• November 15, 2006

    Enron Accountant Sentenced To 66 Months In Jail

    Former Enron chief accounting officer Richard Causey was sentenced on Wednesday to 66 months in prison for his role in the accounting fraud that led to the company’s demise.

  • November 15, 2006

    Citgo Accused of Price-Fixing With OPEC

    Citgo Petroleum Corp. has been handed an antitrust lawsuit alleging that it is a willing participant in a price-fixing cartel as part of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.

  • November 15, 2006

    Holders Name 13 Private Equity Firms In Antitrust Suit

    The methodology of private equity firms was once again called into question when 13 of the industry’s most prominent firms were named in a civil suit filed Wednesday by shareholders who claim the companies violated antitrust laws and conspired to fix deal prices.

  • November 14, 2006

    Intel Calls Foreign Conduct Irrelevant In Fight With AMD

    Intel Corp. has fired off the latest salvo in the battle between the world’s top two chip makers, filing opposition papers in response to rival Advanced Micro Devices’ motion to compel the production of documents AMD insists show evidence of coercion aimed at AMD’s foreign customers.

  • November 14, 2006

    Critics Deny Collusion Among Private Equity Firms

    The U.S. Department of Justice’s widening informal inquiry in recent months as to possible anti-competitive practices in the private equity industry has many financial firms looking over their shoulders. But not everyone agrees that there is cause for concern.

  • November 13, 2006

    Congressional Shift Dooms Telecom Bill

    While the waves that swept many Republican House and Senate members out of office on Nov. 7 haven’t bogged down AT&T Inc.’s confidence with respect to its proposed merger with Bell South Corp., telecommunications bill H.R. 5252 will likely be scuttled by the recent shift in power.

  • November 13, 2006

    Law Firm Profile: Vinson & Elkins

    After an explosion occurred at its petroleum refinery in Texas City, Tex., in March 2005, British energy company BP PLC counted on Vinson & Elkins LLP’s employment litigation and labor attorneys to immediately address the disaster.

  • November 10, 2006

    Comcast Beats Costly Suit Over VoIP Patent

    A judge ruled Thursday that Comcast Cable Corp. is not infringing on a patent related to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, which means the company does not have to shut down its digital voice service.

  • November 9, 2006

    Voice Signal Shoots Off Suit Over Dictation Patent

    Voice interface company Voice Signal Technologies Inc. has tied up a speech recognition company and a slew of distributors and resellers in a patent infringement suit over dictation software used in computers and mobile devices.

  • November 8, 2006

    Bradley Pharmaceuticals Derivative Action Dismissed

    A state judge has dismissed a pending shareholder derivative action brought against former officers and directors of Bradley Pharmaceuticals Inc. that claimed they breached their fiduciary duties to the company by issuing false financial statements.

  • November 8, 2006

    Voice Recognition Technology Spurs Patent Suit

    A speech recognition company has targeted a health care information technology provider in a patent infringement suit over patents related to systems for handling voice messages.

  • November 8, 2006

    Hynix Wins Toshiba Memory Chip Suit Before ITC

    Toshiba asserted that it would challenge the decision after the Japanese corporation’s claims that rival chip maker Hynix Semiconductor Inc. had infringed on its patents for flash memory chips were rejected by the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • November 7, 2006

    Appeals Court Bats Down Challenge To Lay Verdict

    A U.S. appeals court has tossed a bid to overturn a ruling voiding the earlier fraud conviction of Kenneth Lay, a decision handed down in the wake of the Enron Corp. founder’s death this summer.

  • November 8, 2006

    Nix, Patterson & Roach Opens IP Office

    Accomplished patent attorney Rod Cooper is joining Nix, Patterson & Roach as a partner, the firm said Tuesday. Cooper will join the firm’s intellectual property practice and help establish a new office in Las Colinas, Texas.

  • November 7, 2006

    Law Firm Profile: Holland & Hart LLP

    As part of the largest and most extensive management-side labor and employment practice in the Rocky Mountain region, Holland & Hart LLP attorneys are intimately familiar with the workplace pitfalls that can potentially land clients in hot water.

  • November 6, 2006

    DOJ Turns Its Eyes On Merrill In Private-Equity Inquiry

    Merrill Lynch’s private equity arm has become the latest target of the U.S. Department of Justice’s informal inquiry into the possible anti-competitive practices of private-equity firms, with the agency reportedly issuing a request for information to the financial giant.

  • November 6, 2006

    Gift Card Patent Deemed Invalid, Unenforceable

    A four year patent infringement lawsuit over gift card technology seeking over $10 million in damages turned into a worst case scenario for the plaintiff, who not only lost on the two counts it was arguing, but had its entire patent deemed invalid in a jury verdict handed down on Friday.

  • November 6, 2006

    Inventor Sues Gateway, IBM, Others Over Hinge Patent

    A lone inventor is hauling some of the computer industry’s biggest names into federal court in Texas, claiming that the defendants’ laptop computers infringe a patent covering a hinge assembly.

  • November 6, 2006

    Law Firm Profile: Bromberg & Sunstein LLP

    Before Bromberg & Sunstein LLP’s intellectual property attorneys ask clients about their patents, they ask them about their businesses.

  • November 6, 2006

    Denny's Settles Employee Lawsuit For $1.7M

    Family restaurant chain Denny’s will pay $1.7 million to settle a proposed class action suit that claimed the company violated California’s meal and rest break requirements, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing submitted Monday.