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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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