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  • A woman takes a picture in front of a Motorola logo before the worldwide presentation of the Moto G mobile phone in Sao Paulo

    Patent holding company Intellectual Ventures' second crack at holding Motorola Mobility liable for using its technology without permission partially succeeded on Wednesday after a U.S. jury in Delaware found Motorola infringed a patent on multimedia text messaging. The jury, which deliberated for about a day and a half, …

  • FTC says regrets release of documents on Google probe Reuters - Wed, Mar 25, 2015 5:59 PM EDT
    People pose with laptops in front of projection of Google logo in this picture illustration taken in Zenica

    Three U.S. Federal Trade Commission members said on Wednesday they regretted the inadvertent release of part of an agency report about its probe of Google Inc (GOOGL.O) as the company continues to face antitrust scrutiny from European authorities. The document, which was at the center of a report by The Wall Street Journal, …

  • According to recently-filed court documents, King Digital Entertainment PLC (NYSE: KING ) and underwriters of its IPO, including JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM ), Bank of America Corp (NYSE: BAC ) and ...

  • Former hedge fund manager Doug Whitman, the first defendant in a broad U.S. insider trading crackdown to testify in his own defense, is seeking to void his conviction. Whitman, 57, who has been imprisoned since early September, on Wednesday joined a swelling list of defendants trying to have their insider trading …

  • Ellen Pao leaves court as her sexual bias trial against fomer employer Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byerr continues in San Francisco

    Jurors began deliberating on Wednesday on a high profile lawsuit brought by a former Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner who alleges she suffered gender discrimination and retaliation at the storied venture firm. The jury of six men and six women started their discussions shortly after attorneys for Kleiner and its …

  • Google Granted Patent for Airbags That Deploy on the Outside of Self-Driving Cars

    The bumper-like feature would ostensibly protect pedestrians in the event of an accident.

  • A Stubborn Manufacturer Exposes The Asbestos Blame Game @ Forbes - Wed, Mar 25, 2015 7:52 AM EDT

    Asbestos lawyers were milking billions from American industry by allowing their clients to misrepresent their exposure. They got away with it for years, until an obscure, bankrupt gasket company refused to play ball.

  • Supreme Court Enters Class Actions Fray: Business of Law @ Bloomberg - Wed, Mar 25, 2015 12:01 AM EDT

    In the unanimous ruling, which focused on opinions expressed in documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the high court said investors can sue if those documents omit important facts. Still, as Bloomberg’s Greg Stohr reports, the justices rejected a federal appeals court’s conclusion that investors …

  • Silicon Valley gender trial enters final stages Reuters - Tue, Mar 24, 2015 11:13 PM EDT
    Ellen Pao walks to San Francisco Superior Court in San Francisco

    Dollar signs rather than discrimination drove a former partner at venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers to file her gender discrimination suit, a lawyer for the firm told jurors Tuesday in the high-profile trial. "The complaints of Ellen Pao were made for only one purpose,” said Lynne Hermle, a lawyer for …

  • Closing arguments in Ellen Pao case: 'They ran Kleiner Perkins like a boys club' @ San Jose Mercury News - Tue, Mar 24, 2015 10:15 PM EDT

    Making his final pitch in the highest-profile sex discrimination suit ever brought against a venture capital firm, Ellen Pao's attorney on Tuesday argued that Kleiner Perkins is run by a group of powerful, ...

  • Contrasting portraits presented of woman in gender bias case Associated Press - Tue, Mar 24, 2015 8:41 PM EDT

    Lawyers in a high-profile gender bias lawsuit against a Silicon Valley firm argued Tuesday that the woman behind the case was either an accomplished junior partner who was passed over for a promotion because ...

  • Lawyer: Woman behind Silicon Valley suit sought big payout Associated Press - Tue, Mar 24, 2015 7:21 PM EDT

    A former female junior partner suing a prestigious Silicon Valley venture capital firm complained about gender bias to get a big payout, not to aid women she said were facing workplace discrimination, ...

