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Central Coast Senior Services, John O'Brien and Mary Cwickla hired people with criminal records to provide in-home care for elderly and infirm adults, failed to give the workers drug tests, let them keep working though they had drug problems, and falsely advertised that it did none of this, the State of California claims in Monterey County Court. See complaint.

Verizon Wireless claims Alltel defamed it by falsely claiming that Alltel lets customers change calling plans without extending contracts but Verizon doesn't; Verizon claims that it actually offers the service and Alltel doesn't, in Richmond, Va., Federal Court.

An antitrust complaint accuses Altana Pharma, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and others of fixing prices and monopolizing the acid-reflux drug "Protonix," in Newark Federal Drug.

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