Employment

  • June 9, 2006

    Delphi, Union Sign Pact With GM Support

    Auto parts maker Delphi Corp. has penned a deal with its major union that will let seasoned workers take early retirement under a cost-cutting plan supported by the company’s biggest customer, General Motors.

  • June 2, 2006

    Apple Trade Secrets Case Raises First Amendment Issues

    In a blow to Apple Computer Inc., a California appeals court has struck down a request to force the publishers of two Apple enthusiast Web sites to reveal the sources of leaked trade secret information published in a series of stories in late 2004.

  • May 25, 2006

    Judge Nixes GM's Bid To Adjourn Delphi Hearings

    The judge in charge of auto parts manufacturer Delphi's Chapter 11 proceedings said in court Wednesday that he would not honor a request by General Motors to postpone hearings on Delphi's bid to void its labor contracts.

  • May 24, 2006

    GM Bids To Have Delphi Labor Hearings Postponed

    In an attempt to stave off a possible strike at bankrupt auto parts maker Delphi Corp., General Motors Corp. has petitioned the judge overseeing the erstwhile GM subsidiary’s Chapter 11 proceedings to postpone the ongoing hearings on Delphi’s motion to cancel its labor pacts.

  • May 19, 2006

    Microsoft Stole Trade Secrets, Lied To PTO: Symantec

    Computer software giant Microsoft Corp. lied to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to get patents for data storage technology after stealing trade secrets, according to a patent infringement lawsuit filed by security software company Symantec Corp.

  • May 5, 2006

    Tower Gets More Time To Discuss Plan With Unions

    Joining the ranks of other automotive companies that can’t seem to cut a deal with their workers, Tower Automotive Inc. was given an extension Friday to work out an agreement on cutting labor costs.

  • May 5, 2006

    Allied Holdings Wins Motion For Interim Relief

    Allied Holdings Inc., the largest auto hauler in the United States, may be on the road to sound financial standing after receiving court permission to cut the salaries of its union workers by 10% for the next two months.

  • May 4, 2006

    Sun Micro Hits Azul With Patent, Trade Secrets Suit

    The patent battle between computer makers Azul Systems Inc. and Sun Microsystems is heating up, with Sun filing a countersuit against Azul alleging patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation.

  • May 1, 2006

    GM Will Pay More For Delphi Parts

    A U.S. Securities and Exchange filing last week showed that Delphi Corp. will not deliver on price rebates it had previously promised to General Motors Corp., a revelation that comes against the backdrop of a bitter legal battle between Delphi and the labor unions that represent its workers.

  • April 27, 2006

    UAW Seeks To Avoid Delphi Hearing Chaos

    Fearing a free-for-all, Delphi Corp.'s largest union has asked the court to bar the company's creditors, a hedge fund and a group of bondholders from taking part in next month’s hearing to decide whether the bankrupt auto parts supplier can void its union contracts.

  • April 18, 2006

    Hedge Fund Opposes Delphi Restructuring Plans

    Hedge fund Appaloosa Management LP has asked a bankruptcy judge to bar Delphi Corp. from throwing out its labor union deals and its money-losing contracts with General Motors Corp.

  • April 17, 2006

    Delta, Pilots Reach Tentative Deal In Surprise Roundabout

    Narrowly averting—at least for the moment—what would have been a crippling strike, Delta Air Lines and its pilots union have reached a tentative deal on pay and benefit cuts, although the carrier’s future remains shaky, with liquidation a lingering possibility.

  • April 13, 2006

    Tentative Deal Gives Northwest Pilots $888M In Equity

    Pilots for bankrupt Northwest Airlines Corp. will hold an $888 million claim to be paid in stock once the airline carrier emerges from its Chapter 11 proceedings, according to a tentative agreement reached between the union and the carrier.

  • April 13, 2006

    Allied Holdings Driven To File Motion For Interim Relief

    Citing fears of liquidation, auto-hauling company Allied Holdings Inc. filed a motion in bankruptcy court Thursday, seeking interim relief from its collective bargaining agreement with the Teamsters Union.

  • April 12, 2006

    Comair, Flight Attendants Union Resume Talks

    Delta Airlines subsidiary Comair will resume talks with flight attendants unions in hopes of avoiding a work stoppage that could happen if a judge agrees to cancel their contracts at the behest of Comair’s management.

  • April 12, 2006

    Jury Rejects Silicon Labs' Cell Phone Patent Claims

    In a victory for startup semiconductor company Axiom Microdevices Inc., a federal jury has unanimously rejected the patent infringement claims of a rival, but upheld one charge that Axiom had misappropriated trade secrets.

  • April 11, 2006

    Delta Pilots Tap $10M War Chest To Fund Strike

    With a strike looming ever closer, the pilots union at bankrupt Delta Air Lines Inc. has received final approval for a $10 million grant from the major contingency fund this week, as the labor organization continues to solidify its plans for a walkout.

  • April 10, 2006

    Northwest Flight Attendants Request Union Change

    A month after reaching a tentative agreement with bankrupt Northwest Airlines, an overwhelming majority of flight attendants are now seeking to replace the union that negotiated the deal with a different labor organization.

  • April 3, 2006

    Possible Delphi Strikes Mean Trouble For GM

    As Delphi heads to court looking to void its labor contracts, the threat of widespread strikes at the parts maker could spell trouble for already-struggling General Motors.

  • March 31, 2006

    Showdown Looms As Delphi Bids To Void Labor Contract

    With a massive strike on the horizon, bankrupt auto parts supplier Delphi Corp. has forged ahead with its anticipated and highly controversial restructuring plan, asking a federal bankruptcy court on Friday to void its labor contracts in a move that will spurn layoffs of up to 8,500 salaried workers and the sale or closure of 21 of its 29 U.S. plants.