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Apple Pays Creative $100 Million To Settle Patent Suit (23rd Aug 2006)
Quote: "Apple and Creative Technology said Wednesday that they have settled all outstanding litigation between them, with Apple paying Creative $100 million for the use of a key patent. As a result, Creative will become a "Made For iPod" program partner, and the company said it plans a line of Apple iPod accessory products later this year. Interestingly, Apple can also recoup part of the Creative patent settlement if Creative is successful in licensing the patent to others. The agreement settles all five outstanding suits between the two companies, the most recent of which were filed in May and June of this year and concerned several audio-related patents. The most important, the so-called "Zen" patent, involved the software menus used to find and play back music on portable music players..."
Woman Sues Over 1960s 'Batman' Series (18th Aug 2006)
Quote: "LOS ANGELES Aug 18, 2006 (AP)— A New Mexico woman is suing 20th Century Fox Film Corporation alleging she was defrauded out of $4.4 million she was entitled to receive for the popular 1960s "Batman" television series. Deborah Dozier Potter, whose father William Dozier was one of the producers of the show, filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Superior Court that alleges fraud, concealment and breach of contract..."
TV Bounty Hunter Sued (18th Aug 2006)
Quote: "TV bounty hunter Duane 'Dog' Chapman is being sued by a man who claims the star wrongly tried to apprehend him. Simaile 'Cisco' Lutu, 29, filed a lawsuit in the US District Court on Wednesday. He is seeking unspecified damages from Chapman, his Hawaii-based team of bondsmen, the A&E TV network and police. Lutu claims Chapman mistakenly took him for a bail jumper who played for the local semi-pro California football team the Daly City Renegades..."
Merck hit by legal setbacks over Vioxx (17th Aug 2006)
Quote: "NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Merck & Co. on Thursday suffered a double setback when a federal jury awarded $51 million to a former user of its withdrawn pain medicine Vioxx, and a New Jersey judge threw out a Vioxx verdict that had favored the drug maker and ordered a new trial. The news sent the company's shares down more than 5 percent, and evened the score between Merck and plaintiffs at four victories a piece..."
SCO Dealt Setback in IBM Linux Lawsuit (30th Jun 2006)
Quote: "SALT LAKE CITY Jun 30, 2006 (AP)— A U.S. magistrate has struck down many of the SCO Group Inc.'s claims against IBM Corp., saying the Utah company failed to show its intellectual property was misappropriated when Big Blue donated software code to the freely distributed Linux operating system. Magistrate Brooke Wells dismissed 182 of SCO's 294 claims, dealing a major setback to SCO's $5 billion lawsuit. The suit, filed in 2003, accused IBM of donating SCO's Unix code to Linux developers, but Wells ruled SCO had produced virtually no proof of the allegation..."
Michael Jackson Won't Be in Court for Lawsuit (26th Jun 2006)
Quote: "SANTA MONICA, Calif. Jun 26, 2006 (AP)— Michael Jackson is the key figure in a lawsuit going to trial this week, but the pop superstar won't be in the courtroom while lawyers and witnesses thrash out the question of whether he owes $3.8 million to a former business associate. Jury selection was set to begin Tuesday but was rescheduled Monday, without explanation, for Wednesday. The trial is expected to last 12 days, according to court officials. Jackson's spokeswoman, Raymone Bain, said the singer has no plans to appear in the case. Lawyers, anticipating his absence, have taken videotaped depositions from him during two sessions in London..."
N.Y. Lawmaker Drops Google Porn Lawsuit (23rd Jun 2006)
Quote: "GARDEN CITY, N.Y. Jun 23, 2006 (AP)— A Long Island politician has dropped a federal lawsuit that had claimed the search engine company Google Inc. profits from child pornography. Jeffrey Toback, a member of the Nassau County Legislature from Oceanside, filed suit in May claiming Google had "paid links" to Web sites containing child pornography. Toback said he dropped the lawsuit because "Google has offered to sit down and discuss the issues. They didn't want to do that while litigation was pending, so we're taking them up on their offer."..."
'Idol' Winner Studdard Awarded $2M in Suit (16th Jun 2006)
Quote: "BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Jun 16, 2006 (AP)— American Idol winner Ruben Studdard has been awarded $2 million in his lawsuit against his ex-manager for misappropriating the singer's money and credit cards. Studdard, 26, of Birmingham, won the television talent show in 2003 and filed suit last year against ex-manager Ronald W. Edwards and Edwards' promotions company, Sez Inc. Jefferson County Circuit Judge Scott Vowell on Thursday awarded Studdard $500,000 for his actual losses and another $1.5 million in punitive damages, The Birmingham News reported Thursday on its Web site..."
Bruce Willis Files Defamation Suit (19th Jun 2006)
Quote: "BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. Jun 19, 2006 (AP)— Bruce Willis filed a defamation lawsuit Monday against a paparazzi photographer who accused the "Die Hard" actor of attacking him outside a restaurant. Anthony Goodrich allegedly made "malicious, fabricated and defamatory statements" about a June 13 encounter as Willis entered the Los Angeles restaurant Koi, attorney Martin D. Singer said in the Superior Court suit. "It was a totally fabricated report," Singer said by telephone, noting Willis "was very upset over the story."..."
Family of Boy Who Died at Epcot Files Suit (14th Jun 2006)
Quote: "ORLANDO, Fla. Jun 14, 2006 (AP)— The family of a 4-year-old Pennsylvania boy who died after riding Epcot's "Mission: Space" has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Walt Disney World. The family of Daudi Bamuwamye alleges Disney did not properly warn the public of hazards associated with the ride, should not have allowed such a small boy on the ride and should have done more to help after Bamuwamye became unconscious after riding, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel..."
Creative: ITC to Probe Apple Patent (14th Jun 2006)
Quote: "SAN JOSE, Calif. Jun 14, 2006 (AP)— Portable media player maker Creative Technology Ltd. said Wednesday the U.S. International Trade Commission agreed to investigate whether Apple Computer Inc.'s rival iPod infringes on one of its patents. Singapore-based Creative filed the ITC complaint and a federal lawsuit alleging that iPods infringed on its patent for a navigation system used to organize and access music on portable players. Creative dubbed the patent, the "Zen patent," after its brand-name Zen media players. Under the ITC complaint, Creative asked the agency to block imports of the Cupertino-based company's market leading iPods, which are manufactured abroad..."
Michael Jackson Acquitted of Child Molestation Charges (13th Jun 2006)
Quote: "June 13, 2005 — Michael Jackson, the legendary "King of Pop" who has been dogged for years by accusations of child molestation, was acquitted today of all charges related to allegations that he molested a boy who spent time at his Neverland ranch and appeared with him in the 2003 British documentary "Living With Michael Jackson." The panel of eight women and four men acquitted Jackson of molestation, attempted molestation, plying minors with liquor, and conspiracy stemming from an alleged attempt to hold his accuser and the boy's family virtual hostages of Neverland after the documentary aired. Jurors deliberated for slightly more than 24 hours over seven days before announcing they had reached a unanimous verdict. They had reportedly asked for a readback of the testimony of Jackson's accuser before reaching their decision..."
Qualcomm Files Patent Complaints vs. Nokia (12th Jun 2006)
Quote: "NEW YORK Jun 12, 2006 (AP)— Qualcomm Inc.'s legal clashes with Nokia Corp., which have become more bitter over the past few months, have heated up again. In a complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday, San Diego-based Qualcomm alleged that the Finnish wireless manufacturer infringed on six Qualcomm patents. The move strains an already-tenuous relationship between the two: Despite a licensing agreement binding the parties, Qualcomm has filed several lawsuits against Nokia, putting their future relationship in jeopardy..."
Tulsa to Settle Wrongful Conviction Suit (3rd Jun 2006)
Quote: "TULSA, Okla. Jun 3, 2006 (AP)— A man who spent 14 years in prison for a rape conviction before DNA evidence exonerated him will receive $12.25 million under a settlement of his lawsuit against the city. City officials had asked a federal judge to dismiss a $14.5 million verdict a jury awarded to Arvin McGee Jr. in March, but they decided Friday to pay the lesser amount. McGee, 44, was freed in 2002 after his conviction in the 1987 rape and kidnapping was overturned. He sued the city of Tulsa the following year, claiming his constitutional rights had been violated..."
Wen Ho Lee Settles Privacy Lawsuit (3rd Jun 2006)
Quote: "WASHINGTON Jun 3, 2006 (AP)— Wen Ho Lee, the former nuclear weapons scientist once suspected of being a spy, settled his privacy lawsuit Friday and will receive $1.6 million from the government and five news organizations in a case that turned into a fight over reporters' confidential sources. Lee will receive $895,000 from the government for legal fees and associated taxes in the 6 1/2-year-old lawsuit in which he accused the Energy and Justice departments of violating his privacy rights by leaking information that he was under investigation as a spy for China. The Associated Press and four other news organizations have agreed to pay Lee $750,000 as part of the settlement, which ends contempt of court proceedings against five reporters who refused to disclose the sources of their stories about the espionage investigation..."
Soldier in Afghan Abuse Case Acquitted (2nd Jun 2006)
Quote: "FORT BLISS, Texas Jun 2, 2006 (AP)— Pfc. Damien M. Corsetti, the last soldier charged in the Army's investigations of prisoner abuse in Afghanistan, could only weep when he learned he was acquitted of abuse charges. Corsetti, 26, was cleared by a court-martial panel Thursday of charges of assault, maltreatment, dereliction of duty, using hashish and drinking on duty. The panel deliberated for just 30 minutes. "I just said, 'Thank you, Jesus,'" said a red-faced Corsetti. He wiped away tears and hugged his family and several former soldiers who testified on his behalf during the three-day trial..."
Couple Gets $13M in Tornado Damage Suit (27th May 2006)
Quote: "TULSA, Okla. May 27, 2006 (AP)— An Oklahoma couple was awarded nearly $13 million in a class-action lawsuit after a jury ruled that State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. intentionally underpaid claims from families whose homes were damaged by tornadoes seven years ago. Donald and Bridget Watkins were among 71 policyholders who sued the insurance company. The Watkins' attorney, Jeff Marr, said Thursday's jury award suggests that the entire class of plaintiffs deserves nearly $280 million in punitive damages. He filed a motion Friday requesting trial dates for the remaining class members..."
