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N.C. Lawmakers Consider New Rules For Patent Abuse

May 22, 2014 2:47 pm | by Katelyn Ferral, Associated Press | News | Comments

The bill would classify unfair allegations of patent infringement as a deceptive trade practice and financially help companies who are wrongly sued.                     

Process For Handling 'Legacy Lawsuits' To Change

May 21, 2014 3:56 pm | by Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press | News | Comments

Louisiana laws governing disputes over how to handle the cleanup of environmental damage caused by drilling years ago have been reworked under a bill supported by Gov. Bobby Jindal and now headed to his desk.           

BP Will Ask Supreme Court To Hear Claims Issue

May 21, 2014 2:27 pm | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP PLC says it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether businesses must prove they were directly harmed by the 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect payments from a 2012 settlement.          


Alcoa Employee Arrested In $1M Fraud Case

May 21, 2014 8:57 am | News | Comments

An Alcoa machine shop worker in Texas has been arrested in what prosecutors call a $1 million scam to order, steal and then resell equipment.                  

FedEx Sued Again Over Deadly Bus Crash

May 21, 2014 7:51 am | News | Comments

The family of a Los Angeles student who was among 10 people killed when a FedEx truck collided with a charter bus in Northern California is suing the shipping company.                

Medtronic To Pay More Than $1B In Patent Settlement

May 20, 2014 9:32 am | News | Comments

Medtronic has agreed to pay more than $1 billion to settle long-standing patent litigation with fellow medical device maker Edwards Lifesciences over replacement heart valves.              

CEO Of China Drug Company Commits Suicide Amid Probe

May 19, 2014 8:35 am | News | Comments

Sanjing Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. said that Liu Zhanbin jumped from a third-floor bathroom window in a hospital where he was receiving medical treatment while being accompanied by court guards.          

Anheuser-Busch VP Loses Discrimination Suit

May 19, 2014 7:54 am | by Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch did not discriminate against a former executive by paying her significantly less than a male predecessor, a jury in St. Louis decided Friday.                


Google, Apple Settle Patent Dispute

May 19, 2014 7:46 am | News | Comments

Two of the world's largest technology giants have reached an agreement to settle all of their lawsuits against each other regarding smartphone patents.                         

Japan Court Limits Samsung Damages Claim

May 16, 2014 9:55 am | News | Comments

A Japanese court ruled that Samsung can only seek a maximum of around 9.95 million yen in damages from the Japanese unit of Apple, judging the amount of damages should not exceed a royalty payment under a license agreement.         

Protecting The Godzilla Brand

May 16, 2014 8:36 am | News | Comments

Toho's attorneys use copyright and trademark law as effectively as Godzilla uses his tail and claws to topple buildings and swat opponents. Their court injunctions have permanently whacked music, books and movies from store shelves.       

UK Man Convicted In HP Fraud Scheme

May 16, 2014 8:04 am | News | Comments

A 47-year-old man federal prosecutors describe as a United Kingdom citizen has been convicted of participating in a conspiracy to defraud Hewlett-Packard of some $14 million by fraudulently purchasing computers and equipment at a discount.  

Ohio Court Blocks Duke's Charges For Clean-Up

May 15, 2014 11:35 am | News | Comments

The Ohio Supreme Court has temporarily blocked Duke Energy Corp. from charging customers for pollution clean-up at its deactivated manufactured-gas plants.                 


Philips Suing Nintendo Over Wii Remote

May 15, 2014 10:42 am | News | Comments

Dutch electronics firm Royal Philips NV has filed a suit against Nintendo in a U.S. court, claiming the Japanese company infringed two of its patents in the control system of its popular "Wii" video game consoles.                

Flooded Florida Panhandle Residents Sue International Paper

May 15, 2014 8:28 am | News | Comments

The residents claim a breach in a levee maintained by the company caused a wall of water to move through the neighborhood and left some homes with up to 5 feet of water inside.              

Pet Food Legal Battle Escalates

May 15, 2014 7:59 am | News | Comments

Purina accuses its competitor Blue Buffalo of false advertising, disparagement and unjust enrichment. The counterclaim accuses Purina of some of the same deceits, as well as defamation.            

Jury: Hyundai Owes $240M In Damages

May 14, 2014 12:26 pm | News | Comments

A Montana jury has ordered Hyundai to pay $240 million in punitive damages after finding that a manufacturing defect in a Hyundai vehicle caused a crash that killed two Missoula cousins in July 2011.          

When Tragedy Strikes, Is A Long Lawsuit Worth It?

May 13, 2014 3:49 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

It’s certainly unsettling to see a lawsuit like this pop up against a manufacturer. Toyota and General Motors know all too well about that, but the big difference in this case is that it was determined that the crash was not due to defects in the vehicle.

Charges Brought In Railway Disaster In Quebec

May 13, 2014 12:22 pm | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three employees of the railway company involved in last summer's runaway oil train disaster that killed 47 people are due to appear in court Tuesday to face criminal negligence charges.           

Oracle Wants Court To Reinstate $1.3B SAP Verdict

May 13, 2014 8:06 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

Business software maker Oracle Corp. is asking a federal appeals court to reinstate a $1.3 billion jury verdict against SAP for copyright infringement.                  

Porsche Sued Over Crash That Killed Paul Walker

May 13, 2014 7:52 am | News | Comments

The widow of the man who was driving a Porsche sports car that crashed and killed actor Paul Walker sued the automaker on Monday, claiming design flaws caused both men to die in a fiery crash in November.           

Pasta Maker Settles False-Advertising Suit

May 12, 2014 8:06 am | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press | News | Comments

A company accused of falsely advertising the health benefits of its nationally distributed Dreamfields Pasta line has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit and pay $5 million to consumers who bought the products in the last decade.    

Ergobaby Is 'Company Doe' In Product Safety Case

May 8, 2014 2:04 pm | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press | News | Comments

The 2011 complaint, known as a report of harm, suggested one of its carriers was linked to the death of an infant — something the company disputes and a federal judge in Maryland reaffirmed when he ruled in favor of Ergobaby.     

Kellogg Settles Kashi Class-Action Suit

May 8, 2014 12:25 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Kellogg says it will no longer use the "All Natural" or "Nothing Artificial" labels on certain Kashi products as part of an agreement to settle a class-action lawsuit.               

Worker Sues Fukushima Plant Operator

May 8, 2014 10:07 am | News | Comments

A former worker is seeking 11 million yen ($110,000) in compensation from the operator of Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant for exposing him to high levels of radiation after the 2011 tsunami.                   

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