From the district courts all the way to the Supreme Court, 2008 promises trials whose outcomes will affect precedent as well as billions of dollars. Here's a quick look at five of the cases that the energy industry and energy lawyers will be watching over the next year.
Social networking site Facebook Inc. has won a bid to compel a software contractor — hired by rival ConnectU LLC to access Facebook contacts — to turn over information about the Internet addresses the company used to obtain the data.
A federal court has thrown out a lawsuit brought by the auto industry challenging California's power to curb vehicle emissions, clearing a major obstacle to the state's proposed landmark legislation.
A federal judge has granted the city of San Francisco's bid to intervene in a lawsuit alleging that a proposed combustion turbine power plant will place an environmental burden on residents of a low-income neighborhood and bump up greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming.
A federal judge has shot down Facebook Inc.’s bid to impose sanctions against ConnectU LLC after finding that Facebook had failed to show that its rival social networking site made any materially false discovery responses or representations.
Auto makers and the state of California could find out as soon as next week whether a judge will throw out a state law regarding vehicle emissions standards following a related Supreme Court decision earlier this year.
Dealing a blow to Abbott Laboratories, a federal judge is forcing the pharmaceutical company to turn over portions of its settlement agreement with LifeScan Inc. to the defendants in Abbott’s patent infringement case over glucose testing technology.
The U.S. Department of Justice said Friday that there was no legal basis for extending an antitrust consent decree against Microsoft Corp., even though several states have argued otherwise.
A California federal judge has allowed graphics processing unit consumers who are accusing chip makers of price-fixing to file amended complaints that overcome heightened pleading standards from the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Twombly decision.
The five major makers of artificial joints revealed that they have paid more than $200 million so far this year to doctors and hospitals as part of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.
A federal judge has extended the court’s oversight of Microsoft Corp. until late January as she reviews motions for the court to continue to keep an eye on the software giant for another five years.
After threatening for months to take action, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office has revealed that California intends to sue the Environmental Protection Agency this week as the state continues its quest for a waiver that would allow it to curb greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles.
The states that moved last week for five-year extensions of their 2002 final judgments against Microsoft Corp. are frustrated with what they call the Department of Justice's waffling on the motions. They asked the court Monday to restrict the regulator's amicus-filing privileges.
A Massachusetts enforcement action accusing subprime mortgage lender Fremont Investment & Loan of predatory lending was removed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts on Tuesday.
Life sciences company Invitrogen Corp. has won the go-ahead to commence limited discovery in a lawsuit that accuses Harvard College's top guardians of wrongly laying claim to a molecular cloning patent.
In a boost to International Business Machines Corp., a federal judge has dismissed claims by a group of former employees that they were fired on the basis of their age, but has given the plaintiffs leave to amend their complaint.
A purported class of FedEx Ground Package System Inc. drivers has asked an Indiana district court to block the delivery company's plan to end its contractor employee model in California, claiming the move is being done in retaliation for the suit.
A Washington-based software provider has rounded up Fanuc Ltd. and several GE subsidiaries in a patent infringement suit over integrated technology for robotic machines.
As the battle rages on between California and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles, legal experts are at odds over how much of a role last month's ruling in a related Vermont case will play in the upcoming decision.
In a landmark ruling, a Vermont district judge has knocked down top auto makers' attempts to derail a state's efforts to significantly curb carbon dioxide emissions from cars and light trucks, handing environmental groups another big win in their crusade against global warming.