Enron Verdict: Ken Lay Guilty on All Counts, Skilling on 19 Counts (25th May 2006)
Quote: "May 25, 2006 — Former Enron executives Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling have been found guilty of fraud and conspiracy. Lay, 64, was convicted on all six counts against him, including conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud. He faces a maximum of 45 years in prison. Lay also faces 120 years in prison in a separate case. Lay posted a $5 million bond secured with family-owned properties at a hearing following the verdict. He was ordered to stay in the Southern District of Texas or Colorado..."
Apple Countersues Rival Over Patent (24th May 2006)
Quote: "SAN JOSE, Calif. May 24, 2006 (AP)— Apple Computer Inc. has countersued Creative Technology Ltd., a smaller media player rival that sued the iPod maker for patent infringement and filed a trade complaint seeking to halt iPod sales. Apple filed its lawsuit against Singapore-based Creative on May 15, the same day Creative sued Apple alleging infringement of its media player patent it dubbed the "Zen patent," named after one of its portable players. Apple's suit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Wisconsin, alleged that Creative was infringing on four of its own media player-related patents that date back to 1995..."
Costa Rica Farmers Win Suit vs. DuPont (17th May 2006)
Quote: "DOVER, Del. May 17, 2006 (AP)— A group of Costa Rican fern growers received a multimillion-dollar award against DuPont Co. on Wednesday for damages to their crops caused by the fungicide Benlate. A jury in Miami, Fla., returned the verdict against the Delaware-based chemical company on its fourth day of deliberations, agreeing with the plaintiffs that Benlate had damaged the ferns' underground stem systems, resulting in annual crop losses that continued for years. Plaintiffs' attorney Don Russo said they relied on new scientific evidence suggesting that Benlate promotes excessive bacterial growth in plants it is used on, resulting in recurring losses in perennial crops such as leatherleaf ferns..."
Arcelor Files Suit Against Mittal Steel (11th May 2006)
Quote: "BRUSSELS, Belgium May 11, 2006 (AP)— Arcelor SA said Thursday it is accusing rival Mittal Steel Co. in a lawsuit of illegally copying a type of steel that it makes for the auto industry. Mittal, which has made an unsolicited $27 billion bid for Arcelor, called the suit "without merit." Arcelor spokesman Jean Lasar said the suit was not connected to Arcelor's efforts to fend off Mittal's takeover bid, which the company has rebuffed..."
Toyota President Steps Down Amid Lawsuit (9th May 2006)
Quote: "TOKYO May 9, 2006 (AP)— The president and CEO of Toyota Motor North America, accused last week in a sexual harassment lawsuit, is leaving the post, the automaker said Tuesday. In response, the world's No. 2 automaker chose its first American as president of the region's operations. Hideaki Otaka, 65, who had been scheduled to leave his post in June, has voluntarily left earlier. He said his staying on went against the company's interests, but said he was innocent of the charges..."
TiVo Wins Damages in Suit Vs. EchoStar (13th April 2006)
Quote: "MARSHALL, Texas Apr 13, 2006 (AP)— A federal jury awarded TiVo Inc. nearly $74 million in damages Thursday in a swift ending to a patent-infringement lawsuit against EchoStar Communications Corp., the parent of the Dish satellite television provider. TiVo got most of the $87 million in damages it sought in a case that one of its lawyers called "life or death" for the company that was among the first to sell devices to pause and rewind live television..."
Turk Convicted in Sister's 'Honor Killing' (13th April 2006)
Quote: "BERLIN Apr 13, 2006 (AP)— A court convicted a young Turkish man Thursday of murdering his sister in what prosecutors described as an "honor killing" meant to punish the woman for her Western lifestyle. Ayhan Surucu, who was 18 at the time of the February 2005 fatal shooting of his sister, Hatun, was sentenced as a juvenile to nine years and three months in prison. Now 20, he had faced a maximum 10-year sentence. The court acquitted his two older brothers who had also been charged with murder. Hatun Surucu, a 23-year-old divorced mother, was killed by three shots to her head on a Berlin street..."
Former Vioxx User Gets $13.5M in Damages (12th April 2006)
Quote: "ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. Apr 12, 2006 (AP)— To Carla Tennyson, the case against Merck & Co. and its Vioxx pill boiled down to one thing coming clean. Tennyson was one of the jurors who slapped Merck with a $9 million punitive damage award Tuesday, concluding that the drug maker dragged its feet in notifying people about the risks of its blockbuster arthritis drug and modifying its product label once it knew about them..."
Parents Sue Soft Drink Cos. Over Benzine (11th April 2006)
Quote: "WASHINGTON Apr 11, 2006 (AP)— Two soft-drink companies were sued Tuesday by parents complaining that there might be cancer-causing benzene in kids' drinks. Attorneys filed class-action lawsuits against the companies in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston and Leon County Circuit Court in Tallahassee, Fla. They accused Polar Beverages Inc. and In Zone Brands Inc. of not taking steps to keep benzene from forming in their beverages. Benzene, a chemical linked to leukemia, can form in soft drinks containing two ingredients: Vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid, and either sodium benzoate or potassium benzoate..."
Lawsuit Filed in Detroit 911 Call Response (10th April 2006)
Quote: "SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- A wrongful-death lawsuit was filed Monday in the case of a 6-year-old boy who called 911 after his mother collapsed and was told by an operator he should not be playing on the phone. Attorney Geoffrey Fieger has said Sherrill Turner, who had an enlarged heart, would have survived Feb. 20 if help had been sent immediately. The lawsuit was filed by Turner's family against two unnamed dispatchers. Fieger said the city was not named in the lawsuit because state law prohibits it, but that Detroit would be liable for its employees. An amount was not specified in the lawsuit..."
Actor Jet Li sued over movie about kung fu master; relatives say film dishonors him (26th March 2006)
Quote: "BEIJING -- Action star Jet Li has been sued for his new movie about a late Chinese kung fu master, whose relatives say it dishonors and misrepresents his life, the official Xinhua News Agency said Sunday. Li's name has been added to a March 7 lawsuit against producers and distributors of "Fearless" filed by Huo Yuanjia's grandson, who does not want the movie to be released worldwide, Xinhua said. Huo Shoujin also wants the film to be pulled from theaters in Asia and is demanding a public apology from the filmmakers. Li's name was added because he "not only played the lead role but participated in the making and production of the movie," Xinhua said, citing Yang Zhonghai, a lawyer for Huo's family..."
Microsoft faces new fines threat (10th March 2006)
Quote: "The Commission said it would impose fines of up to 2m euros (£1.4m) a day if the firm continued to drag its feet. The comments followed reviews of how the US giant was meeting EC demands that it open up its Windows operating systems to rivals. Microsoft rejected the claims saying it had "surpassed" the EC's requirements. The US giant's troubles go back to March 2004, when it was fined 497m euros for abusing its dominant market position in a landmark EC ruling. But more importantly it was also ordered to open up its core software systems to rivals making it easier for them to build products which would work with Windows..."
Judge Declares Mistrial in Gotti Case (10th March 2006)
Quote: "NEW YORK Mar 10, 2006 (AP)— The judge declared a mistrial in the racketeering case against John A. "Junior" Gotti after jurors told the judge Friday that they were hopelessly deadlocked in their third day of deliberations. "We are completely DEADLOCKED," read the note sent to U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin. "More time will not change the views in this room." The U.S. attorney's office told the judge that it agreed to a mistrial. Last September, a mistrial was declared when another jury considering the same charges against Gotti could not reach a decision..."
CIA must give Libby intel summaries, judge rules (10th March 2006)
Quote: "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The CIA must provide summaries of its top-secret intelligence briefings to a former vice presidential aide so he can defend himself against perjury charges, a U.S. judge ruled on Friday. The ruling is a surprise victory for Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who is charged with lying to the FBI and a federal grand jury during an investigation into who disclosed the identity of a CIA operative in 2003 after her husband criticized the Bush administration. Libby's attorneys have sought access to his daily CIA security briefings to bolster his defense that he was too preoccupied with national-security matters to accurately remember conversations with news reporters about the operative, Valerie Plame..."
Ex-Nurse Gets 6 New Life Terms, and a Gag (10th March 2006)
Quote: "ALLENTOWN, Pa. Mar 10, 2006 (AP)— Before receiving six more life sentences, a former nurse who confessed to killing at least 29 patients in two states was gagged with a cloth and duct tape in court Friday after he began loudly repeating the same phrase over and over. Even after deputies tried to tighten the gag, Charles Cullen's muffled chant of "Your honor, you need to step down" drowned out statements from some of the victims' relatives who spoke at the sentence hearing, and continued as the judge read him his sentence. In one of the worst murder sprees ever discovered in the U.S. health care system, Cullen gave lethal drug overdoses to patients at nursing homes and hospitals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The serial killer had been given another life sentence in Pennsylvania earlier Friday and 11 consecutive life terms in New Jersey last week..."
Justice Dept. Rejects Google's Concerns (25th Feb 2006)
Quote: "SAN FRANCISCO Feb 25, 2006 (AP)— Concerns by Google Inc. that a Bush administration demand to examine millions of its users' Internet search requests would violate privacy rights are unwarranted, the Justice Department said in a court filing. The 18-page brief filed Friday argues that because the information provided would not identify or be traceable to specific users, privacy rights would not be violated..."
Agency rejects a patent in BlackBerry case (22nd Feb 2006)
Quote: "RICHMOND, Va. - The U.S. patent office on Wednesday issued its first of several anticipated final rejections of patents held by NTP Inc. related to Research in Motion’s BlackBerry device, two days before a judge will hear arguments on an injunction on the wireless e-mail service. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is expected to finally reject four other patents at the heart of the court case, but it’s unclear when those actions could come..."
