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BREACH OF CONTRACT Judge approves AT&T Wireless settlement Denver (AP)-A Colorado state judge has approved a $3.75 million settlement in a class action challenging billing practices at AT&T Wireless. The settlement affects up to 3 million current and former subscribers, most of whom will have to file a claim to receive an average value of $3. Customers alleged in a breach of contract complaint filed in 1999 that AT&T Wireless cheated customers by using a delayed billing process, which charged customers for roaming calls they would not have incurred if the calls had been billed in the month they were placed. NEGLIGENCE $15.5M award in accident involving repeat offender Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP)-After hearing testimony about a Tennessee truck driver’s lengthy accident record, a federal jury awarded $15.5 million to an Atlanta teacher who suffered a leg injury in a head-on collision. The verdict went against Yellow Roadway Corp. of Overland Park, Kan., in a suit filed by first-grade teacher Olivia Nix, hospitalized after a 2002 collision. The jury awarded $500,000 in compensatory damages and $15 million in punitive damages. The truck driver, Robert Wade of Nashville, Tenn., had been involved in nine wrecks while working for Roadway. PRODUCTS LIABILITY Judge OKs $24M home builder settlement Noblesville, Ind. (AP)-An Indiana county judge approved a $24 million settlement between some 2,000 homeowners and an Indianapolis-area builder. Homeowners filed a class action against Trinity Homes and its parent company, Beazer Homes USA Inc., claiming that the houses Trinity built had moisture, mold and other property damage due to improper construction. Under the agreement, homes would be individually assessed and water problems caused by faulty construction would be fixed. RACE DISCRIMINATION Printing giant offers $15M to settle bias suit Chicago (AP)-After a decade-long court fight, printing giant R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. has agreed to pay $15 million to settle a race discrimination suit filed by black workers at a now-closed plant. The employees complained that co-workers used nooses and Ku Klux Klan costumes to intimidate them. Donnelley was also accused by black workers of discriminating in its hiring practices. SHAREHOLDER SUIT Ford, Goldman Sachs settle suit over IPO Detroit (AP)-Ford Motor Co. has agreed, along with Goldman Sachs Group Inc., to settle with shareholders claiming that Ford Chairman Bill Ford had used his position to profit from shares in Goldman’s initial public offering. Under the agreement Goldman will pay Ford $13.4 million, of which $10 million is earmarked for a Ford charitable fund. The remaining money will be used to pay attorney fees and other costs. The dispute focused on Bill Ford’s allocation of 400,000 shares at $53 each in Goldman’s May 1999 initial public offering. The shareholder group argued that the executive wouldn’t have received such a large allocation had he not been Ford’s chairman. WAGES AND HOURS City council, paramedics settle overtime suit Houston (AP)-The Houston City Council has approved a $79.5 million settlement of paramedics’ nine-year legal battle to collect overtime pay. The awards will range from $500 to tens of thousands of dollars, depending on how much overtime a paramedic worked without proper compensation. Claiming that paramedics should earn overtime on the same basis as firefighters, city administrators had said that they were not entitled to overtime unless they worked more than 46.7 hours per week. Paramedics said that they should be paid overtime for any hours beyond 40 per week.

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