• February 27, 2009

    Novartis Unit To Appeal $47.1M Contact Lens Ruling

    Novartis AG unit CIBA Vision Corp. said it plans to appeal a $47.1 million judgment entered against the eye care company Thursday in a patent dispute with Rembrandt Vision Technologies LP over contact lenses.

  • February 27, 2009

    AUO, LG Drop Patent From LCD War

    A federal judge has signed off on a stipulation dropping one patent Taiwan-based AU Optronics Corp. had asserted against LG Display Co. Ltd. in a wide-ranging patent battle LG is waging against several electronics companies over a myriad of patents covering liquid crystal display technology.

  • February 26, 2009

    IP Suit Between Car Sale Sites Has Empty Tank: Judge

    Finding that no actual controversy exists in a declaratory judgment suit between rival car-buying Web sites Autobytel Inc. and Edmunds.com Inc. over a patent that covers a method of notifying customers of purchase requests, a federal judge has granted Autobytel's motion to dismiss the case.

  • February 25, 2009

    Media Queue Suit Over E-Mail Patent Sent To Calif.

    A federal judge has removed Media Queue LLC's patent infringement suit against Netflix Inc., Blockbuster Inc. and others to a federal court in California over Media Queue's objections, calling the relationship between the defendants and the district where the suit was originally filed “at best, random and minimal.”

  • February 25, 2009

    Western Refining To Pay $2.25M In Enviro Settlement

    Western Refining Co. has agreed to fund $2.25 million in environmental projects in northwestern New Mexico under a settlement with state environmental authorities resolving air quality violations at two of its refineries.

  • February 25, 2009

    Fish & Richardson Drops Client, Sues It Next Day: Suit

    Bluetooth headset provider Aliph Inc. has cried foul against Fish & Richardson PC for allegedly dropping it as a client like a “hot potato” so that the law firm could represent another company in a patent infringement suit launched against Aliph just a day later.

  • February 25, 2009

    Tainted Syringes Spark International Manhunt

    An international manhunt is reportedly under way for the president of a company who is accused of knowingly shipping bacteria-laden prefilled syringes that have led to at least five deaths and sickened hundreds of people.

  • February 25, 2009

    DSS Drops Blu-Ray IP Suit Against Electronics Giants

    Patent licensee Digital Security Systems Corp. has dropped its case against more than a dozen major electronics firms, including Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Sharp Corp. and LG Electronics Inc., over alleged infringement of patented encryption technology in Blu-ray disc players.

  • February 25, 2009

    Workers' Suit Against Dallas Transit, DOL Dismissed

    A judge has dismissed a case brought against the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority and the U.S. Department of Labor by more than 400 plaintiffs who said DART breached the employee protective arrangements of its contracts with the Federal Transit Administration for grant money.

  • February 25, 2009

    CERCLA Doesn't Trump Tribe's Damages Claim: Court

    In the long-running suit brought by the Quapaw tribe of Oklahoma against a group of mining companies over alleged contamination of tribal land, a federal court has ruled that the tribe's state law claims for natural resources damages are not preempted by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liablity Act.

  • February 25, 2009

    Judge Strikes J&J Invalidity Contentions In Stent Suit

    The court overseeing a patent infringement suit over drug-eluting stent technology has stricken defendants Johnson & Johnson and Cordis Corp.'s invalidity contentions, granting a motion from plaintiff Dr. Bruce Saffran that accused the companies of burying their argument in a "haystack of references."

  • February 24, 2009

    Zions Latest To Settle In Huge DataTreasury IP Suit

    Zions Bancorporation and Zions First National Bank have become the latest companies to settle with DataTreasury Corp. in a protracted lawsuit that accused more than 50 financial companies of infringing several patents related to check-imaging and other banking technology.

  • February 24, 2009

    Bimbo Bakeries Drivers Seek Class Cert. In OT Suit

    A group of former and current Bimbo Bakeries USA Inc. drivers in California has asked a federal court to certify a class alleging the bakery giant did not comply with the state’s meal and rest break laws.

  • February 24, 2009

    Insurer Can't Tie Katrina Wind, Flood Damage: Judge

    Ruling in favor of the manager of nine Mississippi apartment complexes severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina, a federal judge has determined that excess insurer RSUI Indemnity Co. cannot use a clause in a primary policy to lump together and exclude damage caused by both wind, which is covered, and flooding, which is not.

  • February 24, 2009

    Texas Judge Pleads Guilty To Obstruction Of Justice

    U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent on Monday pled guilty to obstructing investigators in a case that accuses him of sexually harassing two women in a Texas courthouse, and immediately retired from the bench.

  • February 24, 2009

    Court Backs Army Corps' Dredging Claims In IP Spat

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has ruled mostly in favor of the federal government in the Markman stage of a suit brought by TDM America LLC against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other federal agencies alleging infringement of three patents related to the processing and treatment of dredged materials.

  • February 23, 2009

    Bankrupt PCA Too Slow On Recalls: Texas

    The bankruptcy proceedings of Peanut Corp. of America — the company at the center of the salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds — have hampered its ability to carry out recall orders, prompting Texas health officials to take matters into their own hands regarding recalls related to PCA's Texas processing facility.

  • February 23, 2009

    Fraud Suit V. Indianapolis Life Down But Not Out

    A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit alleging that Indianapolis Life Insurance Co. knowingly sold life insurance policies that turned out to be illegal tax shelters, although the judge did give the plaintiffs 20 days to refile their claims.

  • February 23, 2009

    China Drywall Probe Launched Amid Safety Concerns

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has kicked off an investigation into a slew of complaints from Florida homeowners that drywall imported from China and installed in their homes emits unpleasant odors and causes electrical problems.

  • April 15, 2009

    Lawyers Keep Close Eye On New Ledbetter Rulings

    As courts begin to wrestle with the language of legislation enacted by Congress in January to combat pay inequity in the work force, management-side attorneys fear arguments that expand the law's scope might be gaining sway.