Kid Rock Sues to Stop Sale of Sex Video (22nd Feb 2006)
Quote: "DETROIT Feb 22, 2006 (AP)— Kid Rock has won an initial victory in his attempt to stop a California company from releasing an explicit sex video featuring the rap-rocker, former Creed singer Scott Stapp and four women. U.S. District Court Judge John Feikens signed a temporary order that stops David Joseph and his World Wide Red Light District company from distributing or promoting any portion of the tape, including a 40-second preview clip of the video that was previously displayed on Red Light District's Web sites..."
Firm Sues to Block Foreign Port Takeover (18th Feb 2006)
Quote: "WASHINGTON Feb 18, 2006 (AP)— A company at the Port of Miami has sued to block the takeover of shipping operations there by a state-owned business in the United Arab Emirates. It is the first American courtroom effort to capsize a $6.8 billion sale already embroiled in a national debate over security risks at six major U.S. ports affected by the deal. The Miami company, a subsidiary of Eller & Company Inc., presently is a business partner with London-based Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co., which Dubai Ports World purchased last week. In a lawsuit in Florida circuit court, the Miami subsidiary said that under the sale it will become an "involuntary partner" with Dubai's government and it may seek more than $10 million in damages..."
Google rejects Justice Dept. bid for search info (18th Feb 2006)
Quote: "SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc. on Friday formally rejected the U.S. Justice Department's subpoena of data from the Web search leader, arguing the demand violated the privacy of users' Web searches and its own trade secrets. Responding to a motion by U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Google also said in a filing in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California the government demand to disclose Web search data was impractical. The Bush administration is seeking to compel Google to hand over Web search data as part of a bid by the Justice Department to appeal a 2004 Supreme Court injunction of a law to penalise Web site operators who allow children to view pornography. Google is going it alone in opposing the U.S. government request. Rivals Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. are among the companies that have complied with the Justice Department demand for data to be used to make its case.Google's lawyers said the company shares the government's concern with materials harmful to minors but argued that the request for its data was irrelevant. They offered a series of technical arguments why this data was not useful..."
Court: Rapist Can Seek Reduced Sentence (18th Feb 2006) LATEST
Quote: "ROME Feb 18, 2006 (AP)— Italy's highest court ruled Friday that a man who raped the 14-year-old daughter of his girlfriend can seek to have his sentenced reduced because the girl was sexually active, news reports said. The ruling provoked an outcry across Italy, was condemned by UNICEF and prompted other justices on the court to issue a statement saying the ruling was wrong and in the future would be cited as a bad example of a high court decision, the ANSA news agency reported..."
Jury Clears Merck in Vioxx Federal Trial (17th Feb 2006)
Quote: "NEW ORLEANS Feb 17, 2006 (AP)— A federal jury handed Merck & Co. a major victory when it cleared the drug maker of any responsibility in the death of a 53-year-old Florida man who had a heart attack after taking its once popular painkiller Vioxx for less than a month. This was the second court victory for Merck, and the first in a federal court. The company had argued in this case that plaintiff lawyers never proved any link between Vioxx and the heart attack Richard "Dickey" Irvin suffered in 2001. Merck's lawyers contended Irvin's age, gender and diet all put him at risk for heart attacks..."
BlackBerry wins UK patent case (2nd Feb 2006)
Quote: "British BlackBerry owners were today saved from having their mobile e-mail devices cut off after the company behind the service won a key law case in the High Court. It was feared that if the court had found against BlackBerry in the crucial patent case, it could have led to the 375,000 BlackBerry users in Britain, who include much of the country's business elite, being left incommunicado..."
Man Sues Apple Over Potential Hearing Loss (1st Feb 2006)
Quote: "SAN FRANCISCO - A Louisiana man claims in a lawsuit that Apple's iPod music player can cause hearing loss in people who use it. Apple has sold more than 42 million of the devices since they went on sale in 2001, including 14 million in the fourth quarter last year. The devices can produce sounds of more than 115 decibels, a volume that can damage the hearing of a person exposed to the sound for more than 28 seconds per day, according to the complaint..."
Sued photographer: Images of Aniston's breasts 'saturate' public domain (13th Jan 2006)
Quote: "A photographer who took topless photos of actress Jennifer Aniston claims he did so lawfully because she had no reasonable expectation of privacy when she stepped outside to sunbathe nude on her balcony. The star, best known for her role on the hit TV series "Friends," sued photographer Peter Brandt for invasion of privacy in December after learning that the photojournalist was offering topless photos of her with actor Vince Vaughn to various media outlets..."
Starbucks wins legal battle with Chinese copycat (2nd Jan 2006)
Quote: "SHANGHAI — A Chinese court has sided with the Starbucks coffee house chain in its battle with a Shanghai rival over their use of the same Chinese name, news reports said. The dispute in China's booming market for gourmet coffee highlights the country's struggle to mediate trademark disputes, a new concept for the communist legal system. A Shanghai court ordered Shanghai Xingbake Cafe Corp. Ltd. to stop using the name Xingbake, the name used in Chinese by Starbucks Corp., the Shanghai Daily and China Daily newspapers said. Xing, pronounced "shing," means star in Chinese, and bake, or "bah kuh," sounds like bucks..."
Court OK Sought for Proposed Settlement (30th Dec 2005)
Quote: "A proposed settlement of lawsuits against Sony BMG Music Entertainment would let some consumers receive free music downloads to compensate them for Sony surreptitiously including spyware on millions of CDs, lawyers said Thursday. Lawyers said the deal requires the world's second-largest music label to stop manufacturing compact discs with MediaMaz software or with extended copy protection or XCP software that could leave computers vulnerable to hackers..."
Lawyer: Brad Renfro in Drug Rehab Program (30th Dec 2005)
Quote: "Brad Renfro had his arraignment on a drug charge postponed Friday because he has entered a full-time drug rehabilitation program, his lawyer said. The actor's lawyer, Richard Kaplan, said outside court that his client is "doing fine" in the program and will return to court Jan. 18 for his arraignment. He remains free after posting $10,000 bail..."
Judge Grants Hinckley Overnight Visits (30th Dec 2005) LATEST
Quote: "A federal judge Friday loosened the restrictions on John W. Hinckley Jr., allowing the hospitalized presidential assailant to spend seven overnight visits with his parents in Williamsburg, Va. Hinckley, who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, had been permitted to leave St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington for outings around the nation's capital. He wanted to make longer trips and travel outside the area to his parents' community in southeastern Virginia..."
U.S. actress Hatcher wins sex claims libel case (16th Dec 2005)
Quote: "LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. actress Teri Hatcher won substantial libel damages on Friday from a British newspaper that alleged she used a camper van outside her home to have sex with a series of men. The "Desperate Housewives" star, 41, who first found fame as Lois Lane in the 1990s television show "The New Adventures of Superman", will also receive a public apology from Britain's Daily Sport tabloid which published the story..."
BlackBerry patent fight spooks some customers (12th Dec 2005)
Quote: "...RIM's patent fight has been going on for years, but NTP has won several key victories in recent weeks. That's pushing the legal wrangling into the spotlight — and has heightened the possibility that a court will force RIM to stop offering service in the USA until the case is settled. That's a troublesome sign for RIM, which dominates the mobile e-mail market with about 3.7 million subscribers. RIM says it has developed a workaround that will keep BlackBerrys running if it loses the lawsuit. But that hasn't stopped shares of the Waterloo, Ontario, company from falling more than 20% since September. Shares closed Monday up $1.10 at $65.23.Things could get worse for RIM if more customers stay away..."
Trial Delayed As Saddam Refuses to Attend (7th Dec 2005)
Quote: "BAGHDAD, Iraq - Saddam Hussein ‘s trial was delayed Wednesday after the ousted president refused to attend the session, court officials said. Defense lawyers huddled with the judges in hopes of resolving the latest test of wills in the often-unruly trial. Court officials on Wednesday said Saddam was sticking by his vow, and the judges were trying to decide whether to proceed without him. Saddam‘s threat not to attend the Wednesday session came at the end of a daylong session in which five witnesses — two women and three men — related the events of a 1982 crackdown on Shiite Muslims. The most dramatic testimony came from a woman who spoke behind a beige curtain and with her voice disguised..."
South Korea Watchdog Fines Microsoft $32M (6th Dec 2005)
Quote: "GWACHEON, South Korea Dec 6, 2005 — South Korea's antitrust watchdog fined Microsoft Corp. $32 million for alleged unfair business practices and ordered it to take corrective measures such as either unbundling certain software from Windows or sell the software of competitors along with it..."
Two Designers Sue Over 'Project Runway' (6th Dec 2005)
Quote: "NEW YORK Dec 6, 2005 — Two New York fashion designers on Tuesday sued Walt Disney Co., NBC Universal, supermodel Heidi Klum and others, claiming they originally developed the idea for what became the television show "Project Runway." In a copyright lawsuit filed in federal court in the Southern District of New York, designers Cynthia Rodriguez and Elizabeth Marie Anne Zwiebach claim they provided a 40-page outline for a reality show they were interested in developing titled "American Runway" to Klum's agents after first approaching the agents with the idea in July 2003..."
Lawsuit says Anna Nicole Smith 'too scantily clad' (5th Dec 2005)
Quote: "LOS ANGELES: Playboy model-turned-TV personality Anna Nicole Smith turned up drunk and too scantily clad to a Live 8 concert, damaging the reputation of the international charity benefit, a lawsuit filed against a company affiliated with the actress claims. The suit was filed on Thursday in Los Angeles federal court and alleges that Smith "damaged Live 8's reputation and goodwill in the entertainment industry by her unbecoming and erratic behavior." Live 8 Productions LLC is suing Trimspa Inc, the diet pill maker that uses Smith as a spokesperson, alleging the company failed to deliver on its promise to pay $320,000 for four commercial spots during the broadcast..."
Asia's richest woman cleared of forging will (2nd Dec 2005)
Quote: "Asia's richest woman, Nina Wang, was Friday cleared of charges that she forged her late husband's will. The verdict came after an eight-year legal battle against her father-in-law. Wang, 68 - who has a personal fortune estimated at $2.4 billion by the Forbes magazine - was charged with forging her late husband Teddy Wang's will..."
