By  on December 17, 2007

ALBANY — In a case stretching back to when Eliot Spitzer was attorney general for New York County, the New York State Court of Appeals has ruled in a 4-3 decision in favor of James Zimmerman, former chairman and chief executive of Federated Department Stores, claiming Zimmerman's previous testimony to the attorney general is not subject to New York County laws.

Zimmerman testified as part of an antitrust investigation by the attorney general's office into allegations that Federated and the then May Department Stores conspired to dissuade manufacturers of Waterford Crystal and Lenox china from doing business with rival retailer Bed Bath & Beyond.

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