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  • February 16, 2010

    Vagueness To Take Center Stage At Skilling Hearing

    The U.S. Supreme Court has three opportunities to rein in the federal honest services statute this session, but the case of former Enron Corp. honcho Jeffrey Skilling could be the one to make the court declare the law unconstitutionally vague.

  • February 16, 2010

    Taiwan Embassy Age Bias Case Survives Bid To Toss

    Taiwan's de facto embassy in the U.S. has lost a bid to toss age discrimination claims by three of its clerical workers, with a federal court ruling that the alleged wrongdoing is not protected by foreign sovereign immunity law.

  • February 12, 2010

    Hedge Funds' Class Action Over MBIA Split Lives On

    A federal judge has said that a class action brought by a group of hedge funds alleging that MBIA Inc. committed fraud through its February 2009 reorganization can move forward, citing significant disagreements between the parties over regulators' approval of the splitting of the bond insurer.

  • February 12, 2010

    Ill. Village Seeks To End Gulf Oil MTBE Claims

    The village of Roanoke, Ill., has asked to drop claims against Gulf Oil Ltd. Partnership in a case that has been consolidated in multidistrict litigation alleging several oil companies contaminated groundwater with the gasoline additive methyl tertiary-butyl ether.

  • February 12, 2010

    Lockheed Plaintiffs Can't Pursue Direct Action: Judge

    A federal judge has blocked an attempt by the plaintiffs in an Employee Retirement Income Security Act class action against Lockheed Martin Corp. to pursue a direct action alleging mishandling of the company's stock funds.

  • February 11, 2010

    Judge Nixes CVS ‘Tactical Manipulation’ In OT Suit

    A federal judge has refused to dismiss an assistant store manager's wage-and-hour collective action against CVS Caremark Corp., shooting down the company's claim that the suit was moot after the plaintiff refused an offer of judgment.

  • February 11, 2010

    Abbott Divestment Wins EU OK For $6.6B Solvay Deal

    The European Commission signed off Thursday on Abbott Laboratories' $6.6 billion bid for Solvay Group's pharmaceutical business Thursday, with the condition that Abbott sell off Solvay's cystic fibrosis testing business.

  • February 11, 2010

    7th Circ. Affirms ERISA Win For UPS Retirees

    A federal appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a ruling barring the United Parcel Service of America Inc. from hiking health care coverage contributions from union-member participants in its retiree health plan.

  • February 10, 2010

    Sony Acquires Stem Cell Research Co. ICyt

    Electronics giant Sony Corp. has moved into the life sciences field through the acquisition of iCyt Mission Technology Inc., which produces stem cell research technology.

  • February 10, 2010

    Supporters Rally Behind Independent CFPA

    Federal and state lawmakers are ramping up support for the inclusion of an independent Consumer Financial Protection Agency in financial reform legislation being drafted in the U.S. Senate, even as Republican opposition to the proposed CFPA threatens to derail the final bill.

  • February 9, 2010

    Rohm & Haas Bests Insurer's Bid For Reimbursement

    A federal judge has dismissed an insurer's claims for reimbursement from Rohm and Haas Co. and Morton International Inc. for defense and settlement costs stemming from four separate lawsuits over asbestos and chemical exposure and an allegedly tainted landfill.

  • February 9, 2010

    Critics Fear Citizens United Could Tip Judges' Scales

    While most of the criticism leveled at the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling has focused on its effect on high-profile campaigns, some critics — including former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor — say its impact may be greatest on state judicial elections, and there appears to be little states can do about it.

  • February 9, 2010

    Dykema's Rates Help Land Ex-Greenberg Litigator

    The Dallas office of Dykema Gossett PLLC has brought in former Greenberg Traurig LLP litigator Brian A. Colao, who said he was lured by what the firm's rate structure can offer his clients in health care and other industries.

  • February 9, 2010

    DC Circ. Hears Arguments On Rail Fuel Price-Fixing

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard oral arguments on Tuesday in a price-fixing suit brought against the four largest American railroads over rail freight fuel surcharges, an appeal of a district court case in which the plaintiffs' claims for monetary damages were dismissed.

  • February 9, 2010

    Mich. Questions $78M Plan To Control Asian Carp

    Federal officials have proposed investing $78.5 million in efforts to combat what they say is the harmful spread of Asian carp throughout the Great Lakes, but Michigan lawmakers are saying the solution does not go far enough in light of evidence that the carp's aggressive spread continues unabated.

  • February 8, 2010

    Insurers Want Off Hook In Chemtura Diacetyl Suits

    A group of insurers is suing Chemtura Canada Co. to avoid having to cover claims related to the illnesses allegedly caused by the company's butter flavoring chemical diacetyl, arguing that Chemtura misrepresented facts and refused to provide information regarding the exhaustion of its primary insurance.

  • February 5, 2010

    Fed. Circ. Nixes Pfizer Bid To Keep Lipitor IP Suit In Del.

    A federal appeals court on Friday denied Pfizer Inc.'s bid to keep a patent infringement suit seeking to prevent Apotex Inc. from marketing a generic version of cholesterol drug Lipitor in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

  • February 5, 2010

    Mich. AG Asks High Court To Rethink Carp Injunction

    Michigan's attorney general has renewed his request that the U.S. Supreme Court take emergency action to restrict the migration of Asian carp into the Great Lakes, arguing that new evidence shows the invasive fish species was present in Lake Michigan before the justices rejected his first injunction bid.

  • February 5, 2010

    Teva To Pay $315M To Settle Price Inflation Suits

    Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. will pay about $315 million to settle claims that it caused the federal government and certain state governments to pay inflated drug prices, the company said Friday.

  • February 5, 2010

    EPA Reveals Plans To Secure Coal Ash At 22 Sites

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released action plans to improve the safety of coal ash impoundments at 22 electric utility facilities across the country, as the agency continues its response to a massive Tennessee dam burst in 2008.