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‘Days’ Numbered? Sony Trying To Kill Soap, Producer Says

Sony Pictures Television Inc. is trying to kill off “Days of our Lives” to boost its own long-running soap opera, “The Young and the Restless,” the producer of the six-decade-old show alleged in a suit filed Monday in California state court seeking at least $20 million in damages…

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Musicians Sue Sony, UMG For ‘Second Chance’ At Copyright

Sony Music Entertainment Inc. and UMG Recordings Inc. have violated a provision of copyright law giving creators a “second chance” to assert rights over their works after 35 years, a group of musicians alleged in a pair of proposed class actions filed Tuesday in New York federal court…

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Apple Loses In Second Bite At Qualcomm Discovery Battle

Apple Inc. lost a bid to claw back documents it said were mistakenly disclosed during the discovery phase of a patent suit against competitor Qualcomm Inc., when a California federal judge upheld a magistrate’s earlier ruling that the company had waived its right to keep the documents private…

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China’s ‘Steve Jobs’ Risks Losing Calif. Property Over Loan

Chinese tech magnate Jia Yueting could have more than $11 million of his U.S. properties seized after a Shanghai-based company asked a California federal court to enforce the decision of a Beijing arbitration committee that ordered Jia to make good on a multimillion-dollar loan…

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Merck, Glenmark Can’t Shake Zetia Pay-For-Delay MDL

Drugmakers Merck & Co Inc. and Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd. lost a bid to kill multidistrict litigation alleging a pay-for-delay scheme involving the cholesterol medication Zetia when a Virginia federal judge on Thursday said an arbitration clause in Merck’s contracts with customers improperly waived their statutory rights, making it unenforceable…

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Body Glove’s Tactics Didn’t Hurt Asia Licensee, Jury Says

Body Glove and its private equity owner, Marquee Brands LLC, didn’t harm the Asia licensee of the watersports company despite engaging in hardball business tactics during a dispute over licensing rights in the world’s most populous region, a California federal jury has determined…

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