Disney admits liability in wrongful death lawsuit (2nd Dec 2005)
Quote: "SANTA ANA, California (Reuters) -- The Walt Disney Co. has admitted liability in the death of a 22-year-old man who was crushed on a roller coaster at Disneyland in 2003, the company and the victim's family said on Friday. Disney agreed to admit that the death of Marcelo Torres was caused by maintenance and mechanical failures on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad as a condition of the settlement of the wrongful death lawsuit brought by his family..."
Car Rental Companies Shielded From Suits (1st Dec 2005)
Quote: "WASHINGTON (AP) - A New York court's $21 million award last month to a young Wall Street trader paralyzed in an accident involving a Budget Rent-a-Car vehicle may be one of the last of its kind. Inserted among the thousands of road projects in a massive highway bill Congress passed last summer was language annulling state "vicarious liability" laws that hold vehicle rental and leasing companies liable when a driver without sufficient insurance causes a serious accident..."
Ahold to Pay $1.1B to Settle Civil Suit (28th Nov 2005)
Quote: "AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Royal Ahold NV, which owns the Stop & Shop and Giant supermarket chains in the United States along with other retail operations worldwide, said Monday it has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a class action lawsuit brought by U.S. shareholders after its 2003 accounting scandal. Ahold‘s top lawyer Peter Wakkie said it was a coincidence that the amount of the settlement paralleled that of the scandal, in which Ahold overstated earnings by more than 1 billion euros in 1999-2002, mostly by inflating sales at its U.S. Foodservice subsidiary..."
Saddam's character traits flash up in court (28th Nov 2005)
Quote: "BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein shuffles into court. His voice, one that once struck fear into Iraqis, is weaker. But the hard-edged character that raised him from street fighter to president was still very much on display. After showing up eight minutes late to court, and having walked past aides who stood up to show their loyalty, Saddam raised his head and almost insolently announced the Muslim greeting: "Peace be to the people of peace."..."
Kazaa Must Screen Illicit Downloads (28th Nov 2005)
Quote: "The operators of the Kazaa file-sharing service have until December 5 to update their software with a filter to screen out copyrighted material or else face the prospect of being shut down. The filter will prevent users from trading files containing 3000 keywords selected by record companies, including the names of popular artists and songs. The filter can be updated every two weeks to include the latest and most popular releases, the International Federation for the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) said in a statement..."
Calif. Congressman Admits Taking Bribes (28th Nov 2005)
Quote: "SAN DIEGO - Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy and tax charges, admitting taking $2.4 million in bribes in a case that grew from an investigation into the sale of his home to a wide-ranging conspiracy involving payments in cash, vacations and antiques. Cunningham answered "yes, Your Honor" when asked by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns if he had accepted bribes from someone in exchange for his performance of official duties. House Ethics rules say that any lawmaker convicted of a felony no longer should vote or participate in committee work. Under Republican caucus rules, Cunningham also would lose his chairmanship of the House Intelligence subcommittee on terrorism and human intelligence..."
2nd Time reporter asked to testify in leak case (27th Nov 2005)
Quote: "WASHINGTON - A second Time magazine reporter has agreed to cooperate in the CIA leak case and will testify about her discussions with Karl Rove’s attorney, a sign that prosecutors are still exploring charges against the White House aide. Viveca Novak, a reporter in Time’s Washington bureau, is cooperating with Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, who is investigating the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity in 2003, the magazine reported in its Dec. 5 issue..."
Leading online matchmaker sued for bogus dating scam (19th Nov 2005)
Quote: "NEW YORK (AFP) - Match.com, one of the top Internet dating websites, has been accused of hiring people as "date bait" to date some of their one million customers to encourage them to keep paying for the service. A Los Angeles racketeering lawsuit said the lonely hearts website secretly recruited people to send enticing emails to its customers and to go out on dates with them as a way of getting them to keep up their 30 dollars monthly subscription..."
Saddam Trial to Stay in Iraq (13th Nov 2005)
Quote: "BAGHDAD, Iraq - Saddam Hussein's trial will resume on schedule despite the slaying of two defense lawyers and the threat by others to boycott the proceedings over an alleged lack of security, a senior Iraqi judicial official said Sunday. The court is ready to appoint a new team if defense lawyers fail to appear, added Raid Juhi, one of the judges on the special tribunal trying the former dictator and others..."
Justice Dept. May Sue Over Scholarships (11th Nov 2005)
Quote: "CARBONDALE, Ill. - Federal prosecutors are threatening to sue Southern Illinois University over three small graduate school scholarship programs aimed at women and minorities, saying they were discriminatory. SIU "has engaged in a pattern or practice of intentional discrimination against whites, non-preferred minorities and males," the Justice Department said in a letter. A copy of the letter was obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times..."
Copyright Lawsuit Against Spears Dismissed (9th Nov 2005)
Quote: "INDIANAPOLIS - An Indiana songwriter's copyright infringement lawsuit against singer Britney Spears over the song "Sometimes" has been dismissed because she was able to show it wasn't copied, her attorney said Tuesday. "I cannot emphasize enough this was not a settlement but a dismissal," said David R. Baum, an attorney for Spears and her co-defendants. No money will change hands, he said. U.S. District Judge John D. Tinder in Indianapolis last week dismissed the lawsuit by Steve Wallace..."
Apple Eminem ad gets Lugz legal shutdown (7th Nov 2005)
Quote: "Apple has been slammed with a cease and desist regarding its Eminem iPod ad, by footwear maker Lugz. At issue is the way the Eminem ad looks. Many observers have remarked a some similarity between the ad and a 2002 campaign mounted by Lugz. Lugz last week issued a cease and desist letter to Apple and its ad agency TBWA/Chiat/Day, calling Apple's hard-won spot a "rip-off". To a background of rap music, the Lugz ad featured a man in silhouette wandering through an urban environment and with the dominant colours being red, orange, yellow and black. The Eminem ad also featured a man (Eminem) in silhouette in an urban environment with rap music and a similar colour scheme. Lugz called the similarity between the two ads an "unfair use of creative and intellectual property", the New York Daily News reports. However, while the Apple ad features the iPod and paint splashes, the Lugz ad used a ribbon as its theme..."
Guidant Sues J&J to Force Acquisition (7th Nov 2005)
Quote: "NEW YORK - Medical device maker Guidant Corp. sued Johnson & Johnson on Monday in an attempt to force it to complete a $25.4 billion acquisition of Guidant, which has been roiled by a series of recalls. Analysts and lawyers said the suit signals the two sides have failed to renegotiate the acquisition which had been slated to close last week and that the deal will likely dissolve. Shares of Indianapolis-based Guidant tumbled nearly 5 percent in early trading Monday, before recovering slightly. J&J shares rose..."
Merck Facing First Federal Vioxx Trial (5th Nov 2005)
Quote: "HOUSTON - With Merck & Co. now 1-and-1 in state lawsuits over its Vioxx painkiller, the nation's No. 5 drug maker may face higher stakes later this month in the first federal trial of charges that it knowingly rushed a potentially lethal drug to market to pocket billions in profits. "They have a fresh crack at it in a court that is a very important court," said Benjamin Zipursky, a professor at Fordham Law School in New York. "For Merck, reputationally, investors will look at what happens in federal courts as a signal of the strength of the goods on Merck."..."
Verdict May Lighten Merck's Case Load (4th Nov 2005)
Quote: "ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Merck & Co.'s victory in the nation's second Vioxx trial may lighten the company's litigation load as plaintiff lawyers shun weaker cases, but the legal saga over the withdrawn painkiller is far from over. Still, the win is a crucial boost for Merck, which demonstrated a refinement of its defense strategy after a humiliating defeat in a Texas trial over the summer and convinced a jury it acted responsibly in promoting Vioxx, experts said..."
Libby Pleads Not Guilty in CIA Leak Case (4th Nov 2005)
Quote: "WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff pleaded not guilty to a five-count felony indictment Thursday in the CIA leak case, signaling a protracted court battle that is sure to prolong debate about the White House's prewar use of intelligence on Iraq. I. Lewis Libby appeared at his arraignment with trial lawyers Ted Wells and William Jeffress, known for their ability to win jury acquittals for high-profile clients in white-collar criminal cases..."
Jury Clears Merck in Vioxx Liability Case (3rd Nov 2005)
Quote: "ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Merck & Co. won a major victory in the battle over its Vioxx painkiller Thursday when a New Jersey state jury found that the drugmaker properly warned consumers about the risks of the medication. The finding means Merck won't be held liable for the 2001 heart attack suffered by a man taking Vioxx..."
Judge Removed From DeLay's Criminal Case (1st Nov 2005)
Quote: "AUSTIN, Texas - In a courtroom victory for Rep. Tom Delay, the judge in the campaign-finance case against the former House Republican leader was removed Tuesday because of his donations to Democratic candidates and causes. A semi-retired judge who was called in to hear the dispute, C.W. Bud Duncan, ruled in Delay's favor without comment. Duncan ordered the appointment of a new judge to preside over the case..."
Supreme Court to Hear Student Loan Case (30th Oct 2005)
Quote: "James Lockhart was surviving on $874 a month in Social Security disability payments plus $10 in food stamps when his student loans from nearly 20 years earlier caught up with him. He was told his Social Security checks would be cut by 15 percent, an offset to pay more than $80,000 in delinquent student loans. The next day, he started legal action that has led to a hearing Wednesday before the U.S. Supreme Court..."
Suit: Insurer Tried to Avoid Paying Claims (29th Oct 2005)
Quote: "SAN FRANCISCO - UnumProvident Corp., the nation's largest disability insurer, systematically sought ways to avoid paying claims to millions of California customers, a lawsuit claims. The lawsuit filed Friday in Superior Court by policyholders seeks class-action status. It comes less than a month after the company was ordered to pay an $8 million fine to settle similar charges against the company by state insurance regulators..."
Judge Won't Dismiss R. Kelly Sex Charges (29th Oct 2005)
Quote: "CHICAGO - Singer R. Kelly is a step closer to trial after a judge refused Friday to dismiss charges in a three-year old case against him for allegedly engaging in videotaped sex acts with an underage girl. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to 14 counts of child pornography..."
