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    Antitrust Cop OKs $3.4B BCE-Astral Deal With Divestitures

    Canadian telecom giant BCE Inc.'s planned $3.4 billion merger with Montreal-based Astral Media Inc. leapt ahead Monday after Canada's Competition Bureau gave its blessing to the deal on the condition that the companies' jettison some radio...

    Covington Lands Ex-Sen. Jon Kyl For Public Policy Team

    Covington & Burling LLP has brought aboard former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., as a senior public policy adviser in its Washington office, the firm announced Wednesday, giving corporate clients access to a seasoned attorney with insider expertise on...

    Show-Biz Managers Lose Fight To Kill Calif. Talent Agent Law

    A California federal judge ruled Tuesday that the state's Talent Agencies Act, which requires talent managers to have state-issued certification, doesn't violate the U.S. Constitution, dealing a blow to managers who claim the law allows artists...

    LinkedIn Dodges $5M Privacy Suit Over Password Hacking

    LinkedIn Corp. on Tuesday escaped a $5 million putative class action over a security breach as a California federal judge ruled the plaintiffs had not shown they suffered an “economic harm” as a result of the hacking of 6.5 million passwords...

    Samsung Patents In Apple Feud Declared Invalid By UK Court

    A U.K. judge on Thursday reportedly declared invalid three Samsung smartphone patents the company had asserted against Apple, the latest setback for the Korean tech giant in its global fight against the iPhone maker. ...read more

    3 Lessons From Apple’s IPad Trademark Dispute In China

    The implications of the dispute between Apple Inc. and Proview Technology Co. Ltd. regarding Apple’s use of the “iPad” mark in China, including how it may impact Apple’s business in the U.S. and how Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. missed a golden opportunity...

    Orlando Magic Push Forward On $100M Mixed-Use Complex

    Orlando Magic representatives on Monday told the City Council they want to move forward with plans to develop a $100 million downtown mixed-use complex adjacent to the NBA team's Amway Center, proposing to complete the property purchase from the city...

    Promega Denied Do-Over On $52M Gene-Testing Patent Verdict

    A Wisconsin federal judge on Monday denied Promega Corp.’s bid for a new trial in its patent infringement suit over gene-testing technology after a $52 million jury verdict for Promega was vacated, saying Promega had already “forfeited”...

    VirnetX Sues Microsoft For Breaching $200M Patent License

    VirnetX Holding Corp. hit Microsoft Corp. with a new patent-infringement suit in Texas federal court Monday, claiming the software giant's Skype and Lync programs violate six VirnetX patents — three years after the company won a $106 million...

    Trump Dodges Contract Claims In Apparel Royalties Fight

    Donald Trump on Monday beat breach of contract claims from a company that said it was due millions for arranging a licensing agreement between the real estate magnate and Phillips-Van Heusen Corp., after a New York state court judge found there was not...

    Ericsson Ramps Up Essential Patent Battle With Samsung

    Ericsson Inc. escalated its standard-essential patent fight with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. on Monday, accusing the rival electronics giant of infringing eight more telecommunications patents used in TVs, computers and other devices. ...read more

    Alpinestars Seeks Lower Duties For Motocross Boots

    Motorcycle apparel maker Alpinestars SpA urged the U.S. Court of International Trade on Thursday to reclassify its Tech 8 motocross boot as protective sportswear and not footwear, a distinction that subjects the item to a substantially higher duty rate...

    Fla. Talent Agency Sues Rick Ross Over Unpaid Tour Fees

    A Miami-based talent agency sued hip-hop artist Rick Ross on Friday in Florida for allegedly reneging on a contract to have the agency set up Ross' fall 2012 tour in exchange for a cut of the tour profits. ...read more

    Sly Stone Wants Sony Dancing To Tune Of $50M In Royalties

    Funk legend Sly Stone asked a California appellate court Tuesday to revive his lawsuit alleging Sony Music Entertainment helped his former manager bilk him out of $50 million in royalties, arguing a trial judge erroneously ruled valid a 1989 contract...

    ITC Rejects Motorola Bid For IPhone Import Ban

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Monday shut down a bid by Google Inc.'s Motorola Mobility Inc. unit for a ban on imports of Apple Inc.'s iPhone, ruling that the patent Motorola asserted is invalid as obvious. ...read more

    ABC News Beats Copyright Suit Over Hidden-Camera Footage

    ABC News Inc. on Tuesday beat claims that it infringed a film producer’s copyright when it aired hidden-camera footage he took, with a Washington federal judge ruling ABC had reasonably believed the producer worked for an advocacy group that had...

    AT&T Ducks $35M Trade Secrets Suit Over Smartphone Tech

    AT&T Mobility LLC on Monday dodged a $35 million suit by smartphone technology firm Omnicomm Corp. accusing the wireless communications giant of disclosing trade secrets about Omnicomm's idea for cellphone interfacing technology and allegedly...

    Allergan, Duke Win Injunction Against Lash-Growth Generics

    A North Carolina federal judge on Tuesday granted a permanent injunction to Allergan Inc. and Duke University against several planned generic versions of eyelash growth stimulant Latisse after previously finding the proposed drugs infringed on two patents...

    Metabyte Competition Claim Nixed In Nvidia Trade Secrets Suit

    A California federal judge on Monday threw out part of a suit alleging that former Metabyte Inc. employees brought stolen computer code to their new employer, Nvidia Corp., saying a state unfair competition claim against Nvidia was preempted by the federal...

    Despite Infringement, Judge Denies Patent Damages

    A New Jersey federal judge denied damages Friday to a patent-holding security company even though it had successfully sued an alarm-selling rival for infringement, ruling the plaintiffs didn't offer any explanation for their damages calculations....

    Rutgers Slams Bid To Arbitrate Suit Over Big East Exit

    Rutgers University on Monday fired back at the Big East Conference’s attempt to dismiss the school’s suit in New Jersey federal court seeking to leave the conference without penalty, arguing that the conference’s attempt to push the...

    Deals Rumor Mill: Billabong, Rusal, Marubeni

    Billabong International Ltd. has kept investors guessing whether it will move forward with a private equity-backed buyout despite a Tuesday deadline for the negotiations, while a Russian billionaire is trying to build up his muscle to steer the world's...

    Ex-KFI Recruiter Found Guilty Of Hacking, Trade Secrets Theft

    A California federal jury on Wednesday found former Korn/Ferry International corporate executive recruiter David Nosal guilty of six counts of hacking, stealing trade secrets and conspiracy in a scheme to use information from Korn/Ferry's database...

    2nd Circ.'s Fair Use Ruling Gives Artists Wide Protection

    The Second Circuit's highly anticipated ruling Thursday in a copyright case against appropriation artist Richard Prince provides a broad fair use defense for artistic works, but details about how the standard should be applied remain murky, attorneys...

    White Sox Owner, Ill. Gov. Face Wrongful Termination Suit

    The former head of the Illinois Sports Facility Authority on Monday accused Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and former state Gov. Jim Thompson of conspiring to have her fired, alleging that the pair sought to silence her criticism of the agency's...