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  • Merrill Lynch has until Friday to settle an auction-rate securities case with New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office or it will face a lawsuit, Cuomo warned during a CNBC interview.

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    A French court ordered eBay to pay 38.6 million euros ($61 million) to luxury goods group LVMH for allowing the sale of fake merchandise, in a ruling immediately appealed by the online auction website.

  • The indictment of two Bear Stearns hedge fund managers for securities fraud is expected to be announced later on Thursday in connection with a fund tied to the subprime lending market, CNBC has learned.

  • A former Credit Suisse investment banker convicted of leaking inside information about pending mergers was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a federal judge Friday.

  • John F. Marshall spent decades teaching at business schools and watching his students parlay his lessons into fortunes on Wall Street. But when he and another professor reached for some of those riches themselves, events took a startling turn, the authorities say.

  • The White House said that President Bush would not veto a final bill from Congress that orders a halt to filling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve while oil prices are very high.

  • A fight has erupted in Congress over the question of whether drug makers and other companies should be allowed to keep patents they obtained by misrepresentation or cheating, The New York Times reports.

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    U.S. federal regulators will announce a settlement on Friday with former Fannie Mae  executives over their alleged roles in a 2004 multibillion-dollar accounting scandal, a person familiar with the settlement said on Thursday.

  • A federal grand jury and the Securities and Exchange Commission have been investigating the anti-money laundering practices of Fidelity Investments, according to a report in the Boston Business Journal.

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    President Bush urged Congress on Friday to quickly pass an economic stimulus package void of extraneous spending, saying only quick action will kickstart the sputtering economy. "I strongly believe it would be a mistake to delay or derail this bill," Bush said.

  • Attorneys for the brothers of hedge fund manager Seth Tobias say his wife killed him because "Seth was worth substantially more to (her) dead than he was alive, and she knew that."

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    Internet phone company Vonage Holdings and Canadian telecommunications equipment maker Nortel Networks have settled their patent disputes, the companies said Monday.

  • Qualcomm won a round in its patent battles with wireless phone maker Nokia Wednesday as a U.S. trade court tossed out a lawsuit asking for Qualcomm's chips to be barred from the United States.

  • On Oct. 9, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case that some say may open the flood gates to a tidal wave of investor lawsuits. Legal experts joined CNBC to debate both sides of the issue.

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    Texas oilman Oscar Wyatt pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one of five counts against him for his role in the U.N. oil-for-food scandal.

  • A U.S. federal court jury found that Vonage infringed on six Sprint Nextel patents, according to Sprint spokesman Matt Sullivan.

  • The cancer drug Erbitux unexpectedly extended survival in a trial of patients with advanced lung cancer, sending shares of its maker, ImClone Systems, soaring as much as 24 percent.

  • Millions of inventions pass quietly through the U.S. patent office each year. Patent No. 7,033,406 did, too, until energy insiders spotted six words in the filing that sounded like a death knell for the internal combustion engine.

  • A state judge in Michigan has sided with Wal-Mart Stores and dismissed a lawsuit by former marketing executive Julie Roehm over her firing, saying the case should be filed in Arkansas.

  • Qualcomm, hoping to rebound from a string of legal setbacks, urged a federal judge Tuesday to reject a competitor's request to stop it from selling cell phone chips that infringe on patents.