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  • April 3, 2009

    Iowa Supreme Court Strikes Same-Sex Marriage Ban

    The Iowa Supreme Court issued a strong statement Friday supporting the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, declaring in a unanimous ruling that a state law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman violated the Iowa Constitution's equal protection clause.

  • April 6, 2009

    Bill Seeks Ban On Calif. Offshore Drilling

    Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif., has reintroduced a bill to permanently ban oil and gas leasing off the coast of California, the latest legislative effort to fend off new drilling attempts since federal protections for the shoreline lapsed last year.

  • April 3, 2009

    Title Insurers To Give 3,500 Colo. Customers Refunds

    Colorado's insurance regulator has ordered Chicago Title Insurance Co., Fidelity National Title Insurance Co. and some of their agents to refund more than $393,000 to 3,500 customers after allegedly overcharging title insurance rates.

  • April 2, 2009

    $1.5M Settles MedQuist Worker Class Action

    MedQuist Inc. has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle allegations the clinical services company shortchanged its medical transcriptionists, resolving claims by a class of some 28,000 past and current employees.

  • April 2, 2009

    Jury Finds In Aon's Favor In Unicover Dispute

    A New Jersey jury has issued a verdict in favor of Aon Re Inc. in one of the last cases remaining from the massive trans-Atlantic legal fallout that resulted from the 1999 collapse of a workers' compensation reinsurance pool run by Unicover Managers Inc.

  • April 1, 2009

    Sun's Cardene ANDA Infringes EKR Patent: Judge

    A judge has ruled that generic-drug maker Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Inc. would infringe a patent on EKR Therapeutics Inc.'s intravenous high blood pressure drug Cardene if it were allowed to market a generic version of the drug.

  • April 1, 2009

    Sunoco To Pay $1.5M Over NJ Refinery Waste Levels

    Sunoco Inc. will pay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection $1.5 million to settle charges that benzene waste levels at the company's Westville, N.J., oil refinery violated the Clean Air Act.

  • March 31, 2009

    Insurer Told To Pay Defense In Organ Harvesting Case

    Specialty National Insurance Co. will have to cover defense costs for a Brooklyn funeral home alleged to have engaged in an illegal body part, organ and tissue harvesting scheme that was famously exposed in 2005, a federal judge has ruled.

  • March 31, 2009

    Judge Bails From Abercrombie OT Class Action

    Succumbing to concerns plaintiff's counsel raised about his ability to hear the case without prejudice, the federal judge overseeing a Fair Labor Standards Act putative class action against Abercrombie & Fitch Stores Inc. has recused himself.

  • April 1, 2009

    Terrorism No Issue In Nuclear Relicensing: 3rd Circ.

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission does not have to examine the environmental impact of a hypothetical terrorist attack on a nuclear power facility while reviewing an application to relicense it, a federal appeals court has decided.

  • March 31, 2009

    New Complaint Revives Magnesite Price-Fixing Case

    Three months after their proposed antitrust class action was thrown out for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, two U.S. companies have filed an amended complaint accusing a group of China-based magnesite exporters of conspiring to fix the mineral's price.

  • April 1, 2009

    1-800-Mattress Secures DIP Financing From Sleepy's

    A federal bankruptcy court has signed off on Dial-A-Mattress International Ltd.'s application for debtor-in-possession financing from a subsidiary of Sleepy's Holdings LLC, a fellow mattress retailer seeking to buy the company.

  • March 31, 2009

    No Stay Of SF Employer Health Care Law: High Court

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has refused an emergency bid to halt San Francisco's controversial program requiring employers to spend specific amounts on employees' health care, the second such refusal in the long-running case between the city and a group representing restaurant operators.

  • March 30, 2009

    Exide Settles Investor Class Action For $13M

    Automotive battery producer Exide Technologies has agreed to pay $13.7 million to settle a consolidated class action alleging the company deceived investors with sanguine reports shortly after emerging from bankruptcy in 2004.

  • March 30, 2009

    Fidelity Strikes Deal Over Calif. Kickback Claims

    Fidelity National Title Co. has agreed to pay $365,000 to settle claims by California's insurance regulator that it paid kickbacks to real estate agents and lenders in exchange for business referrals.

  • March 30, 2009

    GE Told To Pay $11.4M In False Advertising Case

    GE Healthcare has been ordered to pay $11.4 million in damages to rival Bracco Diagnostics Inc. in a false advertising case over competing lines of intravenous drugs used to provide contrast in X-ray images.

  • March 30, 2009

    J&J Units Resolve Spat Over Razadyne-ER Patent

    Three Johnson & Johnson units have resolved a dispute with a trio of generic-drug makers that they accused of infringing a patent covering the Alzheimer’s treatment Razadyne-ER.

  • April 1, 2009

    CORRECTED: 11th Circ. Sides With Feds In Endotec Device Suit

    A federal appeals court partly affirmed and partly reversed a district court decision on Monday, upholding a permanent injunction that bars Endotec Inc. from distributing a knee joint replacement device – now approved by the FDA – and instructing the lower court to enter a new permanent injunction barring the sale of one of Endotec's ankle devices without a prescription.

  • March 30, 2009

    Abercrombie Plaintiff Seeks Recusal In FLSA Suit

    The plaintiff’s counsel in a putative class action against Abercrombie & Fitch Stores Inc. has challenged the bench, claiming the federal judge appointed to the case finds workers’ Fair Labor Standards Act claims “a nuisance” and is incapable of administering justice.

  • March 27, 2009

    Asian-American Police Win Bias Suit V. Port Authority

    A jury has found that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey violated the civil rights of 11 Asian-American police officers by denying them promotions during, in some cases, more than 20 years of service.