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.
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.
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.
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."
August 22, 2002 |
No new bidders emerged for the remains of Napster Inc. by Wednesday's Bankruptcy Court deadline, moving the dormant music-swapping service a step closer to ownership by Bertelsmann, people close to Napster said. A committee of unsecured creditors tried a last-ditch campaign to attract interest from record labels, media companies and others, asking for a minimum bid of $25 million.
September 12, 1998 |
Lawyers for the Justice Department and Microsoft Corp. jointly asked a federal judge Friday to delay their antitrust trial for three weeks because each side still must conduct about 20 pretrial interviews with industry executives, sources close to the case said. U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson did not immediately rule on the request, though legal specialists anticipate he will issue a decision next week.