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The Case of the $50,000 Table

Furniture styles have been around from, at least, the beginning of recorded history. From stone “chairs” dating back to the Neolithic Period, early ancient civilizations like Egypt and Greece through modern times, differing materials, and different styles have reflected their …

Nebraska City Says Newest Ambulance is Lemon

Grand Island officials are asking a Wisconsin manufacturer to replace the central Nebraska city’s newest ambulance that has spent more time in the shop than transporting patients. The $200,000 ambulance came right off the assembly line and went into service …

U.S. Settlement Reached in Chinese Drywall Case

Owners of thousands of U.S. homes tainted with foul-smelling Chinese drywall agreed to a legal settlement on Thursday with a German manufacturer. An attorney for the plaintiffs, Russ Herman, said the settlement reached with Knauf International was worth $800 million …

Helicopter Maker Doesn’t Owe Damages for Deadly Louisiana Crash

A federal magistrate has refused to order Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. to pay damages to another company for allegedly hiding an internal report about a deadly helicopter crash in Louisiana. PHI Inc. owned a Sikorsky-manufactured helicopter that crashed near Morgan City …

More Safety Violations for Mississippi Manufacturer

Federal workplace safety officials have again cited a Laurel, Miss., manufacturer for unsafe practices. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Monday that it has accused Howard Industries of eight rule violations, which could carry a fine of up …

Insurer Sues Over Collapsed Pool at S.D. Aquatic Center

An insurance company is suing the maker of a portable pool to try to recoup money paid out as a result of a collapsed pool at the Mitchell Aquatic Center. The Mitchell Daily Republic reports Nautilus Insurance Company filed an …

Calif. Surfboard Maker Sued By Injured Surfer

A surfer has filed a product liability lawsuit against a California surfboard manufacturer because the too-sharp fin sliced his leg. The Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit filed Wednesday by recreational surfer Tom Gregg contends the surfboard, fins and their component …

Chinese Bullet Train Maker Halts Some Production

A Chinese bullet train manufacturer has halted some production while it investigates equipment failures in a new setback for Beijing’s high-speed rail ambitions following a July crash that killed 40 people. Repeated delays blamed on equipment failures on the Beijing-Shanghai …

Miss. Judge: Tear Gas Maker Owes $1.1 Million

A judge has ruled that the maker of tear gas used in a 2006 Jackson police raid must pay $1.1 million to five children of a woman who died after inhaling the fumes. Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd ruled …