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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 …

Business Notes: May 17, 2015

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Newport — Lake Sunapee Bank joined three other New Hampshire businesses as a winner of a 2015 Business in the Arts Award from the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts. Lake Sunapee Bank was cited for its …

People in Business: May 17, 2015

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Service Credit Union has announced the following promotions at its Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center office: Fran Blodgett, of Sharon, has been promoted from assistant branch manager to branch manager. Blodgett has been with Service Credit Union for more than 16 years. Martha Clarke, of Hartland, has been promoted from …

Union Files Complaint Against Co-op

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Hanover — A Massachusetts-based union has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board against the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society, alleging management at the Co-op impeded workers’ efforts to unionize. The complaint says that “on about May 6, 2015,” management at the Hanover Co-op Food Store on …

Analyst Identifies Potential FairPoint Buyers

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Talk of a possible sale of FairPoint Communications has picked up recently on the heels of a collective bargaining agreement that will make the company more attractive to prospective buyers. Last week, during FairPoint’s first quarter earnings conference call, CEO Paul Sunu told investors and industry analysts, “We …

Video at Core Of Verizon’s AOL Purchase

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Washington — With its $4.4 billion purchase of AOL Inc., telecommunications giant Verizon Communications Inc. expands its empire with new online video offerings, advertising technology and a stable of well-known sites, including Huffington Post and TechCrunch. Of those, video might be the big draw, said Angelo Zino, senior …

FairPoint Weighs Sale or Merger

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

FairPoint Communications announced last week it had another net loss in the first quarter, despite saving $680.3 million on retirement benefits through its new collective bargaining agreement. The first-quarter earnings report is FairPoint’s first major financial announcement since company officials signed a new collective bargaining agreement in February …

Driverless Semis Might Precede Cars

Monday, May 11, 2015

Las Vegas — Traveling about 55 miles per hour on a Nevada highway, the big rig’s driver looked like The Thinker, with his elbow on the arm rest and his hand on his chin. No hands on the …

Keeping an Eye on Mom and Dad

Sunday, May 10, 2015

San Francisco — Each time 81-year-old Bill Dworsky or his 80-year-old wife Dorothy opens the refrigerator, closes the bathroom door or lifts the lid on a pill container, tiny sensors in their San Francisco home make notes on …

Connecting Producers, Investors: ‘Slow Money’ Movement Seeks to Grow Vermont’s Food System

Sunday, May 10, 2015

White River Junction — A new nonprofit that promotes investment in a sustainable local and regional food system held its first entrepreneur showcase last week. The sold-out event at the Coolidge Hotel reflected one of Slow Money Vermont’s …

Panera Is Latest to Cut Artificial Additives

Sunday, May 10, 2015

When Panera Bread said last week that it would drop artificial additives from its menu, it joined a blitz of restaurants responding to customers’ desire for healthier food. Chipotle said recently that it would eliminate genetically modified ingredients, while McDonald’s pledged to use antibiotic-free chicken. Their efforts reflect …