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• ENERGY Automaker fined $30M for fuel efficiency breach WASHINGTON (AP) � The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has fined the former DaimlerChrysler A.G. $30.3 million for violating fuel efficiency requirements set by the federal government. The fine was assessed against the automaker, which was divided last year when private equity group Cerberus Capital Management L.P. acquired an 80.1% stake in Chrysler. DaimlerChrysler paid the Corporate Average Fuel Economy fine for imported passenger cars from the 2006 model year. The average fuel efficiency of passenger cars imported by DaimlerChrysler was 24.8 miles per gallon, well below the current government requirement of 27.5 miles per gallon for passenger cars. • MUNICIPALITIES Utility operator, Chicago settle disputes for $55M WASHINGTON (AP) � Exelon Corp., which operates utilities in the mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions, has said it will pay $55 million to settle a series of disputes with the city of Chicago. Exelon subsidiary Commonwealth Edison Co. agreed to make the payments in six installments through 2012, starting with a $23 million payment for 2007. The company said the deal settles “a wide range of issues and disputes” dealing with the delivery and pricing of energy to the city. • PATENTS Food company, maker of dog treats settle suit NEW YORK (AP) � MGP Ingredients Inc. has agreed to settle for $8 million a lawsuit claiming a dog-treat maker infringed on its patent. Atchison, Kan.-based MGP Ingredients, which makes food and beverage ingredients, sued Mars Inc. in 2006 after the candy maker acquired S&M NuTec LLC, which makes Greenies dog treats. MGP provided ingredients for Greenies and claimed that Mars tried to end long-term supply agreements between the companies by saying it had developed a new formula for the dog treats. In the lawsuit, MGP claimed the formula infringed on its patents for the Greenies ingredients. • PERSONAL INJURY L.A. to pay man struck by dump truck $16M LOS ANGELES (AP) � A California state jury has recommended the city of Los Angeles pay $15.7 million to a San Diego man who was struck by a city-operated dump truck while riding his motorcycle. Barry Bowman, a 62-year-old retired police officer who worked as a security guard on film shoots, suffered brain injuries as a result of the 2005 accident. Bowman was struck by a dump truck operated by Tommie Wyatt Trucking, which had been hired by the city’s Bureau of Street Services to haul asphalt. • RACE DISCRIMINATION Lockheed Martin settles racism suit for $2.5M HONOLULU (AP) � Military contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. will pay $2.5 million to a black former avionics electrician who claims he was called a racial epithet, threatened with death and laid off after he reported racism on the job. Charles Daniels said he was targeted on nearly a daily basis by co-workers while working in South Carolina, Florida, Washington and Hawaii from 1999 to 2001. Daniels said he reported the harassment to Lockheed Martin but it took no action. Subsequently, he was laid off. • SHAREHOLDER SUIT Accounting firm to pay for oversight failure DETROIT (AP) � Accounting company Deloitte & Touche LLP has agreed to pay $38.25 million as part of a $325 million settlement of investor claims of misconduct by auto parts supplier Delphi Corp. and those that oversaw its finances. Troy, Mich.-based Delphi filed for bankruptcy protection in 2005. A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation found that Delphi manipulated its earnings, using several illegal schemes to boost its earnings. Deloitte & Touche served as Delphi’s accountant. • TERRORISM $156M award against Muslim charities nixed SPRINGFIELD, ILL. (AP) � The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a $156 million award against U.S.-based Muslim activists for their involvement in the 1996 terrorist death of an American teenager in the West Bank. The 7th Circuit said the judge in the case had failed to require the parents of 17-year-old David Boim properly to show a link between the boy’s death and the fundraising activities of the charities. The Boims had sued the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development; the American Muslim Society, also known as the Islamic Association for Palestine; the Quranic Literacy Institute of Oak Lawn, Ill.; and an alleged Hamas fundraiser, Muhammed Salah. Their son was gunned down at a bus stop in Beit El, on the West Bank. In the 2004 trial, a federal jury had set damages at $52 million. A U.S. magistrate tripled the amount in accord with U.S. anti-terrorism law.

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