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5 Quick Questions With SC Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt

August 19, 2013 8:01 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

According to recent figures from the South Carolina Department of Commerce, the state’s GDP growth rate of 2.7 percent puts it just above the 2.5 percent national average, and is significantly out-pacing the 2.1 percent average of the southeastern region of the country. Much of this growth is attributed to manufacturing.

Court Reinstates Job Retaliation Lawsuit

August 15, 2013 3:02 pm | by Brett Barrouquere, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit by a Kentucky man who claims he was passed over for a job overseeing waste disposal from a nuclear plant because he is a whistleblower. The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday ordered a federal judge to determine whether executives with EnergySolutions Inc. learned of Gary Vander Boegh's whistleblowing before bypassing him for the landfill manager's job.

Brazilian State Of Sao Paulo To Sue Siemens

August 15, 2013 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Brazilian state of Sao Paulo plans to file a lawsuit against German engineering giant Siemens AG to recover funds lost to an alleged price-fixing cartel involved in the construction and upkeep of the subway and train systems of the cities of Sao Paulo and Brasilia. The state government said in a statement posted on its website Tuesday night that Siemens told Brazil's antitrust agency, CADE, of the existence of the cartel in May.

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IN Justice Won't Withdraw From Power Plant Case

August 15, 2013 12:17 pm | by Rick Callahan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Mark Massa said Wednesday he won't withdraw from a case involving a proposed $2.8 billion coal-gasification plant, rejecting arguments that his longtime friendship with a representative of the plant's developers would leave him unable to be impartial in that case.

Fracking Fight Hits England

August 15, 2013 8:03 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Areas in the North of England are being prepped for the controversial process of freeing fossil fuels from shale rock (or "fracking"), and residents in these rural farming communities are expressing worry about how the drilling plans will impact their communities and their livelihood.

Attorney Blasts Firing From BP Settlement Program

August 14, 2013 2:06 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

An attorney who was fired by the court-supervised administrator of BP's settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents is demanding to be reinstated with back pay. In a letter to claims administrator Patrick Juneau last Friday, Christine Reitano's lawyer said her contract for working on the settlement program was "wrongfully and improperly" terminated.

Samsung Faces Brazil Lawsuit Over Labor Conditions

August 14, 2013 10:11 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A labor group said Samsung Electronics Co. is facing a lawsuit from Brazil's government seeking damages over poor working conditions at the company's assembly lines. Reporter Brasil, a labor rights group, said on its website that Brazil's labor ministry found "serious" labor violations including up to 15 hours of work per day and insufficient breaks at Samsung's Manaus factory. 

Sturm, Ruger To Open New NC Gun Factory

August 13, 2013 2:18 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sturm, Ruger & Co. said Tuesday that it aims to keep up with demand for its guns by opening a new factory in the small North Carolina community already home to America's largest firearms maker. Southport, Conn.-based Sturm, Ruger says it will open a new factory in Mayodan to meet firearm demand that has spiked since Congress and some states sought to toughen gun controls. 

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Trial Set In Lawsuit Against NE Manufacturer

August 13, 2013 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An October trial has been scheduled in the employee lawsuit against Dempster Industries in Beatrice. A dozen former employees sued Dempster and its president and CEO, Wallace Davis, for lost wages and other earnings that total more than $160,000.

U.S. Issues Import Ban On Some Samsung Products

August 12, 2013 10:14 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple won a partial victory in its long-running patent dispute with Samsung on Friday when a U.S. administrative panel found Samsung in violation of two Apple patents and blocked imports of some Samsung devices. But the U.S. International Trade Commission cleared Samsung on four other patents in dispute.

Suit Blames Boeing For San Francisco Airport Crash

August 9, 2013 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three San Francisco Bay Area families are suing Boeing over the deadly crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214. The San Jose Mercury News says the suits filed Thursday allege that the maker of the Boeing 777 provided inadequate training to pilots in South Korea.

Lawyer To Seek $20M In Case Against Toyota

August 9, 2013 10:01 am | by Linda Deutsch, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

A lawyer for plaintiffs in a wrongful death lawsuit against Toyota Motor Corp. told a jury on Thursday he will ask for $20 million in damages for the family of a woman who died when her Camry suddenly accelerated and crashed despite her efforts to stop. The case involving the 2009 death of Noriko Uno is the first involving the issue to go to trial in state court.

