According to Wired:

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday dashed a bid by T-Mobile and AT&T to stave off a class-action lawsuit challenging the carriers’ policies against unlocking mobile phones.

The justices declined to review an October decision by the California Supreme Court that cleared the way for a lawsuit that attorneys claimed could represent “millions” of California customers.

In response to similar lawsuits, Verizon and Sprint, both CDMA carriers, have agreed to provide the software code to unlock cellphones after customers nationwide have completed their original contract, attorneys said. “That was the compromise we ended up with to get the cases settled,” said California attorney Robert Bramson, one of the lawyers suing carriers T-Mobile and AT&T.

T-Mobile and AT&T fought the lawsuit all the way to the nation’s high court. The two carriers, on the GSM network, are accused of unfair business practices by locking down their phones to their service plans. Last year, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington listed cell phone unlocking as one of six new exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA.

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Companies agree to pay $24 million after animals were poisoned.

MSNBC reports on the proposed settlement between Companies that were sued over contaminated pet food linked to the deaths of perhaps thousands of dogs and cats and the pet owners.  Click here, for the article.

The Mass Tort Litigation Blog reports on a New York Times Article, discussing the Texas Court of Appeals decision which overturns a multimillion dollar award against Merck, the company that manufactured and marketed the prescription painkiller Vioxx. Click here to read the post, with a link to the New York Times Article.

An interesting note was an apparent admission by one juror that she had borrowed money from the plaintiff widow, although its noted that this was not a factor in the Court of Appeals decision.

Just after I published my post on Justice Minton’s election as the new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Kentucky, I came across an interesting post by Mike Stevens at the Kentucky Law Review.  In my post I mentioned the political agendas and special interests that occupy the Supreme Court.  Well, Mike has an interesting post about the disagreements and internal disputes over the reappointment of Jason Nemes to the position of Administrator of the Office of Courts (AOC).  The article written earlier this month is an interesting look into the inner workings of the Supreme Court.  Read the entire post with links to the original article, here.

The Courier Journal reported on the recent election of Justice John Minton to the position of Chief Justice. The article; Ky.’s new chief justice hailed for fairness can be found, here. I believe the description provided of Justice Minton is a fair one, although I am sure many attorneys would disagree. I also think many attorneys would disagree with the articles insinuation that political agendas and special interests do not play a part in Kentucky’s judicial system.

MSN Money has an interesting article on which states are keeping a lid on car insurance. According to the article, a survey by the Consumer Federation of America showed that those states that require insurance companies to get preapproval before raising rates are best at keeping rates relatively low. The downside? In those states where no such procedure is in affect, the result is a rate increase of 100% or more.

Unfortunately, Kentucky was listed as a high increase state with a 100% increase in insurance rates between 1989 and 2005.

MSN Money reported on AIG’s $7.81 Billion Loss:

The company late Thursday said it lost $7.81 billion, or $3.09 per share in the period, down a whopping 383% from the profit of $4.13 billion, or $1.58 per share, it earned in the same quarter last year. The results fell far short of analysts’ expectations of a 76-cents-a-share loss.