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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.