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.
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.
July 20, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See below for details. The spirit of compromise prevailed late Friday in the drawn-out legal battle over the title of director Lee Daniels' upcoming historical drama “The Butler.” The MPAA overturned its original ruling from earlier this month that would have forced the Weinstein Co.-distributed film - which stars Forrest Whitaker as a domestic servant who worked for eight sitting presidents in...
March 21, 2014 |
Documentaries in this age of Netflix and VOD don't often get a theatrical release, but HBO is betting that “The Case Against 8,” its Sundance-decorated documentary about the legal battle to overturn Proposition 8, can buck the trend. The network has scheduled a limited theatrical run in June for Ben Cotner and Ryan White's movie, which examines the legal battle, ultimately successful, to overturn California's same-sex marriage ban that passed in 2008. HBO will put the movie in Los Angeles and New York theaters on June 6, expand it on June 13, and then air it on June 23, which is close to the anniversary of the Supreme Court's historic ruling on the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year.
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.
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.
February 12, 1999 |
The government challenged a senior Microsoft Corp. executive Thursday on his claim that people can quickly and easily download Web browsers over the Internet. Microsoft Vice President Brad Chase testified under cross-examination in his company's antitrust trial that downloading a Web browser--either Microsoft's own Internet Explorer or the rival browser made by Netscape Communications Corp.--is a simple and usually successful process for most people.
February 28, 2001 |
Random House Inc. has asked a federal judge to bar a publisher of electronic books from copying works of William Styron, Kurt Vonnegut, and Robert Parker and selling them over the Internet. Random House, a unit of Bertelsmann AG, the world's third largest media company, says rival RosettaBooks LLC has cherry-picked eight important titles, including "Sophie's Choice" and "Slaughterhouse-Five," copied them in digital format, and begun selling them online.
July 5, 2005 |
Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, the ousted chief executive of American International Group Inc., may be willing to negotiate with New York Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer to settle a fraud lawsuit, one of Greenberg's lawyers said. "If a reasonable resolution could be reached without litigation, that's obviously in everybody's interest," attorney David Boies said in an interview Friday. "I think there will be some serious settlement discussions."