MANHATTAN - I/P Engine claims that Microsoft for years has violated two "relevance filtering" search engine patents, used to place online ads "and thereby generate substantial revenue," in Federal Court.

     PORTLAND, Ore. - An elderly woman claims her longtime friend Isaac "Ike" Voss borrowed $432,412 he never repaid and then cheated her of another $500,000, in Multnomah County Court.

     NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A patient claims in Superior Court that Dr. Tory Westbrook sexually molested her and exposed himself to her during an appointment at the Community Health Center in Middletown

     MARSHALL, Texas - Geotag claims IBM, Oracle et al. violate a patent on interactive map software, in five federal complaints.

      NEWARK - Ashley Furniture Industries dba Furniture Direct stiffed warehouse workers for overtime, a class action claims in Federal Court.

     LOUISVILLE - Jeral Tidwell claims Kmart, Wal-Mart, Kroger, Amazon et al. sell body boards that violate his copyrighted "Tidwell Flying Eyeball" art, in Federal Court.

     PRESCOTT, Ariz. - Jeanette Young, a schoolteacher on the Navajo reservation, claims the U.S. Bureau of Indian Education fired her because she resisted her bosses' demands to "follow Jesus," and be "saved," in Federal Court.

      NEWARK - Three women claim in Federal Court they were injured by Bayer Healthcare's Mirena intrauterine birth-control device; more than 70 Mirena-related lawsuits have been filed in the past year.

     MANHATTAN - The United States amended its $1 billion federal complaint against Countrywide Financial and Bank of America, for the "streamlined," "Hustle" loan originations.

     SAN FRANCISCO - A Mexican was improperly found guilty of drug charges connected to a deal he had allegedly arranged to become an FBI confidential informant, but the convictions could be restored in further proceedings, the 9th Circuit ruled Thursday.

     BRUSSELS - The European Commission proposed an EU-wide ban of the party drug 4-MA, saying Thursday that authorities have linked the amphetamine-like substance to 21 deaths within its borders since 2010.


     SANTA ANA, Calif. - Dennis Rodman failed to endorse Rodman Ink products on the Tonight Show, and blew off photo shoots, in breach of contract, Patric Mims and Rodman Ink claim in Superior Court.

     WASHINGTON - Syria must pay over $1 billion to each of 26 plaintiffs for its support of the 1985 terror attacks at airports in Rome and Vienna, led by the Abu Nidal Organization, a federal judge ruled.
     In a separate order, the judge called for additional briefing as to four Italy-born victims.

     WASHINGTON - A federal judge granted the request of a Guantanamo Bay detainee, Abd al Hakim Ghalib Ahmad Alhag, to voluntarily dismiss his habeas petition without prejudice.

     WASHINGTON - Blasting an alleged al-Qaida supporter for trying to "make a silk purse out of a sow's ear," a federal judge tossed the latest motion for relief filed by Obaydullah.


     LAS VEGAS - The Smith & Wesson board awarded its CEO P. James Debney 500,000 stock options in fiscal year 2012, though company bylaws limit such grants to 300,000 a year, shareholders say in a derivative complaint in Clark County Court.

      HOUSTON - Harris County Sheriff's deputy Louis Campbell shot a woman to death in a Wal-Mart parking lot for suspicion of shoplifting, her family claims in Harris County Court; Wal-Mart and U.S. Security Associates also are defendants.

      BUFFALO - A child was injured when a Hyatt Regency Buffalo toilet exploded, his parents claim in Erie County Supreme Court.