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• ATTORNEY FEES Award against Wal-Mart increases by $36M PHILADELPHIA (AP) � Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has been ordered to pay $36.4 million in fees and expenses to attorneys representing Pennsylvania employees who won a class action award for working off the clock. The plaintiffs’ award, including fees and interest, now totals $187.6 million. A Pennsylvania state jury last year rejected Wal-Mart’s claim that some people chose to work through breaks or that a few minutes of extra work here and there was insignificant. The plaintiffs initially won a $78.5 million class action award for lost wages. Most of the group qualified for a share of another $62.3 million in damages under a state law invoked when a company withholds pay without cause for more than 30 days. • BREACH OF CONTRACT University, Baptists reach $11 million settlement NASHVILLE, TENN. (AP) � Belmont University and the Tennessee Baptist Convention reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed by the Baptists. The Southern Baptist organization and the Nashville university have been at odds for more than a year over Belmont’s efforts to diversify its board with more Christian trustees who aren’t Baptists. The convention filed a $58 million lawsuit against the school it has supported for 56 years. Belmont officials said the settlement agreement will end their relationship. Belmont will pay the convention $1 million next year and $250,000 for each of the next 40 years. • CORRUPTION Chevron to pay $30M to settle kickback charges WASHINGTON (AP) � Chevron Corp. has agreed to pay $30 million to settle charges it had made illegal kickbacks to Iraq for oil purchased in 2001 and 2002 under the United Nations’ oil-for-food program. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said in its complaint that Chevron found out in 2001 that the Iraqi State Oil Marketing Organization was demanding surcharges and that the company adopted a policy prohibiting payment. The company then purchased, through intermediaries, about 78 million barrels of crude oil from Iraq under 36 contracts from April 2001 to May 2002. • REGULATORY ACTION Insurer, AG settle broker payoff charges for $5M DES MOINES, IOWA (AP) � Insurer Principal Financial Group Inc. will pay $5 million to settle allegations that it secretly paid brokers in exchange for business. Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal had accused Principal Financial of paying brokers more than their disclosed commissions to encourage them to steer pension funds looking to buy annuities to the insurer. He said the brokers would tell pension plans that commissions on the annuities were a fixed price or a certain percentage of the price that the plans were paying for annuities. Because the brokers were being paid more, they were encouraged to marshal clients to Principal Financial Group even if the company did not offer the best deal. • WHISTLEBLOWER LAW Equipment maker settles fraud charges for $17M WASHINGTON (AP) � Stryker Corp. and a former subsidiary have agreed to pay $16.6 million to settle charges brought by the U.S. Department of Justice that it submitted fraudulent claims to Medicare and other federal health care programs. DOJ said the medical equipment maker and its former outpatient therapy division, Physiotherapy Associates Inc., agreed to settle allegations that Physiotherapy falsely billed Medicare, Medicaid and a Department of Defense health care program for services not covered by the programs. The case stems from two whistleblower lawsuits by former employees of Physiotherapy, Kerry Deering and Wendy Whitcomb. The two will receive nearly $3 million from the settlement. • WRONGFUL DEATH Suit over fire that killed six kids settles for $6M CHICAGO (AP) � The families of six children who died in a 2006 apartment fire have reached a $6 million settlement with the owners and managers of the building. A lawsuit filed last year by the victims’ parents alleged the building’s owners and managers failed to keep the building in a safe condition. A candle used for light in an apartment without electricity caused the September 2006 fire. Officials have said the apartment did not have a working smoke detector. The settlement included $5 million for Augusta and Amado Ramirez, who lost five children in the fire. Maria Ramos, whose 3-year-old daughter also died, will receive $1 million. Elderly driver must pay $12M for cyclist’s death VENTURA, CALIF. (AP) � California state jurors have ordered an elderly driver who struck and killed a bicyclist to pay $12.5 million to the cyclist’s family. Eighty-two-year-old Norma Seigel learned a month before the accident that she had cataracts and she admitted responsibility in the death of 49-year-old dental surgeon Glenn Garvin.

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