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  • August 15, 2011

    Starbucks Pays $1.6M To Settle Managers' OT Action

    Starbucks Coffee Company Co. agreed Friday to pay nearly $1.6 million to settle a Florida collective action by store managers who said the coffee chain denied them overtime pay, resolving the case just days before it was scheduled to go to trial.

  • August 15, 2011

    CAI, Others Strike $1.3M Deal Over Paint Facility Fire

    CAI International Inc. and other companies tied to a Danvers, Mass., ink and paint product manufacturing facility agreed Monday to pay about $1.3 million to settle federal claims over the cleanup of hazardous waste following a 2006 explosion and fire at the site.

  • August 15, 2011

    Luxpro Competition Suit Against Apple Survives

    A California federal judge on Friday denied Apple Inc.'s motion to dismiss a competition suit in which MP3-player maker Luxpro Corp. claims Apple made false statements about the Taiwanese company's products.

  • August 12, 2011

    Sony, Walker Strike Deal In Product Package IP Suit

    Sony Electronics Inc. and Walker Digital LLC on Thursday reached an agreement in Delaware that resolved Sony's involvement in a case against it, Amazon.com Inc., Expedia Inc. and others over two patents related to selling a package of products for a single price.

  • August 11, 2011

    EPA Halts Sale Of Controversial DuPont Herbicide

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday ordered DuPont Co. to halt sales of an herbicide used in recreational areas and commercial properties that has been linked to the destruction of spruce and pine trees.

  • August 11, 2011

    Bubba Gump Shrimp Hit With Wage Class Action

    An employee of seafood restaurant chain Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurants Inc. filed a proposed class action in a California state court on Tuesday, claiming he wasn't paid for work outside his regularly scheduled shift.

  • August 11, 2011

    Priceline Founder's Co. Says Xbox, PlayStation Violate IP

    The company led by the founder of Priceline.com Inc. filed suit Monday in Delaware federal court alleging the systems for storing player preferences on Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 and Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC's PlayStation devices violate Walker Digital LLC’s patents.

  • August 11, 2011

    Harry & David Wins OK Of Ch. 11 Plan After PBGC Deal

    Harry & David Holdings Inc. won a Delaware bankruptcy court’s blessing on its reorganization plan after striking a deal Thursday with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. that improved the pension manager’s take on claims stemming from the company’s abandoned pension plan.

  • August 10, 2011

    Travelzoo Hit With Shareholder Class Action

    Travelzoo Inc. shareholders hit the travel deals provider with a putative class action Tuesday in New York federal court alleging that Travelzoo's directors lied about the company's financial health, artificially inflating the stock price.

  • August 9, 2011

    Insurers' Rescission Claim Survives In Heparin Suit

    A Maryland federal judge on Tuesday kept alive a bid by two insurers to rescind policies issued to American Capital Ltd. over alleged misrepresentations the private equity company made regarding its subsidiaries, part of a coverage dispute over underlying heparin contamination litigation.

  • August 9, 2011

    Creditors Push For Harry & David Ch. 11 Deal

    Companies holding some $30 million in unsecured trade claims against bankrupt Harry & David Holdings Inc. pushed for confirmation of the company's reorganization plan Tuesday in Delaware after a key ruling erased the holiday gift purveyor's pension liability for 2,700 workers.

  • August 8, 2011

    Consumer Takes JPMorgan Check Fee Row To High Court

    A Florida consumer asked the U.S. Supreme Court last week to revive a putative class action accusing JPMorgan Chase Bank NA of violating a state law by charging check-cashing fees to individuals who do not have Chase accounts.

  • August 8, 2011

    Judge Won't Hold Separate Trials In $50M BCI Fraud Case

    A federal judge in Illinois on Friday largely refused to hold separate criminal trials for BCI Aircraft Leasing Inc.’s CEO and the numerous associates implicated in a fraudulent $50 million investment scheme, but agreed to set aside charges for tax violations.

  • August 8, 2011

    Dodgers Get $150M DIP Loan From MLB

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Monday gave the green light for the Los Angeles Dodgers to borrow $150 million from Major League Baseball after the once-proud franchise, bleeding cash, struck out on a bid to borrow from a hedge fund.

  • August 5, 2011

    Dodgers Seek Court Approval For $150M Loan From MLB

    The Los Angeles Dodgers asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge on Friday to approve a $150 million loan from Major League Baseball that would keep the team operating for the remainder of the season.

  • August 4, 2011

    Giordano's Owners Target Advisers In $128M Suit

    The owners of Chicago pizzeria Giordano's Enterprises Inc. filed a $128 million suit Wednesday in Illinois against several company franchisees, its ex-chief financial officer, its lawyers and officials at Fifth Third Bank for allegedly conspiring to push them out and force GEI into bankruptcy.

  • August 4, 2011

    Judge Clears Dewey, Young Conaway As Dodgers' Counsel

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved the retention applications of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ choice of reorganization counsel, rejecting Major League Baseball’s warning that the firms may be torn between the interests of the team and those of its owner.

  • August 4, 2011

    Concrete Testing Co. Indicted For Fake NYC Reports

    New York City prosecutors indicted a concrete testing company and several of its employees Thursday for allegedly falsifying thousands of test reports and inspections on an array of major public and private projects, including Yankee Stadium.

  • August 4, 2011

    DuPont Says It May Yank Controversial Herbicide

    DuPont Co. confirmed Thursday that it might pull its herbicide Imprelis from shelves in response to reports that it destroyed spruce and pine trees, as a Delaware federal judge consolidated five proposed class actions over the chemical.

  • August 4, 2011

    Security Guards Cry Foul Over Mets OT Pay

    The New York Mets franchise was struck with a putative wage-and-hour class action Thursday in New York for allegedly failing to pay Citi Field security guards overtime premiums for games they patrolled, in violation of federal and state labor laws.