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BREACH OF CONTRACT DuPont must pay $2.3M over steel duct coating BURLINGTON, VT. (AP) � A Vermont federal jury has ordered E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. to pay Fab-Tech Inc. $2.3 million to settle a dispute about a coating made to line steel ducts used in the semiconductor industry. Fab-Tech claimed that DuPont sold the coating in breach of an agreement between the two companies, which developed the coating in the early 1990s.Fab-Tech said that in places like South Korea, its investment in a manufacturing facility became worthless because DuPont violated an agreement and sold the coating product there on its own. CLASS ACTION Failure to provide lower taxes will cost firm $6M CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) � Tax resolution firm J-K Harris and Co. has reached an agreement to pay $6 million to settle a class action alleging that the company took customers’ money to resolve overdue federal tax bills but did not provide them the reduced tax payments it promised. J-K Harris said customers could receive a pro rata payment from the fund, after administrative costs and attorney fees. Customers who signed contracts for tax resolution services before March 31, 2005 would be eligible. Motorola pays $190M to settle securities fraud suit NEWARK, N.J. � Motorola Inc. will pay $190 million to end a national class action, brought by the New Jersey state pension fund and individual shareholders, claiming securities fraud. The fund, which estimates an $8 million loss from the purchase of Motorola stock, struck the deal four years after it sued the Schaumburg, Ill., company in an Illinois federal court. The alleged fraud began in 1998 when Motorola and other companies lent more than $2.7 billion to Telsim and Rumeli, telecommunications companies controlled by Turkey’s Uzan family, to set up a wireless network. After the network’s financial collapse in 2002, Motorola sued the Uzans, claiming they had used hundreds of millions of dollars for personal items, including the upkeep of seven luxury apartments in New York City. � ALM Microsoft to pay $180M to settle monopoly suit DES MOINES, IOWA (AP) � Microsoft Corp. has agreed to pay Iowans up to $180 million to settle a class action that claimed the company had a monopoly that cost the state’s citizens millions of dollars extra for software products. The $179.95 million settlement means individuals in Iowa who bought certain Microsoft products between May 18, 1994, and June 30, 2006, will be eligible for cash. The suit, filed in 2000, claimed Microsoft engaged in illegal monopolization and anti-competitive conduct between 1994 and 2006 causing customers to pay more for software than they would have if there had been competition. SEX ABUSE Victims approve $48M diocese settlement SPOKANE, WASH. (AP) � Victims of clergy sexual abuse and parishes that will foot part of the bill to pay them have voted to approve a $48 million settlement, setting the stage for the Spokane Roman Catholic Diocese to emerge from bankruptcy. Some 161 people who filed abuse claims, individual parishes and other creditors voted to accept payments outlined in a court-mediated settlement. The settlement would pay individual victims from $15,000 to $1.5 million, depending on the severity and length of abuse claimed. The 93,000-member diocese, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2004, is among five nationwide that have sought bankruptcy protection amid sex abuse claims. POLLUTION 101 parties to pay $74M to clean Superfund site PLAISTOW, N.H. (AP) � The federal government and the state of New Hampshire have reached an agreement with 101 parties that contributed to the pollution of the Beede Waste Oil Superfund site. The agreement includes $48 million to clean up the site, $9 million for future federal and state oversight costs and the recovery of more than $17 million that federal and state agencies have spent on the site. The property, which is surrounded by homes with private wells, was the site of a waste oil storage and recycling facility from the 1920s until 1994. CONSUMER PROTECTION Drug maker, U.S. settle improper marketing suit SEATTLE (AP) � Cell Therapeutics Inc. will pay $10.5 million to settle government claims that the cancer drug maker marketed one of its treatments for uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The government’s suit against Cell Therapeutics claimed that the company marketed its Trisenox leukemia drug to doctors as an effective treatment against other cancers. Doctors who prescribed the drug for such “off-label” uses and received reimbursement from Medicare were submitting false claims, the Justice Department said. The suit also said Cell Therapeutics paid physicians to prescribe Trisenox, and handed out consulting fees of $500 to $1,000 to doctors to attend dinners or conferences on off-label uses of the drug.

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