  • Fox sues record label in dispute over 'Empire' title Associated Press - Tue, Mar 24, 2015 7:18 PM EDT
    Fox sues record label in dispute over 'Empire' title

    Fox has asked a federal judge to issue an order allowing the network to continue to use "Empire" as the title of its newest hit show after a record label demanded millions of dollars over use ...

  • Kleiner run 'like a boys club,' Pao attorney tells jurors Reuters - Tue, Mar 24, 2015 6:57 PM EDT
    Ellen Pao walks to San Francisco Superior Court in San Francisco

    Venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers was run "like a boys club," a lawyer for one of its former partners who is suing the firm for sex discrimination told jury members on Tuesday. "They ran Kleiner Perkins like a boys club," Exelrod said, in a case that helped spark a broad discussion about sexism in Silicon Valley. …

  • Lawyer: Silicon Valley firm judged men, women differently Associated Press - Tue, Mar 24, 2015 4:49 PM EDT

    A prestigious Silicon Valley venture firm on trial for alleged gender discrimination had different standards for men and women that led to the denial of a promotion to a female junior partner despite her ...

  • Supreme Court separates facts from opinion in Omnicare ruling @ Los Angeles Times - Tue, Mar 24, 2015 3:30 PM EDT

    The Supreme Court gave public companies slightly broader leeway in making public statements that turn out to be wrong, siding with a healthcare company over statements made — or omitted — in stock offering ...

  • US high court limits investor suits over deceptive comments Associated Press - Tue, Mar 24, 2015 3:20 PM EDT

    A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that investors can't sue companies for making misleading statements of opinion prior to a public stock offering, even if those statements turn out to be wrong. ...

  • Want Privacy? Then Dump Facebook Account, EU Court Told @ Bloomberg - Tue, Mar 24, 2015 2:26 PM EDT

    “You might consider closing your Facebook account, if you have one,” European Commission attorney Bernhard Schima replied in front of a 15-judge panel of the EU Court of Justice. The case is a test to the so-called EU-U.S. safe harbor accord struck in 2000. It was triggered by a complaint that Austrian law student Max …

  • The Supreme Court protects company opinions from lawsuits, unless those opinions are clearly contradicted by the facts.

  • The family of a New York man who became a fugitive after being criminally charged with trying to defraud Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg out of half of the social media company was ordered on Tuesday to forfeit his bail. U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick in Manhattan entered a $250,000 judgment against Paul Ceglia's …

  • Shareholders cannot sue public companies for issuing statements ahead of a public stock offering simply because they turn out to be untrue, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday in handing a narrow victory to pharmacy services business Omnicare Inc. On a 9-0 vote, the justices threw out an appeals court ruling that …

  • Seth MacFarlane wins in lawsuit claiming he stole 'Ted' idea Reuters - Tue, Mar 24, 2015 1:14 PM EDT

    A California production company that sued Seth MacFarlane for allegedly stealing its idea for a foul-mouthed talking bear with a penchant for drinking, drugs and prostitutes for his 2012 hit movie "Ted" has withdrawn its copyright lawsuit. Bengal Mangle Productions LLC had contended in a July 2014 complaint that Ted …

  • The former chief executive of Massey Energy Co pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a revised federal indictment arising from a 2010 West Virginia coal mine explosion that killed 29 miners. The former chief executive, Donald Blankenship, entered his plea in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. …

  • Figure in scandal has long ties to Washington state auditor Associated Press - Tue, Mar 24, 2015 1:02 PM EDT
    Figure in scandal has long ties to Washington state auditor

    A part-time employee of the Washington state auditor's office is so little known to colleagues that some said they were hard-pressed to recall seeing him or even emailing with him. Nevertheless, he now ...

