In a groundbreaking opinion that sweeps away decades' worth of campaign finance restrictions, the U.S. Supreme Court found Thursday that there is no distinction between a corporation and an individual when it comes to protected political speech, paving the way for corporations and labor unions to spend freely on advertisements for political candidates.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a new policy Thursday that the agency says will increase the public's access to information on potentially toxic chemicals.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has introduced a disapproval resolution, co-sponsored by 35 Republicans and three Democrats, aimed at stopping the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act.
President Barack Obama came out swinging with two new proposals aimed at restricting the “huge, reckless risks” and heavy concentration of assets at major banks, but the initiatives raise two questions: Will these ideas work? And does Congress have the stomach to pass them?
The World Trade Organization has agreed to commence an inquiry into whether a steep tariff the U.S. has imposed on Chinese tire imports violates international trade policies.
A U.K. appellate court has upheld a decision by the nation's competition authority forcing television company British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. to give up part of its nearly 18 percent stake in ITV PLC because of antitrust concerns.
The European Commission signed off Thursday on Oracle Corp.'s proposed $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems Inc. without conditions, after the regulator's probe showed that the combination of the two companies' database products would not significantly harm competition in that market.
The Federal Communications Commission has opened up competition in the cable programming market by closing the so-called terrestrial loophole that has long allowed cable operators to withhold sports broadcasts from rival providers.
The previous decade began with a crush of high-profile, attention-hogging securities litigation, sparked by Enron Corp., Worldcom Inc. and Martha Stewart, and ended with a financial crisis that made those cases seem almost like footnotes.
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. subsidiary General Reinsurance Corp. has agreed to pay over $90 million to settle claims that it schemed with American International Group Inc. and Prudential Financial Inc. to defraud investors of hundreds of millions of dollars.
A patent battle between Microsoft Corp. and TiVo Inc. continued to heat up Wednesday, with the technology giant filing a lawsuit accusing TiVo of infringing two patents related to content display and delivery programs.
U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke asked the investigative arm of Congress on Tuesday to review the Fed's involvement in the credit extension to American International Group Inc., amid criticism from lawmakers that the bailout of the insurance giant wasn't transparent.
Samsung Electronics Co. on Tuesday agreed to pay Rambus Inc. up to $900 million to settle patent claims, as well as claims that it conspired with two other companies to keep Rambus' dynamic random access memory chips off the market, just days before a trial was set to begin.
Johnson & Johnson unit Cordis Corp. has launched a new patent infringement suit against rival Boston Scientific Corp., claiming BSC's Promus drug-eluting stents infringe three patents and unfairly compete with Cordis' Cypher stent sales.
After months of rebuffing Kraft Foods Inc.'s efforts to take over Cadbury PLC, the board of directors for the U.K. confectioner has unanimously endorsed a new $19 billion offer from the U.S.-based food giant.
A Louisiana hospital has asked a federal judge to approve a $32.5 million cash settlement in a class action claiming Tyco International Ltd. and a former Tyco subsidiary now owned by Covidien violated antitrust laws by forcing purchasers of needle disposers into exclusionary agreements.
Citing $28 billion in debt, Japan Airlines Corp. has filed for bankruptcy, marking the beginning of what is expected to be a lengthy restructuring aided by $10 billion in credit and capital injections from the Japanese government.
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear Monsanto Inc.'s bid to overturn a federal appeals court's decision that a nationwide ban on genetically engineered alfalfa should remain in place until a court-ordered environmental impact assessment is completed.
White House officials are reportedly pushing to lower the patent exclusivity threshold set in health care legislation to protect innovator biologic drugs from generic biosimilars, as negotiations to merge the U.S. House of Representatives' and Senate's health bills enter their final stages.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it will work to reduce infants' exposure to controversial chemical bisphenol A and support a more robust regulatory framework for the chemical, responding to concerns about BPA's potential effects on the brain, behavior and prostate gland in fetuses, infants and children.