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  • Apple urges court to force Samsung to remove phone features @ San Jose Mercury News - 1 hour 34 minutes ago

    Apple urged a U.S. appeals court to force Samsung Electronics to stop copying certain features of the iPhone.

  • A recently published patent application from...

  • Ellen Pao walks to San Francisco Superior Court in San Francisco

    Former venture capitalist Ellen Pao could take the stand as early as Thursday in her gender discrimination lawsuit against her previous employer Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, giving testimony that will likely make or break the case. Questioning Pao provides the best opportunity for each side to clinch their arguments, …

  • New Jersey's long legal battle to recover $8.9 billion from Exxon Mobil Corp for environmental damage ended when Governor Chris Christie's chief counsel, Christopher Porrino, cut a deal to settle for $250 million, the New York Times reported, citing two people familiar with the negotiation. The Times reported last …

  • “Competing against your own invention in a competitor’s product is irreparable harm,” Apple’s lawyer, William Lee of WilmerHale in Boston, told a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Samsung said a victory for Apple would put an undue burden on manufacturers of complex devices who would …

  • Auto parts retailer AutoZone Inc, on Wednesday asked for a new trial in the case of a San Diego area store manager who was awarded $186 million last year after a jury agreed she had been demoted and later fired after telling her bosses she was pregnant. At a hearing in San Diego Federal Court, the company asked for …

  • U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan Wednesday selected Pomerantz and its client, a Liverpool, England-based pension fund, to lead a class of investors who claim they lost money when the scheme became public and shares of Brazil’s state-run oil producer, known as Petrobras, plunged.

  • Democratic lawmakers and environmentalists have assailed a proposed court settlement of about $250 million between Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration and Exxon Mobil in an oil and chemical ...

  • Caesars' Junior Creditors Can Keep Voice in Case @ The Wall Street Journal - 15 hours ago

    A bankruptcy judge refused to disband an official committee of junior bondholders of Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. debt, a win for investors in the largest unit of the casino giant.

  • Deal with 72 Asiana passengers leaves many cases unresolved

    While 72 passengers have settled their personal-injury claims stemming from the crash of an Asiana Airlines flight in San Francisco two years ago, other people are continuing their legal fight with the ...

  • A Delaware judge signaled Wednesday that he will approve a $275 million settlement in a shareholder lawsuit alleging that videogame maker Activision Blizzard was shortchanged in a $6 billion buyback of ...

  • Esmark Europe BV has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $100 million in damages from Slovakian businessman Peter Kamaras, alleging he intentionally sabotaged the company's efforts to purchase a government-owned steel mill in Serbia. Filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania by Esmark …

  • The Bank of England is embroiled in an unprecedented criminal investigation over the potential rigging of its money-market auctions launched at the onset of the financial crisis. Investigators at the UK's ...

  • A logo of Apple is seen in an illustration photo in Sarajevo

    Apple Inc told a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday that rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd should be barred from selling products that infringe on its smartphone patents, but the judges were skeptical. Judge Kimberly Moore was skeptical that Apple was being harmed since it already licenses some technology to other companies. …

  • A federal judge let stand the insider trading conviction of former Foundry Networks Inc executive David Riley, rejecting his argument that a recent appeals court decision setting a higher bar for convictions warranted his acquittal. Jurors found the former Foundry chief information officer guilty last Oct. 2 of two counts …

  • Silicon Valley Wage Settlement Gets Tentative Approval @ The Wall Street Journal - 19 hours ago

    A judge in a court battle over alleged collusion on hiring among technology giants including Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe Systems gave preliminary approval to a $415 million settlement that will fund ...

  • A federal judge has tentatively approved a $415 million settlement in a major class action lawsuit by Silicon Valley workers who accused Apple Inc., Google Inc. and other tech companies of making an illegal ...

  • Suit alleged that tech giants including Apple, Intel, Google, Adobe conspired not to hire each other’s employees, limiting wages from 2005 to 2009.

  • A U.S. judge has dismissed antitrust litigation accusing a variety of Wall Street banks and commodity merchants of conspiring to drive up aluminum prices by reducing supply. In decisions on Tuesday night and Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan rejected claims brought by aluminum purchasers …

  • Dallas inventor Andrew Silver is suing Dallas-based TableTop Media LLC, doing business as Ziosk, for more than $3.5 million, claiming that the technology company breached a patent purchase agreement. The suit is countering a lawsuit TableTop filed against Silver seven hours prior. In response, TableTop released the following …

  • Tiffany Says Dutch Court Set Aside Swatch Arbitration Award @ The Wall Street Journal - 22 hours ago

    Tiffany & Co. said Wednesday that a Dutch court has ruled in its favor and set aside an arbitration award the jeweler was ordered to pay in 2013 related to its failed partnership with Swiss watchmaker ...

