January 23, 2001 |
Designer Calvin Klein and Linda Wachner, chief executive of Warnaco Group Inc., reached an eleventh-hour settlement of their trade infringement battle Monday, avoiding a federal trial and preserving a lucrative partnership. The two fashion heavyweights sealed the deal with a handshake and air kisses in a Manhattan courtroom only minutes before a judge was to begin picking a jury for Calvin Klein Inc.'s lawsuit against Warnaco.
December 16, 1998 |
In a lull between witnesses, the government Tuesday played videotape in court of Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates denying that his company regularly tracks how many customers use its dominant Windows operating system. On the tape, government lawyers also asked Gates about a March 1994 e-mail in which an executive suggested that Microsoft's licensing of Windows to IBM Corp. "should be used to apply some pressure" to discourage IBM from selling a product from Lotus Development Corp.
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.
May 15, 1997
George Steinbrenner's attorney criticized baseball's executive council Wednesday, saying some owners "are trying to take some of the Yankees' money for their teams." A day after Steinbrenner was suspended from baseball's ruling body for suing the sport, Yankee attorney David Boies said the suit probably will be served within several days, which would lead to an injunction hearing.
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.
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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.
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July 6, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Supporters of gay marriage had just hired two famous lawyers to challenge Proposition 8 in federal court. Now they needed plaintiffs. Secrecy was paramount. A lawsuit to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage was still pending in the California Supreme Court, and no one wanted to jeopardize that case. From picking the plaintiffs to choosing the court where the federal suit would be filed, the strategists calculated each move on their drive to the Supreme Court.
April 28, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO — Google Inc. and other big tech firms may operate thousands of miles from the nation's capital but they're not beyond the reach of federal regulators. That was the message Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz delivered this week when he revealed during a swing through Silicon Valley that he had hired a prominent litigator to dig deeper into allegations that Google had violated antitrust laws. Silicon Valley likes to hold itself out as a paragon of corporate virtue, but increasingly federal and state authorities are not buying the "don't be evil" slogan.
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.