Articles by Jan Wolfe and Eric Beech

Justice Department Alleges Yale Illegally Discriminates Against Asians, Whites

The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday accused Yale University of illegally discriminating against Asian American and white applicants in its undergraduate admissions process in violation of U.S. civil rights law. The findings are the result of a two-year investigation in …

Next LGBT Legal Battle for Supreme Court Will Be Religious Exemptions: Analysis

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling protecting LGBT rights in the workplace sets the stage for another major legal fight over the scope of religious-rights exemptions to certain federal laws that could dilute the landmark decision’s impact. The justices ruled 6-3 …

U.S. Issues New Coronavirus Safety Guidance for Meat, Poultry Plants

The U.S. Labor Department issued new guidelines on Sunday for U.S. meatpacking and meat-processing plants that have seen a rash of coronavirus outbreaks, saying employees should be spaced at least 6 feet (1.8 m) apart and screened before they start …

Coronavirus Leads Companies with Supply Chain Disruptions to Invoke ‘Force Majeure’

With the coronavirus outbreak that originated in Hubei province, China, showing no signs of abating any time soon, some companies that buy and sell goods in the Chinese market are taking interest in the legal defense of “force majeure.” The …

U.S. High Court to Rule on Scope of Copyright for Legal Codes in Georgia Suit

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a bid by Georgia lawmakers to win federal copyright protection for an annotated version of the state’s legal code and to decide whether state and local governments can sue people who …

Court Upholds $440 Million Patent Infringement Judgment Against Apple

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday upheld a judgment worth $440 million that was won by intellectual property licensing firm VirnetX Inc. against Apple Inc. in a patent infringement case. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit denied …

Jury Awards IBM $83 Million in Closely-Watched Patent Dispute with Groupon

A U.S. jury last Friday awarded International Business Machines Corp. $83 million in a patent dispute with e-commerce company Groupon Inc. A jury in Delaware said Groupon used IBM’s patented e-commerce technology without authorization following a two-week trial. “IBM invests …

Merck Loses Bid to Collect Patent Infringement Damages from Gilead

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a ruling that pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. dishonestly obtained patent rights and was not entitled to collect a $200 million infringement verdict it won against rival Gilead Sciences Inc. The U.S. Court …

Oracle’s Java Copyright Violation Claim Against Google Not Dead After All

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday resurrected a multi-billion dollar copyright case brought by Oracle Corp. against Alphabet Inc.’s Google. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said Google’s use of Oracle’s Java development platform to create the …

Conservatives Now Want to Abolish Board They Hoped Would Curtail Patent Suits

In August, a dozen inventors gathered around a fire pit outside the headquarters of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia, and set alight patents they said had been rendered worthless by an overreaching federal government. “It’s time …