Business / In Brief • May 1, 2013

Coffee drinker, Safeway settle lawsuit

HONOLULU – Safeway Inc. and a California coffee drinker have agreed to settle a lawsuit claiming Safeway committed fraud by selling coffee labeled as a Kona blend even though it didn’t include much Kona coffee.

Court documents show Chanee Thurston of Benicia, Calif., and Safeway settled the case on March 21. Thurston’s attorney says settlement terms are confidential.

Thurston filed the lawsuit in federal court in Northern California two years ago, accusing the supermarket of false and misleading labeling. Safeway argued its labels clearly indicated the coffee was a blend that mixed different types of beans.


Feds cite luxury hotel for violations

HONOLULU – Federal regulators want to fine a luxury Waikiki hotel nearly $50,000 for safety violations.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Tuesday Halekulani Hotel has been cited for 14 serious violations.

OSHA began investigating in January during a routine inspection of the five-star, 450-room hotel with more than 800 employees. Violations include fire extinguishers that were not inspected, inappropriate respirators for employees working on the pool filtration area and inadequate protection from thermal electrical burns for maintenance workers.

Halekulani Corp. Chief Operating Officer Peter Shaindlin says safety of staff and guests is a priority. The company says all of the issues brought up at the January inspection were immediately addressed.