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Tech wage case deal rejected


SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge rejected as too low a $324.5 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit alleging Google and Apple conspired with several other technology companies to block their top workers from getting better job offers.

The Friday ruling by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh concludes the more than 60,000 high-tech workers deserve to be paid more money, based on the evidence indicating their earning power was undermined by the collusion among their employers.

Koh estimated that the workers should receive at least $380 million.

63 death claims filed to fund

DETROIT — Sixty-three death claims have been filed so far with the lawyer handling payments for those involved in wrecks caused by faulty General Motors ignition switches.

A spokeswoman for compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg says he received 125 claims by Friday afternoon. Sixty-two others seek payments for injuries.

GM also is issuing six more recalls totaling more than 312,000 vehicles as the company cleans up past safety issues.

In other news

MCDONALD’S SAYS a global sales figure fell 2.5 percent in July, dragged down by weakness in the U.S. and a food safety scare in China. The world’s biggest hamburger chain said this year’s sales forecast is “at risk” to be reduced further.