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March 22, 1997

Bayer Corp.'s Cutter Laboratories unit was ordered by a jury to pay $2 million to the family of a hemophiliac who contacted the AIDS virus in the early 1980s after using its blood-clotting product. Bayer said it is considering an appeal. . . . Hilton Hotels Corp. of Beverly Hills filed a proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission that seeks ITT Corp. shareholders' approval of its $10.5-billion hostile takeover bid. . . . Tyson Foods Inc. lobbyist Jack Williams was found guilty by a federal jury of two counts of lying to federal investigators looking into allegations that former Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy and his girlfriend accepted gifts from the Springdale, Ark.-based company. . . . San Francisco's Levi Strauss & Co. said Colombian authorities broke up a major criminal network in Bogota that manufactured and distributed fake Levi's jeans. . . . General Motors Corp. said it faces eight lawsuits from shareholders opposing the proposed $9.5-billion sale of its Hughes defense unit to Raytheon Co. . . . Qualcomm Inc. of San Diego sued rival Ericsson Inc. for patent infringement after the Swedish company said it would sell wireless phone handsets based on Qualcomm's CDMA technology.

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