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AIR POLLUTION New Hampshire landfill case settles for $1.75M Rochester, N.H. (AP)-Waste Management of New Hampshire has agreed to pay $1.75 million to New Hampshire to settle an environmental case. The state alleged that Waste Management violated air pollution rules at the Turnkey Landfill in Rochester starting in 2002, including not controlling gases produced by decomposing trash. The company has agreed to install new equipment at the landfill and to pay the $1.75 million civil penalty. MEDICAL MALPRACTICE U.S. pays $4.2M to settle botched-treatment suit Erie, Pa. (AP)-A single mother will get $4.2 million from the federal government to settle a lawsuit in which she claimed botched pneumonia treatment left her mildly brain-damaged and bedridden with her legs amputated. Lee has already settled with Erie’s Hamot Medical Center for an undisclosed amount. According to the suit, about 24 hours after Lee entered Hamot in November 1997 suffering from pneumonia in both lungs, she became agitated because she couldn’t breathe and a nurse mistakenly thought that Lee was suffering from alcohol withdrawal. Lee’s doctor, Magnus K. Ikhinmwin, without examining her or ordering more tests, ordered her to be treated with a sedative commonly used to treat alcohol withdrawal. The drug caused Lee to stop breathing and suffer two heart attacks. She lost circulation to her arms and legs and was wheelchair-bound with severe nerve damage; her legs later had to be amputated above the knees. PATENTS Rival computer makers settle lawsuits for $47M San Jose, Calif. (AP)-Gateway Inc. has agreed to pay $47 million to Hewlett-Packard Co. to settle a series of patent lawsuits, and the rival computer makers entered into a seven-year cross-licensing deal. The agreement settles a series of lawsuits and countersuits that began in March 2004, when Hewlett-Packard claimed in a California federal court that five of its patents were being infringed by Gateway. In March 2004, Gateway acquired its smaller rival, eMachines Inc., which already had a cross-licensing agreement with Hewlett-Packard. Shortly afterward, Hewlett-Packard exercised a right within the deal and terminated the license. Hewlett-Packard filed additional suits, claiming that at least 27 of its patents were being breached. Gateway responded with several countersuits that claimed 13 of its patents were being infringed. Gateway will pay $25 million within a week of the deal becoming final, and the remaining $22 million within a year. Monsanto, university OK $100M deal on hormone St. Louis (AP)-Monsanto Co. has agreed to pay the University of California more than $100 million to settle the school’s claim that it had infringed its patent related to a hormone that makes cows produce more milk. St. Louis-based Monsanto said it agreed to pay the school $100 million in upfront royalties and would pay 15 cents a dose, or at least $5 million annually, to license the patented technology, commonly called BST, in the future. The university’s patent expires in 2023. At issue is the genetically engineered bovine somatotropin hormone, sold under the brand name Posilac. Monsanto claims that injections of the hormone helps dairy cows produce 10% to 15% more milk. Monsanto said the agreement will give it exclusive commercial license to use the university’s patented hormone. The university will have the right to use the hormone in noncommercial research. PRICE-FIXING Glassmaker pays $60M to settle overcharge suit Pittsburgh (AP)-PPG Industries Inc. will pay $60 million to settle a lawsuit claiming that the company conspired with other glassmakers to overcharge for flat glass products. PPG was the last of six defendants to settle the case, which was filed in 1997 by auto body shops and window manufacturers. The plaintiffs alleged that PPG and five other companies-Britain’s Pilkington PLC; Libbey-Owens-Ford Co. of Toledo, Ohio; Guardian Industries Corp. of Auburn Hills, Mich.; AFG Industries Inc. of Kingsport, Tenn.; and Ford Motor Co. of Detroit-overcharged by about $310 million between 1991 and 1995. The other defendants have paid about $61 million to settle the cases. WATER POLLUTION Firms settle hazardous-discharges allegations Charleston, W.Va. (AP)-Four companies are to pay $3.25 million to resolve water pollution allegations. The settlement with Eramet Marietta Inc., Elkem Metals Co. L.P., Ferro Invest III Inc. and Ferro Invest II LLC covers alleged discharges from Eramet’s Marietta, Ohio, plant in 1999 and 2000. The plant, which Elkem operated until 1999, produces alloy products including aluminum hardeners. The U.S. Department of Justice alleged that hazardous discharges harmed the river. West Virginia wildlife officials noticed a number of large fish kills in the river in 1999. Mussel and snail populations also were affected.

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