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Inquirer: Glaxo agrees to pay $5.2 million in workers’ rights suit

(1/26/2005) - The Philadelphia Inquirer reports today that GlaxoSmithKLine P.L.C. has agreed in federal court to pay $5.2 million to 1,296 employees of the Phila.-based company it took over in 2000. According to the article, SmithKline Beecham Corp. had hired the workers as “agency temps” with fewer benefits, then proceeded to assign them duties and hours similar to regular employees. According to the article, the workers will share in payments ranging from $00 to $6,800 each.

Reuters: Court reinstates obesity suit against McDonald’s

(1/26/2005) - A federal appeals court in N.Y. reinstated part of a widely watched obesity suit against McDonald’s Corp. that accused the fast-food company of using misleading advertising to lure children into eating unhealthy foods that make them fat, according to Reuters. In 2003, a trial judge dismissed the complaint saying that the plaintiffs failed to show a link between eating McDonald’s products and their injuries. But a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said that the information could be provided during a later part of court proceedings.

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