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Judge Sides With GM, Dismisses Spyker Lawsuit

June 11, 2013 10:03 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A federal judge on Monday dismissed a $3 billion lawsuit filed by Dutch car maker Spyker against General Motors Co. Spyker sued GM last August, accusing it of unfairly blocking a deal to let a Chinese buyer take over Swedish carmaker Saab. GM sold Saab to Spyker in 2010. Saab filed for bankruptcy protection less than a year later after GM blocked its sale to a Chinese automaker.

Exxon Mobil Seeks Dismissal Of Lawsuit Over Spill

June 7, 2013 12:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys for Exxon Mobil Corp. and Exxon Pipeline Co. have filed a motion asking for dismissal of a lawsuit by Mayflower residents over a recent oil spill. ExxonMobil Pipeline's Pegasus pipeline ruptured March 29 and spilled thousands of barrels of oil in the town about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock and forced the evacuation of about 20 homes.

Arraignment In Kevlar Trade Secrets Case Postponed

June 7, 2013 12:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A South Korean company's arraignment on charges of stealing the Kevlar body armor recipe from the DuPont Co. has been postponed. Kolon Industries was set for arraignment Friday in U.S. District Court in Richmond. That hearing has been changed to a status conference.

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Arraignment Set In Kevlar Trade Secrets Case

June 7, 2013 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys for a South Korean company accused of stealing the Kevlar body armor recipe from the DuPont Co. are due in federal court in Virginia. Kolon Industries will be arraigned Friday morning in U.S. District Court in Richmond. Kolon is charged in a six-count federal indictment with theft of trade secrets, conspiracy to convert trade secrets and obstruction of justice.

Feds: Engineer Tried To Steal Firm's Trade Secrets

June 6, 2013 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal authorities say a Mahwah man was planning to go to India with a New Jersey company's stolen trade secrets for self-administered disposable pens. U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced Wednesday that 36-year-old Ketan Maniar, an Indian national, was charged with stealing trade secrets for his own economic benefit from a worldwide medical technology company headquartered in Franklin Lakes.

U.S. Officials To Meet Over Cellphone Thefts

June 6, 2013 2:01 pm | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

Top law enforcement officials from San Francisco and New York plan to meet with some of the largest U.S. smartphone makers next week to help thwart the rise in cellphone thefts and robberies. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Wednesday that their meeting scheduled to take place in New York City on June 13 will be dubbed a "Smartphone Summit."

ITC Rules For Samsung, Bans iPhone 4 Imports

June 5, 2013 2:19 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A U.S. trade agency on Tuesday issued a ban on imports of Apple's iPhone 4 and a variant of the iPad 2 after finding the devices violate a patent held by South Korean rival Samsung Electronics. Because the devices are assembled in China, the import ban would end Apple's ability to sell them in the U.S.

GOP Senate Hopeful Calls For Corporate Tax Break

June 5, 2013 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez pressed for a cut in the corporate tax rate after a tour of textile-maker Polartec. The company has rebounded from a massive fire in 1995 that destroyed the plant, and two subsequent bankruptcies. It now faces new challenges brought on by the decline in defense-related business resulting from the winding down of foreign wars and the automatic federal budget cuts that went into effect in March.

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Chrysler Refuses U.S. Request To Recall Vehicles

June 4, 2013 1:59 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

A defiant Chrysler is refusing a government request to recall about 2.7 million sport utility vehicles to fix fuel tanks that could leak and cause fires in rear-end collisions. Chrysler said Tuesday that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has asked in a letter that the company recall Jeep Grand Cherokees from 1993 through 2004 and Jeep Libertys from 2002 through 2007.

Ex-Porsche CFO Found Guilty Of Fraud In VW Bid

June 4, 2013 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Porsche's ex-finance chief has been convicted of fraud after a court found he provided false information during the German sports car marker's failed 2009 attempt to take over Volkswagen AG. Former Porsche CFO Holger Haerter was fined an unspecified amount after being found guilty Tuesday by a Stuttgart state court, the dpa news agency reported.

Italian Gov't Prepares To Take Over Ilva Steel Mill

June 4, 2013 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Italy's industry minister says the government is preparing an emergency decree to temporarily take over Europe's largest steel mill, which is beset by environmental and corruption scandals. Flavio Zanonato said Tuesday that it had become clear that the cleanup of the plant cannot be conducted by those responsible for the environmental emergency.

