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  • April 6, 2010

    If I Were Obama, My Supreme Court Pick Would Be ...

    Law360 asked leaders of appellate groups at top firms who they would nominate to the U.S. Supreme Court if they were in President Barack Obama's shoes and Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement.

  • April 6, 2010

    Qualcomm Atty Discovery Sanctions Overturned

    A judge has lifted the sanctions in the Qualcomm Inc. discovery scandal that brought down the firm Day Casebeer Madrid & Batchelder LLP and several of its attorneys, ruling that the sanctions were unwarranted despite the massive number of documents withheld in the case.

  • April 6, 2010

    L-3 Wins New Trial In Lockheed Trade Secrets Suit

    Finding that Lockheed Martin Corp. withheld certain pertinent documents during discovery, a federal judge has thrown out a $37 million jury verdict for the aircraft company and ordered a new trial in its suit accusing L-3 Communications Corp. of trade secrets violations.

  • April 6, 2010

    Guidant Pleads Guilty In Defibrillator Safety Case

    Boston Scientific Corp. subsidiary Guidant LLC has pled guilty to charges alleging it concealed safety problems with some of its cardiac defibrillators in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

  • April 6, 2010

    FCC Can't Enforce Net Neutrality: DC Circ.

    A federal court has overturned an order by the Federal Communications Commission requiring Comcast Corp. to treat all Internet traffic on its cable network equally, dealing a blow to the agency's ability to enforce its so-called net neutrality policy.

  • April 6, 2010

    Cedar Fair, Apollo Nix Deal In Wake Of Investor Ire

    Amusement park owner Cedar Fair LP has called off its planned $2.4 billion acquisition by Apollo Investment Corp. and adopted a new shareholder rights plan, citing strong shareholder opposition to the sale.

  • April 6, 2010

    Pilgrim's Pride Strikes $10M Deal In FLSA Suit

    Poultry company Pilgrim's Pride Corp. will pay $10 million to settle a class action accusing it of failing to pay overtime to about 8,400 employees in 11 states, a deal plaintiffs' attorneys say will allow class members to recover about 85 percent of the back pay they sought.

  • April 5, 2010

    DOT Proposes Fining Toyota $16.4M Over Hiding Defect

    The U.S. Department of Transportation said Monday that it is proposing a $16.4 million civil penalty against Toyota Motor Corp. for allegedly hiding the “sticky pedal” defect from regulators, in what would be the largest such penalty ever assessed against an automaker.

  • April 5, 2010

    Fed. Circ. Won't Revisit $5M Patent Award To SEB

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has denied a request by Pentalpha Enterprises Ltd. for an en banc review of its decision to uphold a $4.88 million patent infringement award for French appliance maker SEB SA, in a case addressing the requirements for proving induced infringement.

  • April 5, 2010

    Gartenberg Ruling Knocks Out Ameriprise Fee Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court has kicked a lawsuit against Ameriprise Financial Inc. over alleged overcharging for mutual fund fees back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, finding that a decades-old fee dispute standard that was recently upheld in a similar matter also applies to the Ameriprise case.

  • April 5, 2010

    KPMG Nixed From Another Madoff-Related Feud

    A federal judge has dismissed KPMG LLP from a lawsuit filed by a group of hedge funds seeking to recover investor losses related to Bernard L. Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme, one day after letting it out of a separate but related putative class action alleging securities fraud and common-law claims.

  • April 5, 2010

    Medtronic To Appeal Edwards' $74M Heart Valve IP Win

    Medtronic Inc. has vowed to appeal a $73.5 million jury verdict that rival Edwards Lifesciences Corp. won against one of the medical device maker's subsidiaries in a dispute over a patent for catheter heart valve technology.

  • April 5, 2010

    Treasury Delays Report On Currency Manipulation

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury has announced it will not release a report to Congress on international economic and exchange rate policies of major U.S. trading partners by its scheduled April 15 due date, drawing ire from lawmakers pushing for action on the Chinese yuan.

  • April 5, 2010

    DC Circ. Lets Calif. Truck Emissions Limit Stand

    A federal appeals court has upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's endorsement of a California rule limiting diesel emissions from transportation refrigeration units in trucks, saying there is no legal basis to overturn the agency's decision.

  • April 1, 2010

    Fed. Circ. Rejects Microsoft's En Banc Bid Against I4i

    A federal appellate court has refused Microsoft Corp.'s request for a full panel of judges to rehear its appeal in a long-running patent lawsuit with i4i LP that resulted in a landmark $290 million award.

  • April 1, 2010

    Chase Not Liable For Enron Filings: NY High Court

    New York's highest court has ruled that Chase Manhattan Bank, in its role as a noteholder trustee for Enron Corp., should not be liable for the accuracy of regulatory filings Enron made.

  • April 1, 2010

    EBay Didn't Infringe Tiffany Trademark: 2nd Circ.

    A federal appeals court has let eBay Inc. off the hook on claims it infringed a Tiffany & Co. trademark through sales of counterfeit goods, though the online auctioneer must face the trial court again over false advertising allegations.

  • April 1, 2010

    Firms Boost Efforts To Turn Lawyers Into Leaders

    Leadership, once seen as a soft skill to be cultivated over time, has become a crucial part of a legal skill set that can — and should — be taught early in a lawyer's career, professional development experts say.

  • April 1, 2010

    Honeywell To Pay $10M To Clean Up Superfund Site

    Honeywell International Inc. has reached a $10 million settlement with the federal government to clean up a Superfund site and former tar plant on the Ohio River.

  • April 1, 2010

    New EPA Guidance Aims To Limit Mountaintop Mining

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced a set of actions to strengthen environmental permitting requirements for mountaintop mining in Appalachia, a move that could severely limit the number of valley fills used in coal mines in the region.