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ANTITRUST Airlines fined $300M for conspiring to fix prices WASHINGTON (AP) � British Airways PLC and Korean Air Lines Co. Ltd. were each fined $300 million after admitting they conspired to fix prices on international flights. British Airways, Britain’s largest airline, and Korean Air, South Korea’s national carrier, pleaded guilty to antitrust conspiracy charges. They acknowledged colluding with rivals over cargo rates and fuel surcharges, which were added to fares in response to rising oil prices. Earlier this month, authorities in London announced $246 million in fines for British Airways in a parallel trans-Atlantic investigation. • CLASS ACTION Utility to pay $18M in overcharge settlement CHATTANOOGA, TENN. (AP) � The Tennessee Valley Authority will pay $18 million to settle claims that the utility overcharged industrial customers during a heat wave in 1998. The former Birmingham Steel Co., later acquired by Johns Manville Corp., initiated the lawsuit against TVA contending that it had overcharged for economy surplus power during the summer of 1998 by improperly including some incremental costs in its power bills. Other industrial customers joined the action. The plaintiffs contended that instead of distributing cheaper power generated by TVA to the industrial customers on hot summer afternoons, TVA delivered more expensive power bought from other producers and charged the economy surplus power customers higher rates. • CONTRACTS Firm settles oil-for-food program fraud probe PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) � Textron Inc., a U.S. aircraft and finance company, will pay nearly $5 million to settle charges that its subsidiaries paid kickbacks to Saddam Hussein’s government during the United Nations’ oil-for-food program. Textron, maker of Cessna aircraft and Bell helicopters, is required to pay a $1.15 million fine and $3.5 million in civil penalties. Under the oil-for-food program, money from Iraqi oil sales was to have been used for food and medicine. Hussein allegedly gave former government officials, journalists and U.N. officials vouchers for oil to be resold at a profit. • MEDICAL MALPRACTICE $9.4M award over care failure in Army hospital HONOLULU (AP) � A Hawaii federal court has awarded more than $9.4 million to the family of a child left severely brain damaged, blind and unable to walk after a failed medical procedure at an Army hospital. Parker Benjamin Kohl, now 3 years old, was receiving treatment at Tripler Army Medical Center in May 2004 for a respiratory illness when doctors decided to remove him from his ventilator to try to allow him to breathe on his own. Kohl’s condition progressively worsened over 19 hours until he suffered cardiac arrest, even though a nurse had earlier warned doctors of the danger signs. • NEGLIGENCE Home Depot pays $10M in hazardous waste suit LOS ANGELES (AP) � Home Depot Inc., the giant home improvement store chain, has agreed to pay nearly $10 million in penalties and investigation costs to settle a lawsuit alleging it mishandled hazardous waste from its California stores. Home Depot came under investigation after a hazardous waste container exploded at its store in Marina Del Rey in May 2004. Investigators later found that chemicals were mixed together in the 55-gallon drum. A government probe concluded that Home Depot routinely collected hazardous waste accumulated at its stores across California and placed them in large buckets for offsite disposal. Haulers sometimes improperly stored and labeled the waste and did not keep good records of transported materials. • TORTS County settles morgue photo suit for $8 million CINCINNATI (AP) � Hamilton County in Ohio has agreed to pay $8 million to settle a lawsuit over photos that used bodies in the county morgue as props. The settlement calls for the money to be paid to more than 500 families over two years. A photographer posed the bodies with fruit, doll house furniture and other props as part of an art project to illustrate the cycle of life. He was convicted in 2001 of gross abuse of a corpse for taking the pictures. • WRONGFUL DEATH Walgreen hit for $26M over prescription error BARTOW, FLA. (AP) � A Florida state jury has awarded $25.8 million to the family of a cancer patient who was given a wrong prescription, had a stroke and died several years later at the age of 46. Beth Hippely, a mother of three, was prescribed Warfarin, a blood thinner, in 2002 to treat breast cancer. The prescription filled at a Walgreen Co. pharmacy was 10 times what her doctor prescribed. A 19-year-old pharmacy technician, with little training, misfiled the prescription. The jury said the prescription error caused a cerebral hemorrhage resulting in permanent bodily injury and disability.

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