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• ENVIRONMENT City, home buyers settle contaminated soil suit BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) � A New York state judge has approved a $7.2 million settlement involving residents of a neighborhood built on contaminated soil. About 220 current and former residents have personal injury and property damage claims against the city, which developed the Hickory Woods subdivision in the late 1980s and early 1990s as a model of brownfields renewal. Home buyers received subsidies to move into the south Buffalo neighborhood adjacent to a site used for decades by the steel industry. When the contamination was discovered later, home values plummeted and residents reported a variety of health problems, including asthma, cancer and birth defects. Homeowners get $130M to muffle airport noise MINNEAPOLIS (AP) � The manager of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has approved a proposal to give homeowners living near the airport as much as $130 million to muffle noise. The settlement, approved by the Metropolitan Airports Commission, would end a lawsuit brought by the cities of Minneapolis, Richfield and Eagan, and could end a class action filed on behalf of 8,100 homeowners. The settlement provides aid for perhaps as many as 9,700 households. DuPont must pay $55.5M for cleanup of property CLARKSBURG, W.VA. (AP) � A West Virginia state jury has ordered E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. to pay about $55.5 million for property cleanup claims arising from an industrial waste site. The class action, filed by 10 residents of Spelter, W.Va., accused DuPont of deliberately dumping dangerous heavy metals on an industrial site. Jurors set the cost of cleaning up houses in the area at more than $27.6 million and the price for mobile homes at more than $27.4 million. The jury determined the price for cleaning up commercial property would be just above $1 million and the cost of managing the cleanup would be $18.4 million. • INTENTIONAL TORTS Man wins $4M in suit against Chicago police CHICAGO (AP) � An Illinois federal jury found the police liable for the unreasonable search of a grocery store employee who claimed that a Chicago police officer assaulted him with a screwdriver during a drug arrest in 2004, clearing the way for a $4 million settlement with the city. Jurors said that one police officer had inserted the screwdriver between Coprez Coffie’s buttocks while the other officer did nothing to stop him. • PRODUCTS LIABILITY $7M for man with colon disease caused by drug PENSACOLA, FLA. (AP) � A Florida state jury has awarded $7 million to a man who said he had his colon removed after suffering from a disease caused by the acne drug Accutane. Jurors found Accutane’s maker, Hoffman-La Roche Inc., responsible for failing to warn Adam Mason, 31, that he could develop inflammatory bowel disease. Hoffman-La Roche Inc., based in Nutley, N.J., is the United States prescription drug unit of Swiss drug maker Roche Group. • REGULATORY ACTION Telecom firm pays $35M to settle SEC charges NEW YORK (AP) � Telecommunications equipment maker Nortel Networks Corp., and its principal subsidiary, Nortel Networks Ltd., will pay $35 million to settle civil fraud charges with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and will take steps to prevent fraud in the future. The SEC had accused Nortel of committing revenue fraud and earnings management fraud that allowed it to meet unrealistic earnings guidance it provided Wall Street in 2000, 2002 and 2003. According to the SEC, in 2000, when Toronto-based Nortel realized revenues for the year would fall short of projections by almost $2 billion, it manipulated its financial books so it could move its revenues and earnings up or down as needed to meet Wall Street’s unrealistic expectations. • SHAREHOLDER SUIT Software maker settles stock-options awards suit SAN JOSE, CALIF. (AP) � Mercury Interactive Corp. has agreed to pay $117.5 million to settle a group of lawsuits accusing the business software maker of duping investors through stock-options awards during the 1990s. A federal securities probe led to the ouster in 2005 of Chief Executive Amnon Landan and as well as Mercury’s chief financial officer and general counsel. Landan and the former executives allegedly enriched themselves and other Mercury employees with backdated stock-options grants between 1997 and 2005 that were never properly recorded. • WRONGFUL DEATH Walgreen must pay $6M for medication mix death FLAGSTAFF, ARIZ. (AP) � An Arizona state jury has $6 million to the family of a high-school wrestling coach who died in 2002 of an interaction between two pain medicines has won a $6 million wrongful death award from pharmacy company Walgreen Co. Lawyers for the family of high school coach Eric W. Warren argued in the wrongful death action that the Walgreens pharmacist who filled his prescriptions should have warned Warren and his doctor that the drugs shouldn’t be used together. An autopsy determined that Warren died from a toxic interaction of the pain medicines Tramadol and Methadone, which he was taking for severe pain.

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