• May 22, 2007

    California Will Sue If EPA Denies Waiver Request

    California Attorney General Jerry Brown said Tuesday that he would sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency if it blocks the state’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • May 22, 2007

    Splenda Maker Tastes Defeat On Injunction Bid

    A district court judge delivered some not-so-sweet news to McNeil Nutritionals LLC on Monday, after it denied the Splenda-maker’s preliminary injunction to block the packaging of rival Heartland Sweetener’s sugarless sweetener product.

  • May 23, 2007

    Rise Of Noncompetes Raises Enforceability Issues

    In the last several years, U.S. courts have seen a surge in noncompete cases, especially as more employers outside the information technology industry make their employees sign these types of agreements.

  • May 21, 2007

    Norvasc Patent Still Invalid: Court

    An appeals court refused Monday to rehear Pfizer Inc.’s case against Apotex Inc., giving the Canadian generics-maker the green light to launch a generic form of Pfizer’s blockbuster blood-pressure drug Norvasc.

  • May 21, 2007

    Small Retailers Get $40M in 3M Antitrust Suit

    A judge has stuck 3M Co. with a class action settlement worth nearly $40 million, effectively ending more than a decade of antitrust litigation against the company over scotch tape.

  • May 21, 2007

    FTC's Call To Enjoin Equitable-Peoples Deal Denied

    A district court judge on Monday denied the Federal Trade Commission’s request for an injunction against Equitable Resources Inc.’s proposed takeover of the Peoples Natural Gas Co. until an appeals court rules on the Commission’s appeal.

  • May 18, 2007

    States Step Up Vigilance Of Energy Mergers

    Since the Energy Act of 2005 deregulated the public utility industry and ignited widespread consolidation, utility mergers have been facing heightened scrutiny from state regulators skeptical of massive cross-border unions.

  • May 17, 2007

    Crowell & Moring Adds Former Federal Prosecutor

    Washington, D.C.-based Crowell & Moring LLP continues to grow its New York office with the addition of a former federal prosecutor to its white collar and securities litigation group.

  • May 16, 2007

    Le-Nature Trustee Objects To Rabin Group’s Fee Bid

    The U.S. Trustee overseeing the Chapter 11 proceedings of Le-Nature’s Inc. has objected to a bid for administrative fees by the Rabin Group, which unsuccessfully sought to act as the auctioneer of the bankrupt drink maker's assets.

  • May 15, 2007

    FTC's Attempt To Block Gas Acquisition Dismissed

    A federal judge on Monday dismissed the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s request for a preliminary injunction blocking Equitable Resources Inc.’s proposed acquisition of a Pennsylvania natural gas company.

  • May 14, 2007

    Ace Pays $9M To End Bid-Rigging Probe

    After forking over $80 million last year to end a long-running bid-rigging investigation, Ace Ltd. has agreed to shell out another $9 million in fines and restitution to Pennsylvania to put to rest allegations of market collusion in the insurance industry.

  • May 14, 2007

    Natural Gas Contract Dispute Moved To Federal Court

    Industrial holding company Trinity Industries Inc. filed a notice of removal Friday in federal court in a breach of contract case brought by natural gas company Equitable Resources Inc. over outstanding gas distribution fees.

  • May 11, 2007

    J&J Keeps Cheap Risperdal Off Shelves

    In a win for Johnson & Johnson, a U.S. appeals court has upheld a ban on the sale of a cheap version of the pharmaceutical giant’s antipsychotic drug Risperdal for the life of its key patent.

  • May 10, 2007

    Purdue, Employees To Pay $700M In OxyContin Case

    The company that makes the narcotic pain killer Oxycontin and three former executives pled guilty Thursday to charges of misbranding the drug and agreed to fork over more than $700 million in payments to the government.

  • May 9, 2007

    Laser Eye Surgery Rivals Joust Over Patents

    Eye surgery equipment maker Synergetics Inc. has denied rival Innovatech Surgical Inc.’s counterclaims in a suit over a patent for directional laser probe technology.

  • May 8, 2007

    Purdue Pharma Settles With States Over OxyContin

    Drug manufacturer Purdue Pharma has agreed to pay 26 states and the District of Columbia $19.5 million to settle allegations that it encouraged doctors to prescribe OxyContin for unapproved uses and did not adequately disclose the potential for abuse of the drug.

  • May 7, 2007

    Judge Certifies Class Of Comcast Customers

    A judge has certified a Philadelphia class in an antitrust suit that alleges Comcast Corp. established a monopoly in the region.

  • May 3, 2007

    Court Approves $93M Cigna Settlement

    A district court has approved a $93 million settlement between Cigna Corp. and its shareholders, bringing an end to a securities class action lawsuit that has dragged on for five years.

  • May 1, 2007

    Pennsylvania To Review Insurance Merger

    Pennsylvania’s two largest insurance companies have formally requested that the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance review their proposed $120 million merger to ensure that the deal does not violate antitrust statutes.

  • April 30, 2007

    High Court Upholds Counties' Trash Removal Law

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that local governments can require trash haulers to dump waste at specific sites, even if they are more expensive, as long as they are public corporations, finding that so-called flow ordinances do not discriminate against interstate commerce.