  • A Company's Opinion Isn't Always a Lie @ Bloomberg - Tue, Mar 24, 2015 12:28 PM EDT

    Omnicare, a provider of pharmacy services for nursing homes, issued a registration statement in which it said “we believe” that contracts with other actors “are in compliance with applicable state and federal laws” and also that “we believe” some other contracts “are legally and economically valid arrangements.” The subsequent …

  • A California production company that sued Seth MacFarlane for allegedly stealing its idea for a foul-mouthed talking bear with a penchant for drinking, drugs and prostitutes for his 2012 hit movie "Ted" has withdrawn its copyright lawsuit. Bengal Mangle Productions LLC had contended in a July 2014 complaint that Ted …

  • High court limits securities suits over deceptive comments Associated Press - Tue, Mar 24, 2015 11:54 AM EDT

    A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that investors can't sue companies for making misleading statements of opinion prior to a public stock offering just because those statements ultimately turn out ...

  • Public Service Enterprise Group Inc., New Jersey's largest power utility, may be entitled to recover hundreds of millions of dollars more from its insurers for losses caused by the storm surge associated with Superstorm Sandy in 2012, a state court has ruled. New Jersey Superior Court Judge Thomas Vena said in a ruling …

  • Queens restaurant ordered to pay 11 workers $2.7M Associated Press - Tue, Mar 24, 2015 9:37 AM EDT

    A judge has ordered a Queens restaurant to pay $2.7 million to 11 workers in back wages. The workers had filed a lawsuit against Kum Gang San, its owner and two managers claiming wage theft of $2.67 million. ...

  • 3 state workers seek to join Rauner lawsuit over union dues Associated Press - Tue, Mar 24, 2015 7:18 AM EDT

    Three Illinois state employees on Monday sought to join Gov. Bruce Rauner's lawsuit against labor unions, a legal maneuver aimed at trying to end mandatory union dues for nonmembers across the U.S., not ...

  • U.S. law firm rallies Tesco investors to join lawsuit Reuters - Tue, Mar 24, 2015 5:38 AM EDT
    Woman walks past a Tesco supermarket in central London

    A U.S. law firm is asking Tesco shareholders to join a group that wants to bring a lawsuit and seek billions of pounds in compensation for losses relating to the British retailer's overstatement of profit last year. Tesco said on Sept. 22 it had overstated first-half profit by 250 million pounds. The overstatement led …

  • Fiat Trial Over Child’s Fiery Death Seen Renewing Recall Push @ Bloomberg - Tue, Mar 24, 2015 5:01 AM EDT

    Safety advocates say the case may put Fiat Chrysler at risk of a scandal on a par with GM’s faulty ignition switches. Jurors are poised to view grisly evidence of the death of 4-year-old Remington Walden in the back seat of a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee in June 2012.

  • Nomura Executive’s Danger Batman Warning Emerges in Court @ Bloomberg - Tue, Mar 24, 2015 3:00 AM EDT

    The exchange is included in a court filing by a U.S. regulator, which claims that Nomura and the Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc sold defective mortgage-backed debt before the 2008 financial crisis. The Federal Housing Finance Agency is seeking more than $1 billion on behalf of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in a case that …

  • Banks, Cadence, NCAA, Lorillard Blu, Gaye: Intellectual Property @ Bloomberg - Tue, Mar 24, 2015 12:01 AM EDT

    (Bloomberg) -- Banco Santander SA, M&T Bank Corp. and a U.S. unit of HSBC Holdings Plc were sued by a maker of integrated circuits that accused the finance companies of offering applications that infringe ...

  • Credit card issuers shouldn't bully customers into arbitration clauses @ Los Angeles Times - Mon, Mar 23, 2015 11:21 PM EDT

    Credit card companies say you can't sue them and you can't join other customers in suing them, and if you don't like it, tough.

  • FCC sued by broadband companies over net neutrality rules Reuters - Mon, Mar 23, 2015 10:14 PM EDT
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) logo is seen before the FCC Net Neutrality hearing in Washington

    U.S. broadband providers on Monday filed lawsuits against the Federal Communications Commission's recently approved net neutrality rules, launching what is a expected to be a series of legal challenges. Broadband industry trade group USTelecom filed a lawsuit against the FCC in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District …

  • Broadband providers sue FCC to stop net neutrality regulations @ Los Angeles Times - Mon, Mar 23, 2015 8:27 PM EDT

    Broadband providers sued the Federal Communications Commission to try to stop tough new net neutrality regulations, the first step in an expected lengthy court fight over the online traffic rules.

