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BREACH OF CONTRACT City can’t stop county from building on its land San Jose, Calif. (AP)-The city of San Jose has agreed to pay at least $36.5 million to Santa Clara County for a new crime laboratory and for improvements to the county’s Montague Expressway to settle a two-year legal battle over a delayed concert hall. The settlement resolves a pair of lawsuits over a proposed 7,000-seat venue at the county fairgrounds and development in north San Jose. The city sued to block the concert hall in August 2004, arguing that it needed to approve the project. The county countersued, demanding $40 million for delays to the project and other land-use disputes. In February, a California state court threw out San Jose’s suit. CIVIL RIGHTS Racial profiling verdict costs Southwest Airlines El Paso, Texas (AP)-A Texas state jury awarded $27.5 million in damages to a woman of Iranian descent who alleged that she was a victim of racial profiling when Southwest Airlines accused her of assaulting a flight attendant and interfering with a flight crew. Samantha Carrington of Santa Barbara, Calif., sued the Dallas-based carrier for false imprisonment and malicious prosecution. Carrington was arrested by federal authorities in 2003 after her Houston-to-Los Angeles flight made a scheduled stop in El Paso. CLASS ACTION Cattle raisers win $9.3M from meatpackers in suit Aberdeen, S.D. (AP)-A South Dakota federal jury has awarded $9.25 million to cattle raisers who said that large meatpacking companies had underpaid producers for live cattle. The class action, filed by three men, sought almost $43 million from Tyson Fresh Meats Inc., Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. doing business as Excel Corp., Swift Beef Co. and National Beef Packing Co. The jury awarded damages of $4 million from Tyson, $3 million from Cargill-Excel and $2.25 million from Swift. The jury ruled in favor of National Beef. PATENTS TiVo wins $74 million in infringement lawsuit Marshall, Texas (AP)-A federal Texas jury has awarded TiVo Inc. nearly $74 million in damages in a patent-infringement lawsuit against EchoStar Communications Corp., the parent of the Dish satellite TV network. TiVo claimed that EchoStar violated its patent for a “multimedia time warping system” to pause, rewind or fast-forward live TV programs by recording them on a hard drive. TiVo had sought $87 million. EchoStar said in a statement, “We believe the decision will be reversed.” REGULATORY ACTION Boeing fined over export of chip with military uses Chicago (AP)-The Boeing Co. has agreed to pay $15 million to settle federal allegations that it violated the Arms Control Export Act by selling commercial airplanes equipped with a small chip that has military applications. The U.S. State Department claimed that Boeing shipped 94 commercial jets overseas from 2000 to 2003 that carried the QRS-11 gyrochip embedded in the flight boxes. At the time, the chip, used in missile guidance systems, was on a list of products that required a license for foreign sales. The chip, made by a unit of BEI Technologies Inc. in Concord, Calif., sells for less than $2,000. Nineteen of the planes went to China, to which export of listed defense items is specifically prohibited by the U.S. government. Companies to pay $30M to clean up Wis. river Madison, Wis. (AP)-Automatic teller machine maker NCR Corp. and a subsidiary of packaging products maker Sonoco Products Co. have reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Wisconsin to clean up a polluted segment of the Fox River. The settlement calls for the two companies to dredge and dispose of about 100,000 cubic yards of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB)-contaminated sediment near the De Pere Dam. The operation will cost the companies about $30 million. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said soil samples near the dam contain up to 3,000 times more PCB contamination than is acceptable. SHAREHOLDER SUIT Citigroup will pay $13M to settle with university San Francisco (AP)-Citigroup Inc. will pay $13.25 million to the University of California to settle allegations linking Citigroup to the accounting scandal that bankrupted WorldCom Inc. in 2002, when it was revealed that the company’s profits had been grossly exaggerated. Citigroup has so far paid out more than $2.65 billion to settle WorldCom-related investor lawsuits. The University of California suffered a $353 million loss on its WorldCom investment after the scandal broke. The university claims that Citigroup’s investment banking subsidiary-then known as Salomon Smith Barney-consistently recommended WorldCom’s stock to keep the company as a customer.

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