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  • April 7, 2009

    Mutual Funds Sue MBIA Over Public Bond Unit Split

    Investment firm Third Avenue Management LLC has sued two subsidiaries of MBIA Inc. for allegedly defrauding holders of the bond insurer's debt in a recent corporate restructuring that split MBIA's public finance insurance business from its structured finance insurance business.

  • April 7, 2009

    Insurer Must Defend Troubled Chicago Mall: Court

    A judge has ruled that General Insurance Co. of America has a duty to defend a Chicago mall in a suit filed by vendors angry that the mall was shut down for over a year due to hundreds of health and safety code violations and was later partially destroyed by a fire.

  • April 6, 2009

    Insurer Off Hook For 'Blast-Fax' Case: 3rd Circ.

    A federal appeals court has dialed up a win for St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co. in a duty-to-defend and coverage tangle with Brother International Corp. stemming from an underlying class action filed by recipients of "blast-faxing" advertisements.

  • April 7, 2009

    Special Masters Prove Valuable In Patent Suits: Study

    Special masters, who tend to be appointed in only the most complex patent cases, almost always see their reports and recommendations adopted by the court and may help reduce appeal and reversal rates, according to a recent study commissioned by the Federal Judicial Center.

  • April 6, 2009

    Class Certified In Lockheed ERISA Fight

    A federal judge has granted class certification in an Employee Retirement Income Security Act lawsuit accusing Lockheed Martin Corp. of breaching its fiduciary duty in its handling of two employee investment plans.

  • April 6, 2009

    Plaintiff Seeks Class Cert. In Telemarketing Suit

    An individual has moved for class certification in a suit alleging online marketer Adaptive Marketing LLC overcharged the credit cards of thousands of subscribers in its retail discount membership programs without their permission.

  • April 2, 2009

    No Class Cert. In ABS Brakes Suit Against GM

    A federal judge has denied class status to plaintiffs and — finding it unlikely they could ever achieve certification — dismissed their case against General Motors Corp. alleging that the company sold defective anti-lock braking systems in certain truck models, leading to the unwanted activation of the ABS at low speeds.

  • April 3, 2009

    Bosch, Dynamotive Settle Over Brake System Patent

    Robert Bosch Corp. has reached a settlement with Dynamotive LLC in a lawsuit that accused the automotive parts giant of infringing a patent for an anti-rollover braking system.

  • April 2, 2009

    Court Snuffs 'Silent PPO' Class Action V. Travelers

    A federal judge has put the kibosh on a putative class action alleging Travelers Indemnity Co. improperly pays health care providers reduced rates and pockets the difference.

  • April 1, 2009

    Some Lockheed ERISA Claims Tossed

    A federal judge has dismissed part of a suit accusing Lockheed Martin Corp. of breaching its fiduciary duty with the handling of two employee investment plans.

  • March 31, 2009

    7th Circ. Shoots Down Bias Suit Over Sergeant Exam

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has rejected an appeal brought by two Chicago police officers who claim the department discriminated against them by making them take sergeant exams at locations other than the military bases where they were stationed during service overseas.

  • March 30, 2009

    La Cafetiere Prevails In Bodum Coffeemaker Suit

    A federal judge has ruled in favor of housewares company La Cafetiere Inc. in a trade dress dispute with rival Bodum USA Inc. over the sale of the popular Chambord-style French press coffeemakers in the U.S.

  • March 30, 2009

    Shopping Bag Tying Suit Against Harley Lives On

    A federal judge has refused to toss an antitrust suit against Harley-Davidson Inc. over the company's decision, ostensibly to protect its trademarks, to require its dealerships to purchase plastic shopping bags from Harley and sever their business relationships with another shopping bag maker.

  • March 27, 2009

    Ford $23M Puddle Lamp Infringement Is Willful: Court

    A federal judge has determined that Ford Motor Co. willfully infringed a patent for the car-door lights known as “puddle lamps” and is liable for damages greater than the $23 million previously awarded by a jury.

  • March 27, 2009

    Starent Trims UTStarcom Contract Claims

    Accused of poaching patents, talent and trade secrets from a business now owned by UTStarcom Inc., Starent Networks Corp. has whittled away the claims and now faces mostly patent infringement allegations.

  • March 27, 2009

    Konica Unit Dismissed From Camera Patent MDL

    A federal judge has thrown out a patent infringement suit over digital camera technology filed by Papst Licensing GmbH & Co. KG, agreeing with defendant Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA Inc. that it does not sell digital cameras.

  • March 27, 2009

    Injunction Vacated In Chicago Police FLSA Spat

    A federal appeals court has vacated an injunction against the city of Chicago that stemmed from litigation brought by police officers who claimed they were being denied compensatory time off that they were due instead of overtime, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • March 27, 2009

    Ill. District Court Pushes Local Patent Rules

    The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has become the latest jurisdiction to propose a set of local patent rules in order to streamline the process and allow for greater predictability and planning.

  • March 26, 2009

    Wis. Cos. Accuse CMS Of Plot To Fix Gas Prices

    Several Wisconsin-based businesses have launched a putative class action against CMS Energy Corp., claiming that the company and its subsidiaries engaged in a long-running conspiracy to restrain trade and fix natural gas prices for commercial consumers in violation of the state's Antitrust Act.

  • March 25, 2009

    Northern States, Wis. DNR Settle Waste Suit For $1.3M

    Northern States Power Co. has settled a lawsuit with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for $1.3 million to resolve allegations that one of its properties released hazardous waste into the state's Chequamegon Bay.