Pacific Northwest Zumiez, a 26-year-old action-sports retailer, yesterday laid out plans to sell 1. 88 million shares to the public at between...

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Zumiez, a 26-year-old action-sports retailer, yesterday laid out plans to sell 1.88 million shares to the public at between $15 and $17 a share, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

The Everett-based retailer, which announced in February that it would go public, could raise as much as $31.9 million, before deducting fees associated with taking the company public. Private shareholders plan to sell an additional 1.25 million shares to the public, raising up to $21.3 million before fees. Zumiez will not receive proceeds from that sale.

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The suit, filed in Texas, comes three days after Microsoft filed a lawsuit in California seeking to invalidate the patent. Forgent said it has generated $100 million from licensing the patent to 35 companies.

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Richard Scrushy’s defense opened its case with an attack on an important piece of government evidence yesterday after a judge refused to halt his fraud trial but dismissed some charges against the fired HealthSouth chief executive.

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Compiled from Seattle Times business staff, Bloomberg News and Reuters