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Area general dynamics unit lands contract

Published January 20, 2007


General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems in St. Petersburg has been awarded $40-million for training ammunition for use in U.S. Army and Marine Corps Abrams tanks. Work on the contract will be performed in St. Petersburg as well as in Red Lion, Pa., and Valleyfield, Quebec. The ordnance division is part of General Dynamics of Falls Church, Va.

Tampa hotel is part of $6.6B deal

CNL Hotel & Resorts Inc., the nation's second-largest hotel real estate investment trust, said Friday it agreed to be bought in two separate deals worth about a combined $5.53-billion. CNL, based in Orlando, said Morgan Stanley Real Estate would pay about $3.13-billion, or $20.50 per share, in cash. Including assumed debt, the total transaction is valued at $6.6-billion. Morgan Stanley will receive a portfolio of eight luxury properties, including the Doral Golf Resort & Spa. In the other sale, CNL said it would also sell 51 of its properties, including the Renaissance Tampa at International Plaza, to Dallas-based Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc., which owns the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, for about $2.4-billion in cash immediately before closing the deal worth Morgan Stanley Real Estate.

State Farm settles Mississippi case

State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. settled out of court Friday with a Mississippi policyholder whose lawsuit over Hurricane Katrina damage was scheduled to be tried next week in federal court. State Farm settled with Richard Tejedor of Long Beach only eight days after jurors awarded $2.5-million in punitive damages to a different policyholder - a couple who sued the insurer for denying their claim after the Aug. 29, 2005, storm. Terms of the settlement in the Tejedor case will not be disclosed, said State Farm spokesman Fraser Engerman.

Labels' lawsuit gets green light

A lawsuit in which record companies allege XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. is cheating them by letting consumers store songs can proceed toward trial, a judge ruled Friday after finding merit to the companies' claims. U.S. District Judge Deborah A. Batts made the finding in a case brought by Atlantic Recording Corp., BMG Music, Capitol Records Inc. and other music distribution companies. In a lawsuit last year, the companies said XM directly infringes on their exclusive distribution rights by letting consumers record songs onto special receivers marketed as "XM + MP3" players.

Delta requests flights to China

Delta Air Lines Inc. is seeking U.S. government approval to launch nonstop flights between Atlanta and China. It filed an application Friday with the U.S. Department of Transportation, which recently awarded UAL Corp.'s United Airlines a Washington-to-Beijing route. Delta wants to offer nonstop flights between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and China's commercial and financial capital of Shanghai, beginning March 25, 2008.

[Last modified January 19, 2007, 23:03:04]

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