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• BREACH OF CONTRACT Business service provider pays for services breach WAKEFIELD, MASS. (AP) � A Minnesota state jury has found American Dental Partners Inc., which provides business services to dental practices, liable to PDG P.A. for total damages of more than $130.5 million. Jurors found American Dental or one of its Minnesota subsidiaries liable for breaches of the service agreement, implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, fiduciary duty and tortious interference with contract or prospective advantage. Jurors awarded PDG nearly $88.3 million in compensatory damages, and nearly $42.3 million in punitive damages for the finding of tortious interference with contract and prospective advantage. Amtrak pays N.Y. $20M to settle track dispute ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) � New York state and Amtrak have resolved a contract dispute and a federal lawsuit. As a result, money will be released to improve railroad tracks in New York City and to create long-range plans to speed travel between New York City and Albany. The suit involved a plan for a high-speed railroad line along the Hudson River that ran years behind schedule and over budget before being abandoned. Under terms of the settlement, Amtrak will pay New York state $20 million. Amtrak is providing $6 million for the track-improvement project, which officials said would save passengers two minutes a ride. The state will pay the rest, up to $10 million, and any remaining money will be used on the Hudson line. • GOVERNMENT Blue Cross pays $20M to end R.I. corruption probe PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) � Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island will pay $20 million, but avoid criminal charges following a federal investigation into whether its executives improperly lobbied state legislators for political favors. The agreement says Blue Cross executives lobbied three former state lawmakers for legislative favors at the same time the company was doing business with them � in some cases, paying the politicians hundreds of thousands of dollars. The three legislators include former House Majority Leader Gerard Martineau and former Senator John Celona, who have both pleaded guilty to corruption charges for supporting bills the insurer liked and working to defeat legislation the company opposed. Federal prosecutors say Blue Cross financed a cable access television program hosted by Celona, who in turn supported statehouse bills favorable to the health insurer. • MEDICAL MALPRACTICE Woman misdiagnosed with HIV receives $2.5M BOSTON (AP) � A Massachusetts state jury has awarded $2.5 million in damages to a woman who received HIV treatments for almost nine years before discovering she never actually had the virus that causes AIDS. In her lawsuit against a doctor who treated her, Audrey Serrano said the powerful combination of drugs she took triggered a string of ailments, including depression, chronic fatigue, loss of weight and appetite and inflammation of the intestine. She claimed that Dr. Kwan Lai, who treated her at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester’s HIV clinic, repeatedly failed to order definitive tests even after monitoring of Serrano’s treatment did not show the presence of HIV in her blood. • PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY Feds, road contractor reach $8M settlement LOUISVILLE, KY. (AP) � Road contractor Gohmann Asphalt and Construction Inc. of Clarksville, Ind., has agreed to pay $8.2 million in penalties to settle claims that it falsified tests on asphalt samples on more than 100 roads and highways in Kentucky and Indiana. The settlement stems from work Gohmann did in the two states from 1997 through 2006. It includes repaving work on Interstate Route 64 in Louisville. • SHAREHOLDER SUIT Drug firm pays $138M to settle inflated stock suit NEW YORK (AP) � Canadian drug developer Biovail Corp. said it has agreed to a $138 million settlement for a shareholder lawsuit alleging that the company fraudulently inflated its stock value. The settlement class includes buyers of the company’s common stock between Feb. 7, 2003, and March 2, 2004. The lawsuit claimed that the company and individual defendants made materially false and misleading statements to inflate the value of the company’s stock price. • TAXATION AT&T to pay cities $76M in back taxes CLAYTON, MO. (AP) � AT&T Mobility LLC has agreed to pay $76.3 million in local taxes to settle litigation with hundreds of Missouri towns, adding another victory to municipalities fighting to get cellphone carriers to pay the same taxes as land-based phone companies. At issue in the litigation is whether cellphone companies should pay the same kind of taxes cities have long levied against tradition landline customers.

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