pulls Deal With Duke

March 24, 2014 2:11 pm | by Michael Biesecker and Mitch Weiss, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina regulators said they have asked a judge to withdraw a proposed settlement that would have allowed Duke Energy to resolve environmental violations by paying a $99,000 fine.            


Families In Crash That Killed 2 Girls Sue GM

March 24, 2014 7:51 am | News | Comments

The families allege that General Motors was negligent in designing its small cars and committed fraud by not disclosing facts about the defects.                   

Greenpeace Activists Plead Not Guilty In P&G Protest

March 21, 2014 10:45 am | by Dan Sewell, Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys have entered not-guilty pleas for nine Greenpeace activists facing felony charges following a protest at Procter & Gamble Co. headquarters in Cincinnati.              

Jury: Helmet Maker Not Liable For Player Injury

March 21, 2014 8:25 am | News | Comments

A Los Angeles jury has decided helmet maker Riddell Inc. isn't liable for the severe brain injury of a high school football player who suffered a helmet-to-helmet hit during a game.             

Ex-Microsoft Worker Accused Of Leaking Trade Secrets

March 20, 2014 2:09 pm | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors are accusing Alex A. Kibkalo of stealing trade secrets related to pre-release software updates for Windows 8 and Microsoft's "Activation Server Software Development Kit."             

Court Tosses $1.2B Judgment Against J&J

March 20, 2014 11:29 am | by Chuck Bartels, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a $1.2 billion judgment against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit challenging the drug maker's marketing of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.           


Hawaii AG Sues Makers Of Plavix

March 20, 2014 8:32 am | News | Comments

Hawaii's attorney general is suing the makers of a widely prescribed blood thinner that he says a significant portion of the state's population has difficulty metabolizing.               

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.        

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.          

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.            

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.                        

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