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May 5, 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that it will not hear an appeal from a Fort Smith, Arkansas-based poultry company that has been ordered to pay $14.5 million to approximately 300 poultry farmers in Oklahoma.

The Associated Press reports that the farmers, who had contracts with the company to supply it with chickens, filed the lawsuit in 2002, claiming the firm manipulated lower prices for the chickens because it was the only buyer in the area.

According to the news source, the company, O.K.

May 4, 2011

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently told members of Congress that it would need significant budget increases for 2012 in order to accommodate 780 new staff members and make $78 million in technology investments.

According to the Dow Jones Newswires, SEC chairman Mary Schapiro told members of a U.S.

May 4, 2011

President Barack Obama recently heard from a group of Hispanic lawmakers who are pressuring him to help some immigrants stay in the U.S. while waiting for action from Congress. 

The Associated Press reports that Representative Luis Gutierrez, a Democrat from Illinois who has criticized the president, said that Obama has agreed that it does not make much sense to deport youths from the country after they were brought to the U.S.

Apr 27, 2011

British health officials are reportedly suing consumer goods organization Reckitt Benckiser for the equivalent of more than $145 million over the supply of its heartburn drug Gaviscon, Reuters reports.

According to the news provider, the company was fined 10.2 million pounds in October by the Office of Fair Trading after it admitted to using its position in the country for the supply of the medication.

Reckitt reportedly admitted to infringing British competition law by withdrawing the original medication from Britain's National Health Service prescription service in 2005

Apr 27, 2011

Threats of violence against members of Congress increased significantly last year amid debate over health insurance legislation, according to a report in The Hill.

The news source reports that the FBI investigated at least 26 cases of violent threats against Congressional members during 2010, which was the most in any year on record.

While many such threats may not have been carried out, lawmaker security has been a central issue since Arizona Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head in January during a meeting with her constituents in Tucson.