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BUSINESS
September 6, 2012 | Times wire services
NEW YORK — A federal judge has approved a U.S. government settlement with three major publishers accused of conspiring with Apple to fix the prices of electronic books. The ruling released Thursday requires the publishers, Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, to abandon a pricing system that they conceived in 2010 when Apple Inc. released the iPad and began selling digital books in its iTunes store. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote approved the deal nearly five months after the Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit alleging Apple worked with the largest digital book publishers to rig a system designed to counteract Amazon.com's pricing practices.
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BUSINESS
November 5, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
If American Airlines and US Airways divest themselves from "key" airports, the U.S. Department of Justice may be willing to drop its challenge to a merger plan for the airlines. That is the word from U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr., who said the Justice Department was discussing a potential settlement of a suit the agency filed in August to halt the merger that would create the nation's largest airline. "What we have tried to focus on is to make sure that any resolution in this case necessarily includes divestitures of facilities at key constrained airports throughout the United States," Holder said during a press conference on an unrelated matter.
WORLD
August 13, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Capping one of the busiest periods in settlement approval in years, Israel gave final planning permission to build about 900 more units of housing on land it seized in 1967, brushing aside U.S. and Palestinian objections ahead of peace talks scheduled to resume in Jerusalem on Wednesday. The development, quietly approved Monday, is located in Gilo, in the southern Jerusalem area. The announcement comes after Israel's Housing Ministry said Sunday it would publish tenders for 1,187 units of housing in the Jerusalem area and in Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2012 | By Alejandro Lazo
Striking a populist note, California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris appeared at a downtown Los Angeles news conference and praised the Golden State's share of a multi-state settlement as a “California commitment” that represents a “tremendous victory.” Harris said that the state's piece of the multibillion-dollar settlement was right for the most severely affected parts of the state. She also rejected claims that the controversial deal was a handout to people who did not live up their commitments.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
This post has been updated. See below for details. Shares of TiVo Inc. jumped more than 8% on Thursday because of a report that the set-top box maker had reached a settlement with Google's Motorola Mobility unit.  TiVo sued Motorola last year for billions of dollars for patent infringement over its digital video recording technology. Motorola previously hit TiVo with a lawsuit over its DVR technology in 2011.  Bloomberg News...
BUSINESS
February 5, 2013 | by Walter Hamilton
Nasdaq soon may pay a penalty for its flawed handling of Facebook Inc.'s initial public offering. But it may not be paying all that much. The Wall Street Journal reported that Nasdaq is in settlement talks with the Securities and Exchange Commission to pay about $5 million to resolve the agency's eight-month investigation of Nasdaq's technological miscues in the closely watched IPO. That would be a fraction of the estimated $500 million...
WORLD
September 22, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM - Following the killing of two Israeli soldiers over the last three days, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would expand a controversial Jewish settlement in the West Bank city of Hebron. “We will continue to fight terrorism with one hand, and strengthen settlements with the other," Netanyahu said. In retaliation for the shooting of an Israeli soldier Sunday in Hebron, Netanyahu said he would allow for the immediate resettlement of Beit Hamachpela, a disputed building near Hebron's Tomb of Patriarchs and Ibrahimi mosque.
SPORTS
August 20, 2013 | By David Wharton
Oscar Pistorius' lawyers have approached the family of Reeva Steenkamp, the girlfriend he is accused of murdering, hoping to negotiate an out-of-court settlement of a lawsuit separate from the criminal case the athlete faces. Both sides confirmed the talks to South African media outlets but declined to discuss any details. "You will understand this is a very sensitive situation," Kenny Oldwage, one of Pistorius' attorneys, told the South African Times . Pistorius, a double-amputee sprinter who competed in the 2012 London Olympics, was indicted Monday for shooting Steenkamp in the early morning hours of Valentine's Day at his home.
SCIENCE
August 29, 2013 | By Melissa Healy, This post has been corrected. See below for details.
Thursday's $765-million settlement between the National Football League and 4,500 retired NFL players underscores two key facts about traumatic brain injury: that it is difficult to prove and measure -- especially many years after the fact -- and that its link to neurocognitive problems that appear years later remains an enigma. A mediated agreement does not mean that the retired NFL players' injuries were caused by football, or even that they could have proven as much, said former U.S. District Judge Layn Phillips, the court-appointed mediator who brokered the proposed settlement.
NATIONAL
February 26, 2012 | By Richard Fausset
The massive civil lawsuit stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, originally scheduled to go to trial Monday in New Orleans, has been postponed for one week to give oil giant BP and lawyers for more than 120,000 plaintiffs time to continue settlement talks. The postponement of the start of the trial to March 5 was announced in a joint statement Sunday from BP, which was in charge of the drilling project, and the group of plaintiffs' attorneys known as the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, or PSC. "BP and the PSC are working to reach agreement to fairly compensate people and businesses affected by the Deepwater Horizon accident and oil spill," the statement read.
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