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Kim Dotcom finally sued by motion picture studios, MPAA

04/08, 9:17am

Suit more than two years after raid on MegaUpload property, Dotcom home

Six US film studios have filed suit against MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The suit alleges that Dotcom, while running the now-closed Megaupload site, "facilitated, encouraged and profited" from a business model promoting piracy and paying bounties to users that had popular content.

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HP offers shareholder group $57 million to settle company refocus suit

04/01, 9:39am

Suit alleges shareholders were mislead about company future intentions

HP has agreed to dole out $57 million in response to a legal challenge, accusing the company's previous executives of defrauding shareholders. The claim arose when HP changed corporate direction towards services and away from hardware, and ditched the WebOS platform with abandonment of the TouchPad tablet after less than two months availability.

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US Supreme Court hearing arguments about software patentability

03/31, 1:09pm

Relatively minor suit could set the stage for patent law's future

For the first time in over three decades, the US Supreme Court is hearing significant arguments on whether "computer-implemented inventions," otherwise known as software, can be patented. The debate will center around what qualifies for a patent, centering on a debate about a computer system used to handle financial transactions, evaluating risks of default. Despite the suit itself being relatively small, the ruling will set precent for patent law for decades to come.

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Samsung objects to patent instructional video

03/29, 9:15pm

Claims Apple products shown in video would be 'prejudicial'

Ahead of its second patent battle with Apple in a case set to open on Monday, Samsung is objecting to a US government video intended to instruct jurors on how patents are granted. The video, which has been updated since the first Apple-Samsung trial, now shows some Apple products -- leading Samsung attorneys to claim showing it would be "highly prejudicial," as it would leave jurors with the idea that Apple products are innovative enough to be patentable.

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Judge: Baidu exercising 'editorial control,' not Internet censorship

03/29, 11:43am

Lawsuit sought financial renumeration, not change in business strategy

District Judge Jesse Furman of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York has ruled in Chinese search engine giant Baidu's favor, shutting down an Internet censorship lawsuit. Furman called the blocking of pro-democracy websites "editorial control" by Baidu, and noted that nothing was preventing US users from using different search engines, such as Google or Bing.

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Judge Cote grants class-action status to consumer e-book lawsuit

03/28, 10:00pm

Second of three lawsuits Apple is facing over e-book pricing

Judge Denise Cote, the same jurist that notably pre-announced Apple's likely guilt when she oversaw the Department of Justice lawsuit against Apple, has granted class-action status to various consumers and consumer groups that are also suing Apple and the various publishers over alleged price-fixing of e-book prices -- even though most prices under the "agency model" Apple used have in fact fallen. The iPhone maker lost the first suit, with Judge Cote ruling that Apple somehow "led" a price-fixing conspiracy among publishers in an effort to bust Amazon's near-monopoly of the e-book market.

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Actress: Google refuses to pull anti-Muslim film from YouTube

03/26, 12:23pm

'Innocence of Muslims' film keeps re-appearing on YouTube

According to the complaining actress, Google is not complying with an order by the Ninth Circuit Court in California to purge the anti-Islamic Innocence of Muslims film from its YouTube service. Saying that all Google has done is post "a snide message" on a few copies of the movie on it service, actress Cindy Lee Garcia has filed an emergency motion for sanctions against the search engine for noncompliance.

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BlackBerry SVP attempts to bolt for Apple, gets sued

03/25, 9:16pm

Court rules software chief must stay at job until June

A court in Ottawa has ruled in a lawsuit brought by BlackBerry against one of its own employees. The firm sued its own senior vice president of software, Sebastien Marineau-Mes, when he announced that he would be leaving the floundering smartphone company to take a job as Vice President of Core OS at Apple last December.

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Lawsuit filed against Fitbit over skin irritation caused by Force

03/20, 11:58am

Fitness tracker lawsuit seeks refunds in California

Fitbit has been targeted by a lawsuit over medical issues claimed to be caused by one of its wearable fitness trackers. Gomez Law from San Diego has filed the suit, claiming Fitbit has "misled" its customers and caused nearly two percent of its customers to develop skin irritations from wearing the Fitbit Force, and demanding the company refunds purchasers of the device.

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Class action status for Google email privacy suit denied

03/19, 3:15pm

Judge Lucy Koh, of Apple versus Samsung fame, denies suit combination

US District Judge Lucy Koh has handed a partial victory to Google in a privacy suit against the search engine. In a Tuesday decision, the judge rued that a handful of lawsuits the company is facing may not be combined into a class-action suit, as the suits lack sufficient commonality. Based on the ruling, the myriad of filers must be heard individually or in smaller groups, escalating costs to the complainants.

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Google faces class action suit over unauthorized in-app purchases

03/11, 11:37am

Class-action filing mirrors similar $32.5M suit against Apple

A class action lawsuit against Google has been filed, accusing the search company of enabling unauthorized in-app purchases. The suit, filed by law firm Berger & Montague in San Francisco, accuses Google of failing to protect device owners from such purchases, and mirrors an earlier case against Apple over the same matter, one which led to a settlement of $32.5 million.

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Class action lawsuit over DRAM reaches $310 million settlement

03/08, 12:20pm

Suit over price fixing from 1998 to 2002 result in $10 for those affected

A class action lawsuit brought forward by the Attorneys General for 33 states over price fixing for dynamic random access memory (DRAM) has reached a settlement, with manufacturers agreeing to pay out $310 million nationwide. Of the settlement amount, around $200 million will go to consumers and businesses that purchased devices with DRAM or DRAM itself from January 1, 1998 to December 31, 2002.

