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HUMAN RIGHTS Ex-Salvadoran colonel must pay $6M to victims Memphis, Tenn. (AP)-A Tennessee federal jury held a former Salvadoran Army colonel responsible for murder and torture during El Salvador’s civil war in the 1980s and ordered him to pay $6 million in damages. The verdict came in a lawsuit filed by five current or former Salvadorans who said that they were tortured or that their family members were killed by soldiers under the command of Nicolas Carranza, now a resident of Memphis. The jury ordered compensatory damages of $500,000 for four of the accusers, plus $4 million in punitive damages. POLLUTION Residents win $120M in suit against refinery Chicago (AP)-An Illinois state jury has awarded $120.1 million to about 6,000 Blue Island, Ill., residents who claimed pollutants from the now-closed Clark Oil Refinery created a nuisance and health problems. Residents who lived near the refinery from 1993 until it closed in January 2001 filed the suit 10 years ago. The jury also awarded $100,000 to about 1,200 former students and staff from nearby Eisenhower High School affected by pollutants discharged in 1994. Clark Refining and Marketing, which owned the 170-acre plant in Worth Township near Blue Island when the lawsuit was filed, has since been renamed Premcor. PRODUCTS LIABILITY EDS, U.K. tax agency end row over IT system London (AP)-Electronic Data Systems Corp. has agreed to pay $121.8 million to settle a compensation claim brought by the United Kingdom’s tax collection agency, H.M. Revenue & Customs. The agency sought compensation from Plano, Texas-based EDS for problems it experienced with the information technology system developed by the company for the 2003 launch and operation of its tax credits system. Revenue & Customs said that several tax credits were not paid out because of faults with the system. REGULATORY ACTION Warner to pay $5 million to settle ‘payola’ probe Albany, N.Y. (AP)-Warner Music Group Corp. has agreed to pay $5 million to settle an investigation into payoffs for radio airplay of artists, said New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. Warner is the second major recording company to reform and settle with Spitzer. In July, Sony BMG Music Entertainment agreed to pay $10 million and stop bribing radio stations to feature artists. SEX ABUSE Mormon church must pay $4.2M for negligence Seattle (AP)-A Washington state jury has ordered the Mormon church to pay $4.2 million to two college-age sisters who say a bishop mishandled complaints of sexual abuse by their stepfather, a Mormon priest at the time. Jessica Cavalieri, 24, and her younger sister, Ashley, 19, had been abused by their stepfather, Peter N. Taylor, at their home during the 1990s. Taylor pleaded guilty to child molestation in 2001 and was sentenced to more than four years in prison. Jessica Cavalieri told her congregational leader, Bishop Bruce Hatch in 1994 that Taylor had been abusing her since she was 7. But Hatch never alerted civil authorities. Under Washington state law, members of the clergy are not required to report sexual abuse, but the Cavalieris argued that Hatch was acting as a social services counselor when the older sister confided in him. SHAREHOLDER SUIT Oracle CEO to pay $122M to settle suit Redwood City, Calif. (AP)-A California state judge has approved a legal settlement that will require Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison to donate $100 million to charity and pay another $22 million to the attorneys who sued him for alleged stock-trading abuses. The civil complaint revolves around a $900 million gain that Ellison generated by selling some of his Oracle stock shortly before the company’s shares plummeted in 2001. Like many other high-tech companies, Oracle’s sales sagged badly that year amid the aftershocks of the dot-com implosion that wiped out hundreds of companies. Oracle’s shares plunged by 52% in 2001, wiping out about $85 billion in shareholder wealth. TERMINATION Fired by blind agency, blind woman wins $3M Harrisburg, Pa. (AP)-A Pennsylvania federal jury has awarded $3 million to a blind woman who was fired from her job as head of Pennsylvania’s state agency for the blind and visually impaired, saying she was discriminated against because of her disability. Christine L. Boone was seeking lost wages and costs in her federal lawsuit against the state Department of Labor and Industry; the department’s secretary, Stephen Schmerin; the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation; and its since-retired executive director, Stephen Nasuti. U.S. District Court Judge Sylvia Rambo has yet to decide whether to grant Boone’s request for reinstatement.

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