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Federal appeals court: BP cannot block payments on Gulf spill loss claims

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) – A divided U.S. appeals court on Monday rejected BP Plc’s bid to block businesses from recovering money over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, even if they could not trace their economic losses to the disaster. By a 2-1 vote, the 5th U.S. Circuit…

Ben & Jerry’s settles with studio over X-rated products inspired by ice cream titles

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) – A southern California pornography studio has reached an agreement with Ben & Jerry’s not to release DVDs and other X-rated products whose names pay homage to the company’s ice cream flavors. The agreement made public on Tuesday resolves a trademark infringement lawsuit that Ben &…