Great Falls Refinery Hit With OSHA Fine

August 9, 2013 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor is fining a petroleum refinery in Great Falls for unsafe working conditions. The agency's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Thursday it is proposing a $77,000 fine for Calumet Montana Refining.

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NY Firearms Maker Blames Move On New Law

August 8, 2013 2:20 pm | by Jim Fitzgerald, Associated Press | News | Comments

A firearms manufacturer in New York, partially blaming the state's new gun control law, said Wednesday it's moving its corporate offices — and its plans for expansion — to Pennsylvania. Kahr Firearms Group of Pearl River is the first gunmaker to announce it's leaving because of the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, which was put into law after closed-door negotiations in January.

EU Pursues Probe Of Chinese Solar Subsidies

August 8, 2013 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union is pressing ahead with an investigation of whether China unfairly helps its solar panel makers with government subsidies. The European Commission, the 28-nation bloc's executive arm, had only days ago agreed to a settlement over China's alleged practice of selling its panels below cost, a practice known as dumping. But complaints over Beijing's alleged state subsidies were never settled.

Remington Asks Judge To Dismiss Lawsuit Over Rifle

August 7, 2013 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gun manufacturer Remington has asked a federal judge to dismiss a proposed class-action lawsuit by Montanans who bought a type of rifle that can reportedly misfire without the trigger being pulled. Allen Bowker and Eric Huleatt filed their lawsuit in June on behalf of thousands of Montana residents who bought Remington Model 700 bolt-action rifles.

Judge Intervenes As BP Balks At Paying Claims Czar

August 7, 2013 10:21 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal magistrate has set a Wednesday hearing for BP to justify why it has balked at paying more than $130 million in fees to the court-supervised administrator of its multi-billion dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents after the company's 2010 oil spill.

NC Official Urged Alcoa OK Before State's Lawsuit

August 6, 2013 2:07 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Days before the state Administration Department sued to challenge Alcoa Inc.'s property rights for four hydropower dams built on the Yadkin River, a North Carolina environmental official recommended that the company win a crucial state approval needed for a new 50-year license to operate them.

Chevron Agrees To Pay $2M In CA Refinery Fire

August 6, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron Corp. on Monday agreed to pay $2 million in fines and restitution and pleaded no contest to six charges in a fire last summer at its refinery in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Richmond that sent thousands of residents to hospitals, many complaining of respiratory problems.

LME, Goldman Sued Over Aluminum Storage

August 5, 2013 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The London Metal Exchange and Goldman Sachs are being sued in a U.S. court over alleged anti-competitive and monopolistic behavior in aluminum storage. The metal exchange will fight the class-action lawsuit, which its management believes is without merit, the LME's owner, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd., said in a statement late Sunday.

Court: Tyson Workers Must Be Paid For Donning Gear

August 1, 2013 3:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at a Wisconsin meat processing plant must be paid for time spent putting on and taking off protective clothing, an appeals court ruled. The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by six workers at the Tyson Prepared Foods plant in Jefferson. It is one of several filed nationwide by meat and poultry workers, who say they spend significant time putting on and taking off gear.

Chevron Fined $284K For Pollution Law Violations

August 1, 2013 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron has agreed to pay a $284,000 fine and help buy four clean-running school buses after inspectors found pollution law violations at a Salt Lake City refinery. The Environmental Protection Agency announced the settlement with the company Wednesday.

Ford Pays Gov't $17.35M Fine To Settle Recall Spat

August 1, 2013 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford says it has paid the government $17.35 million to settle a dispute over allegations that Ford delayed a safety recall. The company says it paid the fine to avoid a lengthy dispute with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Obama Orders Review Of Chemical Plant Rules

August 1, 2013 12:58 pm | by Julie Pace, AP White House Correspondent | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is ordering federal agencies to review safety rules at chemical facilities in response to the deadly April explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant. In an executive order announced Thursday, Obama tasks agencies with identifying new ways to safely store and secure ammonium nitrate, the explosive chemical investigators say caused the blast.

Halliburton To Plead Guilty In Gulf Oil Spill

August 1, 2013 12:53 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has scheduled a hearing on Sept. 19 for Halliburton Energy Services to plead guilty to destroying evidence after BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company was arraigned Wednesday in New Orleans on a misdemeanor charge.

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