• January 1, 2008

    Energy Legislation To Watch In 2008

    Much of what Congress and federal regulators are expected to tackle in 2008 in the realm of energy law could have profound effects on the way energy companies currently do business.

  • December 14, 2007

    Judge Hits Start Button For Nintendo Mediation

    A lawsuit between patent-holding company Lonestar Inventions LP and gaming conglomerate Nintendo Inc. will play out in mediation after a federal judge ordered the two companies to try their case before a mediator on Thursday.

  • December 17, 2007

    USAA, Special Investigators Strike Tentative Deal

    After taking their dispute before a mediator in October, the parties in a collective action that accuses the United Services Automobile Association of violating the law by denying its special investigators overtime pay have told the court overseeing the case that they have reached a settlement in principle.

  • December 14, 2007

    Claim Constructions Adopted In Catheter Patent Suit

    A federal court has adopted claim constructions in a patent dispute between Medtronic Inc. and Boston Scientific Corp. that borrows heavily from a separate Medtronic case against Cordis Corp.

  • December 14, 2007

    $4M Of Oil Cos. Settlement To Fund Air Quality Study

    A federal judge has donated about $4 million in unclaimed money from the settlement of a multidistrict litigation in which oil companies were accused of conspiring to underpay royalties to an air quality project.

  • December 14, 2007

    Device Co. Closes Up Suture Suit Against Abbott

    A medical device maker has resolved its patent infringement suit against Abbott Laboratories over suturing technology.

  • December 14, 2007

    Estates Ask For Stay To Be Lifted Against Dura

    The estates of three people killed when their vehicle was hit by a semi-tractor trailer have asked a bankruptcy judge to lift a stay in their suit against Dura Automotive Systems Inc.

  • December 14, 2007

    Marvell Fails To Stay Cases Over CSIRO Patent

    Chip manufacturer Marvell Semiconductor Inc. has lost its bid for a partial stay in two patent infringement suits involving the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization’s patent for wireless local area networks because it waited too long to intervene in the cases, according to a federal judge.

  • December 14, 2007

    CenterPoint Set Loose From Calif. Antitrust Suits

    An appeals court has exonerated CenterPoint Energy Inc. from all the California antitrust claims against it, ruling that it can't be held liable for claims against New Reliant Inc., arising from the energy crisis earlier in the decade, before New Reliant became CenterPoint's subsidiary.

  • December 13, 2007

    FTC Chair Faces Ethics Claim Over Google Merger

    The chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission has been asked to recuse herself from the agency's review of Google Inc.'s $3 billion acquisition of DoubleClick Inc. because her husband is a lawyer at a law firm, which may be representing the advertising firm in the merger.

  • December 13, 2007

    Three More Plead Guilty For Fixing Marine Hose Prices

    Three British citizens pled guilty in a U.S. court on Wednesday for conspiring to rig bids, fix prices and allocate market shares of marine hose sold in the United States.

  • December 12, 2007

    Bra Retailers' Case Sags Amid Judge's Ruling

    In a blow to Victoria's Secret and other lingerie retailers, a Texas judge has given a lift to the other side in a battle over a nipple-obscuring prosthesis, choosing to adopt most of the language the plaintiff used to describe a key patent term.

  • December 12, 2007

    Sharp Brings New LCD Patent Suit Against Samsung

    Sharp Corp. said Wednesday that it filed a lawsuit in a South Korean court that accuses Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. of infringing three of its patents related to liquid crystal display technologies.

  • December 12, 2007

    Cal State Spent $7.6M On Employment Suits: Report

    California State University shelled out more than $7 million on settlements resulting from employment discrimination lawsuits and in defending itself against such actions over the five years ending in June, a new report by the state's auditor revealed.

  • December 13, 2007

    Congressmen Ask For Details About Iraq Sex Attack

    Two U.S. congressmen on Tuesday asked the Justice Department whether it was investigating claims that a female employee working for affiliates of Halliburton Corp. and its former subsidiary KBR Inc. had been gang-raped by several KBR firefighters, imprisoned without food or water for over 24 hours and threatened with dismissal if she sought outside medical care.

  • December 12, 2007

    Wyeth Settles With J&J Unit Over Effexor Patent

    Johnson & Johnson unit Alza Corp. and rival pharmaceutical company Wyeth have settled a patent dispute over a drug-delivery system used in Wyeth’s popular antidepressant Effexor, an Alza representative said Wednesday.

  • December 11, 2007

    Time Warner, Comcast Cleared In VOD Patent Suit

    A court ruled on Monday that three cable companies did not infringe a USA Video Technology Corp. patent related to video-on-demand technology by offering their own VOD services to subscribers.

  • December 11, 2007

    Sony Attacks Antor’s Attorney-Privilege Objections

    Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications Inc. is demanding more details of conversations between Antor Media Corp.’s president and company lawyers over his obligations to disclose information to patent officials about Antor’s data transmission patent at issue in the patent-holding company’s suit against Sony.

  • December 11, 2007

    Invitrogen, Genetic Applications Settle Patent Fight

    Life science company Invitrogen Corp. has settled a lawsuit brought by rival Genetic Applications LLC over a patent related to the introduction of DNA into the nucleus of living cells.

  • December 11, 2007

    Amazon.com Added To Play List Patent Dispute

    A Chicago-based patent-holding company has added Amazon.com Inc. to its hit list of more than two dozen technology giants that have allegedly profited enormously and illegally from its digital music-management inventions.