Airline passengers get OK to sueA federal appeals court in...

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June 08, 1993

Airline passengers get OK to sue

A federal appeals court in San Francisco has ruled that airline passengers can sue for damages if they are prevented from boarding overbooked flights for which they have a valid ticket. But major carriers said yesterday that they expect little if any change in their advance booking procedures.

Andrew's cost rises to $18 billion

The world's costliest natural disaster is getting even more expensive.

The toll for insured claims from Hurricane Andrew has gone up $3 billion, to $18 billion, the Florida Insurance Commissioner said yesterday.

Macy and cable network in pact

R. H. Macy & Co., which last week announced its intention to start a 24-hour television shopping channel, said yesterday that it had signed a letter of intent with Home Shopping Network Inc. to have the competing cable operator fill orders and provide customer service.

Automakers to step up production

Automakers' optimism apparently is booming along with spring auto sales -- the domestic auto industry says it plans to build about 19 percent more cars and trucks during the summer than it did a year ago.

Vaccine company official resigns

North American Vaccine in Beltsville said yesterday that John Moffett had resigned as executive vice president and chief operating officer for personal and family reasons.

The company also said that Carl Schwan intended to resign as senior vice president of finance and administration June 15 to pursue another career opportunity.

Time Warner to use MIPS

Time Warner Inc. has agreed to use Silicon Graphics Inc.'s powerful MIPS technology to run the fully interactive cable-television network it plans to test in Orlando, Fla.

The two companies announced the pact yesterday at the National Cable Television convention in San Francisco, saying that Silicon Graphics' MIPS Technologies unit will supply the computer architecture for the TV set-top devices that will hook Orlando viewers up to the new service.

Janssens joins Ballard Spahr

Joseph W. Janssens Jr., 58, has joined the Baltimore office of the Philadelphia-based law firm Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll as a partner, less than a year after shifting to Semmes, Bowen & Semmes, also in Baltimore. His move to Semmes followed the breakup of Frank, Bernstein, Conaway & Goldman.

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