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ANTITRUST Settlement of class action against Sprint approved KANSAS CITY, KAN. (AP) � A Kansas federal judge has given preliminary approval for Sprint Nextel Corp. to pay $30 million to settle a class action alleging that it had overcharged customers by passing along a federally mandated phone service subsidy. Under the settlement, qualified business and residential customers would receive prepaid telephone calling cards worth a total of $25 million. The antitrust case consolidated dozens of class actions claiming that Sprint and AT&T Corp. conspired to charge customers more than the regulated fee for the Universal Service Fund. The program subsidizes the cost of running phone service to rural areas, low-income customers and public facilities, such as schools, libraries and rural hospitals. • CONSUMER PROTECTION Office Depot pays $2.3M over faulty scanners SAN JOSE, CALIF. (AP) � Office Depot Inc. has agreed to pay $2.3 million to settle a lawsuit claiming California customers were overcharged by faulty scanners at the checkout line. Under the settlement, the office supply firm also agreed to participate in a statewide price-check program to ensure customers are charged the right amount; and offer $5 coupons to the public, or $5 refunds to overcharged customers. • DEFAMATION ‘Time’ told to pay $106M to ex-President Suharto JAKARTA, INDONESIA (AP) � Indonesia’s highest court ordered Time to pay $106 million in damages for defaming former Indonesian President Suharto by alleging that his family amassed billions of dollars during his 32-year rule. The May 1999 cover story in the magazine’s Asian edition said much of the money had been transferred from Switzerland to Austria before Suharto stepped down amid riots and pro-democracy protests in 1998. The Time article, titled “The Family Firm,” alleged that Suharto and his children amassed $73 billion, the bulk from oil and mining, forestry, property, banking and petrochemicals, but lost much of it during the 1997 Asian financial crisis. It alleged that the family still had $15 billion in 1999. • DISCRIMINATION State pays $12M to settle suit against department NEW HAVEN, CONN. (AP) � The state of Connecticut has agreed to pay $12 million to settle a federal class action against the Department of Social Services over the lack of access to welfare offices and services for disabled clients. Under the agreement, the state will spend the money to make its DSS facilities, equipment and staff more accessible to more than 300,000 disabled clients. The suit was brought in January 2003 after DSS began shutting down offices and laying off employees. The cutbacks led to reduced access to many disabled clients. • PRICE-FIXING Drug maker settles price inflation suit for $183M NEW YORK (AP)Sanofi-Aventis S.A. has agreed to pay $182.8 million plus interest to settle a federal case of alleged price- fixing at Aventis Pharmaceuticals Inc. The U.S. government alleged Aventis inflated the price for Anzemet, a drug used in conjunction with cancer treatments, causing the government to overpay for the drug for seven years starting in 1997. • SEX & ABUSE San Diego diocese settles abuse claims for $198M SAN DIEGO (AP) � Victims of clergy sex abuse have reached a $198.1 million settlement with the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego. The diocese will pay $153 million to settle 111 cases involving its own clergy and $30 million for 22 cases involving members of Catholic orders. In addition, the Diocese of San Bernardino, which was part of San Diego’s until 1978, will pay $15 million. Santa Rosa diocese pays $5M to settle abuse suit SAN FRANCISCO (AP) � The Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa, Calif., has agreed to pay more than $5 million to settle a sex abuse lawsuit involving fugitive priest Xavier Ochoa and 10 alleged victims. Ochoa was suspended in April 2006, after admitting an incident of sexual abuse with a 12-year-old boy. Ochoa is the 17th priest from the diocese to be accused of molesting a total of 62 children. n torts • TORTS Iran fined $2.65B over 1983 suicide bombing WASHINGTON (AP) � A District of Columbia federal judge has ordered Iran to pay $2.65 billion to the families of the 241 U.S. service members killed in the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. The ruling allows nearly 1,000 family members and some survivors to try to collect Iranian assets from various sources around the world. Iran has denied responsibility for the attack, did not respond to the six-year-old lawsuit and was represented only by an empty table. • WHISTLEBLOWER LAW Illegally dismissed police officers awarded $6.5M DETROIT (AP) � A Michigan state jury has awarded $6.5 million to two former police officers in a whistleblower lawsuit against the city of Detroit and Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Jurors decided that Kilpatrick and the city of Detroit unlawfully dismissed Gary Brown and Harold Nelthrope, who claimed they suffered after looking into alleged wrongdoing within Kilpatrick’s security unit, including a party involving strippers at the mayor’s official residence. State Attorney General Mike Cox found no evidence to support allegations that such a party was held.

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