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NFL wins preliminary approval of concussion-suits accord

The National Football League won preliminary approval of a settlement worth at least $675 million resolving ex-players’ claims that officials failed to warn them about links between concussions and brain injuries.

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J&J improperly destroyed implant files, judge says

Johnson & Johnson improperly destroyed files about some vaginal-mesh implants and may have to let juries weighing lawsuits over the devices hear evidence about the destruction, a court official said.

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Powder River Basin coal-mining lease upheld by appeals court

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington rejected a bid by environmental groups to block plans by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to lease federal tracts in the Wyoming Powder River Basin for coal mining.

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Ronald Motley, who led tobacco lawsuits, dies at 68

Ronald L. Motley was a South Carolina lawyer who spearheaded lawsuits against tobacco companies that led them to agree to pay $246 billion in the biggest civil settlement in U.S. history.

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Al Jazeera sues AT&T over refusal of channel

AT&T Inc., the largest U.S. phone company, refused to carry the Qatar-based broadcaster’s new U.S. cable-news channel as part of its pay-television service.

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SRA International gets investor’s suit over buyout tossed

SRA International Inc. persuaded a judge to throw out an investor’s lawsuit challenging Providence Equity Partners’s $1.88 billion buyout of the provider of computer services to the U.S. government.

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Lawyer: Countrywide board should face investors’ claims

A federal appeals court asked Delaware’s highest court to decide whether the state’s corporate statutes eliminate investors’ rights to sue directors for allegedly fraudulent acts when a company is acquired.

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Orthofix to pay $42M to end federal kickback probe

Orthofix International, a maker of bone-repair and sports medicine products, said it agreed to pay $42 million to resolve a criminal probe of allegations that it paid kickbacks to doctors who used its bone-growth products.

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BP pollution fines may top $17B

BP may face as much as $17.6 billion in civil pollution fines and possibly billions of dollars more in criminal penalties as its settlement with businesses and individuals harmed by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill shifts the focus to government claims.

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