New Jersey pharmaceutical giant Merck announced last week that it has settled lawsuits with officials from three states who said they were misled about the safety of the painkiller Vioxx, according to Businessweek. The drug was reported to have caused almost 28,000 heart attacks and sudden cardiac deaths before it was recalled.
Actress and singer Zooey Deschanel filed a breach of contract lawsuit against shoemaker Steve Madden and other retailers last December. It now looks like the lawsuit may be allowed to move forward to be heard by a jury.
Miles Davis was a legendary jazz trumpeter and band leader and the current owners of his trademarks do not want to see his legacy diluted. His trademark owners, which include two of his children and a nephew, sued a jazz club recently, saying that Miles' Cafe is infringing on Miles Davis's trademarks.
As the market for smartphone technologies continues to grow, so do the legal disputes between large technology corporations. Oracle is bringing an intellectual property lawsuit against Google for an infringement of their patents. In a recent development, the U.S. district judge hearing the case rejected the estimated damages that Oracle had provided.
Once again, the technology and software company Oracle is being sued for breach of contract. In a previous post, the lawsuit was filed against Oracle by a New Jersey technology company. But last week, Montclair State University filed a complaint against Oracle for not completing a multi-million dollar software project.
On Tuesday, a judge said that the lawsuit of a former star on the hit TV show, "Desperate Housewives," against ABC and the show's executive producer, Marc Cherry, could proceed to a jury trial. Nicollette Sheridan filed the lawsuit against the network and the show's creator in April 2010 claiming that Cherry sexually harassed her, hit her during an altercation, and fired her in retaliation for complaining about her treatment to her employers.
In another case of allegedly misappropriated identity, a real-life maid has sued the author of the novel, "The Help," claiming that the author used her likeness and name for one of the two main characters in the book without her permission. Ablene Cooper works for author Kathryn Stockett's brother and sister-in-law. Cooper says that Stockett's brother and sister-in-law support her lawsuit.
The previous post began to discuss the continuing legal saga between Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook and the Winklevoss twins as it was discussed in a recent piece in The New York Times. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss claim that Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea for an online social networking site while the three were students at Harvard. Also involved in the litigation is Divya Narendra.
The recent movie, "The Social Network," delved into the business dealings and disagreements that have surrounded the formation and growth of the wildly successful Facebook. The film also told the story of the Winklevoss twins, Tyler and Cameron, who contend that Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea for an online social networking site when he created Facebook.
Bank of America and GMAC restarted foreclosure processing this week, even as attorney generals of several states opened up investigations into their documents and procedures. Indeed, according to an article in The Wall Street Journal, the major lenders have resumed foreclosures as a way of counterattacking recent accusations of fraud and underscoring their confidence in their system, even if they were rushed.