• April 17, 2007

    Microsoft Sued Again Over Scrolling Mouse

    After reaping settlements and damage awards from a slew of computer device companies, a small patent-holding firm has set its sights on Microsoft Corp., accusing the software giant of infringing a patent for scrolling-mouse technology.

  • April 18, 2007

    2007 Brings Rush Of IP Practices To Shanghai

    Shanghai is attracting a flurry of U.S. law firms that are rushing to build up their intellectual property practices in the financial capital of China. So far this month, two firms have sent prominent lawyers to join offices in the city.

  • April 16, 2007

    High Court Mulls Appeal of California Labor Law

    The U.S. Supreme Court might weigh in on a long-running case challenging a California labor law that prohibits companies from digging into the public purse to influence union activities.

  • April 16, 2007

    High Court Drops Bankrupt Daewoo America's Case

    The Supreme Court struck down bankrupt Daewoo Motor America’s plea to continue its case against General Motors Corp. and Suzuki Motor Corp.’s acquisition of Korean auto maker Daewoo on Monday, the last move in a suit that has lasted more than four years.

  • April 16, 2007

    California Court Rules In Landmark Wage Suit

    In a decision that has major implications for wage-and-hour lawsuits in California, a court has ruled that pay received to compensate for a missed lunch break should be classified as wages, rather than as a penalty for the company.

  • April 16, 2007

    Wal-Mart Workers Sue For Lost Retirement Benefits

    U.S. workers hit retail giant Wal-Mart with a class action Friday for allegedly conspiring to delete employees’ work hours from payroll records and thus limit annual contributions to its workers' retirement plans.

  • April 13, 2007

    Ruling Puts Suit Against CNET On The Ropes

    A federal judge in California has handed down a ruling that could be the death knell for a derivative shareholder suit against CNET Networks Inc. over options backdating, granting CNET’s motion to dismiss but asking the parties for a supplemental briefing and leaving open the possibility of an amended complaint.

  • April 13, 2007

    Refining Company Admits It Polluted Illegally

    A California oil refining company that intentionally pumped contaminated wastewater into the ground and then lied about it to the government has agreed to pay a fine of $1 million and other restitution.

  • April 13, 2007

    Court Bans DVD Maker From Hiding Assets

    A court has issued a temporary restraining order banning a California DVD player manufacturer from moving its assets to avoid paying $15 million in outstanding royalties and interest to a technology licensing company.

  • April 13, 2007

    Broadcom Hits Qualcomm With New Antitrust Suit

    Broadcom Corp. took the next move in its ongoing, increasingly complicated war with Qualcomm Inc., filing a suit late Thursday alleging that its rival violated competition laws.

  • April 13, 2007

    Outstanding Women: Mary Cranston

    Mary B. Cranston is undoubtedly one of the most influential women practicing law today. Her groundbreaking career has included many notable firsts: first woman to be elected chief executive of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, first person to hold the senior partner position at the firm and first woman to lead a global 100 law firm.

  • April 12, 2007

    Kennedy Asks SEC To Probe Stock Deal

    As part of an ongoing investigation into the student loan industry, Senator Edward M. Kennedy has asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to look into a stock deal involving the president of a student loan corporation and officers at several major universities.

  • April 12, 2007

    Fed. Circ. Upholds Ruling Against Generic Acular

    A federal appeals court has affirmed a lower court ruling that barred Apotex Inc. from obtaining regulatory approval to market a generic version of Allergan Inc.’s prescription anti-inflammatory eye-drop solution Acular.

  • April 12, 2007

    Calif. Utilities Sue Over Energy Crisis Refunds

    Several California utilities filed suit on Wednesday against 18 cities and municipalities in an effort to recover $475 million they were overcharged for electric power during the California energy crisis.

  • April 12, 2007

    FedEx Hit With $3M Jury Award In Harassment Case

    As news broke Wednesday that FedEx would pay more than $50 million to settle a racial discrimination suit, a jury found that a former employee had been sexually harassed and said the company should pay about $3 million in damages.

  • April 13, 2007

    Renaissance To Fork Over $17M In Trade Secrets Tiff

    After years of facing off in court, a federal jury has handed Eldorado Stone LLC more than $17 million in its long-standing trade secrets battle against rival stone manufacturer, Renaissance Stone Inc.

  • April 11, 2007

    Iconix Nets $45M In Trademark Dispute

    A California jury has handed Iconix Brand Group Inc. a victory in a longstanding trademark infringement lawsuit, awarding the fashion brand owner $45 million in compensatory damages.

  • April 11, 2007

    AMD To Quiz Intel Over Missing E-Mails

    Intel Corp. executives will be questioned under oath by microprocessor rival Advanced Micro Devices over the loss of countless e-mails that may prove critical in the antitrust lawsuit the two are engaged in.

  • April 11, 2007

    Judge Allows Antitrust Suit Over Newspaper Deal

    A federal judge has cleared the way for real estate investor Clint Reilly to move forward with his antitrust suit against MediaNews Group Inc.’s acquisition of the San Jose Mercury News and the Contra Costa Times.

  • April 11, 2007

    Outstanding Women: Nancy Abell

    Ever since Nancy Abell decided to become an attorney, she wanted to work for Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP. Nearly 30 years later, she is still at the one and only firm she has ever known, moving her way up from associate to partner to her current position as chair of the 200-lawyer employment law department.