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August 3, 2010 |
A federal judge in San Francisco will decide Wednesday whether gays and lesbianshave a constitutional right to marry. U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who presided over a trial earlier this year on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, will release his long-awaited ruling Wednesday on whether the 2008 ballot initiative violates the U.S. Constitution, a court spokeswoman said. Walker, an appointee of President George Bush, heard myriad witnesses testify about the history of marriage, the nature of homosexuality and the degree of power gays and lesbians possess in the political system during the 2 1/2-week trial in January.
April 18, 2012 |
Google Inc. Chief Executive Larry Page returned to the witness stand for nearly an hour in a San Francisco federal courtroom Wednesday to defend his company against allegations that its Android mobile software, which now powers more than 300 million smartphones and tablet computers, infringes on Oracle Corp.'s patents and copyrights. Page, in a rare appearance in suit and tie, was questioned by David Boies, famous for going after Bill Gates during the federal government's antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft Corp.
December 1, 1998 |
The government's lead attorney in its antitrust case against Microsoft Corp. criticized the software giant on Monday for a newspaper ad that attempts to undermine the government's case. The advertisement, which took up nearly a full page in the Wall Street Journal and four other newspapers Monday, continues a bid by Microsoft to try to capitalize on the proposed purchase of its rival Netscape Communications Corp. by America Online Inc. for $4.2 billion.
July 9, 2003 |
After squabbling for weeks with Viacom Inc. over plans to rename its TNN cable network Spike TV, filmmaker Spike Lee said he looked forward to working with the entertainment giant. "I no longer believe that Viacom deliberately intended to trade on my name when naming Spike TV," Lee said in the statement, which was released as his lawyer, Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., and Viacom attorney David Boies finalized a settlement.
August 29, 1998 |
Government lawyers spent a second day Friday questioning Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates in preparation for a trial next month of their antitrust suit against the software giant. Gates, the world's richest man with more than an estimated $50 billion in assets, was questioned for nine hours Friday in a conference room at the company's headquarters near Seattle.
February 24, 1999 |
A government attorney tried to chip away at the credibility of a Microsoft executive on Tuesday, getting him to acknowledge the software giant offered rival Netscape Communications "several inducements" to stop competing in the Internet browser market. The latest effort against Microsoft's defense came during further cross-examination of Dan Rosen, the company's general manager for new technology. At one point, Justice Department attorney David Boies accused Rosen of making up his answers.
March 18, 1993 |
Opening arguments began Wednesday in a civil lawsuit against Westinghouse Electric Corp., culminating a five-year drive by the Philippine government to call a major American company to account for allegedly bribing the country's former dictator. The suit in federal court here charges that Pittsburgh-based Westinghouse paid about $17 million in bribes in exchange for a contract to build a $2.2-billion nuclear power plant that has never been used.
April 10, 1991 |
Dow Jones & Co. and Group W Satellite Communications filed an appeal of last week's disqualification by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge of their $115-million joint bid to acquire Financial News Network Inc. The appeal was expected. Separately, the Federal Trade Commission filed an appeal of a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge's ruling that any litigation, including a possible antitrust suit involving the pending FNN acquisition, must go through the bankruptcy court.
September 7, 2006 |
New York Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer on Wednesday dropped two of six civil charges against former American International Group Chief Executive Maurice "Hank" Greenberg and another former executive of the company. Greenberg's legal team said that "the most explosive and financially significant claims" had been dropped.
June 17, 1999 |
A computer executive considered a close ally of Microsoft Corp. described the software giant as a "natural monopoly" in court Wednesday and said he agreed to promote some Microsoft products to maintain close relations with the software giant. Gordon Eubanks, chief executive of Oblix Inc. and the former chairman of Symantec Corp., which makes the popular Norton Utilities and other programs, made the remarks while testifying as a Microsoft witness in the landmark antitrust case.