Texas

  • August 27, 2007

    Progress Energy Settles Telephony Patent Suit

    A prolific patent owner's case against Progress Energy Inc. was dismissed on Tuesday, after a federal judge ordered that all claims asserted in the case be jointly dismissed with prejudice.

  • August 24, 2007

    Judge OKs Asarco Cleanup Settlement

    The bankruptcy judge overseeing Asarco LLC's Chapter 11 case has given the nod to a $31 million settlement between the copper mining company and government environment officials over cleanup at its hazardous California Gulch smelter site.

  • August 27, 2007

    Honeywell Sued Over Energy Forecasting

    Honeywell International Inc. became the target of yet another patent infringement suit from Texas-based holding company Phoenix IP LLC, which said the industrial giant infringed its energy expense forecasting patent.

  • August 24, 2007

    GM Hit With Suits Over "Dangerous" Cars

    Auto giant General Motors Corp. has been hit with four lawsuits in a Texas federal court by family members of motorists who died or were seriously injured behind the wheel of the company's “unreasonably dangerous” vehicles.

  • August 24, 2007

    Abbott Fights Order Allowing Shared Discovery

    Abbott Laboratories Inc. has lashed out at a judge's order allowing a plaintiff in the average wholesale price litigation to share discovery from other state cases against the drug maker with government prosecutors, arguing that the information has “nothing to do with the claims” in the multidistrict action.

  • August 24, 2007

    Energy Consortium Will Not Face Antitrust Charges

    The Department of Justice's Antitrust Division has told seven major energy companies that it does not intend to challenge their proposal to engage in joint nanotechnology research with the University of Texas.

  • August 27, 2007

    Fortune 500 Companies Sued Over Web Patent

    Patent-holding company Constellation IP LLC has sued 29 companies across an array of industries for allegedly infringing on its patent for a “computer generated presentation system,” used to display information on Web sites.

  • August 24, 2007

    State Farm Under Fire Over Katrina Calculations

    A federal district judge has allowed a Louisiana couple to move forward with their breach of contract and negligence claims against State Farm Fire & Casualty Company, with the pair taking particular aim at the method used by the insurer to determine payments for Hurricane Katrina-related losses.

  • August 23, 2007

    Refinery Standards Are Fine As They Are: EPA

    After a long delayed review of its oil refinery standards, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that the health risks posed by refinery pollution are low enough not to warrant additional regulations and declined to change its standards.

  • August 24, 2007

    Study Documents Decline In U.S. Workplace Deaths

    The fatal work injury rate in the United States dropped to a record low in 2006, although there were fatality increases in such fields as mining, construction and manufacturing, according to preliminary data put out by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • August 23, 2007

    USPTO Can Reinterpret Trans Texas Patent: Court

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday upheld the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's finding that a holding company's patents on a way of insulating loan and deposit accounts from inflation were obvious and therefore invalid, saying that the office was not bound by a district court's earlier claim construction ruling.

  • August 23, 2007

    ConocoPhillips Challenges Arbitrator's Ruling

    ConocoPhillips Co. on Wednesday appealed an arbitration award that granted employees at one of its refineries the right to take unpaid leave under the Family Medical Leave Act and paid short-term disability leave at the same time.

  • August 23, 2007

    Dr. Can't Be Deposed In Defective Syringe Suit: Judge

    A federal judge handed a McKesson Corp. unit and Becton, Dickinson and Co. a setback Wednesday in a product liability suit that accuses them of manufacturing and distributing defective syringes.

  • August 23, 2007

    Whole Foods Merger Critics File Amicus Brief

    Three non-profit advocacy groups have filed an amicus brief in support of the Federal Trade's Commission's bid for a stay while the FTC appeals a district court decision not to issue a preliminary injunction blocking the merger between Whole Foods Market Inc. and Wild Oats Markets Inc.

  • August 22, 2007

    More Parties Fall Out Of Orion Patent Case

    Patent holding company Orion IP LLC has asked a federal judge to dismiss Maytag Corp. and its corporate parent Whirlpool Corp. from a suit alleging patent infringement of online sales methods by numerous high-profile companies.

  • August 22, 2007

    Appeals Court Boots Electrical Co. Securities Suit

    An appeals court has affirmed a lower court decision dismissing a securities suit brought by a labor union's pension fund against Integrated Electrical Services Inc.

  • August 22, 2007

    SuperSpeed Drops Two Patent Claims Against IBM

    SuperSpeed LLC has asked a federal judge to allow the software company to drop two patent infringement claims from its case against IBM Corp. over data caching technology.

  • August 22, 2007

    Gexa Energy Settles With FERC For $500K

    Gexa Energy LLC on Tuesday agreed to pay a $500,000 civil penalty to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, after not filing for merger authorization before its merger with Florida utility company FPL Group Inc.

  • August 21, 2007

    Harbinger Tries To Pry Docs Out Of Asarco's Hands

    After multiple failed attempts, Harbinger Capital Partners has made a final bid to obtain confidential documents from Asarco LLC, undeterred by the bankrupt mining company's previous efforts to block the move.

  • August 21, 2007

    Reliant Energy Power Plant Files For Ch. 11

    A Reliant Energy Inc. power plant in Channelview, Texas has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing a lack of cash needed to repay a $14 million revolving credit facility.