MO Couple Appeals Claim Against Gun Manufacturer

June 3, 2013 9:59 am | by Matt Volz, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Montana couple is appealing a judge's dismissal of their lawsuit against gun manufacturer Remington claiming a 1989 shooting that left a man paralyzed was caused by a defect in a rifle. U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull ruled on April 29 that time had run out on the claim by Brad and Dianna Humphrey of Fairfield.

Air Permits Approved For CF Industries Expansion

June 3, 2013 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State regulators have given initial approval for a major expansion at a western Iowa fertilizer manufacturer. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has issued draft air quality permits for the $1.7 billion expansion planned by CF Industries south of Sergeant Bluff.

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BP Rig Supervisors Challenge Manslaughter Counts

May 31, 2013 2:43 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two BP rig supervisors charged in the deaths of 11 workers in the Deepwater Horizon disaster claim the manslaughter counts in their indictment must be dismissed because they don't apply to conduct on a foreign-owned vessel operating outside U.S. territory.

South Bend Settles Environmental Claims

May 31, 2013 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A more than decade-long legal battle over environmental claims involving South Bend's former Studebaker Corp. auto plant and another shuttered manufacturer has been settled under an agreement calling for an insurer to pay the city several million dollars.

NH Auto Dealers Bill Headed To Governor

May 31, 2013 2:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Legislation was headed to Gov. Maggie Hassan on Thursday that gives New Hampshire auto dealers protections in their dealings with their manufacturers. Without discussion, the Senate voted to accept changes the House made to the bill. Both chambers passed the bill by overwhelming margins.

Utility, Alcoa Continue Negotiating Power Rate

May 31, 2013 2:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa Inc. and South Carolina's state-owned utility have agreed to continue talks on a new power contract for the company's aluminum plant outside Goose Creek. Alcoa and Santee Cooper said Thursday they have agreed to extend the company's power contract deadline until the end of the year.

SD Lawmakers Seek Info On Labor Recruiting Plan

May 30, 2013 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Democratic state lawmakers have asked Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard for information on the state's $5 million contract with a national recruiting firm that was hired to find new workers for hard-to-fill jobs in the state. The Democrats want information about the program's expense, the contract with ManpowerGroup, the number and type of jobs filled, and the wages paid for those jobs.

Wal-Mart To Pay $81.6M For Illegal Waste Disposal

May 29, 2013 10:07 am | by Greg Risling, Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ending an environmental investigation that lasted nearly a decade, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has pleaded guilty to improperly disposing of pesticides, fertilizer and other hazardous products and will pay a fine of $81.6 million. The company entered the guilty plea in federal court in San Francisco Tuesday to misdemeanor counts of violating the Clean Water Act and a law regulating pesticides.

N. Korea Relaxes Controls On Salaries

May 28, 2013 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea relaxed state control of salaries last month, a government economist said, outlining a change in policy intended to boost production by giving companies latitude to provide workers with financial incentives. Ri Ki Song, a professor at the Institute of Economics at North Korea's Academy of Social Sciences in Pyongyang, said enterprises are now allowed to use some of their earnings to pay workers more.

Germany: Merkel Vows To Avoid Trade War With China

May 28, 2013 1:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday she would use her country's economic clout to prevent the European Union from imposing punitive tariffs on some Chinese products to avoid a trade war. Germany will push for "very intense talks" between the EU and China to seek a negotiated solution as swiftly as possible, the leader of Europe's biggest economy told visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Automaker Tesla Takes Fight To North Carolina

May 28, 2013 10:14 am | by Chris Kardish, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla Motors is fighting a bill in North Carolina that would effectively ban the company from selling its electric cars in the state, pitting it against auto dealers who say the car maker has an unfair advantage selling directly to consumers online.

ND Body Gives Tax Break To Manufacturing Plant

May 24, 2013 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Burleigh County Commission has agreed to give Midwest Manufacturing a 50 percent property tax break for three years on a $7.5 million manufacturing plant it plans to build in McKenzie Township. Midwest Manufacturing is a subsidiary of Menards. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the company plans to build the wood products and distribution facility along state Highway 10.

Some Unions Now Angry About Health Care Overhaul

May 24, 2013 2:14 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

When President Barack Obama pushed his health care overhaul plan through Congress, he counted labor unions among his strongest supporters. But some union leaders have grown frustrated and angry about what they say are unexpected consequences of the new law — problems that they say could jeopardize the health benefits offered to millions of their members.

Fire Marshal's Office: Panel Had Blast Site Access

May 23, 2013 12:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The State Fire Marshal's Office says a federal safety panel's investigators had access to the site of a Texas fertilizer plant blast that killed 15 people and injured about 200 others. The chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board had asked for congressional help in obtaining evidence under the control of the state agency and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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