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• CONSUMER PROTECTION Insurer settles deceptive sales complaint for $10M OAKLAND, CALIF. (AP) � Allianz Life Insurance Co. has settled a $10 million complaint that it sold deceptive annuities to thousands of seniors. The settlement brings to a close findings by the California Department of Insurance that Allianz, the state’s largest seller of annuities, had persuaded seniors to buy confusing insurance policies that didn’t fit their needs. Pharmacy-benefits firm, states settle drug dispute CHICAGO (AP) � Pharmacy-benefits manager Caremark Pharmacy Services has reached a $38.5 million settlement with 28 states regarding a deceptive business practice complaint. The states contend Caremark encouraged doctors to switch patients to different drugs under the guise of saving money. • GENDER DISCRIMINATION Fresno basketball coach accepts $6.6M judgment FRESNO, CALIF. (AP) � A former basketball coach at California State University at Fresno said she will accept a $6.6 million judgment in a high-profile gender discrimination case she filed against the school. A California state jury originally awarded Stacy Johnson-Klein a $19.1 million award, but a judge ordered a new trial unless she accepted the smaller amount. Johnson-Klein sued the university three years ago, saying university officials sexually harassed her and retaliated against her because she spoke up for female athletes. • MEDICAL MALPRACTICE Obstetrician must pay $38.5M for botched birth STAMFORD, CONN. (AP) � A Connecticut state jury has ordered a city obstetrician to pay $38.5 million to the family of a boy born with cerebral palsy in 2003. The jury ruled that Dr. Corinne De Cholnoky should have performed a Caesarean section more quickly during the 2003 delivery of Spencer Oram, whose umbilical cord was impeding blood flow to his brain. The boy now has cerebral palsy. • PATENTS Boston Scientific to pay $432M for infringement BOSTON (AP) � A Texas federal jury has ordered Boston Scientific Corp. to pay nearly $432 million in damages to a doctor who contends the medical device maker’s drug-coated heart stents violate his 1997 patent. The award matches the amount of royalties that Dr. Bruce Saffran sought from sales of two Boston Scientific stents from 2004 through last September. The $431.9 million total reflects an 8% royalty on U.S. sales and a 6% royalty on foreign sales, Albritton said. Saffran, a radiologist from Princeton, N.J., won a patent in 1997 involving a medicated fabric coating to help repair bone fractures. The technology included a method to release medication within the body that Saffran argued works in much the same way as stents’ drug coatings. Saffran, whose patent is valid until 2013, sued Boston Scientific in 2005. • PERSONAL INJURY $10M award for woman struck by bus on icy road CAMBRIDGE, MASS. (AP) � A Massachusetts state jury has awarded $10 million in damages to a 58-year-old woman who suffered brain damage when she was struck by an Massachusetts Bay Authority of Transportation bus. Louise Scialdone was waiting at a bus stop in February 2004 when the driver lost control of the bus on an icy street and fishtailed on to the sidewalk. Scialdone, who used a walker because of arthritis, was thrown several feet and hit her head on a parked car. • PRICE-FIXING Airlines settle suit over surcharges for $200M LONDON (AP) � British Airways PLC and Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. have tentatively agreed to settle a U.S. price-fixing suit over fuel surcharges. Washington-based Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll, which filed the class action, said the two airlines could pay more than $200 million to customers who flew between Aug. 11, 2004, and March 23, 2006. The airlines were accused of colluding in setting fuel surcharges on long-haul flights. Passengers who bought tickets in the United States or Britain will be entitled to claim one-third of the fuel surcharge levied per long-haul ticket. • WRONGFUL DEATH Broadcaster pays $22M to settle R.I. fire suit PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) � Clear Channel Broadcasting has agreed to a $22 million settlement with survivors of a February 2003 Rhode Island nightclub fire and relatives of those killed. The fire occurred when pyrotechnics used by the 1980s rock band Great White ignited flammable soundproofing around the stage. Clear Channel was sued because one of its radio stations sponsored the Great White concert by running on-air advertisements.

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