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Baker Hughes Plans to Disclose All Fracking Chemicals
Baker Hughes Inc. plans to disclose all of the chemicals used in the rock-cracking technique used to unlock oil and natural gas from underground. In response to public concern about fracking, the website FracFocus was created for oil companies to voluntarily disclose their ingredients. Environmental groups complained that companies could still keep confidential too many of their chemicals.
David Wethe, Bloomberg 04/25/2014
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Tech Companies Settle Conspiracy Lawsuit
Tech companies including Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe Systems Inc have agreed to pay $324 million to settle a lawsuit which alleged they conspired to hold down salaries in Silicon Valley. The class-action lawsuit was filed in 2011 and alleged that the tech companies "conspired to refrain from soliciting one another's employees in order to avert a salary war." The lawsuit, which was set to go to trial in May, would have sought $3 billion in court before the case was settled for $324 million.
Dan Levine, Reuters 04/24/2014
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Columbia University Students File Suit Over Sexual Assault
A group of 23 students have filed a set of complaints against Columbia University alleging the mishandling of sex abuse cases. The lawsuit contends that the school has failed to protect students who are victims of sexual assault. Among the list of complaints are those that "perpetrators of sexual assault have been allowed to remain on campus, that survivors are often discouraged from reporting assaults, that some survivors were not treated fairly because of their gender identity, and that individuals who protest against the school’s response face retaliation." A similar complaint was filed against Harvard University this month.
Meredith Clark, MSNBC NEWS 04/24/2014
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Armey Names Town in Suit
Dick Armey, former majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas’ 26th District, and his wife, Susan, along with some of their neighbors, first sued Bartonville Water Supply Corp. over the water tower in December 2012. But after the Bartonville Town Council agreed this week to accept a settlement offer in its own long-running battle over the tower, Armey’s attorney amended the lawsuit to also include the town. The petition, filed in a Denton district court Tuesday, claims that the town’s settlement constitutes illegal contract zoning and came about, in part, through violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act.
Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe, Denton Record-Chronicle 04/25/2014
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Court Filing Says Ship In Texas Spill Was Speeding
The owner of a tugboat that collided with a ship last month, dumping nearly 170,000 gallons of oil into the Houston Ship Channel, claims in court filings the ship was speeding and being operated in a reckless manner. Houston-based Kirby Inland Marine alleges in court documents filed earlier this month that the March 22 collision, which occurred after the ship struck a barge the tugboat had been pulling, was caused by gross negligence on the part of the ship's owner, Sea Galaxy Marine based in Liberia in West Africa. In its own court filings, Sea Galaxy says the collision was not its fault.
JUAN A. LOZANO, AP, Austin American Statesman 04/25/2014
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Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Added to Lawsuit
A Las Vegas Justice of the Peace has been added as a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a Las Vegas Justice Court Marshal who hanged himself in March. The lawsuit contends that the deceased committed suicide because of a hostile work environment caused by his supervisors. The family has added the Justice of the Peace and two other staff members who "continuously harassed and berated" the late Court Marshal. The amended lawsuit alleges that the Justice of the Peace did nothing to alleviate the hostile environment. The lawsuit seeks damages and a permanent injunction to eliminate the "unlawful employment practices" that led to the Court Marshal's death.
Jeff German, Las Vegas Review Journal 04/24/2014
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