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• BREACH OF CONTRACT Chicago will pay fired building contractor $11M CHICAGO (AP) � The city of Chicago has agreed to pay a general contractor it fired during the construction of a park $11 million under a settlement reached by lawyers for both sides. The city hired Harston/Schwendener as general contractor for the Millennium Park project. In 2000, officials fired the joint venture involving Westmont, Ill.-based Paul H. Schwendener Inc. and Chicago-based G.M. Harston Construction Co., amid mounting concerns about the project’s cost and delays. Harston/Schwendener alleged that the city owed it tens of millions of dollars in fees. • CONSUMER PROTECTION Cruise line to refund customers for fuel fees MIAMI (AP) � More than a million cruise-goers can look forward to getting some money back from Carnival Cruise Lines. The cruise operator said it’s giving $40 million in refunds to customers nationwide who were charged a fuel surcharge after they booked their trips. Carnival and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. have both now reached an agreement with the Florida Attorney General’s Office, which received hundreds of complaints about the fee. Customers say the charge was tacked on after they made their reservations. Royal Caribbean intends to give $21 million in refunds. Retailer may be charged $24M for data breach BOSTON (AP) � Discount retailer TJX Cos. Inc. could pay as much as $24 million in a settlement with MasterCard Inc. over a massive breach that exposed tens of millions of payment card numbers to hackers. The $24 million is the maximum TJX would pay banks to recover breach-related expenses. Such expenses include replacing customers’ cards and covering fraudulent expenses. TJX disclosed the data heist in January 2007. The owner of more than 2,500 stores, including T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, said a couple months later that at least 45.7 million credit and debit cards were exposed to possible fraud in a computer systems breach that began in July 2005. • JUVENILE LAW Ohio pays $30M to settle juvenile detention suit COLUMBUS, OHIO (AP) � Ohio has settled a lawsuit alleging serious problems with the state’s juvenile detention system. The Department of Youth Services said the settlement calls for as much as $30 million in additional annual spending and the hiring of more than 100 extra guards. The settlement ends legal challenges that began in 2004 with allegations of excessive force being used against girls at the Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility. A report released late last year found Ohio’s youth prisons are overcrowded and understaffed and fail to educate children behind bars or keep them safe. It also found that excessive use of force is common and ingrained in the operations of the agency. • SEX DISCRIMINATION Foul called on Michigan athletic oversight body DETROIT (AP) � A Michigan federal judge ordered the Michigan High School Athletic Association to pay millions in legal bills, plus interest, after its scheduling system was found to have discriminated against some female student athletes. The judge directed the organization to pay $4.4 million in attorney fees. Most of the money is to go to Kristen Galles, whose one-lawyer public-interest law firm is in Alexandria, Va. Galles represented women who believed their athlete daughters were discriminated against. They claimed that high school girls’ basketball and volleyball in Michigan were played in seasons opposite those of colleges and most other states’ high schools. The judge awarded interest on the judgment from the date the suit was filed in 1998, raising the total payout to a $7.4 million. • TORTS Agency to pay $8M for not replacing guardrail WELLSBURG, W.VA. (AP) � A West Virginia state jury has ordered the state Division of Highways to pay $8 million to a man injured in a motor accident because of a delay in replacement of a guardrail. Keith West’s lawsuit said the car in which he was riding veered off a snow-covered highway and fell 75 feet over an embankment. A 27-foot section of guardrail that might have stopped the car had been knocked down two months earlier in another accident. • WRONGFUL DEATH Firms to pay $18M over medical helicopter crash OMAHA, NEB. (AP) � Eurocopter S.A. of France and five other companies have agreed to pay three families $18.4 million to settle their lawsuits over a 2002 medical helicopter crash that killed three people aboard. The LifeNet of the Heartland helicopter had just left a Norfolk, Neb., hospital, when the pilot reported trouble. The helicopter crashed at the Norfolk airport. The pilot, a nurse and a paramedic were killed. The National Transportation Safety Board ruled in 2004 that a faulty tail rotor and an inexperienced pilot were the likely causes of the crash.

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