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Author Archives: David Voreacos

NFL sued by former players over image use

The complaint claims that a settlement reached this year in a similar case in Minnesota doesn’t go far enough to compensate former players.

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Campbell Soup, American Heart Association sued in fraud case

A consumer claims the American Heart Association fraudulently certifies the company’s products as healthy-- certifying more than 30 of Campbell’s Healthy Request soups as “heart-healthy” even though a can has at least six times as much sodium as the organization recommends.

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Jury: J&J owes $7.76M in punitives

Johnson & Johnson must pay $7.76 million in punitive damages to a woman who previously won a $3.35 million compensatory award for injuries she blamed on the company’s vaginal-mesh device, a New Jersey jury ruled.

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Wal-Mart bribery probe examining coverup claims

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. may spend hundreds of millions of dollars investigating $24 million in alleged Mexican bribes as the U.S. government weighs whether the company or executives also broke the law by covering up an internal probe, former federal prosecutors said.

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Mistrial declared in murder case of ex-prosecutor

A mistrial was declared in the case of former federal prosecutor Paul Bergrin, a defense attorney for rappers and U.S. soldiers, who was charged with conspiring to murder a government informant.

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Insider-trading scheme laid out

Trader Garrett Bauer sounded both nervous and confident on the call last month. Federal agents had just searched the home of the man on the other end of the line, a go-between he’d used in an alleged insider-trading scheme that the men thought they’d kept a secret since the mid-1990s. Bauer, 43, told his friend he believed they’d sufficiently hidden their crimes by talking on disposable cell or pay phones and by using cash from small bank accounts to dole out profits of the alleged scheme.

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US battles states over $16B in WWII bonds

Six states, including Missouri, are challenging the federal government’s ability to maintain custody of more than $16 billion in unredeemed U.S. savings bonds sold decades ago, primarily to support World War II efforts. The states claim in a 2004 lawsuit ...

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U.S. indicts three in theft of 130 million accounts

A Miami man and two unidentified computer hackers were charged with stealing 130 million credit and debit card numbers in what the Justice Department said was the largest such prosecution in U.S. history. Albert Gonzalez, a 28-year-old Miami resident, and ...

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ConocoPhillips settles religious bias lawsuit

ConocoPhillips, the second-largest U.S. oil refiner, settled a U.S. lawsuit alleging the company refused to accommodate the religious practices of a pipe fitter at its facility in Linden, N.J. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claimed in 2007 that ConocoPhillips denied ...

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