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Internet Helps Firms Find Medical Victims

Thursday, May 28, 2015

For ambulance chasers, persistence and a phone book just don’t cut it anymore. Law firms, which once relied on television commercials, billboards, and cold calling numbers in the white pages to find plaintiffs for medical lawsuits, have begun to embrace technology. To locate their ideal pharma victims more quickly and at lower costs, they’re using data compiled from Facebook, marketing firms and public sources, with help from digital bounty hunters …

Hormel agrees to buy organic and natural meat maker Applegate Farms

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Hormel to Buy Organic and Natural Meat Maker Applegate Farms Minneapolis — Hormel Foods has agreed to buy Applegate Farms, a leading organic and natural meat maker, for $775 million, its largest acquisition and a big play in the hot organic food market. The buyout of Bridgefield, N.J.-based Applegate is also the latest of three major deals for Hormel over the past two …

Time Warner Deal Expected Today

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Charter Communications is close to a $55 billion deal to acquire Time Warner Cable, a merger that would create a powerful cable and broadband Internet contender in an industry long lacking competition. The companies are expected to announce their proposed merger early this morning, with Charter agreeing to pay about $195 a share for Time Warner Cable — $100 in cash and the …

‘A Beautiful Mind’ Subject, Wife Die

Monday, May 25, 2015

Trenton, n.j. — Born to an electrical engineer, and later a precocious and dashing young man who attained an Ivy League education, John Nash seemed destined for a life of stunning success. That he achieved, winning a Nobel …

Financial Advisers Don’t Care About Millennials, and Vice Versa

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The investment industry has an age discrimination problem, and millennials and Generation X are bearing the brunt of it. Only 30 percent of financial advisers are actively looking for clients under age 40, according to a survey of 500 advisers by the research firm Corporate Insight. Advisers prefer …

Woes of Password Protection

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Pittsburgh — High on the White House’s hit list: The series of letters, numbers and symbols you type in when you access everything from your bank account to your Netflix list. “Kill the password dead as a primary security measure,” urged Michael Daniel, the president’s cybersecurity coordinator, at …

Outside-the-Box Thinking by Honda

Sunday, May 24, 2015

When the Japanese automaker last redesigned the Pilot in 2009, Honda designers gave the three-row crossover the look of a true SUV, with big, boxy proportions. While successful, the model lacked the conservative, sophisticated elegance that buyers had …

Last Two Essentials Clothing Stores To Close

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Hanover — Upper Valley women who want a lithe Italian Nana Nucci dress or men who favor fine Baroni suits will soon have to drive to Boston or Burlington (or go online) to buy their favorite upscale clothes: Rare Essentials and its sister store, Essentials for Men, are …

Hypertherm, Casella Work to Maximize Recycling

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Lebanon — Hypertherm wants to throw out the idea of garbage. All of it. The Hanover-based maker of industrial cutting equipment, which has a 160,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Lebanon, has teamed up with Rutland-based Casella Waste Systems to …

U.S. Producers Fear Retaliation Over Labeling Law

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Washington — California ranchers and their Capitol Hill allies are scrambling to peel away a country-of-origin labeling law they fear will hurt the state. Facing potentially punishing tariffs on U.S. wine, apples, cherries and more, after a World Trade Organization ruling against the United States’ labeling requirements for …

Health Industry Spent $19 Million Lobbying in Mass.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Boston — Hospitals, insurers, doctors, unions and pharmaceutical companies spent a record $19 million trying to sway Beacon Hill lawmakers last year, a reflection of the industry’s political and economic muscle and a rapidly changing health care landscape. In less than a decade, lobbying by the industry has …

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Here is a list of the organizations that spent the most on lobbying Beacon Hill lawmakers about health care issues last year, according to the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office: ∎ The Massachusetts Association of Health Plans: $1,055,620. ∎ The Massachusetts Hospital Association: $882,470. ∎ Steward Health …

Money Talk: Getting College Graduates Off to a Good Financial Start

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Question: My son will be graduating from college this June. He is fortunate to have already landed a good job, starting in August, and will be managing his own finances for the first time. His company provides a full benefits package, retirement fund, profit-sharing, a hiring bonus and …