"Sophisticated" eBay fraudsters jailed in Britain (28th Oct 2005)
Quote: "Three Romanian fraudsters were jailed on Friday in London for a worldwide fraud carried out via Internet auction house eBay which netted at least 300,000 pounds. Some 3,000 victims from as far away as the United States and South Korea were snared by the trio in a scam involving crime bosses in Romania and which police fear continues to this day..."
$651M Recovered From WorldCom's Bankers (27th Oct 2005)
Quote: "NEW YORK - A group of state and local retirement funds and insurance companies recovered $651 million from WorldCom's investment banks, auditors and company officers in a settlement announced Thursday. As part of the settlement, Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase & Co., two of the defendants in several non-class action suits filed by the funds, agreed to jointly petition the Securities and Exchange Commission for more stringent disclosures by banks underwriting future stock and bond offerings. The two Wall Street firms will be joined in the petition by the California Public Employees Retirement System and five other retirement funds..."
Man convicted in first BitTorrent case (25th Oct 2005)
Quote: "A man has been convicted in what appears to be the first successful BitTorrent case. Chan Nai-ming, from Hong Kong, used P2P BitTorrent software to distribute three copyrighted films online. He was arrested by customs officers in January. He denied copyright infringement but was convicted after a four-day trial and will be sentenced in two weeks..."
Sizemore Lawyers Want Conviction Tossed(22nd Oct 2005)
Quote: "LOS ANGELES - A judge wants the city attorney's office to show why Tom Sizemore's conviction for beating former girlfriend and Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss should not be thrown out, according to the actor's attorneys. The 44-year-old actor has appealed his conviction, arguing that a photograph of Fleiss with facial bruises may have been fabricated. The photograph was taken in April 2003 by Tara Dabrizzi, a friend of Fleiss, who didn't testify at Sizemore's trial..."
Judge's Politics Questioned in DeLay Case (22nd Oct 2005)
Quote: "AUSTIN - State District Judge Bob Perkins took a long vacation before settling in to oversee criminal proceedings that could bring down one of the Republican party's biggest players — U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay. When he returned to a media frenzy, he joked that he should have stayed in Italy. "Judges tend to be hesitant about taking real high publicity cases," he said. "It definitely complicates your life."..."
Teen Charged As Adult in Calif. Killing (22nd Oct 2005)
Quote: "A 16-year-old boy was charged as an adult Friday in the killing of a prominent defense attorney's wife and was ordered held on $1 million bail. The teenager, Scott Dyleski, appeared briefly in a Contra Costa County courthouse for the first time since his arrest for allegedly beating Pamela Vitale to death in her hilltop estate..."
Class action lawsuit launched over iPod Nano scratch marks (21st Oct 2005)
Quote: "Angry iPod Nano owners have filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in San Jose, California, against Apple Computer, Inc. The lawsuit, filed by attorneys from Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro in Seattle and David P. Meyer & Associates in Columbus, Ohio, on behalf of all Nano owners, charges that the iPod Nano's LCD screen is too easily scratched. The claim is that under normal use, the screen will become so scratched that it is rendered unreadable, and that Apple was aware of these problems and shipped the Nano anyway, violating "implied and expressed warranties." The suit asks for "damages in the amount of monies paid for Nanos," as well as unspecified actual, statutory and punitive damages..."
Accused Spyware Installer Settles Lawsuit (20th Oct 2005)
Quote: "The former chief executive of a company accused of secretly installing adware and spyware on millions of home computers agreed to pay $750,000 in penalties after an investigation, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said Thursday. In April, Spitzer sued Los Angeles-based Intermix Media Inc., saying the company was responsible for sending software tens of millions of times on computers across the country and three million times in New York..."
Saddam Trial Defense Lawyer Found Dead (21st Oct 2005)
Quote: "A defense lawyer in Saddam Hussein's mass murder trial has been found dead, his body dumped near a Baghdad mosque with two gunshots to the head, police and a top lawyers union official said Friday. Saadoun Sughaiyer al-Janabi was abducted from his office Thursday evening, a day after he attended the first session of the trial, acting as the lawyer of one Saddam's seven co-defendants..."
Saddam Co-Defendant's Lawyer Kidnapped (20th Oct 2005)
Quote: "Ten masked gunmen kidnapped the lawyer for one of Saddam Hussein's co-defendants Thursday, police said. Saadoun Sughaiyer al-Janabi, who was in the courtroom for Wednesday's opening session of the trial, is one of two lawyers for Awad Hamed al-Bandar, one of seven Baath Party officials being tried with Saddam..."
DeLay Appears in Houston for Booking (20th Oct 2005)
Quote: "Rep. Tom DeLay turned himself Thursday in at the Harris County sheriff's office, where he was photographed, fingerprinted and released on bond on state conspiracy and money laundering charges. "He posted $10,000 bond and they have left the bonding office," Lt. John Martin with the sheriff's department said..."
Navy Sued Over Sonar's Effects on Whales (19th Oct 2005)
Quote: "Environmentalists sued the Navy on Wednesday, claiming that a widely used form of sonar for detecting enemy submarines disturbs and sometimes kills whales and dolphins. The sonar "is capable of flooding thousands of square miles of ocean with dangerous levels of noise pollution," according to the lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles..."
Saddam Goes on Trial for 1982 Massacre (19th Oct 2005)
Quote: " Saddam Hussein went on trial Wednesday for a massacre of his fellow Iraqis, turning immediately argumentative and challenging the legitimacy of the court trying him two years after his capture for the killings of 150 Shiites. When the trial began, the 68-year-old ousted Iraqi leader — looking thin with a salt-and-pepper beard in a dark gray suit and open-collared white shirt — stood and asked the presiding judge: "Who are you? I want to know who you are."..."
Saddam Lawyer to Seek 3-Month Adjournment (18th Oct 2005)
Quote: "The lawyer for Saddam Hussein said Tuesday he will ask a tribunal for a three-month adjournment of the former Iraqi dictator's trial for a 1982 massacre. Saddam and seven senior members of his 23-year regime go on trial Wednesday to face charges they ordered the killings of nearly 150 people from the mainly Shiite town of Dujail following a failed attempt on Saddam's life..."
BALCO Founder Sentenced to Eight Months (18th Oct 2005)
Quote: "Victor Conte was sentenced to four months in prison and four months' home confinement Tuesday for his role as the mastermind in a scheme to provide pro athletes with undetectable banned drugs. Conte, who negotiated a plea deal with federal prosecutors, started the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative. The lab, according to court records, counted dozens of prominent athletes among its clients, including Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi, Marion Jones and others..."
BALCO figures get less prison than drug dealers (18th Oct 2005)
Quote: "The head of the BALCO lab at the center of a global sports steroid scandal was sentenced to four months in prison on Tuesday, a punishment the judge said was less than drug dealers get in less significant cases. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston approved a plea deal that will send BALCO head Victor Conte, 55, to prison for four months and home for four months of confinement. She then sentenced Greg Anderson, 39, baseball superstar Barry Bonds' trainer, to three months prison and three months home confinement for distributing steroids..."
David, Victoria Beckham Seek Libel Damages (18th Oct 2005)
Quote: "Soccer star David Beckham and his wife, former Spice Girl Victoria, are taking legal action against a British tabloid that claimed their "happy marriage" is a sham. Beckham, the world's most recognized soccer player, and his wife, the former Posh Spice, are seeking libel damages against the News of the World newspaper over an article that carried the headline: "Posh and Becks on the Rocks." The case will be heard before a judge and jury at London's Law Courts in December..."
Photog Wins Appeal in Kidman Bugging Case (18th Oct 2005)
Quote: "A photographer suspected of planting a listening device outside Nicole Kidman's home will not have to give a DNA sample to police, an appeals court ruled Tuesday. One of Kidman's security guards spotted the device near a sidewalk outside the Oscar-winning actress' lavish harbor-front mansion in January. Police later alleged that celebrity photographer Jamie Fawcett, 43, had been captured on security camera footage near the house around the time the bug was planted..."
DeLay Associates Seek Dismissal of Charges (18th Oct 2005)
Quote: "AUSTIN, Texas - An attorney for an indicted associate of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said in court documents Tuesday that charges against his client should be dismissed because they are a result of "outrageous government conduct." The motion, on behalf of Republican fundraiser Jim Ellis, calls the case by Texas prosecutor Ronnie Earle a "grim spectacle of a prosecutor run amok, intent on indicting his political opponents at any cost."..."
Former Merrill Lynch Trader Gets 3 1/2 Years for $43M Theft (17th Oct 2005)
Quote: "Merrill Lynch's former chief energy trader was sentenced Friday to 3 1/2 years in prison by a judge who said his theft of $43 million from the brokerage was the action of "an arrogant would-be master-of-the-universe." Daniel L. Gordon, 29, of Old Lyme, Conn., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gerard E. Lynch after Gordon apologized and said his guilty plea "will serve as my scarlet letter for the rest of my life." He was also ordered to pay a $100,000 fine and to forfeit the $43 million..."
Bankruptcy Law Affects Debtors of All Ages (16th Oct 2005)
Quote: "...As of Monday, people with financial plights like Norwood's face a bigger struggle as a new federal law takes effect and places limitations on personal bankruptcy filings. Two age groups, debtors under 35 and those over 65, are expected to have a particularly hard time under the law. For young people with jobs, it will be probably tougher under the new law to qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which would wipe out much or all of their debts. For the elderly, a group badly in need of debt erasure, higher legal fees are likely to be the big disincentives. Legal fees for Chapter 7 bankruptcy now range from as low as $500 in some parts of the country to as high as $2,500 in metropolitan areas like Chicago and Los Angeles, said lawyer James Cossitt, who conducted a national attorney fee survey. Experts estimate that these costs will double under the new law, and older debtors already struggling on limited incomes will be hard-pressed to come up with that money..."
