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FOSTER CARE N.J., starved children settle for $12.5 million Mount Laurel, N.J. (AP)-Lawyers for four boys allegedly starved by their adoptive parents have signed on to a settlement with the state of New Jersey for the boys to split $12.5 million. Under the agreement, Keith, Tyrone and Michael Jackson will each get $2.5 million; and their adoptive brother Bruce, 21, will get $5 million. When the boys were found in Collingswood, N.J., in October 2003, the boys, whose ages ranged from 10 to 19, weighed less than 45 pounds each. The boys had sued the state and its child welfare agency, the Division of Youth and Family Services, claiming that they should have known about the emaciated condition of the boys because child-welfare workers were regularly in the home to check on a girl the family was trying to adopt. FRAUD MCI pays $331M to settle accounting allegations Harrisburg, Pa. (AP)-MCI Inc. has agreed to pay $331 million to 16 states and the District of Columbia to settle accusations that it engaged in accounting fraud. The two settlements dealt with MCI/ WorldCom tax filings from 1999 to 2002, in which transfers between subsidiaries were illegally classified as business expenses exempt from state tax laws, state authorities alleged. One agreement will give $315 million to 15 states and the District of Columbia, while North Carolina negotiated a separate agreement for $16 million, MCI said in a statement. MCI subsidiaries allegedly transferred the money to a subsidiary in Mississippi, a holding company for intellectual property that was charging them a royalty that was tax exempt under Mississippi law. PATENTS $51M win for Medtronic in infringement claim Denver (AP)-A Medtronic Inc. subsidiary has won a $51 million federal jury verdict in its seven-year patent dispute with competing medical technology company BrainLAB A.G. Medtronic Navigation sued BrainLAB in 1998 for infringement of four patents involving image-guided surgical devices. The patents cover technology that allows a surgeon to operate on the brain freehanded, discern tumors from healthy tissue and utilize scanning technology and magnetic resonance imaging in the operating room. Foot-pumps dispute ends in $75 million settlement San Antonio (AP)-Orthofix International N.V. said that its Novamedix unit will receive $75 million as part of a patent dispute settlement with Kinetic Concepts Inc. regarding a line of foot pumps used to prevent deep-vein thrombosis. The deal also calls for Kinetic to assign or license to Novamedix certain of its patent rights. Kinetic said separately it will take a one-time charge during the third quarter of about $47.2 million, or 64 cents a share. Kinetic said it will continue to sell its PlexiPulse line of foot pumps, which produced sales of about $6.2 million in the last 12 months. PRICE FIXING HMO, Cincinnati doctors settle suit for $160M Cincinnati (AP)-Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has agreed to pay Cincinnati-area doctors an additional $160 million for services over the next three years to settle a 2002 lawsuit filed by about 1,900 physicians and the Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati. The suits in Hamilton County, Ohio, and Boone County, Ky., claimed that four insurance providers colluded to keep payments artificially low. It alleged that providers violated state antitrust laws in Ohio and Kentucky by conspiring since at least 1995 to keep Cincinnati’s physician reimbursement rates below those of comparable cities. PRODUCTS LIABILITY Ford must pay $30.4M over teenager’s death Brownsville, Texas (AP)-A Texas state jury has awarded the family of a Brownsville teenager $30.4 million in damages and medical expenses, finding that Ford Motor Co. was primarily at fault in the death of a 16-year-old who was killed in a March 2004 accident. The family had sued the automaker, saying that the roof of their truck failed to protect Jennifer Garcia in the crash that caused the Ford truck to roll over. The accident occurred as Garcia was traveling with her parents to Corpus Christi, Texas, in a 1993 Ford F-150 and their truck was struck by a motorist. RECORDS INSPECTION Outsourcing firm settles claims against ex-owners Dallas (AP)-Sourcecorp Inc., a provider of business process outsourcing services, has settled claims against the former owners of the company’s unit that was the subject of an internal investigation and financial restatement. Sourcecorp will receive $30 million in the settlement, including $20 million in cash paid immediately, 89,888 common shares and the remainder secured by parcels of real estate and payable within 90 days. The company currently intends to use the settlement proceeds to reduce outstanding debt. SHAREHOLDER SUIT Miscued purchase of unit yields $15M settlement Hagerstown, Md. (AP)-Allegheny Energy Inc. will pay more than $15 million to settle lawsuits stemming from its disastrous 2001 purchase of Merrill Lynch & Co.’s energy-trading subsidiary, Global Energy Markets. The 14 consolidated class actions, brought by Allegheny shareholders in a Maryland federal court, claimed that Allegheny misled them about the financial health of the Global Energy Markets unit, and that those statements caused them to buy shares that fell in value after news about its problems surfaced.

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