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May 3, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A federal judge signed off on a $1.52-billion jury verdict in favor of Alcatel-Lucent in a digital music patent dispute against Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft Corp. U.S. District Court Judge Rudi M. Brewster in San Diego entered his judgment Monday, concluding that Microsoft's Windows Media Player software infringed patents owned by the Paris-based company.
May 3, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A settlement for the family of a teenager who died after being roughed up by guards at a state-supervised boot camp won legislative approval and was sent to the governor. Gov. Charlie Crist had encouraged the effort to compensate the family of Martin Lee Anderson, who died in January 2006 shortly after being kneed, struck and having ammonia tablets held to his nose at the military-style facility run by the Bay County Sheriff's Office in Panama City.
April 27, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Chinese slave laborers forced to work in Japan during World War II lost their bid for compensation when Japan's Supreme Court overturned a landmark ruling that had ordered a Japanese company to pay them. In 2004, the Hiroshima High Court ordered Nishimatsu Construction Co. to pay a total of $230,000 to five Chinese. Nishimatsu argued that the statute of limitations had expired.
March 1, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Holocaust survivors from around the world pressed Poland's government to compensate them for property confiscated after World War II. Attempts to resolve the issue have failed, mostly because of concern over the cost. Poland had Europe's biggest Jewish community until World War II, when the Nazis killed nearly 90% of the country's 3.3 million Jews. Postwar communist rulers seized their property.
February 23, 2007 | Joseph Menn and Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writers
A San Diego jury on Thursday told Microsoft Corp. to pay $1.52 billion for infringing patents underpinning the world's most popular digital music standard, known as MP3. The verdict, one of the largest patent awards on record, could open other technology companies to massive liability. Virtually every portable digital music player uses MP3 technology to read music files, including Apple Inc.'s iPod.
February 16, 2007 | Maura Dolan, Times Staff Writer
The California Supreme Court made it possible Thursday for people who become ill from smoking to once again win large judgments from tobacco companies, unanimously rejecting a four-year-old federal court decision that had virtually halted all smoker lawsuits in the state. "It reopens tobacco litigation in California," said Northeastern University Law Professor Richard A. Daynard, who heads a group that promotes lawsuits against the industry. "The light just went from red to green."
February 8, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Philip Morris USA, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and other U.S. cigarette makers must pay part of a $591-million award to fund quit-smoking programs in Louisiana, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday. The New Orleans court upheld part of a 2004 jury verdict that said the companies must pay for a 10-year program including nicotine gum and patches, telephone lines and regional stop-smoking centers, said Russ Herman, a New Orleans lawyer representing the smokers.
January 31, 2007 | Christopher Goffard, Times Staff Writer
DeWayne McKinney spent 19 years behind bars on a first-degree murder conviction before the recanting of eyewitnesses and confession of another inmate led to his release six years ago. What he never got, however, was an official ruling that he is an innocent man. McKinney stands to win about $700,000 -- or $100 for each day he spent in prison -- if he prevails this week in a hearing before the state's Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board.
December 3, 2006 | Jim Newton, Times Staff Writer
The trouble of the moment for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in his quest to be embraced by a multiracial city can be summed up in two reactions to the $2.7-million settlement first awarded to a black Los Angeles firefighter, then vetoed by the mayor. Monica Kazarian, a 29-year-old resident of Sherman Oaks, was appalled that the city would hand out that much money in the case. She welcomed Villaraigosa's veto.
November 22, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Ford Motor Co. must pay $15 million for the death of a teenager in a sport utility vehicle rollover accident, a Tulsa, Okla., a jury decided. The parents of Tyler Moody, 18, said he died because the Ford Explorer's roof was too weak to withstand a rollover. Moody lost control while speeding around a curve before the 2003 accident, the trial judge ruled. The lawsuit is one of several hundred against Ford over Explorer rollovers. Ford said it would appeal.
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