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DISCRIMINATION $8M disabilities verdict against packaging firm Denver (AP)-A federal jury has awarded more than $8 million to a man who was not allowed to return to work at Graphic Packaging Corp. of Marietta, Ga., after recovering from a brain aneurysm. Gregory Zolnick sued in 2000, saying he was denied employment after his recovery because he was still regarded as disabled. The verdict included punitive damages of $7.5 million. Zolnick, a mechanical engineer, started working at Graphic Packaging in June 1998. He suffered the aneurysm two months later. By December, he was ready to return to work, but said the company turned him down. NEGLIGENCE Jury awards $28.5M to subway accident victim New York (AP)-A jury awarded $28.5 million to a former graphic design student whose hip was crushed by a subway train when she leaned over to pick up a Bible she had dropped onto the station platform. The verdict included $14.25 million for pain and suffering, and $14.25 million for future medical costs and future lost earnings. The accident occurred on Dec. 10, 2001, as Alice Huang, then an 18-year-old student at the School of Visual Arts, dropped her Bible as she was leaving a subway train in Manhattan. When she bent over to retrieve it, a train began to move out of the station, striking Huang on the head and spinning her around. Her leg got caught between a subway car and the platform, crushing her hip. PATENTS Jury orders Medtronic subsidiary to pay $110M Memphis (AP)-A federal court jury has ordered a Medtronic subsidiary to pay about $110 million in a dispute between the company and a doctor who invented some of its spinal-fusion technologies. The jury found that Memphis-based Medtronic Sofamor Danek Inc. had breached its agreement with Los Angeles surgeon Gary Michelson, and that some of the company’s products infringe on his patents. The damages were partly based on a percentage of income from devices on which the doctor holds patents and the total could reach about $160 million. Michelson had accused Medtronic of shortchanging him on royalties and failing to live up to agreements to produce his implants. The implants invented by Michelson and produced by Medtronic are used to treat patients suffering from damaged or diseased spinal discs. REGULATORY ACTION Company fined $6.3M for selling pumps to Iran Sparks, Nev. (AP)-The U.S. subsidiary of a Japanese company has agreed to pay a $6.3 criminal fine for illegally shipping equipment to Iran and trying to shield the deal from regulators. Ebara International Corp., based in Sparks, will also pay a $121,000 civil fine after pleading guilty to seven felony charges in a D.C. federal court. Company founder Everett Hylton, who resigned as chief executive a year ago, pleaded guilty to a separate charge of conspiracy to make false statements to investigators. It is illegal for U.S. companies to sell industrial products to Iran, a nation the U.S. Department of State designates as a state sponsor of terrorism. Ebara was accused of shipping high-technology pumps with military applications to Iran through two French companies, Cryostar and Technip. An investigation found the cryogenic transfer pumps were resold for use in a petrochemical plant in Iran through a complex scheme arranged by Ebara. UNDERGROUND STORAGE Company hit for $5M verdict in gas geysers suit Kansas City, Kan. (AP)-A Kansas jury has found that Tulsa-based ONEOK Inc. is at fault for the deadly eruption of gas geysers in Hutchinson, Kan., in 2001. The jury awarded $5 million-far less than the class action had sought-to Reno County residents who alleged that the disaster devalued their property. The conclusion of the case raises new questions about what will happen to the now-dormant underground storage facilities from which natural gas leaked. The leaking gas is believed to have erupted from old brine wells beneath the city in January 2001, destroying two downtown stores and killing a couple at a mobile home park. ONEOK was found 80% at fault for the loss of property value and subsidiary Mid Continent Market Center 20% at fault.

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