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Judge Says He Can't End Chrysler Stock Fight Yet

July 31, 2013 10:11 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A Delaware judge on Tuesday said he needs to hear more evidence before he can decide how much Fiat should pay to buy some outstanding shares of U.S. automaker Chrysler. The ruling by Chancery Court Judge Donald Parsons is likely to delay Fiat's quest to buy all of the Chrysler stock that it doesn't own.

EPA Chief: Climate Controls Will Help Economy

July 30, 2013 2:39 pm | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

In her first speech as the head of EPA, Gina McCarthy told an audience gathered at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass., that curbing climate-altering pollution will spark business innovation, grow jobs and strengthen the economy. The message was classic Obama, who has long said that the environment and the economy aren't in conflict and has sold ambitious plans to reduce greenhouse gases as a means to jumpstart a clean energy economy.

IL, IA Wait For Fertilizer Plant Decision

July 29, 2013 2:24 pm | by David Mercer, Associated Press | News | Comments

The company that wants to build a $1.2 billion fertilizer plant in either northern Iowa or eastern Illinois has offers of incentives from both states and plans to choose a site in 30 to 60 days. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed economic legislation Thursday that includes incentives to try to convince Cronus Chemical LLC to build in the state.

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Whistleblower: Olympus Ignores Japan Court Order

July 29, 2013 2:22 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

More than a year after Japan's Supreme Court ordered camera and medical-equipment maker Olympus to stop punishing a whistleblower and reinstate him to his regular job, Masaharu Hamada is still fighting his courtroom battle. On Monday, he got company.

Group Accuses Apple Supplier Of Labor Abuses

July 29, 2013 10:07 am | News | Comments

A labor rights group Monday accused a Chinese company that makes iPhones for Apple Inc. of abuses including withholding employees' pay and excessive working hours. China Labor Watch said it found violations of the law and of Apple's pledges about working conditions at factories operated by Pegatron Corp., a Taiwanese company.

China, EU Reach Settlement On Solar Panels

July 29, 2013 10:00 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Europe Union and Chinese solar panel exporters said Saturday that they had reached a settlement in their long trade dispute, with the exporters agreeing to sell their products at a minimum price in the EU market. The agreement ends one of the biggest-ever trade disputes between China and Europe — a row that threatened to escalate into a full-blown trade war involving European wines and to disrupt EU-China relations.

Deadline Looms For SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule

July 29, 2013 8:02 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

With reporting requirements for the SEC’s Dodd-Frank mandated Conflict Minerals Rule coming due on May 31, 2014, companies are scrambling to determine their next steps in providing transparency required under the new rule, according to PwC. A survey found that almost half of the nearly 900 executives surveyed are still in the initial stages of their compliance efforts, while 32 percent are determining if the rule applies to them.

Halliburton Agrees To Plead Guilty In Oil Spill

July 26, 2013 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Halliburton Energy Services has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil spill, the Department of Justice said Thursday. Federal officials said in a news release that a criminal information charging Halliburton with one count of destruction of evidence was filed in federal court in Louisiana.

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China Orders Production Cuts In Some Industries

July 26, 2013 10:06 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's government has ordered companies to close factories in 19 industries where overproduction has led to price-cutting wars, affirming its determination to push ahead with a painful economic restructuring despite slowing growth. The industry ministry issued orders late Thursday to more than 1,400 companies to cut excess capacity that has led to financial trouble for manufacturers.

GA Company Receives 8 Federal Labor Citations

July 24, 2013 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal labor officials say a Georgia company has been cited for eight safety and health violations. U.S. Department of Labor officials said Tuesday that Quality Industries LLC was cited after a February inspection at its facility in Hartwell. The company manufactures boat seats, electrical equipment coverings and molds for municipal transportation services.

Toyota Sudden Acceleration Case Begins In CA

July 23, 2013 10:20 am | by Greg Risling, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first so-called "bellwether" case could determine whether Toyota Motor Corp. should be held liable for sudden unintended acceleration in its vehicles — a claim made by motorists that plagued the Japanese automaker and led to lawsuits, settlements and recalls of millions of its cars and SUVs.

Japanese Firm To Fight Nuke Plant Negligence Claim

July 23, 2013 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. will fight Southern California Edison's allegations of gross negligence in the design and manufacture of steam tubes built for the San Onofre nuclear power plant, which has been permanently shut down due to excessive wear in the tubes.