Samsung to Pay $300M Fine for Price Fixing (13th Oct 2005)
Quote: "Samsung, the world's largest maker of memory chips for computers and other gadgets, will pay a $300 million fine to settle accusations it secretly conspired with industry rivals to fix prices and cheat customers, federal officials said Thursday. Samsung's guilty plea to a felony price-fixing charge caps a three-year investigation by the Justice Department into makers of the chips, a $7.7 billion market in the United States. Two of Samsung's leading rivals earlier paid fines totaling $345 million and pleaded guilty to involvement in a scheme the government said boosted prices consumers paid for computers between 1999 and 2002..."
Prosecutor Subpoenas DeLay Phone Records (13th Oct 2005)
Quote: "AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas prosecutor subpoenaed records for the home telephone of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and the phone of his political campaign Thursday. Also subpoenaed by prosecutor Ronnie Earle were records for two numbers for DeLay's daughter, Danielle DeLay Ferro. DeLay is facing charges of money laundering and conspiracy in a Texas campaign finance case."
Microsoft to pay RealNetworks $761 mln (11th Oct 2005)
Quote: "Microsoft Corp. agreed to pay RealNetworks Inc. $761 million to settle an antitrust suit accusing the world's largest software maker of using its dominance to promote its own media player, the companies said on Tuesday. RealNetworks shares rose 34 percent after the settlement, which was seen giving it a war chest for expansion and channels for new products. For Microsoft, the settlement comes close to closing an era of legal battles..."
Quote: "The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an appeal from a generic drug company over the patent for the antidepressant Zoloft, in a case that sought to speed up development of a cheaper substitute. Justices declined without comment to review a lower court judgment for Pfizer Inc., maker of the popular antidepressant. That decision had been a split one, however, with one judge complaining that brand-name drug manufacturers had tried to delay the release of generic drugs. Generic medicines are usually cheaper than the brand names..."
High Court Won't Hear Cheaper Drugs Case (11th Oct 2005)
Quote: "A federal court denied Research In Motion Ltd.'s request for the full court to rehear its appeal of a long-running patent suit in which the maker of BlackBerry e-mail devices has been found guilty of infringement. RIM said Friday it plans an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court and will seek a halt to further proceedings until that court decides whether to review the case..."
DeLay's Lawyers Subpoena His Prosecutor (11th Oct 2005)
Quote: "WASHINGTON - Indicted Rep. Tom DeLay's attorneys turned the tables on a Texas prosecutor Tuesday, delivering a subpoena to compel his testimony about his conduct with grand jurors. Defense attorney Dick DeGuerin, who contends there was misconduct by prosecutors, said Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle refused the subpoena at his Austin office when he declined to sign a paper acknowledging its delivery. Earle said he had voluntarily accepted the subpoena..."
Court Nixes Full Appeal in BlackBerry Suit (8th Oct 2005)
Quote: "A federal court denied Research In Motion Ltd.'s request for the full court to rehear its appeal of a long-running patent suit in which the maker of BlackBerry e-mail devices has been found guilty of infringement. RIM said Friday it plans an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court and will seek a halt to further proceedings until that court decides whether to review the case..."
Psychic seeks $25 million reward for Saddam (7th Oct 2005)
Quote: "A Brazilian court will consider a psychic's claim that the U.S. government owes him a $25 million reward for information he says he provided on the hiding place of ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Brazil's second-highest court, the Superior Court of Justice, decided Thursday the Brazilian justice system could rule on the matter and told a court in the psychic's home state of Minas Gerais to judge the case..."
Quote: " The judge in the second Vioxx product-liability trial delivered a stunning blow to Merck & Co. Friday when she barred the testimony of its first defense witness from the record. With the jury out of the courtroom, Superior Court Judge Carol Higbee said she felt misled and sickened upon rereading the transcript of Thursday's testimony by a Merck researcher who said studies in the late 1990s showed the pain reliever would not cause heart damage..."
DeLay Asks That Indictments Be Set Aside (7th Oct 2005)
Quote: "Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's legal team asked Friday for his Texas indictments to be set aside, accusing the prosecutor of misconduct. DeLay's attorney, Dick DeGuerin, alleged in a court motion that Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle unlawfully participated in grand jury deliberations when he went to a second grand jury last week to seek a second indictment against the congressman...DeGuerin said the indictment forced DeLay to step down from his job as majority leader, the No. 2 position in the U.S. House, for a crime that did not exist in Texas law. DeLay was indicted Sept. 28 on a charge of conspiracy as a grand jury's term was expiring. But questions were raised about whether the law on which the indictment was based was in effect at the time of the alleged conspiracy..."
Pentagon Analyst Pleads Guilty in Spy Case (5th Oct 2005)
Quote: "A top Pentagon analyst with expertise in the Middle East pleaded guilty Wednesday to giving classified information to an Israeli embassy official and members of a pro- Israel lobbying group. Lawrence A. Franklin, 58, said during a plea hearing that he was frustrated with the government and that he had hoped the two members of the lobbying group could use their connections at the National Security Council to influence U.S. policy..."
Samsung execs convicted of aiding wealth transfer to owner's son (5th Oct 2005)
Quote: "A court yesterday found two Samsung Group executives guilty of arranging illicit stock transactions to help Chairman Lee Kun-hee transfer his wealth to his only son in a ruling that experts say could lead to a full investigation of Lee's family and the ownership structure of the nation's largest business group. Her Tae-hak, former chief executive of Samsung Everland Co. and incumbent Samsung Everland President Park Ro-bin were accused of selling bonds to Lee Jay-yong in December 1996 at a cost substantially lower than the fair market price..."
Supreme Court to Revisit Assisted Suicide (5th Oct 2005)
Quote: "The Supreme Court will revisit the emotionally charged issue of physician-assisted suicide in a test of the federal government's power to block doctors from helping terminally ill patients end their lives. Oregon is the only state that lets dying patients obtain lethal doses of medication from their doctors, although other states may pass laws of their own if the high court rules against the federal government. Voters in Oregon have twice endorsed doctor-assisted suicide, but the Bush administration has aggressively challenged the state law..."
Online Lawsuits Fuel Debate in France (4th Oct 2005)
Quote: "Attorney Jean-Marc Goldnadel knew he was going to make waves when he launched classaction.fr — a French Web site that lets users sign up to lawsuits online for as little as 12 euros ($14.50). Sure enough, the site has ruffled France's traditionalist establishment and raised the temperature of a debate on government plans to let plaintiffs file U.S.-style class actions in French courts..."
DeLay: Indictment 'Abomination of Justice' (4th Oct 2005)
Quote: "Rep. Tom DeLay was indicted for a second time in less than a week by a Texas grand jury looking into campaign contributions, a development the former U.S. House majority leader called "an abomination of justice." The latest indictment, for one count of conspiring to launder money and one count of money laundering, was brought hours after DeLay's lawyers attacked on technical grounds another indictment handed down last week..."
Google Prevails in Age Discrimination Suit (1st Oct 2005)
Quote: "A California judge has sided with Google Inc. in an age discrimination lawsuit filed by a former manager who alleged the online search engine leader had fired him because he didn't fit in with the company's youthful culture. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge William Elfving granted Google a summary judgment on all the case's key issues in a Sept. 21 ruling. The judge concluded that Brian Reid, formerly Google's director of operations, hadn't presented enough evidence to prove Google fired him in February 2004 because of his age..."
AIG files suit against Greenberg for shares (29th Sept 2005)
Quote: "American International Group Inc. escalated its battle with former chief executive Maurice "Hank" Greenberg by suing for control of roughly $20 billion in AIG shares, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. In papers filed in federal court in Manhattan late Tuesday, the New York-based company said Greenberg must give up control of stock representing nearly 12 percent of the insurance giant held by Starr International Co., a private Bermuda-based firm whose chief asset is the AIG stake..."
Court rejects suit over Japan PM war shrine visits (29th Sept 2005)
Quote: "A lawsuit claiming compensation from Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi for distress caused by his visits to a war shrine was dismissed by a Tokyo court on Thursday. Japan's Asian neighbours see Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, and relations with China and South Korea have deteriorated in recent years, partly over the prime minister's annual visits. The shrine honours Japan's military war dead and some executed World War Two war criminals..."
England Convicted in Abu Ghraib Abuse Case (26th Sept 2005)
Quote: "Army Pfc. Lynndie England, whose smiling poses in photos of detainee abuse at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison made her the face of the scandal, was convicted Monday by a military jury on six of seven counts. England, 22, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy, four counts of maltreating detainees and one count of committing an indecent act. She was acquitted on a second conspiracy count..."
Judge OKs $25.5M Settlement in WWII Case (26th Sept 2005)
Quote: "Amid objections from some Holocaust survivors, a federal judge Monday approved a $25.5 million settlement between the U.S. government and Hungarian Jews who lost jewelry, artwork and other treasures when a Nazi "Gold Train" was commandeered by the U.S. Army during World War II. Despite the objections, Judge Patricia Seitz said the agreement represented a "historic" chance to right a 60-year-old wrong committed by some U.S. troops and never adequately addressed by the federal government..."
Supreme Court May Hear Abortion Case (26th Sept 2005)
Quote: "The Bush administration is asking the Supreme Court to reinstate a national ban on a type of late-term abortion, a case that could thrust the president's first court picks into an early tie-breaking role on a divisive and emotional issue. The appeal follows a two-year, cross-country legal fight over the law and highlights the power that Bush's nominees will have. Just a few months ago, there would have been five votes to strike down the law, which bars what critics call partial birth abortion..."
Maker of Bulletproof Vest May Face Charges (26th Sept 2005)
Quote: "Federal prosecutors are investigating whether a maker of bulletproof vests endangered lives, including President Bush's, by concealing potentially deadly flaws in the body armor sold to the government and police agencies. A whistle-blower from the company, Second Chance Body Armor Inc., of Central Lake, Mich., testified this month that the Secret Service tested and bought some of the defective vests for the president and first lady..."
