Supreme Court to hear patent appeals
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court will hear two appeals that would make it easier for targets of patent suits to collect attorneys' fees, agreeing to consider steps that some companies say would deter groundless litigation.
The court Tuesday said it will hear arguments from Octane Fitness, which is seeking $1.3 million in fees after defeating a patent suit. The justices also accepted an appeal by Highmark Inc., a Pennsylvania insurer asking for $5 million from a company that unsuccessfully sued for patent infringement.
Companies targeted by patent suits, including Google Inc., say fee awards are needed to stem a costly trend of frivolous litigation. A White House report said more than 100,000 companies were threatened last year with infringement suits by businesses whose sole mission is to extract royalty revenue.
Maryland gun law stands
BALTIMORE -- A federal judge Tuesday rejected requests to suspend Maryland's new ban on the sale of assault rifles and to halt enforcement of a new handgun licensing program.
In denying a temporary restraining order, U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Blake said the plaintiffs undercut their argument by waiting to challenge the law until a few days before it took effect.
'Furious' suit can proceed
WASHINGTON -- The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform's lawsuit seeking documents on Operation Fast and Furious can proceed after a federal judge Monday denied the Justice Department's request to dismiss the case.
The Republican-controlled House committee sued to enforce a subpoena in the panel's inquiry into so-called gun walking.
George Will leaving ABC
NEW YORK -- George Will, who has been a conservative presence on ABC News for more than three decades, is leaving for the Fox News Channel, the cable news network announced Tuesday.
Mr. Will has been best known as a voice on ABC's Sunday morning political discussion show, "This Week," going back to its origin in 1981.
Heroin disguised as candy
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A JetBlue flight attendant smuggled heroin, which was meant to resemble chocolate candy, under her uniform during a trip from Colombia to Orlando on Friday, federal agents say.
The attendant was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and made her first appearance in Orlando federal court Monday.
-- Compiled from news services