DOJ, Appellate Court Debate “Lenient” Iran-Trading Settlement

Fokker had admitted to have violated the International Emergency Economic Powers Act between 2005 and 2010 by trading aircraft parts and other components to Iran, Burma (now Myanmar), and the Sudan, in violation of U.S. sanctions. The division, Fokker Services, voluntarily admitted the violations during the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) four-year probe in the matter, agreeing to forfeit $10.5 million in proceeds and pay a $10.5 million penalty as part of an 18-month deferred prosecution agreement.



XPO Logistics to Buy Con-Way for $3 Billion

Although the acquisition had been expected to easily pass a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) antitrust regulatory review, Morningstar has reported that New York-based firm Faruqi & Faruqi is investigating Con-Way’s board over alleged violation of fiduciary duties for selling the company at the $47.60 share price, that number is down from the stock’s 52-week high of $59.00. It remains to be seen if the inquiry will halt the deal’s approval. XPO expects the purchase to be completed by October.


Staples-Office Depot Merger under Further Review

The combined company would merely be a major competitor in the entire office-supply business. Still, the FTC is concerned that by combining the companies, the number of potential large-scale suppliers will decrease. The agency is concerned if the merger will lead to negative changes in the large-scale client sector. Royal Bank of Canada’s head of global procurement Peter Conrod likely summarizes the FTC’s internal debate with his divided opinion. Conrod told the Wall Street Journal, “Typically consolidation is good because it allows us to deal with fewer suppliers, but you get to a point where it’s too consolidated and you don’t have too much choice.”



AutoNation CEO: ‘Company will not Sell Recalled Vehicles’

In an industry that set a record for recalls in 2014, and with over 34.5 million vehicles recalled by the end of July, 2015, Jackson believes that dealers should take a more active role in protecting consumers. The CEO said, “If every time a vehicle, new or used, moves through the franchised automotive retail system, every recall is completed, then the completion rate on recalls in total, both how fast they get done and the percentage that get done, will increase significantly.”



Judge Approves Settlement in Silicon Valley Wage Class-Action Case

The lawsuit depicts Jobs as the mastermind behind the agreement. One email cited by the plaintiffs from 2007 involves Jobs writing to Schmidt about poaching, saying “I would be very pleased if your recruiting department would stop doing this.” Schmidt forwarded the request down the chain of command, writing “I believe we have a policy of no recruiting from Apple and this is a direct inbound request. Can you get this stopped and let me know why this is happening? I will need to send a response back to Apple quickly so please let me know as soon as you can.”


Alleged Cover-up Could Blow Roof off of Asbestos Litigation

The appeals ruling involved a class-action suit filed by relatives of alleged asbestos victims who accused BASF and Cahill of a systematic cover-up involving the destruction of key documents involving Engelhard asbestos litigation. Although the case in itself is not injury related, evidence of a cover-up could revive many previously litigated cases and cases in which plaintiffs settled for less than they would have had they attained access to factual information.


Sincerely Nuts Recalls Macadamia Products due to Salmonella Scare

According to the FDA, Persons infected with the salmonella organism “often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain” that in rare circumstances, “can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.”