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Vt. Joins Suit Seeking Fees In Patent Litigation

December 10, 2013 12:02 pm | News | Comments

Attorney General Bill Sorrell says the states filed a friend-of-the-court brief asking the high court to relax the standard that lower courts use to award attorneys' fees to prevailing parties in some patent cases.       

Defense Seeks Mistrial For Former BP Engineer

December 10, 2013 11:57 am | News | Comments

Attorneys for a former BP drilling engineer have asked the judge in the case to declare a mistrial. In a filing Tuesday, Kurt Mix's attorneys argued a prosecutor's questioning of a witness on Monday amounted to injecting unsupported accusations of misconduct against Mix.

Court: Exec Guilty Over Faulty French Implants

December 10, 2013 8:03 am | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

A French businessman who sold tens of thousands of breast implants filled with industrial-grade silicone and prone to leaks was convicted of fraud on Tuesday and sentenced to the maximum four years in prison.         

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Apple Wants Samsung To Pay $22M For Legal Bills

December 9, 2013 8:26 am | News | Comments

The money sought in documents filed Thursday would be in addition to the $930 million in damages that juries decided Samsung owes Apple Inc. after hearing evidence of patent infringement in two separate trials held in a San Jose, California, federal court during the past 15 months.

No Prison Time For 2 Top Ex-Execs In N.Y. Conspiracy

December 9, 2013 7:41 am | News | Comments

Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. founder Louis Tomasetta (tahm-ah-SEHT'-uh) and Eugene Hovanec (HOH'-vah-nehk) were sentenced Friday in Manhattan federal court to three months of probation. They admitted in August that they conspired to destroy or falsify records related to Vitesse's April and October 2001 stock option grants.

Court To Jump Into Patent Discussion

December 6, 2013 1:44 pm | News | Comments

The Supreme Court will hear an appeal of a lower court decision that a federal judge called the "death" of software patents. Justices will take up an appeal from lawyers representing the Alice Corp. in its attempt to patent computer-implemented escrow systems, software, and methods.

Peanut Butter Plant Can Resume Limited Operations

December 6, 2013 1:41 pm | News | Comments

A bankruptcy judge's order allows an eastern New Mexico peanut butter plant involved in a nationwide salmonella outbreak last year to resume limited operations. Sunland Inc. in Portales closed its doors and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in October.

Woman Fights Ticket For Driving With Google Glass

December 4, 2013 8:20 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

A woman has pleaded not guilty to what is believed to be the first traffic citation alleging a motorist was using Google's computer-in-an-eyeglass. The device known as Google Glass, not yet widely available to the public, features a thumbnail-size transparent display above the right eye.

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23andMe Faces Class Action Lawsuit In California

December 4, 2013 8:01 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Genetic testing company 23andMe is facing a class action lawsuit alleging that the Silicon Valley startup misled customers with advertising for its personalized DNA test kit. The test is marketed as a tool to help users predict their risk of developing various diseases.

Detroit's Bankruptcy Follows Decades Of Decay

December 4, 2013 7:41 am | News | Comments

For decades, Detroit paid its bills by borrowing money while struggling to provide the most basic of services for its residents. The city, which was about to default on a good chunk of a long-term debt exceeding $18 billion, now will get a second chance in a federal bankruptcy court-led restructuring.

Suits Filed Against Ky. Glass Plant Operators

December 3, 2013 8:39 am | News | Comments

One lawsuit alleges the plant operators "illegally, recklessly or negligently" dumped hazardous substances outside the boundaries of the property. The lawsuit also said contamination spread through at least a 5-mile radius around the facility, exposing people to increased risk of cancers, kidney failure and damage to the central nervous system.

Co-Owner Of Va. Drug Firm Admits Illegal Imports

December 2, 2013 2:02 pm | News | Comments

Thirty-eight-year-old Syed "Farhan" Huda of Arlington entered the plea Monday in federal court in Alexandria on charges of importation fraud, selling misbranded drugs and distributing prescription drugs without a license.      

French Court Orders Trial For EADS, Daimler Execs

December 2, 2013 11:39 am | Airbus | News | Comments

Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre, spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor, says that those ordered Monday to trial included John Leahy, the current Airbus chief operating officer, and Noel Forgeard, former EADS co-CEO. In a statement, EADS says it supported its managers, who it said were cleared in 2009 by France's market regulator in a separate inquiry.