  • Judge, citing state secrets, throws out lawsuit over Iran Associated Press - Mon, Mar 23, 2015 7:21 PM EDT

    A federal judge, citing national security concerns, on Monday threw out a defamation lawsuit a wealthy Greek shipping magnate brought against a nonprofit organization seeking to prevent Iran's efforts ...

  • By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several major banks were hit on Monday with lawsuits filed by California-based analogue circuits maker Maxim Integrated Products Inc (MXIM.O) alleging their smartphone ...

  • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) logo is seen before the FCC Net Neutrality hearing in Washington

    U.S. broadband providers on Monday filed lawsuits against the Federal Communications Commission's recently approved net neutrality rules, launching what is a expected to be a series of legal challenges. Broadband industry trade group USTelecom filed a lawsuit against the FCC in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District …

  • U.S broadband trade group sues FCC over net neutrality rules Reuters - Mon, Mar 23, 2015 6:38 PM EDT
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) logo is seen before the FCC Net Neutrality hearing in Washington

    A U.S. trade group representing broadband providers on Monday appealed in court the Federal Communications Commission's recently approved net neutrality rules, marking the first of several anticipated legal challenges. U.S. Telecom has filed the lawsuit against the FCC in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, …

  • Revlon Inc has reached a settlement with a former chief scientific officer whose claims the company's chief executive made derogatory statements about Jews, Americans and black people went viral on social media. The settlement with Alan Meyers was disclosed in papers filed in Manhattan federal court on Monday. Revlon …

  • Former Twitter employee Tina Huang has launched...

  • The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to revive a lawsuit by singer-songwriter Todd Rundgren and his wife Michele accusing JPMorgan Chase of wrongfully attempting to foreclose on the couple's Kilauea, Hawaii home. The Rundgrens' lawyer, Gary Dubin, said the couple are still in their home and have other defenses …

  • Two former treasurers of Spain's ruling People's Party are among six people who should face trial into allegations the conservatives ran a slush fund, the country's high court said on Monday. Investigating magistrate Pablo Ruz had found evidence of a slush fund at the PP and proposed six people, including former party …

  • High court will hear DirecTV appeal over termination fees Associated Press - Mon, Mar 23, 2015 10:45 AM EDT

    The Supreme Court will consider whether satellite provider DirecTV can cut off a class action lawsuit and force customers suing over early termination fees into private arbitration hearings instead. The ...

  • U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear DirecTV arbitration case Reuters - Mon, Mar 23, 2015 10:12 AM EDT

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear an appeal filed by DirecTV Inc concerning the satellite television provider's efforts to enforce arbitration agreements its customers in California have signed. The high court agreed to review a decision by a state appeals court in California that found that consumers …

  • PNM Resources' (NYSE: PNM ) New Mexico Utility, PNM, filed a comprehensive settlement agreement with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on March 20, 2015, that would settle its transmission ...

  • Graco Fined, Citigroup Borrowers, BMO-UBS Suit: Compliance @ Bloomberg - Mon, Mar 23, 2015 12:01 AM EDT

    The settlement closes a U.S. investigation started last year into whether Graco, a unit of Atlanta-based Newell Rubbermaid Inc., failed to alert authorities and the public to the defect quickly enough and issue a recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it ended up being the largest ever recall of …

  • Allergan, SpaceX, Fracking Rules, BART: Intellectual Property @ Bloomberg - Mon, Mar 23, 2015 12:01 AM EDT

    Taking advantage of new rules created by Congress three years ago, hedge funds have increasingly been filing challenges to pharmaceutical patents. Now a New York hedge fund, Ferrum Ferro Capital LLC, has made an even more brazen move by seeking to invalidate an Allergan Inc. patent that has already been upheld in court. …

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