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Judge Tosses Lumber Liquidators Lawsuit

April 17, 2015 3:27 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"Lumber Liquidators tried to silence us and the court saw through it," GCM Executive Director Denny Larson said in a statement. "The court recognized that we have a constitutional right to free speech."

Court Rules GM Is Shielded From Death Claims By Bankruptcy

April 16, 2015 3:07 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The ruling is at least a partial victory for GM, with one plaintiffs' attorney saying it shields...

Target Settles Data Breach Lawsuit With MasterCard

April 15, 2015 8:07 pm | by Anne D'innocenzio, Marley Jay, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Target's high-profile breach pushed banks, retailers and card companies to increase security by...

Exxon: $8.9B Sought In Pollution Case 'Not Real'

April 15, 2015 2:44 pm | by David Porter, Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Exxon Mobil's top lawyer said Wednesday that the nearly $9 billion initially sought by the state...

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EU Raises Stakes In Google Antitrust Battle

April 15, 2015 8:07 am | by Raf Casert, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's executive branch hit Google with official antitrust charges on Wednesday that allege the company abuses its dominance in Internet searches, and also opened a probe into its Android mobile system.

Jury Orders Chrysler To Pay $150M In Jeep Fire Death

April 6, 2015 10:39 am | by Tim Krishner, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The verdict comes nearly two years after Chrysler compromised with a federal safety agency and agreed to a scaled-down recall of some older-model Jeeps with the rear-mounted tanks.

Report: Takeda Offers $2.2 Billion To Settle Actos Lawsuits

April 6, 2015 9:48 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The proposal would equate to awards of about $275,000 in each of the more than 8,000 U.S. lawsuits filed over the drug, which allegedly caused bladder cancer in some patients.

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Freedom Industries Pleads Guilty To Pollution Charges

March 23, 2015 6:09 pm | by John Raby, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An FBI affidavit says Freedom knew about critical flaws at its Charleston plant but never dealt with them. Federal investigators have said holes in a corroded tank's floor and roof likely helped cause the spill.

GM CEO Barra To Be Questioned In Ignition-Switches Lawsuit

March 20, 2015 10:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Barra told Congress she learned about the defective switches in December 2013, a month before GM began recalling 2.6 million affected vehicles.                

Duke Energy Fined $25 Million Over Coal Ash Pollution

March 11, 2015 12:51 pm | by Mitch Weiss, The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina environmental officials said Tuesday that they are fining Duke Energy $25 million over pollution that has been seeping into groundwater for years from a pair of coal ash pits at a retired power plant. The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources called...

Federal Judge Considers Delaying Maui GMO Ban Hearings

March 10, 2015 6:08 pm | by Audrey Mcavoy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge on Tuesday said she would consider delaying proceedings for a lawsuit challenging Maui's ban on the cultivation of genetically modified organisms because of legislation that could affect the outcome of the case. U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway had been...

States Ask Federal Appeals Court To Toss California Poultry Law

March 10, 2015 2:44 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Six states this month asked a federal appeals court to reject a California law banning eggs that don't conform to its new animal welfare standards. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, set new guidelines for agricultural animals, including requirements that hens...

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Colorado Powdered Alcohol Ban Stalls In Legislature

March 10, 2015 2:33 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Efforts to add Colorado to the list of states with restrictions on powdered alcohol ran aground in the state Legislature last week. Six states enacted regulations regarding the product, known as Palcohol, as of late 2014 even though it hasn't yet received approval from...

GM Ignition Switch Death Count Rises To 64

March 9, 2015 12:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Families of at least 64 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the company. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the total Monday. It was up from 57 last week. An additional...

Judge OKs $415M Settlement In Tech Lawsuit

March 4, 2015 3:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has tentatively approved a $415 million settlement in a major class action lawsuit by Silicon Valley workers who accused Apple Inc., Google Inc. and other tech companies of making an illegal agreement not to hire each other's employees. Judge Lucy Koh had...

OH Sues BP For More Than $33M In Cleanup Of Storage Tanks

March 3, 2015 1:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio is suing oil and gas company BP for more than $33 million, alleging it double dipped by taking state funds and money from insurers to clean up accidental leaks from underground storage tanks at hundreds of its gas stations around the state. The state's attorney general and the Ohio Petroleum...