Statistics Expert Testifies in Vioxx Case (22nd Sept 2005)
Quote: "Even short-term use of the painkiller Vioxx can double the risk of heart attack and death, a medical statistics expert testified Thursday in a product liability trial, a finding that manufacturer Merck & Co. misrepresented. Testifying on behalf of a postal worker who is suing the drugmaker, University of Washington biostatistician Richard Kronmal said company-sponsored tests showed that patients who took the now-withdrawn painkiller suffered serious side effects to blood vessels almost immediately..."
Judge Rejects Vermont Workers' Rx Effort (22nd Sept 2005)
Quote: "A federal judge said the Bush administration acted legally when it refused to let Vermont state workers import low-cost prescription drugs, but he also said he approved of the state's goal. Dismissing a lawsuit filed by the state last year, U.S. District Judge William Sessions said this week that Vermont had failed to show that the Food and Drug Administration had any responsibility to certify the state's proposed medication-import program..."
Judge OKs $6.1B in WorldCom Settlements (22nd Sept 2005)
Quote: "Former WoldCom Investors can now claim back some of the billions of dollars they lost in a massive accounting fraud, after a federal judge approved legal settlements of "historic proportions." The deal approved Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Denise Cote, will divide payments of $6.1 billion among approximately 830,000 people and institutions that held stocks or bonds in the telecommunications company around the time of its collapse in 2002..."
Saddam Lawyers Don't Recognize Trial Date (21st Sept 2005)
Quote: "Saddam Hussein's lawyers won't recognize the Oct. 19 start of the former leader's trial because they claim they have not been notified of the date by the Special Iraqi Tribunal, the attorneys said Wednesday. The lawyers "will not recognize any date for the trial if it comes within weeks or months," said Khalil Dulaimi, Saddam's Iraqi lawyer, in a statement from Baghdad..."
'Ugly' woman sues TV show in death of sister (20th Sept 2005)
Quote: " Texas woman has sued ABC's popular reality show "Extreme Makeover" for more than $1 million claiming among other things that an abrupt cancellation of her appearance on the program led to her sister's death..."
Judge Declares Mistrial in Gotti Case (20th Sept 2005)
Quote: "A Beijing court has ordered Chinese Internet search leader Baidu.com Inc. to stop directing users to music download sites, in a case that may set a precedent as China seeks to show it can enforce copyright...Baidu was also fined 68,000 yuan ($8,418) in the case and faces a series of similar lawsuits brought by Vivendi's Universal Music, Sony Corp.'s Sony BMG and Warner Music Group..."
Baidu ordered to halt music downloading service (20th Sept 2005)
Quote: "A Beijing court has ordered Chinese Internet search leader Baidu.com Inc. to stop directing users to music download sites, in a case that may set a precedent as China seeks to show it can enforce copyright...Baidu was also fined 68,000 yuan ($8,418) in the case and faces a series of similar lawsuits brought by Vivendi's Universal Music, Sony Corp.'s Sony BMG and Warner Music Group..."
Two Ex-Tyco Executives Face Sentencing (19th Sept 2005)
Quote: "Historically, white-collar criminals were handed long sentences only rarely. That has changed in recent years — and two Tyco International executives may be the latest to bear the brunt...Kozlowski, 58, and Swartz, 44, were convicted after a four-month trial in which they were accused of giving themselves more than $150 million in illegal bonuses and forgiving loans to themselves, in addition to manipulating the company's stock price..."
Asia's richest woman wins battle for late-husband's empire (16th Sept 2005)
Quote: "Asia's richest woman won an eight-year legal battle with her father-in-law for control of her dead husband's multibillion-dollar real estate empire. Nina Wang, a charismatic businesswoman known for her colourful wardrobe and unusual haircuts, won a unanimous ruling from Hong Kong's five-member Court of Final Appeal granting her the 3.5 billion dollar Chinachem conglomerate. The judges overturned a lower court judgment that she had forged the will of her husband, Teddy Wang Teh-huei, shortly before he was kidnapped in 1990 and vanished without a trace..."
Jail For Cameron Diaz Photographer (16th Sept 2005)
Quote: "The photographer who sought $3.5 million from Cameron Diaz for the topless photos he took of her before she became a movie star has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for forgery, attempted grand theft and perjury..."
Music giants sue China's Baidu over music downloads (16th Sept 2005)
Quote: "Music giants Universal, EMI, Warner, Sony BMG and their local subsidiaries are suing China's largest search engine Baidu for allegedly infringing the copyright of hundreds of songs...The music companies allege Baidu has made it easy for users to download illegal copies of their songs via its MP3 search engine, the Hong Kong-based Standard newspaper reported, citing a source close to the music companies..."
Judge allows ex-Microsoft exec to do China work for Google (13th Sept 2005)
Quote: "A judge ruled that former Microsoft executive Lee Kai-Fu can set up an Internet research center in China for rival tech giant Google despite concerns Lee may have taken trade secrets from Microsoft. Ruling on a request by Microsoft to block the executive's move, the judge rejected most of Microsoft's arguments but set limitations on Lee that included banning him from wooing other Microsoft employees into Google's camp..."
D.C. Serial Arsonist Gets Life Sentence (12th Sept 2005)
Quote: "...Sweatt, 50, admitted setting 45 arson fires in the Washington area. Investigators know how he did it — using jugs of gasoline and wicks made from clothing. But the reason why went unanswered as a federal judge sentenced him to life in prison plus 136 years Monday..."
Family sues over girl's burns from hot chocolate (8th Sept 2005)
Quote: "The family of a St. Jacob girl who alleges she suffered severe burns when the bottom of a cup fell out, spilling hot chocolate onto her lap, filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Madison County. The family of Paige Simmons, who was 6 when she was burned, filed the suit against Java Junction, a Logan County coffee shop where the chocolate was bought, and Sweetheart Cup Co., the maker of the cup..."
Apple Is Accused of Violating Software Patent (3rd Sept 2005)
Quote: "...Creative Technology, a maker of portable music players, has accused Apple Computer of violating a newly granted software patent covering the way users navigate music selections. Creative Technology, which is based in Singapore and has United States operations in Milpitas, Calif., said it would consider every option available to defend the patent, including possible legal action. Apple declined to comment on the patent..."
N.Y. Judge Certifies Antitrust Class Action Against Microsoft (2nd Sept 2005)
Quote: "...Among targeted practices was Microsoft's requirement that computer manufacturers agree to pay a licensing fee to Microsoft for each computer shipped, regardless of the operating system. The practice discouraged manufacturers from installing any operating systems besides Microsoft's. Consumer plaintiffs have claimed such practices harmed them by denying them choice and inflating prices. Microsoft has already settled several state consumer class action suits. In 2003, a class of California consumers received $1.1 billion in vouchers for Microsoft products..."
Neighbor Sues to Stop 'Real World' Filming (1st Sept 2005)
Quote: "MTV's long-running "Real World" show is no hit with tour magnate Edwin O. Swift III. Swift, the owner of Historic Tours of America and a Key West resident, is suing to stop the show from filming its 17th season at the house and property next to his in the exclusive Key Haven neighborhood. The show's premise is to bring together seven strangers and film them at all hours to see how they get along..."
Motion to Postpone Vioxx Trial Rejected (29th Aug 2005)
Quote: "Beleaguered drug maker Merck & Co.'s request to postpone the next trial over its withdrawn painkiller Vioxx was turned down Monday by the New Jersey judge presiding over the case. Superior Court Judge Carol E. Higbee, who is overseeing nearly 2,500 Vioxx product liability cases that have been filed in New Jersey, also rejected two other Merck motions related to the upcoming trial..."
1,000 Lawsuits Filed Against OxyContin Maker (28th Aug 2005)
Quote: "...Each plaintiff alleges that OxyContin is as addictive as any other opiate, but that Purdue Pharma marketed it as a safe, effective pain medication. The plaintiffs claim they became addicted, suffering side effects including vomiting, blurred vision, paranoia and panic attacks. The drug has reported annual sales of $1.8 billion..."
Guns N' Roses ex members sue Axl Rose for royalties (27th Aug 2005)
Quote: "Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has been sued by former band mates Slash and Duff for allegedly keeping them out of the hard rock band's lucrative royalties, according to court papers..."
Merck to Mull Settling Some Vioxx Suits (26th Aug 2005)
Quote: "..."Merck is stepping up now and saying, 'Maybe we should compensate people who were harmed after 18 months'" of Vioxx use, said Chris Seeger, the attorney going up against Merck in the next Vioxx trial in a state court, set to start Sept. 12 in Atlantic City..."
AOL to Pay $1.25 Million to Settle State Inquiry (25th Aug 2005)
Quote: "America Online Inc., the world's largest Internet service provider, will pay $1.25 million in penalties and costs and reform some of its customer service practices to settle an investigation by Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's office. Around 300 consumers had filed complaints with Spitzer's office accusing AOL, a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., of ignoring demands to cancel service and stop billing..."
$250,000 Bail for Boy Stirs Controversy (25th Aug 2005)
Quote: "...The judge set the boy's bail at $250,000 — 50 times higher than the $5,000 sought by prosecutors. His decision shocked prosecutors and defense attorneys alike. But Lewis said he is simply trying to protect the public. "We can't have kids out in the community with guns and firing guns," Lewis said in an interview with The Associated Press Wednesday..."
Merck Co. Says Some Suits May Be Settled (25th Aug 2005)
Quote: "...Merck's general counsel, Kenneth C. Frazier, told The New York Times in Friday's editions that Merck would consider settling suits brought by people who took Vioxx for long periods of time and had few other risk factors for heart disease..."
Judge Signs Aniston-Pitt Divorce Papers (22th Aug 2005)
Quote: "A judge has signed off on the divorce of Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt, but under California law, the former golden couple's split won't be official until Oct. 2, according to court records obtained Monday..."
Merck Loss Likely to Increase Lawsuits (19th Aug 2005)
Quote: "Merck & Co.'s first wrongful-death verdict over its painkiller Vioxx in a case that was not seen as especially strong, and is likely to inspire thousands of more suits on top of the 4,200 already filed against the drug maker, analysts say..."
Jury Awards Widow $253.4M in Vioxx Trial (19th Aug 2005)
Quote: "A Texas jury found pharmaceutical giant Merck Co. liable Friday for the death of a man who took the once popular painkiller Vioxx, awarding his widow $253.4 million in damages in the first of thousands of lawsuits pending across the country..."