  • Swatch is to appeal a decision on Wednesday by a Dutch court to set aside a 402 million Swiss franc ($416.67 million) arbitration ruling in 2013 against U.S. jeweller Tiffany. Tiffany was ordered in December 2013 to pay Swatch 402 million Swiss francs in damages over their failed joint venture to produce and market …

  • The jury had heard already heard a lot about how Doerr hired Ellen Pao as his chief of staff and came to view her as a "surrogate daughter." Doerr testified Tuesday about how he went from defending her from her critics for years to changing sides. It was the first time it got to hear from the famed VC himself about Pao's …

  • Citigroup missed about 23,000 borrowers who were owed compensation, said two people with knowledge of the matter. Under accords with regulators, Citigroup and other banks agreed to pay $10 billion to resolve allegations that they mishandled loan papers and robo-signed legal documents, improperly initiating hundreds of …

  • Throughout the years in which former Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers partner Ellen Pao clashed with her colleagues, one man had her back: general partner and billionaire venture capitalist John Doerr. But between 2005, when she was hired on "Team JD" as his chief of staff, and 2012, when she sued the firm, his

  • Venture capitalist doesn't consider firm to be 'run by men' Associated Press - Wed, Mar 4, 2015 3:16 AM EST

    A billionaire investor in a Silicon Valley venture capital firm is set to testify for a second day in a high-profile sex discrimination lawsuit that has accused the firm of being an all-boys club where ...

  • SEOUL/LOS ANGELES, March 4 (Reuters) - South Korea's Asiana Airlines Inc has settled compensation claims filed in U.S. courts by 72 people who were passengers on a flight that crashed at San Francisco's main airport in 2013, without disclosing financial terms. A spokesman for the carrier on Wednesday confirmed the …

  • Fraud Starts to Take a Bite Out of Apple Pay @ The Wall Street Journal - Wed, Mar 4, 2015 12:06 AM EST

    Some banks are witnessing a growing incidence of fraud on the Apple Pay mobile-payment service as criminals exploit vulnerabilities in the verification process banks follow when users add a credit card ...

  • Samsung, Patent Office, Anheuser-Busch: Intellectual Property @ Bloomberg - Wed, Mar 4, 2015 12:00 AM EST

    Apple wants Samsung to remove features from its mobile phones that copy its inventions, such as slide-to-unlock, which the iPhone maker patented as a way to unlock a touchscreen device. Samsung says it’s too onerous to change its phones for only minor contributions. The result will probably determine how much Samsung …

  • Asiana Settles Suits With 72 Passengers Over 2013 Crash @ The Wall Street Journal - Tue, Mar 3, 2015 11:50 PM EST

    More than 70 passengers aboard an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco two years ago have reached a settlement in their lawsuits against the airline, attorneys for the passengers and airline ...

  • Apple exploring settlement with electric car battery maker @ Fortune - Tue, Mar 3, 2015 11:32 PM EST

    The tech giant is accused by A123 Systems of poaching top engineers as part of a plan to start making lithium-ion batteries for electric cars.

  • APNewsBreak: 72 passengers reach settlements in Asiana crash Associated Press - Tue, Mar 3, 2015 10:25 PM EST
    Deal with 72 Asiana passengers leaves many cases unresolved

    More than 70 passengers aboard an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco two years ago have reached a settlement in their lawsuits against the airline, attorneys for the passengers and airline ...

  • John Doerr testifies he fought to keep Ellen Pao @ San Jose Mercury News - Tue, Mar 3, 2015 10:15 PM EST

    Even one of the nation's most successful and respected venture capitalists -- and a champion of women in tech -- couldn't stop a broiling gender conflict inside his own firm from escalating to a sex discrimination ...

  • Venture capitalist Doerr arrives at San Francisco Superior Court

    Venture capitalist John Doerr on Tuesday sought to fend off allegations of sexism at his firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, in a gender discrimination lawsuit targeting the firm, insisting he had been a strong advocate for women there. Pao brought suit in 2012, alleging she suffered discrimination and retaliation …

  • Exotic dancers claim they were stripped of pay @ USA TODAY - Tue, Mar 3, 2015 9:41 PM EST

    Suit to be heard Monday in San Antonio.

  • Venture capitalist testifies in Silicon Valley sex bias suit @ Los Angeles Times - Tue, Mar 3, 2015 8:38 PM EST

    A legendary billionaire investor defended his Silicon Valley venture capital firm Tuesday while testifying in a high-profile sex discrimination lawsuit that has accused the firm of being an all-boys club ...

