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  • June 8, 2010

    Calif. Tourism Board Off Hook In Price-Fixing Action

    A federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected a challenge to a decision that dropped the California Travel and Tourism Board from a putative antitrust class action that accused the CTTC and several rental car companies of taking part in a conspiracy to fix and raise prices for car rentals.

  • June 8, 2010

    Apple, Yahoo, Others Fire Back In Web Patent Suit

    Apple Inc., Yahoo Inc., eBay Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have fired back in Eolas Technologies Inc.'s infringement suit over website technology, claiming that the plaintiff's founder hid information on a prior art Web browser during the prosecution of the two asserted patents.

  • June 8, 2010

    Pronto Strikes Deal In Linksmart Wi-Fi Patent Suit

    Broadband provider Pronto Networks Inc. has reached a settlement in Linksmart Wireless Technology LLC's suit accusing a slew of technology companies, retailers and hotels of infringing a wireless communications patent.

  • June 7, 2010

    Minority Media Owners Wary Of Comcast-NBC Deal

    The proposed merger between Comcast Corp. and General Electric Co.'s NBC Universal network could set off a wave of media consolidation that may harm minority-owned outlets, critics warned at a House Judiciary Committee hearing Monday, despite pledges from Comcast to add three minority-owned channels over three years.

  • June 4, 2010

    Standard Parking Settles Calif. Wage Action For $4.2M

    Standard Parking Corp. has reached a $4.2 million settlement with current and former parking attendants, valets and cashiers in California who claimed the company failed to pay them minimum wage and overtime and to provide meal breaks.

  • June 4, 2010

    McDonald's Recalls 12M Shrek Glasses Over Cadmium

    McDonald's USA and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on Friday jointly announced a voluntary recall of the fast-food chain's “Shrek Forever After 3D” collectible drinking glasses, following the discovery of high levels of cadmium in paint used to decorate the glassware.

  • June 3, 2010

    SEC Resolves Fraud Case Against Ex-Cendant Honcho

    A federal judge has permanently enjoined a former Cendant Corp. vice chairman from violating securities laws almost five years after he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in a massive accounting fraud at the company.

  • June 3, 2010

    Hotel Slimes Viacom Over Rival Nickelodeon Deals

    The owner and operator of a Nickelodeon-themed hotel in Florida has accused Viacom International Inc. of breach of contract for allowing a rival hotel chain to launch programs based on the popular family-friendly brand.

  • June 2, 2010

    Proskauer Nabs NLRB Counsel For Labor Practice

    Proskauer Rose LLP announced Tuesday it would bring on National Labor Relations Board general counsel Ronald Meisburg to specialize in labor relations issues.

  • June 2, 2010

    DC Circ. Affirms Consumer Fraud Suit Win For Marriott

    A federal appeals court has upheld a win for Marriott International Inc. in a putative class action over the hotel chain's pricing and exchange rate practices at Russian hotels, saying the plaintiffs lacked standing to sue in federal court because they did not qualify as consumers under District of Columbia law.

  • June 2, 2010

    PayPal Dropped From Online Data Security IP Suit

    EBay Inc. subsidiary and online payment service PayPal Inc. has become the latest defendant to resolve Florida inventor Leon Stambler's suit accusing more than two dozen financial institutions of infringing two patents related to information security in online transactions.

  • June 2, 2010

    Parallel Sues Dozens More Over Web Services Patent

    Parallel Networks Inc. has filed yet another infringement suit over a client services communications patent, targeting dozens more companies including Sony Electronics Inc., Delta Air Lines Inc., Target Corp. and Foot Locker Inc.

  • June 1, 2010

    Icahn, Beal File Adversary Suit In Trump Casino Ch. 11

    Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has filed a lawsuit over bankrupt Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc.'s recent handling of $28.4 million in investment alternative tax payments to a New Jersey development authority.

  • June 1, 2010

    FINRA Orders Credit Suisse To Pay $9.8M For ARS Fraud

    A Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitration panel has ordered Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC to pay nearly $9.8 million to Catalyst Health Solutions Inc. in its suit accusing Credit Suisse of fraud and negligence in connection with the purchase of auction rate securities backed by student loans.

  • May 28, 2010

    Twitter Helps Usher In New Set Of Trademark Perils

    With numerous trademarks being registered as Twitter user names by someone other than the trademark holder, Twitter and similar sites remain a potential source of headaches for intellectual property owners, experts say.

  • May 27, 2010

    House Panel Seeks Quick Fix For Spill Liability Laws

    House Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., on Thursday blasted the current legal liability laws for offshore oil disasters, calling them “inadequate” to address the unprecedented oil spill resulting from the April 20 Deepwater Horizon rig blast.

  • May 26, 2010

    Target Quickly Exits Spat Over 4 Ethernet Patents

    Just days after Target Corp. was added as a defendant with eight other companies to a patent infringement suit regarding Ethernet technology, plaintiff U.S. Ethernet Innovations LLC has decided to voluntarily dismiss the retail giant from the suit.

  • May 26, 2010

    Jon Lovitz Ditched Season Ticket Deal: Dodgers

    Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers have sued Jon Lovitz for breach of contract, accusing the actor of reneging on a promise to pay $95,400 for three prime seats at Dodger Stadium during the 2010 baseball season.

  • May 26, 2010

    Dollar Thrifty Doubted Potential Avis Deal: Hertz

    Rental car giant Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc., which agreed to merge with Hertz Global Holdings Inc. for about $1 billion but is now discussing a potentially higher bid from Avis Budget Group Inc., previously expressed doubts about Avis' capacity to follow through with a deal, a new regulatory filing says.

  • May 25, 2010

    Firms Chop Partners Off Name To Improve Marketability

    In an increasingly competitive legal market, both large and midsize firms such as Cooley LLP and Sands Anderson PC are slicing partners from their official names for the sake of marketing simplicity, and experts say it probably won't be long before even more follow suit.