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CF Industries settles emissions case at 9 plants

CF Industries Holdings said Tuesday that it will pay a $625,000 penalty and spend $17 million on new equipment to settle charges over emissions at nine plants that make nitric acid for fertilizers. Get the full story »

Parents of tipsy toddler sue over drink mixup

The parents of the Michigan toddler accidentally served alcohol at an Applebee’s restaurant last week have filed suit against the chain’s parent company, saying its employees have made similar mistakes with other children. Get the full story »

Baker & McKenzie sued for $600M in ‘looting’

Baker & McKenzie and one of its former partners were sued Monday for $600 million by a Pennsylvania company that alleges the law firm and Martin Weisberg willingly participated in a “looting” of the company.

The suit’s filing is part of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Industrial Enterprises of America Inc., which sought protection from creditors in April 2009. Get the full story »

Wal-Mart gets sympathetic bias case hearing

Activists rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, March 29, 2011. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Wal-Mart got a sympathetic hearing from several Supreme Court justices Tuesday as the retailer sought to prevent female employees from bringing the largest class-action sex-discrimination lawsuit in history.

The justices sharply questioned whether more than a million female employees can join together against Wal-Mart Stores Inc, accused of paying women less and giving them fewer promotions. Get the full story »

Caterpillar said to pay $9M to resolve tractor suit

From Bloomberg News | Peoria-based manufacturing giant Caterpillar Inc. paid more than $9 million to settle a paralyzed worker’s lawsuit over a tractor accident that generated one of last year’s largest produc-liability verdicts, according to people familiar with the accord.

Deere accused of systematic sex bias in hiring

From BusinessWeek | Moline-based Deere & Co., the world’s largest maker of agricultural equipment, was accused in an amended lawsuit of systematically discriminating against women seeking entry-level positions.

O’Hare expansion lawsuit to move to trial

By Jon Hilkevitch | United and American airlines’ lawsuit against Chicago over the expansion of O’Hare International Airport will move toward trial after negotiations have so far failed to break an impasse, officials said Thursday.

Both sides on Thursday asked Judge Richard Billik of Cook County Circuit Court to lift a one-week delay on hearing the lawsuit, which seeks to prevent the city from borrowing more money to keep the O’Hare project going.

The delay was intended to give negotiations a chance to resolve major differences over the financing and timing of new runways. Get the full story »

Northern Trust shareholder sues company

A shareholder of Northern Trust Corp. on Tuesday sued the Chicago-based financial services firm, claiming, among other things, that the company’s executives made “improper statements” so they could pump up the stock price and later sell $100 million of their own stock.

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Groupon files infringement suit against Australian businesses

Groupon has filed a trademark and copyright infringement case against two Australian businesses that it claims use “confusingly similar terms” while providing “identical services” to the Chicago-based daily deal site. Get the full story »

MB completes deal serving minors, disabled

Chicago-based MB Financial Bank has completed its acquisition of the Illinois guardianship and special needs trust business of U.S. Trust, an arm of Bank of America. Get the full story »

United Shockwave pays $7.3M to settle charges

From Crain’s Chicago Business | United Shockwave, a Des-Plaines based company that provides laser-based equipment to crush kidney stones, will pay out $7.3 million to settle charges that it received kickbacks from hospitals in exchange for patient referrals.

Wrigley agrees to settle Eclipse suit

Chewing gum maker W.M. Wrigley Jr. has agreed to pay as much as $7 million and change how it markets and labels its Eclipse gum to settle a lawsuit that alleged its ads were misleading, attorneys for the plaintiffs said Tuesday.

Consumers sued Wrigley last year in federal court arguing the subsidiary of privately held Mars Inc. made misleading advertising claims about the germ-killing properties of Eclipse. The ads said a new ingredient — magnolia bark extract — kills the germs that cause bad breath while competing gums merely mask bad breath.