CA Lawmakers Consider Soft Drink Warning Label

February 24, 2015 2:43 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

A prominent California lawmaker seeks to place warning labels on soft drinks and other beverages containing added sugar, while industry groups gear up to combat the effort. Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning, a Democrat from Carmel, earlier this month introduced legislation requiring sweetened beverages...

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U.S. To Fine Takata $14K Per Day

February 20, 2015 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government says it will fine Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. $14,000 per day for failing to fully cooperate in an investigation. Takata's air bag inflators can explode with too much force, spewing shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least six people have been killed worldwide due...

Hershey Moves To Ban Cadbury Chocolates In U.S.

February 19, 2015 10:34 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

For more than 30 years, importers of British goods brought English Cadbury Chocolate into the United States, but as a lawsuit between American chocolate behemoth Hershey and British importers draws to a close, fans of milky English bars of chocolate are anticipating...

GM, Consumers Battle In Court Over Ignition Switch Defect

February 19, 2015 8:35 am | by Marley Jay, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A federal bankruptcy judge this week heard arguments from consumers who are suing General Motors, saying their cars dropped in value because of a defect with its ignition switches. Attorneys for GM and several groups of plaintiffs argued before Judge Robert Gerber in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for...

Barefoot Contessa Files Lawsuit Against CA Company Over Frozen Dinners

February 18, 2015 12:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Barefoot Contessa says in a lawsuit that a California company sold unauthorized look-alikes of her frozen dinners. Newsday says Ina Garten sued OFI Imports Inc. on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court. The host of the Food Network's "Barefoot Contessa" cooking show filed...

SEC Filing: Duke Energy Says It Expects To Settle Criminal Probe

February 18, 2015 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy says it expects to pay $100 million to settle an ongoing federal criminal investigation that began after a massive coal ash spill at a North Carolina plant. The details are contained in an earnings report filed Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission...

WV Chemical Spill Company's Bankruptcy At Crossroads

February 17, 2015 3:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal bankruptcy judge is calling for parties to meet to discuss how to conclude the case of Freedom Industries, whose January 2014 chemical spill caused a tap-water ban for 300,000 people for days. The Charleston Gazette reports Judge Ronald Pearson scheduled a March 3 status conference in...

Ex-Smucker Employee Sentenced To Prison For Stealing $4.1M

February 17, 2015 3:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A former employee of the J.M. Smucker Co. in northeast Ohio has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison for stealing $4 million from the company over a 16-year-period. A news release says 54-year-old Mark Kershey of Akron was sentenced to 58 months Friday. He was the Orrville, Ohio, company's chief...

Judge: Oil, Gas Firms Not Liable For LA Coastal Erosion

February 17, 2015 3:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has dismissed a New Orleans-area levee authority's lawsuit charging oil and gas companies with destroying Louisiana's coastal wetlands. The lawsuit was filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East in 2013 against nearly 100 oil and gas companies over damage they...

Families: Send Suit Against Gun Manufacturer To State Court

February 17, 2015 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The families of nine children and adults killed in the 2012 Newtown school shooting are asking a federal judge to return their lawsuit against gun maker Remington to state court, where legal experts say it may have a better chance of succeeding. The families and shooting survivor Natalie Hammond...

Brewers Battle Over Who Can Distribute Beer In Kentucky

February 13, 2015 3:23 pm | by Adam Beam, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tensions between the emerging craft beer industry and one of the world's largest brewers have erupted into a regulatory fight about who can distribute beer in Kentucky. Anheuser-Busch owns two distributors in Kentucky and has attempted to buy others. But independent brewers worry they would be frozen...

Energy Company Withdraws From Lawsuit Against EPA

February 12, 2015 12:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An energy company has withdrawn from Wyoming's lawsuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ruling that lands around Riverton are legally Indian Country. However, Gov. Matt Mead said the decision by Devon Energy to drop out does not weaken or jeopardize the lawsuit, which...

Should Energy Companies Be Liable For Earthquake Damage?

February 12, 2015 9:31 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The possible connection between disposal of fracking wastewater and earthquakes is the focal point of a lawsuit in Oklahoma. Jennifer Lin Cooper and her attorney Scott Poynter claim the November 2011 earthquakes in Prague, Oklahoma caused significant property damage. They allege that New...

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