SANTA BARBARA - A collector claims R&R Auction Co. charged him $72,000 for bogus sports and music memorabilia, in Superior Court.

     MANHATTAN - MetLife claims Morgan Stanley cost it "substantial losses" by misrepresenting $757 million in residential mortgage-backed securities MetLife bought, in New York County Supreme Court.

     SAN BERNARDINO - Off-road racer Robert Gordon claims Polaris Industries and Chaparral Motorsports are using his name and trademark after their license expired, in Superior Court.

     SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge refused to dismiss consolidated complaints alleging a price-fixing conspiracy among the manufacturers of optical disc drives.

     OAKLAND, Calif. - PNY Technologies has about two weeks to amend dismissed antitrust claims regarding SanDisk's extensive patent portfolio in the flash memory technology upstream market.

     COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - The chairwoman of the Kootenai County Republican Party Central Committee claims a John or Jane Doe defamed her on a (nonparty) Spokesman-Review's blog by claiming $10,000 in party money was missing, and she had it, in Kootenai County Court.

     SAN JOSE, Calif. - A federal judge certified a class that claims First American eAppraiseIT inflated property appraisals to benefit mortgage lenders.

     NEW ORLEANS - Service Temps dba Smith Personnel Solutions owes $103,200 to a deaf woman it refused to hire for a warehouse job, the 5th Circuit ruled Thursday.

     PITTSBURGH - Rather than creating "a headless organization that would likely be unable to survive on its own," a federal judge refused to block the already completed merger of Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions, which faces antitrust claims from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and other groups.

     PHILADELPHIA - A federal judge certified a class and two separate subclasses in a state-funding fight for Chester Upland School District, where at least one-fifth of the students allegedly have disabilities.

     PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh can double the $36.8 million verdict that a jury entered against Varian Medical Systems for patent infringement, a federal judge ruled, awarding attorneys' fees and interest as well.