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• ANTITRUST Firm to pay $5.9M over nonproduction of generic DES MOINES, IOWA (AP) � Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc. has reached a $5.9 million settlement with 34 states that sued the company for illegally blocking the sale of a lower-priced generic drug. The lawsuit, filed in 2005, had accused Warner Chilcott Corp. of giving Barr $20 million not to produce the generic contraceptive Ovcon. In 2004, Montvale, N.J.-based Barr received federal approval to market generic Ovcon and was planning to sell it for about 30% less than Warner Chilcott’s price. But Barr opted to accept Warner Chilcott’s offer and not produce the drug. • PERSONAL INJURY High-low deal cuts jury’s $85M award to $23M PHILADELPHIA � A Pennsylvania state jury awarded $85 million to a former medical student at the University of Pennsylvania who suffered a broken back when he fell into an open manhole. Under the terms of a high-low agreement, Marcus Gustafsson will receive $22.9 million when money from settlements struck prior to the trial is included. In the suit, Gustafsson blamed the accident on Trigen-Philadelphia Energy Corp., which owns the manhole and operates a steam-heat utility throughout the city. � ALM • PRODUCTS LIABILITY Jury finds for woman in hormone-cancer suit LITTLE ROCK, ARK (AP) � An Arkansas federal jury has awarded $2.75 million to Donna Scroggin, who had accused Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc. of negligence when she was diagnosed with breast cancer after taking the company’s hormone replacement therapy. The punitive phase of the trial is to begin on March 3. • RACE DISCRIMINATION City pays $21M to black, Hispanic park employees NEW YORK (AP) � New York City has agreed to pay about $21 million to black and Hispanic parks employees who said that they received less pay and fewer promotions than white co-workers and claimed that the city retaliated against them when they complained. Eleven parks employees filed the discrimination suit on behalf of 3,500 black and Hispanic workers at the Department of Parks and Recreation. • REGULATORY ACTION E.U. fines Microsoft $1.3B for overcharging rivals BRUSSELS (AP) � The European Union fined Microsoft Corp. $1.3 billion for the amount it charges rivals for software information. E.U. regulators said the company charged “unreasonable prices” to software developers that wanted to make products compatible with the Windows operating system. • TORTS Consumer products firm wins kickback lawsuit RACINE, WIS. (AP)A Wisconsin state jury has awarded $147 million in damages to consumer products firm S.C. Johnson & Son Inc., finding that it was hurt by a trucking kickback scheme. The maker of products like Ziploc and Glade sued a number of companies alleging a scheme to bilk it out of millions of dollars. • WRONGFUL DEATH Jury awards $30M to family in asbestos death HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) � A New Jersey state jury has awarded $30.3 million to the family of Mark Buttitta, who died from an asbestos-related cancer. Buttitta had handled auto parts containing asbestos while working summers at General Motors Corp. The jury found against Asbestos Corp. Ltd. of Canada, which supplied material for GM brakes, and BorgWarner Inc., maker of clutches. Mitsubishi must pay $11M to crash victim’s parents MIAMI � A Florida state jury has awarded nearly $11 million to the parents of a student killed in the 2004 crash of a Mitsubishi sport utility vehicle. They claimed that his death was caused by a defective seat belt and front passenger seat.

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