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Lawsuit Seeks $30M For Failed Mamtek Plant

December 2, 2013 8:04 am | News | Comments

Construction on the factory stopped in August 2011 when Mamtek failed to make a required bond payment. Since then, more than a dozen lawsuits have been filed to assign blame for bondholder losses, including a criminal case pending against former Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole.

Ex-BP Engineer Who Deleted Texts Heads To Trial

December 2, 2013 7:50 am | by Michael Kunzleman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly a year after energy giant BP cut a deal to a resolve a criminal investigation of its role in the nation's worst offshore oil spill, a jury is set to hear the Justice Department's case against a former company employee accused of trying to stymie the federal investigation.

Gunpowder Plant Owner Gets 10-20 Years In Blast

November 27, 2013 1:54 pm | News | Comments

The owner of a New Hampshire gunpowder plant where an explosion killed two workers has been sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison. Craig Sanborn, of Maidstone, Vt., was convicted last month of manslaughter and was sentenced Wednesday.    

Feds: Company To Pay Fine For Parts Price-Fixing

November 27, 2013 1:17 pm | News | Comments

The Justice Department says a Japanese auto parts maker has agreed to pay a $120 million fine as part of a plea agreement to settle a pair of price fixing schemes. The plea agreement and indictment filed in Toledo, Ohio, were finalized Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Judge Orders Cool-Down At Calif. Hot Sauce Factory

November 27, 2013 8:07 am | News | Comments

A judge has given a dose of cold water to Sriracha, ruling Tuesday that the factory that manufactures the trendy hot sauce must partially shut down after neighbors complained of the spicy smells it was producing.        

Jury Awards Mo. Worker $28M For Lung Damage

November 25, 2013 8:32 am | News | Comments

In the lawsuit, Philip Berger claimed he developed inflammation of the lung after breathing contaminants from a chemical used to cool cutting tools at Copeland Scroll Compressors, a firm owned by Ferguson-based Emerson Climate Technologies.     

Appeals Court Tosses $6M Verdict Against Taser

November 25, 2013 8:27 am | News | Comments

A federal appeals court has tossed out a more than $6 million award to the family of a North Carolina teenager who died after being shocked with a Taser.In a 2-1 ruling Friday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond upheld a jury's finding that Taser International was negligent in the 2008 death of 17-year-old Darryl Wayne Turner.

Guilty Plea In Bird Deaths At Wind Farms A First

November 25, 2013 8:17 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

Until the settlement announced Friday with Duke Energy Corp. and its renewable energy arm, not a single wind energy company had been prosecuted for a death of an eagle or other protected bird — even though each death is a violation of federal law, unless a company has a federal permit. Not a single wind energy facility has obtained a permit.

Judge Considers Closing Sriracha Hot Sauce Factory

November 25, 2013 8:14 am | News | Comments

A judge has declined to act immediately on a request to close a factory that residents say is stinking up their Southern California city with spicy smells produced by the manufacture of the popular hot sauce Sriracha.City News Service reports that Judge Robert O'Brien did agree Friday to take Irwindale's request for a preliminary injunction to close the plant under consideration.

The Benefit Of Early Case Assessment In Food Court

November 22, 2013 2:30 pm | by Ronald J. Levine, Esq., Canaan E. Himmelbaum, Esq., and Michael J. Glick, Esq. | Articles | Comments

There may be no “silver bullet” to stifle these threats, but there is promising new technology that can be effective in evaluating liability and promoting strategic action early enough to make a difference.         

Jury Awards $39M In Fatal Wis. Garage Panel Fall

November 22, 2013 8:41 am | News | Comments

A jury Thursday found manufacturer Advance Cast Stone mainly responsible for the collapse of a Milwaukee parking garage panel that killed a teenager and injured two others in 2010 and awarded $39 million in damages.The civil jury also found that Advance Cast Stone intentionally concealed and misrepresented a defect or deficiency in its installation of concrete panels.

Jury Orders Samsung To Pay Apple $290M

November 22, 2013 8:08 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

A jury has added $290 million more to the damages Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying vital iPhone and iPad features, bringing the total amount the South Korean technology titan is on the hook for to $930 million. The verdict Thursday covers 13 older Samsung devices that a previous jury found were among 26 Samsung products that infringed Apple patents.

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