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  • December 17, 2010

    2nd Circ. Bars Priceline From $336M Class Deal

    A federal appeals court has rejected Priceline.com Inc.'s attempt to get a cut of a $336 million class action settlement in an antitrust case accusing the nation's largest credit card companies of colluding to levy fixed currency conversion fees.

  • December 17, 2010

    NY Raises Restaurant Minimum Wages, OKs Tip Pooling

    The New York State Department of Labor has boosted minimum wages for tipped workers in the hospitality industry and clarified that restaurants may mandate tip pooling, addressing an issue that has spurred suits from restaurant workers opposed to pooling gratuities.

  • December 17, 2010

    Banks Ask 9th Circ. To Review Revival Of IPO Suits

    Investment banks including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America Corp. have asked a federal appeals court for an en banc review of its recent decision to partially reopen a consolidated securities action over initial public offerings of 54 companies in the late 1990s.

  • December 15, 2010

    Hebrew Boys Get Decades For Unholy $80M Scheme

    The South Carolina men who called themselves the 3 Hebrew Boys and cited scripture while they fleeced the faithful in an $80 million Ponzi scheme have all been sentenced to more than two decades in prison.

  • December 13, 2010

    Barnes & Noble, WebMD Sued Over Web Profile Patent

    Delaware-based EIT Holdings LLC has accused Barnes & Noble Inc., WebMD LLC and three others of infringing its patent covering technology tailoring content to registered website users based on information culled from their user profiles and their website viewing and purchasing history.

  • December 13, 2010

    Justices Won't Address Venue In Apple Monopoly Case

    A competition case brought against Apple Inc. by Taiwanese MP3-player maker Luxpro Corp. will now proceed in a California federal court, after the U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to take up Luxpro's challenge to an order transferring the case from Arkansas.

  • December 10, 2010

    Hotels Brace For Next Bite From Bedbug Suits

    Hotels that were once quick to settle lawsuits over bedbugs are now beginning to rethink their litigation strategies, hoping that an ounce of prevention — while not always the cure — may be enough to ward off itchy plaintiffs.

  • December 10, 2010

    HHS Clamps Down On Mini-Med Insurance Plans

    Health insurers will have to curtail sales of so-called mini-med plans and tell consumers that the plans only offer extremely limited benefits, new U.S. government guidelines say.

  • December 10, 2010

    Westport Must Cover Hotel's Negligence Suit Defense

    A federal judge has ruled that Westport Insurance Corp. has a duty to defend Choice Hotels International Inc. and VN Hotel Group LLC in a pair of lawsuits accusing them of neglecting sanitary conditions to the point that some guests developed Legionnaires' disease while staying at a Quality Suites in Orlando, Fla.

  • December 9, 2010

    Priceline Challenges $336M Currency Fee Deal

    A lawyer for Priceline.com Inc. on Thursday argued before a federal appeals court that the travel site was unfairly barred from participating in a $336 million settlement in an antitrust case accusing the nation's largest credit card companies of colluding to levy fixed currency conversion fees.

  • December 8, 2010

    Rolls-Royce Defect Coverage Suit Dismissed In US

    A federal judge has dismissed a suit brought by Rolls-Royce PLC against 16 insurers over hundreds of millions of dollars in claims stemming from litigation over the allegedly defective Mermaid ship propulsion system, siding with the insurers' contention that the case should be tried in the U.K.

  • December 8, 2010

    JFTC Probes DeNA Over Mobile Gaming Trade Practices

    Japan's antitrust watchdog raided DeNA Co. Ltd. on Wednesday based on suspicions that the online social gaming company had engaged in unfair trade practices.

  • December 7, 2010

    Madoff Trustee Strikes $550M Settlement With Shapiro

    The trustee working to recover funds for victims of Bernard L. Madoff has reached a $550 million settlement with the family of businessman and philanthropist Carl Shapiro, part of a $625 million deal that will also resolve the federal government's civil forfeiture claims.

  • December 7, 2010

    Man Wants $10M From Disney In Sex Harassment Suit

    A Puerto Rican man is seeking more than $10 million from his former employer The Walt Disney Co. for allegedly failing to protect him from the unwanted advances of a female co-worker intent on being “more than friends."

  • December 6, 2010

    Starbucks Baristas Fight Toss Of Tip-Sharing Action

    Two former Starbucks Corp. baristas in New York are appealing the dismissal and accompanying denial of class certification of their suit accusing the java giant of violating state wage laws by enforcing a policy of splitting the servers' tip pool with shift supervisors.

  • December 6, 2010

    Enterprise Class Action Deal OK'd Over Gripes

    Despite objections arguing that the deal sells out the class, a state court in Missouri has approved a settlement in a class action involving 130,000 former Enterprise Rent-A-Car Co. vehicles that were sold without side-curtain airbags.

  • December 6, 2010

    Kraft Sues Starbucks Over $1B Distribution Deal

    Kraft Foods Inc. is seeking a court order to block Starbucks Coffee Co. from terminating an estimated $1 billion contract under which Kraft has the exclusive right to distribute the coffee giant's products in grocery stores.

  • December 3, 2010

    UK Wants First Dibs On Review Of Travel Agency Deal

    U.K. regulators want to take the lead on reviewing a proposed merger between travel agencies Thomas Cook Group PLC and Co-operative Group Ltd., saying the European Union should refer the matter to British authorities.

  • December 2, 2010

    9th Circ. Revives 2 Dozen Suits Over IPOs

    A federal appeals court on Thursday partially revived a consolidated securities action brought by an investor over the late-1990s initial public offerings of 54 companies, reversing the dismissal of 24 complaints that accuse a slew of investment banks of engaging in prohibited short-swing transactions in connection with the IPOs.

  • December 2, 2010

    Pentair Sues Insurer For Interest On $30M Judgment

    Pentair Water Treatment (OH) Co. has launched another suit against an insurer, this time seeking coverage from Westchester Fire Insurance Co. for the interest and taxable costs of the $30 million judgment the water treatment company paid following a fatal outbreak of Legionnaires' disease on a cruise ship.