Bayer's U.S. unit agreed to plead guilty and pay a $33-million fine for conspiring to fix prices of a chemical used to make plastic grocery bags and other consumer products.
The guilty plea by Bayer Corp. would be the first in a U.S. government investigation into price fixing for the chemical additive used in a variety of products, the Justice Department said.
From Bloomberg News
* PalmOne Inc. settled a consumer class-action lawsuit that alleged its older-model hand-held computers could damage desktop computers when users "HotSync" the devices to their PCs. PalmOne denied any wrongdoing or liability in the settlement but agreed to pay affected consumers either $200 in cash or an $80 or $20 credit toward a PalmOne product, depending on the level of proof of damage the consumer provided.