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• EMPLOYMENT Doctor fired for criticism of lab test awarded $4M BRIDGEPORT, CONN. (AP) � A Connecticut state jury has awarded more than $4 million to a doctor who was fired from a health care laboratory after he complained that one of its tests could jeopardize patients’ health. Jurors found that Dianon Systems Inc.’s firing of G. Barry Schumann in April 2005 violated his free speech rights. With attorney fees and interest, the verdict could amount to nearly $7 million. The lab test in question was a new diagnostic exam for patients with blood in their urine used to determine if they had kidney or urinary tract problems. Schumann complained that the test could produce false results that lead to unnecessary treatments. • HAZARDOUS ACTIVITY W.R. Grace settlement valued at up to $3 billion COLUMBIA, MD. (AP) � Chemical company W.R. Grace & Co. said it has reached an agreement to settle asbestos-related claims against it. Attorneys for the plaintiffs value the agreement at $3 billion in cash and equity. The claims stem from a 2005 indictment in which the company and seven of its former managers were charged with conspiring to hide health risks associated with its Libby, Mont., vermiculite mine, which closed in 1990. • PATIENTS Drug makers settle fight over diabetes treatment MENLO PARK, CALIF. (AP) � Drug developer Depomed Inc. said it has reached a settlement worth about $10 million in a patent dispute with Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. In 2006, Depomed filed a lawsuit alleging patent infringement on its extended-release formula of the diabetes treatment Glumetza. Under the settlement, Teva will pay Depomed $7.5 million, plus $2.5 million in royalties. Teva will keep nonexclusive licensing rights, allowing the company to continue marketing its version of the drug, Glucophage. Patent infringements may cost Microsoft $367M SEATTLE (AP) � A California federal jury has ordered Microsoft Corp. to pay $367.4 million to Alcatel-Lucent for infringing two patents. Jurors found that handwriting recognition technology in Microsoft’s Tablet PC operating system infringed on pattern recognition patents held by Paris-based Alcatel-Lucent. Jurors also decided that some of Microsoft’s programs, including the Outlook e-mail application and the Windows Mobile operating system, infringed on an Alcatel-Lucent patent invoving calendar date selection. Rheumatoid arthritis treatment suit is settled NEW YORK (AP) � Repligen Corp. said that Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. has agreed to pay $5 million plus royalties to settle a patent infringement lawsuit for a rheumatoid arthritis treatment. Repligen had accused Bristol-Myers of infringement based on the sale of its Orencia rheumatoid arthritis treatment. Bristol-Myers also agreed to pay royalties on the U.S. net sales of Orencia for any clinical indication at a rate of 1.8% for the first $500 million of annual sales, 2% for the next $500 million of annual sales and 4% of U.S. annual sales in excess of $1 billion for each year from Jan. 1, 2008, until Dec. 31, 2013. • POLLUTION Utility settles poisoned water suit for $20M LOS ANGELES (AP) Pacific Gas & Electric Co. will pay $20 million to settle the last in a series of lawsuits that claimed it was responsible for poisoning water in the Mojave Desert town of Hinkley, Calif., as depicted in the movie Erin Brockovich. The agreement involves claims that 104 people were exposed to water that contained chromium 6, a possible carcinogen. The settlement was the latest involving a series of suits that claimed PG&E contamination sickened hundreds of people in Kings, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. • PRODUCTS LIABILITY Chrysler must pay $5M for death of unborn son NEW ORLEANS (AP) � A Louisiana state jury has ordered Chrysler LLC to pay $5 million to a couple whose unborn son was fatally injured when their 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee went into reverse and pinned the mother against a brick carport column. The couple claimed their parked sport utility vehicle rolled backward and pinned Juli Guillot. Her baby was delivered alive, but died 2 1/2 weeks later. Doctors attributed the death to brain injuries. Chrysler recalled 1.6 million 1993-1998 model Grand Cherokees after complaints the vehicles could shift suddenly from park to reverse. • SEX ABUSE Iowa archdiocese settles abuse charges for $4.7M DUBUQUE, IOWA (AP) � The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dubuque will pay $4.7 million to settle 18 sexual abuse claims against nine former priests. Some of the cases of alleged abuse date back to the 1940s.

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