• July 28, 2008

    Judge Tosses Preempted Claims From Aredia Suits

    Playing the federal-law trump card, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. has prevailed in its continuing bid to toss failure-to-warn claims from cases in the multidistrict litigation over its bone cancer drugs Aredia and Zometa.

  • July 28, 2008

    Stent Inventor Sues Abbott For Infringement

    Months after suing Johnson & Johnson and Boston Scientific Corp., inventor W. Henry Wall has now targeted Abbott Laboratories, claiming the company’s cardiovascular stents infringe his patent.

  • July 28, 2008

    Manuli Rubber Pleads Guilty In Price-Fixing Scheme

    Milan, Italy-based Manuli Rubber Industries SpA and a former executive have agreed to plead guilty to participating in a conspiracy to fix prices, rig bids and allocate market shares, paying $2 million in fines for their role in an international marine hose cartel.

  • July 28, 2008

    Aloft And Adobe Settle Claims In Web Browser Spat

    Software giant Adobe Systems Inc. has reached a settlement agreement with Aloft Media LLC in a patent dispute over two Web browser patents Adobe allegedly infringed.

  • July 28, 2008

    Oracle Says SAP Knew Its Subsidiary Stole Software

    The trade secrets dispute between Oracle Corp. and SAP AG took on an even more bitter tone Monday as Oracle alleged that officials of the highest rank at SAP knew that one of its subsidiaries was stealing proprietary information from Oracle.

  • July 28, 2008

    Hire Sheet: Law Firms Hired For Major IP Litigation

    Apple Inc., Nintendo of America Inc. and Motorola Inc. were just some of the companies that hired law firms to work on major IP litigation in recent weeks, according to our daily review of court dockets.

  • July 28, 2008

    5th Circ. Reinstates Contract Breached By Canon

    Canon Inc.'s terminated patent license with Nano-Proprietary Inc. over flat-panel TV technology has been reinstated by a federal appeals court, which ruled that an “irrevocable” contract means exactly that, even though Canon was found to have breached the contract.

  • July 25, 2008

    Jury Verdict Stands In BP Oil Lease Dispute

    A Texas court of appeals has affirmed a jury finding that BP America Production Co., a U.S. arm of one of the world's largest energy companies, defrauded a family that had granted it an oil and gas lease in Texas when the company effectively stopped oil production and concealed the fact that it had done so.

  • July 25, 2008

    Shire Sues Actavis Over Carbatrol ANDA

    Shire LLC fired off its third infringement suit of the month Thursday when it sued Actavis Inc. for infringing two patents covering Shire's epilepsy drug Carbatrol.

  • July 25, 2008

    Epson, Panasonic, Others Settle Copier Patent Suit

    Several companies that make printers have settled a suit filed against them by a subsidiary of Los Angeles patent-holding company Acacia Research Corp. over patents related to technology for copiers and printers.

  • July 25, 2008

    Law Firms Hired For Major IP Litigation

    Weber-Stephen Products Co., Dioptics Medical Products Inc. and Northwest Agricultural Services Inc. were just some of the companies that hired law firms to work on major IP litigation in recent weeks, according to our daily review of court dockets.

  • July 25, 2008

    Judge Dismisses McAfee Suit Against WilmerHale

    A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by security software maker McAfee Inc. in an effort to force WilmerHale LLP to forfeit most of the $12 million the company paid the firm to represent its former CEO in a criminal securities action.

  • July 28, 2008

    Facebook, PA Advisors Near Settlement

    A federal judge has denied motions by Facebook Inc. and ContextWeb after learning that they are negotiating settlements with PA Advisors LLC in its patent infringement suit against 13 online advertising providers.

  • July 31, 2008

    State Courts Embrace On-Camera Culture

    Want to tune in to an exciting oral argument, but can't swing the trip to the courthouse? As long as the case is in state court, there are a growing number of opportunities to get a front-row seat without leaving the office.

  • July 24, 2008

    Optiver Charged With Rigging Oil Futures Prices

    The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission launched a civil enforcement action on Thursday against the proprietary trading company Optiver Holding BV, charging it with manipulating crude oil prices on a U.S. exchange.

  • July 24, 2008

    Securities Class Action System Is 'Broken': Study

    The “broken” system of private securities class actions that has sapped the competitiveness of U.S. capital markets and rarely benefits shareholders should be fixed by Congress, a new analysis of the massive suits suggests.

  • July 24, 2008

    Texas Seeks To Bar UBS From Doing Biz In the State

    As New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo hit UBS AG with a civil suit for securities fraud Thursday, Texas authorities have reportedly moved to bar the Swiss investment bank from conducting business in the state.

  • July 24, 2008

    Judge Enjoins Nintendo From Selling 3 Controllers

    A federal judge on Wednesday granted a permanent injunction against Nintendo Inc. in its final judgment in a patent suit over controllers for its popular GameCube and Wii video gaming systems, but stayed the injunction with certain conditions.

  • July 24, 2008

    Nokia, Qualcomm Settle GSM Patent Dispute

    Nokia Corp. and Qualcomm Inc. have agreed to settle all litigation between the two companies in a global battle over licensing fees for Qualcomm's global system for mobile communications and other patents.

  • August 7, 2008

    Lawyers Debate Value Of 'Lone Pine' Orders

    With a sharp uptick in the volume of mass tort litigation in recent years, the burdens on litigants and the judicial system are higher than ever before. But there is sharp disagreement among lawyers as to when, and in which cases, “Lone Pine” orders can and should be used.