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  • September 9, 2008

    Ex-Fish Partner Sues Sony, Others Over GPS Patents

    A former Fish & Richardson PC partner who recently settled litigation with the firm over his patent portfolio has sued several electronics makers including Sony Electronics Inc. over patents related to global positioning systems.

  • September 9, 2008

    7th Circ. Defines Accounting Burden In Trademark Tiff

    The Lanham Act allows a prevailing plaintiff in a trademark dispute to recover an infringing defendant's profits without having to prove what portion of those profits was gained from lawful business and what portion came from infringing uses of the plaintiff's trademark, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Monday in a suit between competing gaming companies.

  • September 8, 2008

    Ohio Puts Great Lakes Water Rights On The Ballot

    Ohio voters will have the chance to vote on a proposed amendment aimed at guarding private property owners' rights under the multistate collective legislation known as the Great Lakes Basin Compact, which aims to prevent diversions from the five lakes.

  • September 5, 2008

    Pregnancy Test Patent Nixed In 10-Year Fight

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled invalid claims of a patent that Syntron Bioresearch Inc. was accused of infringing in a 10-year legal battle.

  • September 5, 2008

    8th Circ. Says Bankruptcy Law Unconstitutional

    Bankruptcy lawyers practicing in the Eighth Circuit are free to advise their clients to take on more debt in contemplation of a bankruptcy filing, now that an appeals court has ruled that a section of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 is unconstitutional as applied to attorney conduct.

  • September 4, 2008

    7th Circ. Affirms Ruling In Favor Of Exelon Union

    A federal appeals court panel ruled Tuesday that a labor union can represent retirees in an arbitration dispute with electric utility Exelon Corp. over medical benefits.

  • September 4, 2008

    TransUnion Consumer Privacy Saga Nearing Its End

    Time is running out for consumers to participate in a wide-ranging class action settlement proposed by TransUnion Corp., with the credit bureau seeking to finally put behind it the long-standing litigation over whether it illegally peddled consumer information.

  • September 2, 2008

    Skycaps Seek Class Status In Jet Blue Bag Fee Suit

    A group of skycaps has requested certification of two overlapping classes in its suit against Jet Blue Airways Corp. over the airline's 2006 decision to charge a fee for bag-checking service.

  • August 29, 2008

    CORRECTED: Verizon May Have Underpaid Retirees: Judge

    A judge has ruled that Verizon Communications Inc. may have incorrectly calculated the benefits given to some of its former employees, a decision that could make the company liable for billions in damages.

  • August 29, 2008

    Class Denied Certification In EMC Sex Bias Suit

    A judge has denied class certification to a group of current and former female employees at computer software producer EMC Corp. who claimed that the company's lax attitude toward sexual discrimination, harassment and retaliation made gender bias a “de facto company policy and standard operating procedure.”

  • August 29, 2008

    Antitrust Cases Against Oil-Filter-Makers Sent To MDL

    Plaintiffs in a slew of antitrust class actions against the makers of automotive filters will continue the fight in Illinois federal court, where several cases were transferred Tuesday for inclusion in new multidistrict litigation.

  • August 29, 2008

    Charter Communications Hit With Overtime Suit

    Charter Communications Inc., the country's third-largest cable operator, has been hit with a proposed class action accusing it of failing to pay proper wages and overtime in violation of the laws of the 29 states where the company operates.

  • October 24, 2008

    Counting The True Cost Of A Nuisance Settlement

    Companies defending against patent infringement charges are paying more money than ever to settle cases early on, even when they view them as virtually meritless, according to attorneys familiar with the issue.

  • August 28, 2008

    BMW, Toyota Sued Over Service Request Systems

    Tendler Cellular Inc. has sued BMW of North America LLC, Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc., Cross Country Automotive Services Inc. and ATX Group Inc. for allegedly infringing a patent covering systems that allow drivers to request emergency services on the road.

  • August 28, 2008

    Class Status Granted In IP Fraud Suit V. Headwaters

    A district court on Tuesday granted class status to plaintiffs who accuse sustainable energy company Headwaters Inc. of conspiring to defraud former shareholders of now-defunct Adtech Inc. through a scheme to transfer a patent for coal agglomeration technology.

  • August 28, 2008

    6 Face Bribery Charges For Afghanistan Contracts

    Six people, including two military officers and four U.S. Department of Defense contractors, have been charged with bribery and conspiracy involving contracts at the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan, the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division announced Wednesday.

  • August 27, 2008

    Dynegy Faces Increased Pressure From Sierra Club

    The Sierra Club launched a second front in its fight against a Texas coal-fired power plant on Tuesday, sending a letter to senior government officials challenging the funding for the plant. The group also plans to file a lawsuit Thursday aimed at stopping the construction in Texas.

  • August 26, 2008

    Ind. 6th State To Sue Countrywide Over Risky Loans

    Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter has filed a lawsuit against Countrywide Financial Corp. for allegedly misleading homeowners into purchasing risky mortgages they could not afford, making Indiana the sixth state since June to sue the country's largest mortgage lender.

  • August 26, 2008

    Judge Denies Class In Treasury Bonds Trading Suit

    A federal judge in Illinois denied class certification last Friday to a group of investors who filed a lawsuit stemming from claims of insider trading on 30-year treasury bonds and their derivatives in 2001.

  • August 26, 2008

    Glass Co. Cleared In Martha Stewart Table Suit

    Xinyi Group Glass Co. Ltd., one of several Asian glass companies facing third-party claims by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. and Kmart Corp. in a product liability case, is off the hook after a judge ruled that there is no evidence Xinyi produced the allegedly defective patio tables in the underlying class action.