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• BREACH OF CONTRACT San Francisco settles vote machine vendor suit SAN FRANCISCO (AP) � The city of San Francisco has settled a fraud and breach-of-contract lawsuit against its former voting machine vendor. Under the settlement, Omaha, Neb.-based Election Systems & Software Inc. agreed to reimburse the city $3.5 million, nearly all of the $3.8 million that San Francisco paid the companyfor its ballot-marking machines in 2006. The city sued the vendor, claiming that the company had deliberately given the city an outdated model that necessitated a manual tally and caused an expensive delay in obtaining election results. • CLASS ACTION Lead-paint tainted toys suit settles for $30M CHICAGO (AP) � The maker of “Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway” toys has agreed to pay $30 million to settle a nationwide class action over lead paint-tainted toys. RC2 Brands has agreed to offer cash refunds or replacements toys. In June 2007, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that RC2 was voluntarily recalling about 1.5 million items in whatwould become the first of several major roundups involving lead paint on toys made in China. • CONSUMER PROTECTION N.Y., car dealership settle delinquent loan probe WATERTOWN, NY. (AP) � New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said that DealMaker Auto Group has agreed to pay more than $2 million for delinquent loan repayments on vehicles theWatertown dealership took as trade-ins. Besides restitution, Cuomo says DealMaker will have to repair the credit reports of consumers who were affected. The company systematically delayed paying off vehicles accepted in trade for newcars throughout 2007, affecting consumers in northern and central New York. • EMPLOYMENT Officer fired for blowing whistle awarded $2.5M CLEVELAND (AP) � An Ohio federal jury today awarded more than $2.5 million in damages to an Elyria, Ohio, police officer who accused the city’s police chief of wrongly firing him. Police Chief Michael Medders fired Officer Hetzel See in 2002 for insubordination and unsatisfactory performance. An arbitrator overturned the dismissal. See then sued Medders, accusing him of going after him after he went to the FBI about a gambling operation that allegedly involved city officials. See argued the firing violated his free speechrights. • PERSONAL INJURY Mining firm pays $28M to settle asbestos claims WASHINGTON (AP) � Asarco LLC has reached settlements worth $27.8 million with people in three states who demanded more than $1 billion from the copper-mining company for personalinjury and property damages. The agreements are part of Asarco’s ongoing effort in a Texas federal bankruptcy court to resolve demands for damages from the federal government, states and individuals overenvironmental contamination and asbestos-related injuries. The latest settlements are tied to the mining company’s operations in Hayden, Ariz., Tar Creek, Okla., and El Paso, Texas. • REGULATORY ACTION Backdated stock-options claims cost ex-CEO $8M NEW YORK (AP) � Andrew McKelvey, the founder and former chief executive officer of Monster Worldwide Inc., settled claims that he improperly backdated stock options to employees. McKelvey will give up much of his voting stake in the online job-listings firm and pay back more than $8 million. He also settled separate charges over options backdating with the U.S.Securities and Exchange Commission and federal prosecutors for $276,000. • TORTS Ex-chancellor guilty of corruption, forfeits $18M BIRMINGHAM, ALA. (AP) � Roy Johnson, former chancellor of Alabama’s Department of Postsecondary Education, has agreed to plead guilty to 15 felony counts, related to six separate conspiraciesto send business to companies that provided money, home furnishings and jobs for his two children and their spouses. Johnson agreed to forfeit $18.2 million, which represents the bribes he took, plus more than $17 million in the cost of contracts and profits of companies that were involved in theswindle. • WRONGFUL DEATH Apartment owners liable for murdered tenant LOS ANGELES (AP) � A California state jury has awarded $12 million in a wrongful death lawsuit against owners of a Burbank, Calif., apartment over the 2004 rape and murder of a tenant. The jury found Scott Villa Apartments and Francis Property Management Inc. negligent in the hiring, training and supervising of a maintenance man who is considered a suspect in the killing ofSharon Santos. A lawsuit filed on behalf of her mother contended that the killer was Eriberto Rodriguez, a convicted felon and registered sex offender.

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