ISM Polls Show External Effects On Manufacturing And The Supply Chain

July 22, 2013 3:25 pm | Articles | Comments

The Institute for Supply Chain Management held their 98th Annual International Supply Management Conference & Educational Exhibit April 28th through May 1st in Grapevine, TX. More than 2,000 professionals attended the conference and several “instant” digital polls were held, taking a look at reshoring and tax concerns. Thomas Derry, CEO of ISM, discusses the results of those polls and how they are affecting business and the economy.

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OSHA Cites Ford's Buffalo Plant Over Asbestos

July 18, 2013 4:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal safety officials have cited Ford Motor Co.'s Buffalo-area plant for alleged asbestos violations. The Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed fines of $41,800. OSHA officials say inspectors found eight violations. One involved a pipefitter who they say was exposed to asbestos while working on a steam line.

Utility Begins Legal Dispute Against Mitsubishi

July 18, 2013 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Southern California Edison, an electric utility company that retired the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station last month, said Thursday it has served a notice of dispute to Mitsubishi Heavy Industry Ltd., holding the Japanese company accountable for manufacturing defective steam generators that led to the closing of the station.

Senate OKs Obama Pick To Head Labor Dept.

July 18, 2013 2:14 pm | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

A divided Senate confirmed Thomas Perez on Thursday to become secretary of labor, elevating the son of Dominican immigrants who as a top Justice Department official won praise from Democrats for aggressively enforcing civil rights laws and criticism from Republicans for being a liberal ideologue.

Diamond Electric Pleads Guilty To Price Fixing

July 17, 2013 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese auto supplier Diamond Electric Manufacturing Co. has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $19 million criminal fine for its role in a price-fixing scheme. The U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday that Diamond Electric rigged bids and fixed prices on ignition coils it sold to Ford Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and others. The conspiracy lasted from 2003 through 2010.

Law Firm To Sue Boeing Over Asiana Crash

July 17, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chicago law firm has taken steps to sue Boeing Co. on behalf of 83 people who were aboard the Asiana Airlines flight that crash-landed in San Francisco earlier this month, alleging that a malfunction of the plane's auto throttle may have caused the crash.

NM Reaches $920K Settlement With Gas Processor

July 17, 2013 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State environment officials have reached a settlement with the operator of a natural gas processing plant in southeastern New Mexico over alleged pollution violations. The Environment Department says the settlement with Occidental Permian Limited Partnership is worth more than $920,000. Most of the money will go toward installing pollution controls at the company's plant near Hobbs.

OSHA: NY Factory Agrees To Fine After Explosion

July 16, 2013 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal workplace safety authorities say an upstate New York copper wire manufacturer has agreed to pay nearly $33,000 in fines after an explosion injured an employee. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says Tecnofil Chenango SAC will also take additional steps to address safety concerns.

BP Sets Up Anti-Fraud Hotline For Spill Claims

July 16, 2013 1:26 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP has set up a hotline for people to report alleged fraud involving claims arising from the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Monday's launch of the hotline comes a week after a federal appeals court heard BP's argument that it has been forced to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in settlement money to businesses with inflated or fictitious claims.

Posco Scraps Plan For $5.3B Steel Plant In India

July 16, 2013 10:11 am | by Nirmala George, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korean steel giant Posco has pulled out of a proposed $5.3 billion steel plant in the southern Indian state of Karnataka in a new blow to government efforts to attract foreign investment to spur growth. The company said Tuesday it scrapped the project because of inordinate delays stemming from local opposition to land acquisition for the project.

CA Governments Seek $1B In Lead Paint Cleanup

July 15, 2013 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a trial that began Monday, California's attorney general and 10 cities and counties are seeking $1 billion from paint manufacturers to remove lead paint from millions of older homes, arguing that they sold the product despite being aware of its potential health effects.

Icahn Backs Sweeter Dell Counterproposal

July 15, 2013 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is proposing that Dell shareholders get a chance to own a bigger stake in the struggling computer maker in hopes of thwarting an attempt by the company's founder to buy it for $24.4 billion and take it private. Icahn, who owns a nearly 9 percent stake in Dell, now wants shareholders to receive warrants in addition to the cash he previously recommended be given to shareholders.

Governor Wants Never-Used Statute To Aid Boeing

July 12, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Washington state and local officials are looking to expedite their permitting work in order to woo Boeing as the company mulls where to build its 777X jetliner. Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday he wants to utilize a never-used law that would lead to more state and local coordination to help streamline the permitting process.

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