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Jun 22, 2013

Virginia court, home to spying and cyber cases, to hear Snowden case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The federal court in Virginia where the Justice Department has decided to charge Edward Snowden with leaking secrets about U.S. surveillance programs has a long track record of hearing cases related not only to national security cases but also to cyber crime.

The United States filed a criminal complaint including charges under a U.S. espionage law against Snowden, a former U.S. National Security Agency contractor, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The charges are the government’s first step in an effort to arrest and extradite Snowden from Hong Kong, where he is in hiding, to try him in the United States.

Jun 19, 2013

US Airways chief warns lawmakers of potential service cuts

WASHINGTON, June 19 (Reuters) – Forcing a combined American
Airlines and US Airways Group to surrender
slots at Reagan National Airport would risk fewer flights to
small and medium-sized cities, US Airways CEO Doug Parker told
lawmakers on Wednesday.

Parker was testifying to a Senate subcommittee on the impact
of the proposed merger of the two airlines.

Jun 18, 2013

Mississippi leans on Google to crack down on illegal products

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mississippi’s attorney general said on Tuesday he would subpoena documents from Google Inc as part of a probe into allegations the Web search company facilitated the sale of drugs without a prescription and other illegal products.

Google responded in a blog post that it had been vigorous in working to limit drug advertisements to legitimate companies that comply with the law and to combat what it called “rogue online pharmacies.”

Jun 17, 2013

Supreme court says FTC can sue over deals that delay generic drug sales

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court ruled on Monday regulators can challenge deals between brand-name drug companies and generic rivals that delay cheaper medicines from going on sale, which regulators say increase costs to consumers by billions of dollars.

But the court, in a 5-3 vote with Justice Samuel Alito recused, declined the Federal Trade Commission’s request to declare the deals to be presumed to be illegal. The regulatory agency has fought the practice for more than a decade.

Jun 17, 2013

U.S. justices say FTC can challenge deals that keep generic drugs off market

WASHINGTON, June 17 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled
on Monday that regulators can challenge the deals brand-name
drug companies make with generic rivals that delay cheaper
products from going on the market, deals that regulators say
boost total costs of the medicines by billions of dollars.

In a 5-3 vote, with Justice Samuel Alito recused, the court
said the Federal Trade Commission can challenge a deal it was
examining. But the court declined the FTC’s request to declare
the deals to be presumed to be illegal.

Jun 5, 2013

Apple infringes Samsung patent on older iPhones, iPads – U.S. agency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics scored a victory over rival Apple Inc in their long-running dispute over mobile device patents after a U.S. trade agency issued an order banning older but still-popular Apple products from the U.S. market.

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled on Tuesday that the Silicon Valley giant had infringed on a patent owned by Samsung that involves the ability of devices to transmit multiple services simultaneously and correctly through 3G wireless technology.

Jun 4, 2013

U.S. agency: Apple infringes Samsung patent on older iPhones, iPads

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics scored a point on Tuesday over global rival Apple Inc in their long-running battle over mobile device patents.

A U.S. trade body found the Silicon Valley giant had infringed on a patent owned by the Korean company and slapped a ban on the sale of certain older iPhone and iPad models sold by AT&T Inc.

Jun 4, 2013

Apple infringes Samsung patent on older iPhones, iPads – U.S. ITC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics on Tuesday scored a point over global rival Apple Inc in their years-long running battle over mobile device patents.

A U.S. trade body found the Silicon Valley giant had infringed upon on a patent owned by the Korean company and slapped a ban on the sale of certain older iPhone and iPad models sold by AT&T Inc.

Jun 4, 2013

Obama takes action to curb frivolous patent lawsuits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama took steps on Tuesday aimed at curbing what the White House called frivolous lawsuits over patent infringement, directing his administration to craft new regulations and urging Congress to pass new laws.

The move – announced ahead of an Obama fundraising trip this week to Silicon Valley in California – comes at a time when U.S. lawmakers and courts also are looking for ways to reduce the number of unwarranted patent lawsuits.

May 17, 2013

Tesoro wins US antitrust OK to buy California BP refinery

WASHINGTON/HOUSTON, May 17 (Reuters) – U.S. refiner Tesoro
Corp. has received formal approval from antitrust
regulators to buy a BP Plc refinery in southern
California for more than $2 billion without requiring any asset
sales.

The Federal Trade Commission, which assessed the deal to
ensure it complies with antitrust law, said there was evidence
that combining the BP refinery and a Tesoro refinery, which
nearly abut each other, could reduce the cost of producing the
special, low-carbon gasoline that state law requires be sold in
California.