  • Apple Exploring Resolution of Battery-Maker’s Poaching Suit @ Bloomberg - Tue, Mar 3, 2015 8:05 PM EST

    The maker of the iPad asked a federal judge in Boston for more time to respond to A123 Systems LLC’s request for a court order barring one of its former employees from breaking his employment agreement and preventing Apple from encouraging him to do so. In its lawsuit last month, Waltham, Massachusetts-based A123 also …

  • Fraud Takes Bite Out of Apple Pay @ The Wall Street Journal - Tue, Mar 3, 2015 7:49 PM EST

    It didn’t take long for fraud to find its way to Apple Pay.

  • Apple Seeks to Resolve Poaching Lawsuit @ The Wall Street Journal - Tue, Mar 3, 2015 7:41 PM EST

    Apple Inc. is pursuing a resolution to the lawsuit filed by battery maker A123 Systems Inc. over Apple’s efforts to poach high-level battery engineers and chemists, according to a filing made in federal ...

  • Venture capitalist Doerr testifies in Kleiner sexism case Reuters - Tue, Mar 3, 2015 5:41 PM EST

    Venture capitalist John Doerr on Tuesday sought to fend off allegations of sexism at his firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, in testimony in a gender discrimination lawsuit targeting the firm. In the suit, former Kleiner partner Ellen Pao alleges she suffered discrimination and retaliation after ending a brief …

  • Feds: Huge auto recalls mark 2014 @ USA TODAY - Tue, Mar 3, 2015 5:28 PM EST

    GM ignition switch and Honda Takata airbag recalls two of biggest in history, govenrment says

  • Bank 'break-ins' raise homeowners' ire, spark lawsuits @ USA TODAY - Tue, Mar 3, 2015 5:20 PM EST

    Private 'property preservation' contractors for banks scout homes that may be abandoned.

  • U.S. Judge to Rule ‘Soon’ on Trinity Industries Penalty Amount @ Bloomberg - Tue, Mar 3, 2015 4:56 PM EST

    The whistle-blower in the false claims lawsuit, who would get a share of the government’s recovery, is asking for a judgment of $709 million, plus $19 million in lawyers’ fees, expenses and costs.

  • U.S. SEC seeks maximum penalties against BankAtlantic, CEO Reuters - Tue, Mar 3, 2015 4:39 PM EST

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has asked a court to impose a $5.2 million penalty against BankAtlantic Bancorp, a Florida lender found liable by a jury last year for defrauding investors at the start of the U.S. financial crisis. In a court filing on Monday, lawyers for the SEC also asked for a $1.56 …

  • Huawei bumps up patent portfolio as 5G era draws near: CEO Reuters - Tue, Mar 3, 2015 3:39 PM EST

    China's Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL], the world's second-biggest maker of network gear, is beefing up its patent portfolio ahead of 5G, the next generation of mobile equipment, its chief executive said on Tuesday. Huawei, also the world's fourth-largest maker of smartphones, has said it plans to spend $600 million on 5G …

  • Apple, Samsung prep for another patent fight on smartphone features @ San Jose Mercury News - Tue, Mar 3, 2015 3:25 PM EST

    Samsung Electronics is about to find out just how costly its four-year patent fight with Apple has been.

  • NuVasive: Court Overturns Medtronic Award @ The Wall Street Journal - Tue, Mar 3, 2015 2:47 PM EST

    NuVasive said a federal appeals court panel overturned a roughly $102 million jury award to medical device maker Medtronic in a long-running patent infringement dispute.

  • John Doerr: Here's how we handled a workplace affair at Kleiner Perkins Business Insider - Tue, Mar 3, 2015 2:07 PM EST

    Kleiner Perkins partner John Doerr took the...

  • Court to Tally Samsung’s Costs for Using Apple IPhone Features @ Bloomberg - Tue, Mar 3, 2015 1:04 PM EST

    Apple wants Samsung to remove features from its mobile phones that copy its inventions, such as slide-to-unlock, which the iPhone maker patented as a way to unlock a touchscreen device. Samsung says it’s too onerous to change its phones for only minor contributions. The result will likely determine how much Samsung must …

  • JPMorgan to pay $50 million over improper mortgage practices Reuters - Tue, Mar 3, 2015 12:25 PM EST
    JP Morgan Chase & Co sign outside headquarters in New York

    JPMorgan Chase (JPM.N) will pay $50 million (32.5 million pounds) as part of a national settlement agreement to compensate homeowners in bankruptcy over the use of robo-signing and other improper practices, the Department of Justice said on Tuesday. The settlement includes cash payments, mortgage loan credits and loan …

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