AA and US Airways merger trial to begin in Nov. 25

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- American Airlines and US Airways said they were "pleased" a federal judge in Washington ordered their merger trial to start in late November.

Scheduling conflict in airline antitrust case has serious implications

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Two U.S. airlines, US Airways Group and American Airlines, said that a contracted escape clause could derail a merger if an antitrust trial is not begun soon.

S.C. voter law upheld, enforcement delayed

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- A federal court in Washington Wednesday ruled South Carolina's voter ID law is constitutional but ordered it not to be implemented until 2013.

Author ordered to return documents

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- A judge in Washington has ordered the author of "Muslim Mafia" to remove allegedly stolen documents from his Web site.

French company fined for sales to Iran

WASHINGTON, July 18 (UPI) -- A U.S. judge ordered a French company Thursday to pay a $500,000 fine for acting as middleman in the sale of submersible cryogenic pumps to Iran.

Judge dismisses White House e-mail suit

WASHINGTON, June 16 (UPI) -- A U.S. judge Monday dismissed a government watchdog's lawsuit seeking records on missing White House e-mails.

Manufacturers to appeal disclosure ruling

WASHINGTON, April 14 (UPI) -- The National Association of Manufacturers will appeal a U.S. District Court ruling that dismissed its lawsuit against a lobbying disclosure law.

Judge: Work within existing agreement

WASHINGTON, June 26 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Washington said the existing antitrust agreement between Microsoft and plaintiffs is adequate to resolve issues.

More antitrust issues raised against Vista

HARTFORD, Conn., June 12 (UPI) -- Allegations by Google that Microsoft's new operating systems puts competitors at a disadvantage revived antitrust claims against U.S. software giant.

Horse slaughterhouses to stay open

DALLAS, March 15 (UPI) -- A federal judge has refused to order the shutdown of two slaughterhouses near Dallas and one in Illinois.

Guilty Defense official blames businessman

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The former U.S. Defense Department official who arranged to bilk millions in Iraqi reconstruction money said a U.S. businessman started the scheme.

Secret spy court seeks NSA program answers

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Judges on a court overseeing U.S. government intelligence matters set a meeting with Bush administration officials on spying on people in the United States.

Judge stops Guantanamo terror trial

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- The terror trial of an Australian man being held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been ordered stopped by a U.S. federal judge.

Judge refuses FEC stay in funding case

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Washington Tuesday refused to issue a stay while the Federal Election Commission appeals an order to implement campaign funding reform.

Ex-Defense official pleads in fraud scheme

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- A former Defense Department official pleaded guilty Thursday in a scheme to defraud the U.S. Army in Seoul, Korea.

Judge rejects Senate filibuster injunction

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Washington Wednesday rejected a conservative group's attempt to end Democratic filibusters of President Bush's judicial nominees.

U.S. campaign finance rules overruled

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- A U.S. federal judge has struck down 15 of 19 campaign financing rules, saying they defied logic and fostered corruption.

Judge to FEC: Rethink campaign regulations

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Washington has outlawed 15 agency regulations interpreting campaign finance law, saying they did not reflect the law's intent.

Judge says 'Redskins' can keep nickname

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has ruled that the Washington Redskins can keep their name and logo.

Judge says team nickname not demeaning

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- The Washington Redskins' nickname and Indian head logo do not demean American Indians, a federal judge has ruled.

Redskins can keep nickname

ASHBURN, Va., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- A District Court judge ruled Wednesday the Washington Redskins can keep their name and logo.

Microsoft reaches settlement with W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va., June 17 (UPI) -- Microsoft Corp. reached a $21 million settlement with West Virginia, ending the state's appeal of the software maker's federal antitrust settlement.

Court to weigh soft-money ban in September

WASHINGTON, June 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court said Thursday it would hear the appeal in the federal soft-money ban case during a special session in September.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

Court stays ruling on soft money ban

WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) -- A three-judge panel Monday temporarily stayed its own decision, striking down the core provisions of the ban on soft money in federal campaigns, pending an appe
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

Court strikes down soft money ban

WASHINGTON, May 2 (UPI) -- A divided three-judge panel in Washington Friday struck down the federal ban on "soft" money as unconstitutional, leaving national political fundraising in a state of confusion until the Supreme Court ultimately hands down a decision.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent
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