• April 17, 2008

    Mass. Gov. Allows Triple Damages Bill To Become Law

    A Massachusetts bill that mandates triple damages for employees who prevail in wage-and-hour suits became law Monday after the governor refused to either sign it or veto it.

  • April 7, 2008

    BD Wins Ruling Over Two Abbott Glucose Strip Patents

    A federal judge has ruled that Becton Dickinson and Co. did not infringe two Abbott Laboratories patents for blood-glucose test strips, but infringement claims regarding two other patents can move forward.

  • April 3, 2008

    Lawmakers Prod EPA To Act On Greenhouse Gases

    Two U.S. senators have introduced a bill that would force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to complete an assessment of the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on public health and to reconsider its decision blocking California from tightening pollution standards for cars and trucks.

  • March 27, 2008

    Starbucks Hit With Another Tip-Sharing Suit

    Starbucks Corp. has been hit with yet another proposed class action, this time in Minnesota state court, alleging that it wrongly shared tips between baristas and managers.

  • March 26, 2008

    Starbucks Slammed Again For Shaving Tips

    Starbucks Corp. has been hit with a class action alleging that it wrongly shared tips between baristas and managers, just days after the coffee chain was ordered to pay $105 million to California servers who levied similar charges.

  • March 24, 2008

    AWP Case Swells As Judge Certifies Another Class

    A federal judge has certified another class in a suit that accuses pharmaceutical distributor McKesson Corp. of conspiring to raise the average wholesale price for hundreds of prescription drugs.

  • March 24, 2008

    Kansas Governor Vetoes Plan For New Coal Plants

    Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius vetoed a bill on Friday that would have allowed Sunflower Electric Power Corp. to construct two coal-fired power plants in the southwestern portion of the state.

  • March 20, 2008

    Misclassified Workers Create Quandaries

    Should a worker be classified as an employee or an independent contractor? That's an increasingly important question for business owners, as government agencies ramp up their efforts to uncover companies that get it wrong, and class actions over misclassification pile up in courts around the country.

  • March 6, 2008

    SEC Sends Quest Wells Notice Over Options Practices

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has sent a Wells Notice to Quest Software Inc., notifying the company that it may file charges over options backdating abuses.

  • February 28, 2008

    $20M Securities Scam Results In 18-Year Jail Term

    A Massachusetts man who defrauded 250 investors of more than $20 million was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison by a federal judge in Boston.

  • July 28, 2008

    Legal And Regulatory Calendar

    Our daily calendar of events lists conferences and hearings scheduled to take place in the next four weeks.

  • February 25, 2008

    Nigerian State Drops $23B Tobacco Suit

    One of three Nigerian states to challenge the tobacco industry's marketing tactics has reportedly withdrawn its multibillion-dollar lawsuit.

  • February 19, 2008

    Kansas Bill To Build Coal-Fired Plants Advances

    The Kansas House of Representatives passed an energy bill Tuesday that would allow Sunflower Electric Power Corp. to build two coal-fired power plants in the southwestern portion of the state.

  • February 12, 2008

    Lerach Sentence Not Good News For Weiss, Firm

    The sentencing of plaintiffs lawyer William S. Lerach to two years in prison may be a bad sign for Melvyn Weiss and his Milberg Weiss LLP firm, which, unlike Lerach, did not plead guilty in the matter, according to law experts who have been following the case.

  • February 8, 2008

    Lawmakers Subpoena EPA's Documents On Emissions

    Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D.-Calif.) has subpoenaed documents related to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision in December to reject the state of California's request to adopt strict greenhouse gas emissions standards for automobiles.

  • February 6, 2008

    In Global Warming Cases, Suing Plants May Not Work

    Across the country, dozens of existing or proposed coal plants are being challenged in court in attempts to curb greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. But some legal experts say attacking the plants directly is not as successful a method of achieving climate change action as pursuing government agencies under the National Environmental Policy Act or the Clean Air Act.

  • January 1, 2008

    Energy Cases To Watch In 2008

    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.

  • December 13, 2007

    Software Firm Must Hand Over Info In Facebook Spat

    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.

  • December 12, 2007

    Judge Sides With Calif. Over Car Emissions Limits

    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.

  • December 7, 2007

    San Francisco Jumps Into Fight Over Power Plant

    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.