Texas

  • December 4, 2007

    Energytec Operated Ponzi Scheme, Suits Allege

    Energytec Inc. and some of its top executives have been hit with litigation accusing them of operating a ponzi scheme to defraud investors.

  • December 5, 2007

    Lap-Only Seatbelt Claims Preempted In GM Case

    General Motors Corp. notched a victory on Tuesday when an appeals court affirmed a lower court’s ruling that the lap-only seatbelt claims of the parents of a 12-year-old girl who was killed when the family's Pontiac Grand Am crashed were preempted by federal safety standards.

  • December 4, 2007

    Micron Launches Attack On Mosaid’s DRAM Case

    Semiconductor manufacturer Micron Technology Inc. has expanded its counterclaims against rival Mosaid Technologies Inc. in a patent infringement suit over dynamic random access memory technology.

  • December 4, 2007

    Samsung, Matsushita Resolve Patent Suits

    South Korea’s Samsung SDI Co. and Japan’s Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. have laid down their swords in two patent infringement suits filed in December 2005 over plasma screen technology.

  • December 4, 2007

    Judge OKs Ford’s Deal Over SUV Rollovers

    A California judge has reportedly tentatively signed off on Ford Motor Co.’s bid to settle class action litigation on behalf of nearly one million consumers whose Ford Explorers lost economic value because of their perceived rollover danger.

  • December 3, 2007

    VoIP, IPhone Called Out In Voice Mail Patent Suit

    After a recent settlement with Vonage Holdings Corp., Klausner Technologies Inc. filed an infringement suit against five new companies on Monday over its visual voice mail patents.

  • December 3, 2007

    High Court Won't Hear AT&T Workers' ERISA Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court has passed up an appeal by former employees of telecommunications provider AT&T Corp., a decision that leaves standing a Third Circuit ruling that monetary damages are not recoverable under ERISA.

  • December 3, 2007

    Q&A With Epstein Becker's A. Martin Wickliff Jr.

    Case law makes it too easy for current employees to claim retaliation and then create an issue of material fact requiring a fact-finder to make a ruling at trial, says Epstein Becker's A. Martin Wickliff Jr. in our series of chats with high-profile employment lawyers.

  • December 3, 2007

    CDW Points Finger At Merchants In Design Co.'s Suit

    CDW Corp., one of the defendants tied into Mass Engineered Design Inc.’s suit over a patent for multi-screen display units, is trying to shift any blame of infringement onto a group of 13 merchants.

  • December 3, 2007

    Claims Constructed In Game Controller Patent Case

    After holding a Markman hearing in mid-September, a federal judge on Friday handed down claim constructions over seven disputed claims in a patent battle over video game controllers between Anascape Ltd. and console makers Microsoft Corp. and Nintendo Inc.

  • December 3, 2007

    Union Carbide, Hexion Lose $8.2M in Asbestos Case

    A former pipe-fitter has won $8.2 million from Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc. and Union Carbide Corp., a subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Co. A jury found the companies liable for the plaintiff's exposure to asbestos and his subsequent development of mesothelioma.

  • December 3, 2007

    MicroUnity, Sony Playstation Patent Case Closed

    A federal judge on Friday signed off on a settlement between Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. and MicroUnity Systems Engineering Inc., closing the final chapter of the patent infringement suit involving Sony's Playstation game consoles.

  • December 3, 2007

    Acacia Unit Reaches Settlement With Sharper Image

    A subsidiary of patent-holding company Acacia Research Corp. has struck a settlement deal with Sharper Image that resolves a patent infringement dispute over credit card fraud protection technology.

  • November 30, 2007

    EPA Scolds BP Refinery, Blames Renovation

    BP Plc was targeted Thursday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for allegedly violating the Clean Air Act at a recently upgraded Indiana refinery.

  • November 30, 2007

    Z4 Wages New Attack On Microsoft

    A small Michigan-based company that prevailed this month in its $142 million patent infringement battle against Microsoft Corp. over its piracy-prevention software patents has fired off a similar suit against the software company regarding its Vista and Office 2007 products.

  • November 30, 2007

    NRC Accepts First New Nuclear Reactor Application

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday accepted NRG Energy Inc.’s application to build and operate two new nuclear reactors in South Texas, marking the first time the NRC has accepted a new combined Construction and Operating License application for review.

  • November 30, 2007

    New Katrina Suit Targets Trailer Manufacturer

    With the Federal Emergency Management Agency already in hot water over trailers provided in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, a new proposed class action is taking aim at the manufacturer of the temporary homes that allegedly contained dangerous amounts of formaldehyde.

  • November 30, 2007

    Parties Seek Dismissal Of Suit Over Windows XP

    An individual patent holder of interface technology and Microsoft Corp. have dropped claims against one another in the patent holder’s infringement suit over the software giant’s Windows XP operating system.

  • November 30, 2007

    Judge Endorses Dismissal Of Becton Dickinson Suit

    A federal judge has accepted a request by seven plaintiffs to toss their product liability suit against Becton Dickinson & Co. and a McKesson Corp. subsidiary, putting an end to allegations that the group lost at least part of their eyesight from a contaminated syringe connected to the companies.

  • November 30, 2007

    Pilgrim's Pride Monopolizes Farms, Wages: Farmers

    Forty one families who operate chicken farms for Pilgrim's Pride Corp. have sued the chicken producer and its owner for allegedly using its control of the farms to offer substandard wages.