• November 22, 2006

    Class Of 51,273 Workers Decertified In Wal-Mart Lawsuit

    In a resounding victory for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., a Massachusetts state judge has decertified a class of 51,273 current and former Wal-Mart employees in a class action lawsuit alleging that the retail giant did not give its employees work breaks.

  • October 23, 2006

    Organized Labor Fires Back At NLRB Ruling

    The AFL-CIO is launching a legal campaign in the wake of a recent National Labor Relations Board decision that full-time "charge nurses" should be considered supervisors, and therefore ineligible for union protection under federal law.

  • October 5, 2006

    Incensed, Nurses Slam Landmark NLRB Ruling

    Registered nurses and labor activists vowed to strike if employers attempted to take advantage of the National Labor Relations Board’s decision Tuesday that full-time "charge nurses" should be considered supervisors, rendering them ineligible for union protections under federal law.

  • September 27, 2006

    Workers Can't Sue Wal-Mart For Missed Meals

    Dealing a blow to thousands of employees in the unpaid wages class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., a judge has ruled that the workers cannot sue over missed meal breaks.

  • September 21, 2006

    Fueled By IP, U.S. Still Biotech Leader: Study

    Despite growing fears that the United States may lose its edge in the worldwide tech race, the nation remains the global biotech powerhouse for the moment, according to a new study by the Milken Institute.

  • September 19, 2006

    Wineries Uncork Lawsuit Over "Wholesaler Cartel"

    A group of family-owned and operated wineries in Napa Valley, Calif. are drunk with anger at the state of Massachusetts for prohibiting residents from purchasing wine directly from the vineyards.

  • August 31, 2006

    Law Firm Profile: Quinn Emanuel

    Imagine a law firm where hundreds of professionals function like bees in a hive—sharing clients, asking and answering each other’s questions, cooperating instead of competing—and you’ll have Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges LLP.

  • June 27, 2006

    Medical Device Maker Sues Rival Over Screw Patent

    A German medical and orthopedic technology producer has stuck a California medical device company with an infringement suit over a patent dealing with screws used to treat spine disorders.

  • June 8, 2006

    Xilinx Sued Over Alleged Options Backdating

    Add semiconductor maker Xilinx Inc. to the long list of companies facing legal troubles over alleged stock-options backdating: a shareholder has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that certain company directors and officers breached their fiduciary duties by authorizing or allowing backdating and that Xilinx issued misleading proxy statements.

  • May 25, 2006

    SEC Probe Nets Another Suspect In Connetics Case

    Hoping to add another defendant to the roster, The U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission is seeking to amend its insider trading complaint against a Connetics Corp. executive to include a former neighbor after both allegedly traded on non-public information related to the company’s acne drug, Velac Gel.

  • May 23, 2006

    Investigation Into Stock Options Scandal Widens

    More companies are finding themselves caught in the spotlight as prosecutors, regulators and corporate board committees have become increasingly scrupulous in recent months in their investigations into stock-options backdating.

  • May 19, 2006

    Bush Nominates IP Law Prof To Federal Circuit

    U.S. President George W. Bush has nominated law professor and prolific IP author Kimberly Ann Moore to join the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, foregoing the chance to put a trial judge on the panel.

  • March 30, 2006

    Microsoft Dealt Setback In Bid For Documents

    Microsoft’s attempts to have Oracle Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. divulge materials related to its antitrust case in Europe have been rejected by a U.S. judge, undermining the software company’s battle against European regulators.

  • March 20, 2006

    Zurich American Settles In Bid-Rigging Dust-Up

    The Zurich American Insurance Company agreed to shell out $171.7 million as part of a settlement deal with Texas and a host of other states, putting an end to charges that it engaged in commercial insurance bid-rigging and price-fixing.

  • August 26, 2005

    Patent Suit Over Robot Technology Settled Against Canadian Company

    iRobot, maker of an autonomous robotic vacuum cleaner, prevailed in Massachusetts district court Friday against a Canadian rival accused of copying the company’s high-tech, disc-shaped robot.

  • August 2, 2005

    AstraZeneca Sues Ranbaxy Over Prilosec Generic

    Swedish-U.K. drug maker AstraZeneca has sued India’s Ranbaxy Laboratories in New Jersey federal court over its plans to launch a generic version of ulcer and acid reflux drug Prilosec.

  • June 14, 2005

    E.U. Targets AstraZeneca In Crackdown On Patent Abuse

    In the first European antitrust crackdown on patent abuse, the European Commission is expected to fine AstraZeneca on Wednesday for systematically exploiting patent regulations to thwart generic competition.

  • May 3, 2005

    Howard Rice Hires Patent Litigator From Sony

    Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin has hired patent litigation attorney Anne-Marie Dinius from Sony Computer Entertainment America, where she managed patent infringement and DMCA anti-piracy cases.

  • March 18, 2005

    University of California Tops Patent List Again

    The University of California topped the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s list of top university patent recipients in 2004, a position the state’s public university system has held for more than a decade.

  • March 17, 2005

    Akamai Buys Speedera; Companies Settle Bitter Fight Over Patents, Trade Secrets

    Akamai Technologies has acquired rival Speedera Networks for $130 million in a deal that resolves the two companies’ bitterly fought patent and trade-secrets litigation, which had reportedly become prohibitively expensive.