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  • September 19, 2011

    Schmidt To Defend Google In Senate Antitrust Hearing

    Google Inc. Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt will go before a U.S. Senate subcommittee Wednesday to defend the company from critics who say it is abusing its dominant position in the Internet search market, as Google faces increased scrutiny from U.S. and European competition regulators.

  • September 19, 2011

    2nd Possible Bidder Emerges For Dallas Stars

    Vancouver businessman Tom Gagliardi could have competition to buy the bankrupt Dallas Stars, with a lawyer for Chuck Greenberg — formerly the Texas Rangers' CEO and part-owner — saying Monday that his client was interested in the National Hockey League team.

  • September 16, 2011

    Dodgers Seek To End Ch. 11 By Auctioning TV Rights

    The Los Angeles Dodgers Inc. asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge on Friday for permission to auction off the team's television rights, which it says should generate enough cash to pull it out of bankruptcy.

  • September 16, 2011

    Blackstone Pays $950M For UK Hotels As Olympics Near

    Blackstone Group LP announced Friday that it had acquired London-based hotel chain Mint Hotel for a reported $950 million, marking the biggest European hotel buy in four years as the British hospitality sector readies for the 2012 Olympics.

  • September 16, 2011

    Citi, Others Resolve Walker's Data Encryption IP Suit

    Citigroup Inc., Discover Financial Services, MasterCard subsidiary Orbiscom Ltd. and Wells Fargo & Co. on Thursday became the latest to settle patent infringement claims brought by Walker Digital LLC in a suit over account number encryption technology.

  • September 15, 2011

    Dallas Stars File For Ch. 11 With Plan To Sell

    The Dallas Stars filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware on Thursday as part of a prearranged reorganization plan that includes selling the NHL franchise to Vancouver businessman Tom Gaglardi and his family.

  • September 15, 2011

    AIG Unit Ducks Coverage For U-Haul Trailer Collisions

    An American International Group Inc. unit on Thursday won its bid to avoid covering U-Haul International Inc. in suits blaming U-Haul trailers for fatal collisions, with an Arizona federal judge finding no evidence that the insurer had acted unfairly.

  • September 15, 2011

    Las Vegas Sands Says Former China Exec Stole Docs

    Las Vegas Sands Corp. on Tuesday accused a former executive who is suing the company for wrongful termination of stealing reams of sensitive documents in a case that’s raised allegations of Vegas casino ties to Chinese mobsters.

  • September 15, 2011

    Ford, Allstate, Others Sued Over Web Navigation IP

    EMG Technology LLC on Wednesday in Texas sued a diverse array of companies — including Ford Motor Co., SunTrust Banks Inc., RadioShack Corp. and Allstate Corp. — for allegedly infringing a patent related to displaying and navigating Internet content on mobile devices.

  • September 15, 2011

    5th Circ. Backs Chili's Waiters' $1.8M Tip-Sharing Win

    The Fifth Circuit on Thursday affirmed a $1.8 million judgment in favor of 55 Chili's Grill & Bar waiters who alleged in a collective action that they were illegally forced to share their tips with employees who were not entitled to them.

  • September 15, 2011

    Anschutz Corp. To Buy Oklahoma Publishing Co.

    The CEO of Oklahoma Publishing Co., which owns interests in media outlets including The Oklahoman and NewsOK, on Thursday said the company would be bought by The Anschutz Corp. for an undisclosed amount.

  • September 15, 2011

    Universal Unit Sues Ex-COO For Abrupt Departure

    Universal City Studios Productions LLLP sued the former chief operating officer of its home video division Tuesday, saying he violated an employment contract when he abruptly left to join DineEquity Inc., operator of the Applebee's and International House of Pancakes franchises.

  • September 15, 2011

    Google, Others Sued Over Display Synchronization IP

    I2Z Technology LLC sued Google Inc., Yahoo! Inc., Travelocity.com LP and 13 other defendants Tuesday, accusing them of infringing a patent that covers a system for synchronizing the presentation of data on a computer display.

  • September 14, 2011

    Papa John's Delivery Drivers Win FLSA Class Cert.

    A group of pizza delivery drivers for Papa John's International Inc. won class certification Wednesday in a Missouri suit accusing the restaurant chain of using a gas and car upkeep reimbursement formula that effectively reduced their pay to below minimum wage.

  • September 14, 2011

    King & Spalding Settles Thrashers Malpractice Suit

    King & Spalding LLP said Wednesday it had settled a malpractice lawsuit accusing the firm of negotiating an unenforceable buyout contract that cost the former owners of the Atlanta Thrashers hockey team nearly $200 million and entangled them in litigation for five years.

  • September 14, 2011

    Judge Delays Decision On Lehman Blitz For Giants Docs

    A New York bankruptcy judge said Wednesday that he would put off deciding whether Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. could peek at 29 emails at the center of a $300 million dispute with Giants Stadium LLC.

  • September 14, 2011

    GeoTag Launches 3 New Suits Over Web Search IP

    GeoTag Inc. launched three lawsuits in Texas federal court on Tuesday, accusing Circle K Stores Inc., Eye Care Centers of America Inc. and dating service Zoosk Inc. of infringing its patent for systems that associate online information with geographical areas.

  • September 14, 2011

    Avis Drops Dollar Thrifty Bid, Cites Market Conditions

    Avis Budget Group Inc. said Wednesday it was backing out of a bidding war for Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. — despite what it called significant progress toward securing approval from antitrust regulators — in light of current market conditions.

  • September 13, 2011

    Lehman Calls Giants For Illegal Block In Docs Fight

    Bankrupt Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. on Monday argued that a unit of the New York Giants football team was using an illegal block in its attempt to shield from court review documents related to securities issued in 2007 to finance a new stadium.

  • September 13, 2011

    Burger King Canned Cashier Who Griped About OT: Suit

    Burger King Corp. was scorched with a putative wage-and-hour class action on Friday in Florida by a former cashier who claims the fast-food giant fired her for complaining about overtime pay.