Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Business Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Business Digest

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Beneful suit is dismissed * A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by a California pet owner who sued the maker of Beneful dog food, Nestl Purina PetCare Co.

The lawsuit, which sought class-action status, was filed in February 2015 in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California against Nestl Purina, which is based in St. Louis and is a unit of Swiss-based Nestl.

In the lawsuit, Frank Lucido initially claimed that his dogs became sick after eating kibble-style Beneful dog food. He later dropped those claims, and the lawsuit was amended to allege false advertising.

The judge dismissed all claims against Purina on Thursday.

"We are pleased that after hearing arguments from both sides, the judge dismissed all claims," Purina said in a statement. The ruling "confirms what millions of pet owners already know that Beneful is a safe, healthy, and nutritious dog food that millions of dogs enjoy every day."

Centene wins Georgia contract * Centene Corp. will continue serving Medicaid beneficiaries in Georgia thanks to a statewide contract award.

The contract, effective July 1, 2017, gives Centene's Georgia subsidiary five one-year renewal options, the company said Friday.

Centene's Peach State Health Plan will be one of four managed care companies to provide medical, behavioral, dental and vision health coverage to Georgians eligible for Medicaid, the company said Friday.

As of Sept. 30, the Peach State Health Plan covered 498,000 Medicaid members in Georgia.

DuPont freezes pensions * DuPont Co. says it will stop making new payments into its pension plan, freezing annual increases for 13,000 current management and nonunion employees.

Current retirees' pensions and health-care benefits will not be affected. DuPont had stopped adding new hires to the plan in 2007.

DuPont says it hopes to save $550 million over the years by freezing the pensions. …

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