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  February 21, 2013

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Lockheed Martin Settles $19.5 Million Suit

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Lockheed Martin Corp. has agreed to settle a $19.5 million lawsuit over misleading information on prospects for the company's technology division. The suit, filed by shareholders, claimed Lockheed's overstatement of financial projects led to a steep decline in stock prices in 2009.
Nate Raymond, Reuters 02/21/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Suit Forthcoming Over NYPD Fatal Shooting

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The family of a man shot and killed by an NYPD detective last October have said they will file suit against the officer and the department. The family believes the officer "acted negligently and recklessly when he fired his weapon during a traffic stop," which resulted in the victim's death. In his statement, the officer said the victim was armed, but no weapons were found in the car or on the scene. The lawsuit will seek $20 million in damages.
Tamer El-Ghobashy and Alison Fox, WSJ Blogs 02/20/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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BP Witness May Help Halliburton Avoid Spill Trial Blame

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Halliburton may escape paying billions of dollars in damages for its role in the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history thanks to statements by a witness for codefendant BP. Next week, a federal judge will begin hearing evidence in a trial in New Orleans federal court where blame for the disaster will be apportioned among the companies that worked on the well. In pretrial testimony, a witness for U.K.-based BP, which owns the well, testified that Halliburton, which provided cement services, didn’t have a chance to avert the oil rig’s explosion. Instead, he placed potential responsibility on BP and rig owner Transocean.
Margaret Cronin Fisk, Jef Feeley & Laurel Brubaker Calkins, Bloomberg 02/21/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Class-Action Lawsuit Filed in Cruise Ship Fiasco

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A Florida maritime law firm has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of passengers aboard the ill-fated Carnival Triumph. The federal lawsuit, filed Monday in Florida, says that Carnival Corp. was negligent for allowing Triumph to embark on the failed cruise when the company was aware the ship was prone to mechanical and or engine issues.
Robert Stanton, Houston Chronicle 02/21/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Lockheed to Pay $19.5M to Settle Lawsuit: Court Papers

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Lockheed Martin Corp has agreed to pay $19.5 million to settle a securities fraud class-action lawsuit accusing the company of misleading investors about the prospects for its information technology division, according to court papers. The settlement, which requires a judge's approval, was detailed by the plaintiffs in papers filed in U.S. District Court in New York on Tuesday.
Reuters, Reuters 02/21/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Insult to Injury? Texas Town Imposing 'Crash Tax'

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Cash-strapped municipalities across the country have started charging victims for responding to accidents and other emergencies. Sometimes a person's insurer will pick up the tab, but a growing number are refusing to -- that means on top of paying for vehicle damages and insurance hikes, motorists are now being slapped with thousands of dollars in additional fines. The fee, known as a "crash tax," covers the costs of first responders that come to the aid in the event of an accident. The tax has been expanded in more than 50 cities in 26 states, but there is a growing backlash against the practice. In Missouri City, Texas, drivers involved in an accident will be charged up to $2,000 even if they don't call for help.
Fox News, Yahoo News 02/21/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Latest Front in the Gun Debate Is Mandatory Insurance

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In a society sharply divided over efforts to curb violence and the right to bear arms, both sides of the gun debate seem to agree on at least one thing: a bigger role for the insurance industry to play in a heavily armed society. But just what that role should be, and whether insurers will choose to accept it, are still very much in dispute.
MICHAEL COOPER & MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, The New York Times 02/21/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Suit Filed over Virus Outbreak at Golden Corral

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A class-action lawsuit has been filed against a Golden Corral location over the outbreak of a norovirus in Wyoming last year. The Department of Health reported 305 cases of foodborne illness in Casper last winter; 21 employees at the local Golden Corral admitted to working with symptoms of "diarrhea or vomiting." The lawsuit accuses restaurant owners of negligently allowing employees to work while sick and failing to protect the food and customers.
Megan Cassidy, Casper Star Tribune 02/08/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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