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TiVo sues Samsung, alleges electronics giant’s DVRs, phones and tablets infringe on its patents

Jessica Karmasek Sep. 10, 2015, 12:29pm

The California-based DVR maker alleges in its lawsuit, filed in a Texas federal court this week, that Samsung swiped its patented technology through its patent marking on retail products and other litigation.

Attorneys at major U.S. companies say West Virginia, Louisiana, Illinois are the three worst for businesses

Jessica Karmasek Sep. 10, 2015, 7:46am

A new poll, released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, shows that a state’s lawsuit climate has a direct impact on its businesses. California and Alabama also were among the states with the worst legal climates for businesses.

Sony Pictures, former employees reach tentative settlement over data breach

Jessica Karmasek Sep. 8, 2015, 2:08pm

The settlement, reached “in principle” last week, would settle claims by the plaintiffs that Sony could have prevented the 2014 cyber attack, which leaked tons of personal information about their employees.

Class action alleges The Honest Company is anything but honest

Jessica Karmasek Sep. 8, 2015, 10:29am

Los Angeles man files lawsuit against the eco-friendly company, started by actress Jessica Alba. The proposed class action, filed in a California federal court, seeks at least $5 million in damages.

Canadian high court says Ecuadorian villagers can proceed with lawsuit against Chevron

Jessica Karmasek Sep. 4, 2015, 1:59pm

The oil giant maintains the $9.5 billion judgment against it is the result of fraud and is unenforceable.

Virginia AG decides to run for re-election

Jessica Karmasek Sep. 3, 2015, 2:01pm

Mark Herring’s announcement this week quashes rumors that he was thinking about a run for governor.

Initiative offers companies a better way to fight costly, frivolous patent litigation

Jessica Karmasek Sep. 3, 2015, 10:25am

Participants in Patexia’s new coalition funding initiative will be connected to other companies facing patent litigation to share costs and eliminate the threat through inter-partes review.

Providence using plaintiffs bar to become player in antitrust cases

Jessica Karmasek Sep. 2, 2015, 2:42pm

The prominent plaintiffs firm Motley Rice is representing the Solicitor's Office in several lawsuits after signing four contracts and stands to earn between 15 and 40 percent in various cases. The antitrust cases began the year after a former Motley Rice law clerk became deputy solicitor.

N.Y. ethics commission drops complaint filed by Trump against state AG

Jessica Karmasek Sep. 2, 2015, 2:36pm

The business magnate reportedly is considering an appeal of the commission’s decision, calling it “a joke.”

Ariz. SC justice plans to retire this month; search for replacement already has begun

Jessica Karmasek Sep. 2, 2015, 1:34pm

Justice Rebecca White Berch submitted her formal notice of retirement to the governor Monday.

Federal judge finds Internet advertising patent valid

Jessica Karmasek Sep. 2, 2015, 12:48pm

The decision is the first in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to find a patent passed both parts of a new two-part test for validity.

Counsel in StarKist class action could earn up to $4 million for settlement

Jessica Karmasek Sep. 1, 2015, 1:35pm

The company settled the action, brought over alleged short-weighted cans of tuna, for $8 million in cash and $4 million in vouchers.

Federal court grants states’ injunction, delays EPA ‘Waters’ rule

Jessica Karmasek Sep. 1, 2015, 12:01pm

A North Dakota federal judge said in his order, issued Thursday, that it “appears likely” the federal Environmental Protection Agency failed to comply with certain requirements in promoting its “Waters of the United States” rule.

Law professor to take over for Arkansas SC chief justice

Jessica Karmasek Aug. 28, 2015, 11:59am

Howard Brill, who has been a professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law since 1975, will replace Chief Justice Jim Hannah, who is stepping down at the end of the month due to health issues.

MDL established for class actions filed over Pacquiao-Mayweather fight

Jessica Karmasek Aug. 28, 2015, 11:16am

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, in an order last week, selected the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to handle the litigation.

Contractor being sued over its alleged mismanagement of CityTime project wants lawsuit transferred

Jessica Karmasek Aug. 27, 2015, 10:23am

SFN Group Inc., formerly known as Spherion Corp., filed papers to have a lawsuit filed by one of its former consultants on the timekeeping system project moved to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Conservative group sends out memo urging others to reject proposed patent reforms

Jessica Karmasek Aug. 26, 2015, 2:14pm

The Conservative Action Project released its “Memo for the Movement” on Friday, arguing that current suggested reforms -- including the House’s Innovation Act -- are unwarranted and the result of “crony corruption.”

Class actions start to mount in federal courts following Ashley Madison data breach

Jessica Karmasek Aug. 26, 2015, 10:19am

So far, three class action complaints have been filed against Avid Life Media, the owner of the website that was designed to facilitate affairs, in federal courts in California and Texas.

U.S. PTO releases new proposed rules governing PTAB proceedings

Jessica Karmasek Aug. 25, 2015, 1:01pm

PTO Director Michelle K. Lee says the changes were proposed in response to concerns from some patent owners that they are disadvantaged by certain current rules.

Nursing home, sued by New Mexico AG, files lawsuit against office over communications with outside law firms

Jessica Karmasek Aug. 25, 2015, 9:31am

Bloomfield Nursing Operations LLC -- one of seven nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities being sued by Attorney General Hector Balderas -- contends the state’s top lawyer violated public records laws in not turning over certain requested documents.