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Clorox Exits Venezuela Citing Government Restrictions

September 22, 2014 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Clorox is shutting down all operations in Venezuela, citing restrictions by the government, supply disruptions and economic uncertainty.                                 

CT Panel Quizzes Millstone Over Safety

September 19, 2014 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A citizens' panel that oversees safety issues at Millstone Power Station closely questioned representatives of the nuclear plant about whether three recent federal inspections signal a problem with the plant's operation.         

Nestle Purina Expands Suit Against Blue Buffalo

September 19, 2014 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

St. Louis-based Nestle Purina PetCare Co. is expanding its lawsuit against Blue Buffalo Co. to include additional allegations of false advertising.                               

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FDA Changes Food Safety Rules for Next Year

September 19, 2014 9:43 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The government is rewriting sweeping new food safety rules after farmers complained that they could hurt business.                                       

IL Delays Decision on Fracking Rules

September 18, 2014 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A legislative panel said that it wants more time to decide whether rules written by the Department of Natural Resources to govern hydraulic fracturing in Illinois can take effect.                    

Self-Driving Cars Now Require a Permit in California

September 17, 2014 10:04 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Department of Motor Vehicles in California has issued testing permits that allowed three companies to dispatch 29 computer-driven vehicles onto freeways and into neighborhoods — with a human behind the wheel in case the onboard computers make a bad decision.

Tesla Motors Can Sell Directly To Buyers

September 16, 2014 11:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The highest court in Massachusetts has thrown out a lawsuit aimed at blocking Tesla Motors from selling its electric cars directly to consumers.                               

Nonprofit Files Lawsuit Notice for Kingsport Ammunition Plant

September 15, 2014 4:50 pm | by Travis Loller, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Tennessee Clean Water Network says it is prepared to sue a Kingsport ammunition plant over its continued pollution of local drinking water.                               

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19 Deaths Ruled Eligible for Compensation By GM

September 15, 2014 12:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors' compensation expert in cases involving faulty ignition switches has determined that 19 wrongful death claims are eligible for payments from the company.                       

Safety Agency Investigates Ford Fiesta Latches

September 15, 2014 11:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that the doors won't latch properly on some Ford Fiesta subcompact cars.                                    

HP Fined For Bribery Of Russian Officials

September 12, 2014 12:37 pm | by The Associated | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard Co. pleaded guilty Thursday to felony charges that former employees bribed Russian government officials for a contract, and the company has been fined $58.7 million.                   

Toyota Recalls 130,000 Pickups

September 11, 2014 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling about 130,000 Tundra full-size pickup trucks because a plastic trim piece can interfere with the side air bags.                                  

Salmonella Defendant Claims He was a Customer, not a Conspirator

September 10, 2014 1:23 pm | by Russ Bynum, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The attorney for one of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to a Georgia peanut plant says his client was a customer, not a co-conspirator who plotted to ship tainted food.               

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Big River Steel Gets Extension in Suit Over Mill

September 10, 2014 12:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge is giving Big River Steel more time to respond to a federal lawsuit that seeks to stop the billion-dollar project from moving forward in northeast Arkansas.                         

Recall Limbo: How To Handle an Automotive Recall

September 9, 2014 9:28 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Automakers or U.S. safety regulators often send out recall notices before parts are ready. Sometimes the companies or dealers offer free loaner cars, but most of the time they don't. That presents car owners with a difficult question: should they keep driving and hope the problem doesn't affect them, or rent a car until the dealer gets parts, which can take months or even a year?

Treasury To Limit Profitability of Overseas Shifts

September 8, 2014 2:10 pm | by Stephen Ohlemacher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Monday the Obama administration will decide "in the very near future" what actions it can take to make it less profitable for U.S. companies to shift their legal addresses to other countries.       

Chevron Fined $278,000 Over Richmond Plant

September 5, 2014 12:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron has agreed to pay more than a quarter-million dollars for air-quality violations at its Richmond refinery.                                       

Court Ruling Could Cost BP Added $18B

September 4, 2014 2:17 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

BP shares slumped 5 percent after a judge ruled that the oil giant's reckless conduct led to the worst U.S. offshore oil spill, a decision that could cost BP an additional $17.6 billion.           

Maine Company Recalls More Than 25K Pounds of Beef

September 3, 2014 3:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Maine company is recalling more than 25,000 pounds of beef dating to last November for failure to remove tissues that could potentially allow transmission of mad cow disease.                      

Buckyballs And The CPSC: Lessons For Manufacturers

September 3, 2014 10:36 am | by Timothy L. Mullin, Jr. | Articles | Comments

Though some aspects of the case against Buckyballs are unique, there are several lessons for manufacturers based on the Consumer Product Safety Commission's approach to its enforcement action against Buckyballs.           

Detroit Kicks Off Bankruptcy Trial

September 2, 2014 12:22 pm | by Corey Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

Starting Tuesday, lawyers for Detroit will attempt to convince a federal judge at the city's bankruptcy trial that its plans to wipe out the city's billions of dollars in debt should be approved.                

Survey: Foreign Companies in China Feel 'Targeted'

September 2, 2014 9:53 am | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Business Writer | News | Comments

Based on a survey, foreign companies in China feel increasingly targeted for unfair enforcement of anti-monopoly and other laws and might cut investment if conditions fail to improve.                   

Chicken Cutlets Recalled Over Listeria Concerns

August 28, 2014 2:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A New Jersey company is recalling more than 8,300 pounds of chicken cutlets because of possible listeria contamination.                                      

CBS Being Sued Over Farting Hippo Puppet

August 28, 2014 2:43 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

A stuffed toy company is suing CBS over a farting hippo puppet used in the crime drama 'NCIS.'                                             

Find the Value of Traceability In Manufacturing

August 28, 2014 12:18 pm | by Brady Corporation | Articles | Comments

Being able to track a part, product or component through a manufacturing process can go a long way in preventing defects, recalls, product returns and combating counterfeit components.                   

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