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Major Retailers Agree To Limit Lead In Handbags

OAKLAND, Calif. - (AP) More than 40 major retailers and apparel makers have agreed to limit the use of lead in handbags and other fashion accessories, an environmental group said Wednesday. The companies will set new industry standards for lead use in their products as part of a $1.7 million legal settlement...

BP Gulf Spill Costs Hit $2 Billion, No End Yet

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO - (AP ) BP said Monday it has spent $2 billion in two months fighting its Gulf of Mexico oil spill and compensating victims, with no end in sight. The British oil giant released its latest tally of response costs, including $105 million paid out so far to 32,000 claimants. Full...

Class Action Filed Over Alleged Misrepresentation Of Olive Oil

SANTA ANA, Calif. - A class action lawsuit was filed Aug.2 in Orange County Superior Court by Callahan & Blaine against some of California's largest distributors and retailers of extra virgin olive oil ( David W. Martin v. Carapelli USA, Llc , No. 2010-00395464, Calif. Super., Orange Co.). ...

Court Lets Part Of Organic Milk Lawsuit To Proceed

ST. LOUIS - (AP) Dairy consumers who sued several national chains and the largest U.S. provider of store-brand organic milk claiming they falsely labeled the milk can continue with their lawsuit under a federal appeals court ruling issued Wednesday. The ruling from the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

Supreme Court To Hear Violent Video Game Case

LONG BEACH, Calif. - (AP) Before picking up any Wii games or downloading apps on her iPhone for her two daughters, Lillian Quintero does her homework. She'll first read reviews online and in magazines, then try them out for herself. If she thinks the games are engaging and educational enough. . ...

Judge Eyes Target Lawsuit Against Gay Rights Group

SAN DIEGO - (AP) A judge said Friday he would issue a ruling next week in a lawsuit filed by Target Corp. against a San Diego pro-gay marriage group to make it stop canvassing outside the retailer's California stores. The Minnesota-based corporation is seeking an injunction barring the activists...

Wave Of Lawsuits Over Seats For Employees Hits Retail Stores

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) Retail store operators may want to sit down for this one if they can find a chair. Nearly every national chain is under legal attack in California for failing to provide "suitable seating" for cashiers and other employees who are expected to spend most of their work day...