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  • November 2, 2007

    Joint Makers Paid More Than $200M In Kickback Probe

    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.

  • October 31, 2007

    Judge Extends Oversight Of Microsoft For 3 Months

    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.

  • October 22, 2007

    California Readies To Sue EPA This Week

    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.

  • October 22, 2007

    DOJ, AGs Clash Over Microsoft Oversight Extension

    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.

  • October 17, 2007

    Mass. AG Sues Lender For Predatory Loans

    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.

  • October 5, 2007

    Discovery To Commence In Invitrogen Patent Case

    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.

  • October 4, 2007

    Judge Tosses Former IBM Workers’ Age Bias Claims

    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.

  • October 2, 2007

    FedEx Drivers Protest Plan To End Contractor Model

    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.

  • September 20, 2007

    Software Co. Sues Fanuc, GE Over Robot Patents

    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.

  • October 4, 2007

    Impact Of Vt. Emissions Case Proves Hard To Gauge

    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.

  • September 12, 2007

    Auto Giants Receive Blow In Emissions Battle

    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.

  • September 11, 2007

    States Want Extended Antitrust Oversight Of Microsoft

    Citing concerns over Microsoft's still dominant position in the software market, California and six other states asked a federal judge on Tuesday to extend antitrust oversight of the software giant to 2012, five years past the original Nov. 12 expiration date.

  • August 31, 2007

    DOJ, States Disagree On Microsoft Settlement

    The Department of Justice declared victory on Thursday in its antitrust enforcement efforts against Microsoft. But a group of state attorneys general were less enthusiastic about the agency’s assessment.

  • August 24, 2007

    Abbott Fights Order Allowing Shared Discovery

    Abbott Laboratories Inc. has lashed out at a judge's order allowing a plaintiff in the average wholesale price litigation to share discovery from other state cases against the drug maker with government prosecutors, arguing that the information has “nothing to do with the claims” in the multidistrict action.

  • August 3, 2007

    Court Extinguishes Smokers' Advertising Suit

    A day after a key U.S. Senate panel voted to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration more power to regulate tobacco, the California Supreme Court has sided against a pack of smokers that accused a handful of tobacco giants of attempting to target children with misleading cigarette advertisements.

  • July 18, 2007

    Abbott Bids To Toss New Government Claims

    Abbott Laboratories, one of a slew of pharmaceutical makers involved in a massive antitrust class action alleging the companies defrauded consumers by artificially inflating the prices for various prescription drugs, has moved to dismiss fresh claims brought by government authorities.

  • July 13, 2007

    Bill Unveiled To Force EPA To Rule On Emissions

    Two U.S. Senators have introduced a bill that would force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to decide on California's request to regulate greenhouse gas emissions by Sept. 30.

  • June 22, 2007

    EPA To Rule On California Emissions By End Of Year

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issue a decision by the end of the year over whether California should be granted a waiver allowing it to impose greenhouse gas emission reductions, it said in a letter to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

  • June 20, 2007

    Antitrust Leader Ditches MoFo

    The former co-chair of Morrison & Foerster LLP's antitrust group has left for a smaller firm, citing the challenge of building a group and the desire to take interesting cases with less regard for the bottom line.

  • June 12, 2007

    Bristol-Myers Bids To Exclude Evidence

    Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. has filed a slew of motions to exclude certain evidence from being presented at an upcoming jury trial over allegations that it and other major pharmaceutical companies inflated average wholesale drug prices.