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• IMMIGRATION LAW Fishing company fined $7M for hiring illegals NORFOLK, VA. (AP) � Owners of a Virginia fishing company have agreed to pay almost $7 million in forfeitures and fines for employing illegal immigrants. Under a plea deal, Peabody Corp. and its owners pleaded guilty in a Virginia federal court to hiring illegal immigrants to work on its scallop boats. Peabody, owner William Francis Peabody and his daughter, Yvonne Michelle Peabody, agreed to pay $6.9 million in forfeitures and fines. William Peabody faces up to six months in prison while Yvonne Peabody could get up to 12 months in prison. • PERSONAL INJURY Jury awards worker $6.5M for ladder fall PHILADELPHIA � A Pennsylvania state jury has awarded $6.5 million to a union glazer and his wife because the glazer was injured by a fall from a ladder at an allegedly disorderly strip mall construction site. Frank Voce, 49, of Philadelphia was injured from a fall at the Centerton Square Project in Mount Laurel, N.J., on Aug. 4, 2004. The jury awarded him $5 million and Voce’s wife, Theresa, a part-time teacher, $1.5 million in a loss of consortium claim. Voce argued that International Management Consultants Inc., the general contractor, and Sweeney, H.T. and Son Inc., the concrete subcontractor, violated New Jersey’s building safety and federal regulations by not guaranteeing general work-site safety, including ensuring that ladders were placed on flat surfaces. – ALM • PRODUCTS LIABILITY Medical device maker to pay additional $45M NATICK, MASS. (AP) � Boston Scientific Corp. has agreed to increase the amount it will pay to settle thousands of heart patients’ legal claims involving potentially faulty defibrillators by $45 million. The increase means the medical device maker will pay as much as $240 million, instead of the $195 million from a settlement announced on July 13 that didn’t cover additional litigation included under the new total. The previous settlement involved a least 4,000 patients’ claims involving Guidant Corp. defibrillators that were subject to recalls and safety warnings in 2005 and 2006, before Boston Scientific Corp. acquired Guidant in April 2006 for $27 billion. The plaintiffs claimed Guidant knowingly sold defibrillators with potentially life-threatening defects. Some of the problems involved wiring flaws that could prevent a defibrillator from delivering a shock to jump-start a suddenly failing heart and restore a healthy rhythm. • REGULATORY ACTION Title insurer pays $5M to settle kickback claims WASHINGTON (AP) � A First American Corp. title insurance subsidiary will pay $5 million to settle federal and state allegations that it gave kickbacks for new business. The Santa Ana, Calif.-based company settled with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Florida insurance and banking regulators, the agencies said in prepared statements. They alleged the company’s First American Title Insurance Co. unit illegally used Florida-based title insurance agencies created by the company solely to pay mortgage brokers, banks and homebuilders for referrals. Title insurance protects homeowners and lenders against unknown claims or liens on property. • SEX ABUSE $50M priest abuse deal is reached in Alaska ANCHORAGE, ALASKA (AP) � The Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, a Roman Catholic religious order, has agreed to pay $50 million to more than 100 Alaska Natives who allege sexual abuse by Jesuit priests. The sexual abuse allegations involved 13 or 14 clerics and spanned nearly 30 years, from 1961 to 1987. • WAGES AND HOURS Electronics outlet settles overtime suit for $8.8M TUSTIN, CALIF. (AP) � RadioShack Corp. will pay about $8.8 million in a class action settlement with current and former store managers who sought recovery of unpaid overtime wages. Three federal district courts approved the settlement for a series of lawsuits brought by the managers against the consumer electronics retailer. The courts’ approval follows a conditional settlement reached by the more than 4,000 managers and RadioShack in June 2006. The managers had claimed that RadioShack misclassified them as employees exempt from overtime pay. • WRONGFUL DEATH Estate awarded $3.2M for woman’s fatal fall PITTSBURGH (AP) � A Pennsylvania state jury has awarded $3.2 million to the estate of a woman who died when she fell through a broken window at a former Pittsburgh nightclub. Twenty-four-year-old Debra Creese fell while walking up steps at the Upstage Lounge in Oakland, Pa. She died after falling nearly 20 feet to the pavement. The window she fell against had Styrofoam over it because it had been broken previously.

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