Amazon.com Settles Patent Lawsuit for $40M (11th Aug 2005)
Quote: "Amazon.com Inc. said it paid $40 million to Soverain Software LLC to settle a patent-infringement lawsuit. Soverain, a small Chicago-based company, had alleged that Amazon's Web site infringed several Soverain patents on network sales systems and Internet server access control and monitoring systems..."
CHINA: Nation Amends Law to Ban Sexual Harassment (26th June 2005)
Quote: "...China on Sunday started to try banning sexual harassment through legislation, after surveys found that Chinese professional women were widely suffering sexual harassment. The draft amendment to China's Law on Women's Right Protection, with provisions to ban sexual harassment, was submitted to the nation's top legislature, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), on Sunday for first deliberation. According to the draft amendment, no one shall be allowed to subject women to sexual harassment and all work units shall take measures against sexual harassment in working places..."
CORPORATE LAW CASES
Microsoft, California Reach $1.1 Billion Settlement (13th Jan 2003)
Quote: "...Microsoft was scheduled to take its case to trial Feb. 24 in San Francisco. Instead, consumers who purchased Microsoft products between Feb. 18, 1995, and Dec. 15, 2001, who feel they have been harmed by Microsoft can file claims for vouchers that will have a value of between $5 and $29, depending on the product purchased, Burt said. After the settlement is finalized, consumers will have four months to get the vouchers and then four years to use them, Burt said. He added that any unclaimed funds will go to the state of California's education system or returned to Microsoft. Two-thirds of the unclaimed funds will go to addressing the digital divide..."
Asbestos Massacre at Japanese Factories (2005)
Quote: "...At a press conference held on June 29, 2005, a spokesperson for Kubota Corporation, an industrial equipment manufacturer based in Osaka, confirmed the asbestos deaths of scores of former employees. The death-toll since 1978 includes 75 workers from the company's Kanzaki factory and 4 subcontractors who had been employed at the same facility. There are serious concerns over the health of 552 other workers from this factory who were directly involved in the manufacture of asbestos pipes for a minimum of one year between 1954 to 1975. Eighteen retired workers are currently being treated for asbestos-related diseases..."
Japan: 374 Workers Die in Asbestos Handling (15th July 2005)
Quote: "...A total of 374 people died of mesothelioma -- a cancer of the lining of the chest cavity, lungs or stomach -- or pneumoconiosis, a disease known as black lung, at 24 of the 89 asbestos-products manufacturers that responded to the government survey, the Economy and Trade Ministry said in a statement..."
Three Major Engineering Companies Say 41 Employees Died After Handling Asbestos (13th July 2005)
Quote: "...The announcements by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co. and Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding Co. were the latest revelation in an expanding number of deaths and illnesses linked to asbestos pollution. In recent weeks, about 20 Japanese companies have reported more than 350 deaths possibly linked to the carcinogenic material, sending government agencies scrambling to assess the depth of the problem..."
Merck Vioxx Recall (2004)
Quote: "Merck Vioxx is a cox-2 inhibitor drug, which was approved by the Food and Drugs Administration in May 1999 following various trials and tests. Upon its approval, Vioxx was hailed a miracle drug, as it could provide the effects of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug without causing the gastric problems... Five years on, in September 2004, this wonder drug came crashing down to earth with a bang, as continued testing indicated that, although it reduced the risk of stomach problems in patients, it also significantly increased the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Upon hearing of this evidence, the manufacturer of Vioxx, Merck, made arrangements for the drug to be immediately recalled from the US market. However, the circumstances surrounding the approval of vioxx back in 1999 is now shrouded in controversy, with questions being raised about how long Merck had already known about these potentially fatal side effects, and how such a drug managed to slip through the net and gain approval with the FDA..."
Mercantile Credit Co. Ltd v Garrod (1962)
Quote: "Mr Garrod and Mr Parkin formed a partnership for the purpose of letting lock up garages and of repairing cars, but expressly excluding the buying and selling of cars. Parkin, without Garrod's knowledge, purported to sell a car, to which he had no title, to Mercantile Credit, who believed that they were dealing with a partnership..."
Malayan Plant (Pte) Ltd v Moscow Narodny Bank (1980)
Quote: "...it was expressly conceded that the company owed the bank the full amount of $8,092,088.96 with 14% interest, and the sole ground of appeal persisted in was that it would be neither just nor equitable to allow the winding-up order to remain. Reliance was sought to be place on the fact that the relationship of bank to customer had existed between the parties for over five years. It was said that this had involved the former in making large advances which had enabled the latter to trade successfully and to have assets exceeding their liabilities, that there was no possibility of the company finding an alternative source of finance at short notice, and that the demands in December 1976 and January 1977 for repayment within three weeks of all outstanding loans and advances had placed the company in an impossible situation which had resulted from their refusal to accede to the bank’s persuasion that they should trade in Russian goods..."
McDonald's obesity suit tossed (2003)
Quote: "A lawsuit alleging food from McDonald's restaurants is responsible for making people obese got thrown out by a federal judge Wednesday. The landmark legal action was the first of its kind against a fast-food chain to make its way into a U.S. courtroom..."
The McLibel Trial (1997)
Quote: "The McLibel Trial is the infamous British court case between McDonald's and a former postman & a gardener from London (Helen Steel and Dave Morris). It ran for two and a half years and became the longest ever English trial. The defendants were denied legal aid and their right to a jury, so the whole trial was heard by a single Judge, Mr Justice Bell. He delivered his verdict in June 1997..."
The Mcdonalds' Coffee Case (1992)
Quote: "...Stella Liebeck of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was in the passenger seat ofher grandson's car when she was severely burned by McDonalds' coffee inFebruary 1992. Liebeck, 79 at the time, ordered coffee that was servedin a styrofoam cup at the drivethrough window of a local McDonalds..."
Porsche Wins Lemon Law Suit (1998)
Quote: "...Porsche Cars North America, Inc., recently won a unanimous jury verdict in a lemon law trial in Orlando, Fla. In the process, the company collected more than $18,000 from the losing claimant to cover legal fees incurred for the case."
Former Custodian Initiates Asbestos Law Suit (2005)
Quote: "A former custodian at UNLV, John Giordano, recently filed a lawsuit against UNLV after being diagnosed with asbestosis. Mr Giordano, along with colleagues, notice that he was short of breath all the time whilst working at UNLV. He is now filing for compensation because he states that workers at UNLV were told to clean asbestos fibers without the necessary equipment or training..."
Washington Man Fights For Compensation For Father’s Death (2005)
Quote: "A man from Washington in the UK is preparing to fight it out with members of parliament after his father died from mesothelioma, which he contracted while working at a British plant as a plumber and a maintenance controller. Colin Laidler, aged 47, states that his father, Ronald was on a waiting list for compensation after being diagnosed with the deadly asbestos-related cancer in 2000..."
RIAA Lawsuit Orgy Underway (8th Sept 2003)
Quote: "...The recording industry was filing hundreds of lawsuits Monday against individuals accused by the music companies of illegally downloading and sharing songs over the Internet, a music industry source said. The lawsuits, being filed in federal courts around the country, had been expected, as the industry has become increasingly aggressive in cracking down on the trading of pirated music files online. The source spoke on condition of anonymity. The Recording Industry Association of America was filing 261 lawsuits on behalf of its members, which include Universal Music Group, BMG, EMI, Sony Music and Warner Music, a source said..."
CELEBRITIES LAW CASES
Nicole Kidman v THE DAILY MAIL (2003)
Quote: "NICOLE KIDMAN has won her libel battle with British newspaper THE DAILY MAIL over their reports she was the reason behind JUDE LAW's split with wife SADIE FROST..."
Nicole Kidman v News Group Newspapers (2003)
Quote: "Australian actress Nicole Kidman accepted undisclosed libel damages in the High Court in Britain over a newspaper article which claimed she had an adulterous affair with actor Jude Law..."
Alin Turcu v News Of The World and The Sun (2005)
Quote: "...A man who allegedly plotted to kidnap ex-SPICE GIRL VICTORIA BECKHAM lost a libel claim against two newspapers yesterday (03MAY05) because he sued under a false name, gave no evidence and left the country before the case started..."
Kate Moss v Britain's Sunday Mirror Newspaper (2005)
Quote: "Kate Moss will collect substantial libel damages from Britain's Sunday Mirror newspaper after the tabloid published a false report claiming the supermodel had fallen ill because of drugs, the Associated Press reports..."
Cameron Diaz v The Sun (2005)
Quote: "Hollywood actress CAMERON DIAZ won her libel lawsuit against British newspaper The Sun yesterday (29JUL05), over the publication's claim she had an affair with a married man..."
Roman Polanski v Vanity Fair (2005)
Quote: "...It took just 4.5 hours of deliberation for the jury to reach a verdict in Polanski's libel suit against Conde Nast, stemming from a 2002 article claiming he tried seducing a woman on his way to his wife's funeral..."
David Beckham v The People (2005)
Quote: "...David Beckham on Wednesday accepted "substantial" libel damages and a public apology from U.K. tabloid The People after it published a story last month alleging that the soccer star placed hate calls to Abbie Gibson, the former nanny to his children, who quit her job four months ago..."
Michael Jackson is free but debt ridden (2005)
Quote: "...Cleared of child-molestation and other charges last week, Michael Jackson is set to embark on that greatest of American traditions: converting his trashed image and tale of woe into cash. After weathering a 14-week-long trial, the King of Pop's finances are as shaky as his reputation. He's more than $300 million in debt, according to testimony, and he's reportedly burning through millions more monthly. Plus, his accuser could still slap him with a civil suit... One need look no further than sales of his albums, including Thriller and Bad, which have soared 40 percent since the verdict. Promoters of next month's Live 8 concert in Philadelphia have hinted that the Gloved One may join the lineup. There's also talk of a book, a reality TV show, and a Jackson Las Vegas act. Music industry executives also believe the pop star, 46, could earn a cool $100 million if he goes on tour..."