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Samsung sues Dyson for copycat comments from earlier lawsuit

02/17, 7:46am

Claims of copied design said to have damaged Samsung corporate image

Samsung is suing British bagless vacuum cleaner manufacturer Dyson for claimed damage to the company's image. Stemming from a patent lawsuit from last year, one that was later dropped, Samsung is seeking 10 billion won ($9.43 million) in compensation over accusations that Samsung's "marketing activities were negatively affected" by Dyson's legal action.

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Appeals court hears Apple's arguments against e-book antitrust monitor

02/04, 4:20pm

No decision made, monitor's efforts remain halted until ruling

Earlier today, Apple had its case heard before the Second US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, in which the company is hoping to kill or reduce e-book antitrust monitor Michael Bromwich's efforts permanently. The computer manufacturer argued that his investigations were excessive, that he lacked the knowledge to properly oversee Apple, and that his fees and duties for the monitoring in addition to any court-ordered payments would cost millions of dollars, all of which will cause "irreparable harm" to Apple's business and relationships.

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Twitter buys over 900 patents from IBM, ends infringement lawsuit

01/31, 12:18pm

IBM patent buy by Twitter follows similar acquisitions by Google, Facebook

Twitter has acquired over 900 patents from IBM, with the two companies also agreeing to a patent cross-licensing deal, IBM has announced. Occurring in December and only just being announced today, the agreement also puts to an end a patent lawsuit by IBM, accusing Twitter of infringing on three patents before the micro-blogging service filed its IPO.

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Google loses push notification suit to non-practicing entity SimpleAir

01/22, 9:29pm

Google faces 'more than $125 million' damages for infringement

Google and SimpleAir's court case wrapped up its first phase today in the Eastern District of Texas. The jury found Google guilty of infringing SimpleAir's patent on its push notification implementation after a week-long trial. Google faces a seperate trail after a hung jury failed to resolve damages, but SimpleAir claims that it is seeking $125 million or more from the search engine giant.

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Apple demands anti-cloning provision in any Samsung settlement

01/20, 4:22pm

Attorneys argue over injunctions

Ahead of formal settlement negotiations next month, Apple has reiterated its demands for an anti-cloning provision in any potential agreement with Samsung. Litigation analyst Florian Mueller suggests Apple's insistence may be a "dealbreaker" that puts the patent-infringement lawsuit back on track for a formal trial, though the company successfully pushed HTC to sign off on such provisions as part of a settlement in a separate dispute.

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Boston plaintiffs sue Apple over zip code collection

01/17, 10:09pm

Claim to have received marketing materials by providing info

A trio of Boston area plaintiffs have filed suit against Apple in Massachusetts, claiming that they were forced to provide their home ZIP codes when making purchases at an Apple Store in Boston using credit cards. The men claim that under commonwealth law, it is illegal to compel customers to provider more personal information than is required by credit card issuers to verify the transaction -- apparently unaware that credit card companies use ZIP codes to verify transactions.

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Facebook sued over alleged false 'like' endorsements in advertising

01/12, 8:54pm

Facebook user claims not to have endorsed company, seeks $750

Facebook is being sued over apparent false "likes" being used in advertising on the social network. Anthony Ditirro has filed a class-action suit against Facebook in San Jose, for allegedly showing that users are endorsing products on the service to friends and acquaintances linked to the user, even if the claimed endorser did not actually "like" the associated Facebook page.

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Google calls for dismissal of UK privacy lawsuit

12/16, 2:48pm

Search giant argues for California venue

Google is reportedly calling for a UK privacy lawsuit to be dismissed, arguing that the case should be heard in its home state of California, according to a Guardian report. The company has been sued by a group of users who accuse the company of illegally monitoring their online habits by circumventing security settings on the desktop and mobile versions of Apple's Safari browser.

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Samsung denied iOS embargo, fine against Apple in South Korean court

12/11, 11:05pm

Messaging technology at core of trial found to be not infringed by Apple

Samsung's tales of woe against Apple in court continue -- this time in its South Korean home. Samsung has lost an attempt to ban assorted iPhone and iPad models in South Korea, as the presiding judge dismissed a lawsuit that had Samsung claiming patent infringement against the Cupertino manufacturer.

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Appeals court may reverse Google win in Oracle's Android lawsuit

12/04, 2:33pm

Court appears skeptical of Judge William Alsup ruling

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC, appears to be siding with Oracle in the company's lawsuit against Google over Android APIs. A formal ruling has yet to be handed down, however Reuters' Dan Levine and The Recorder's Scott K. Graham, both in attendance at today's hearing, published Twitter posts suggesting that the appeals court is likely to reverse Google's earlier win.

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Judge tosses lawsuit over alleged iOS 'tracking'

11/28, 12:20am

Plaintiffs could not prove any data breach, actual harm

US District Court Judge Lucy Koh -- who just concluded a damages retrial between Apple and Samsung and will preside over the next round in the two companies' ongoing patent battles -- dismissed a consumer protection lawsuit on Wednesday that charged that iOS' "geotracking" data -- discovered in iOS 4 in 2011 to be an unprotected file that could theoretically have been accessed by third parties was deliberately designed to collect personal data without consent.

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Samsung files motion to stop damages retrial based on USPTO comment

11/20, 3:49pm

Previously attempted Samsung tactic tried again as USPTO hearings continue

In a last-ditch effort to stop the jury deliberation of the now concluded Apple versus Samsung damages retrial, Samsung has made an emergency filing based on a comment from the US Patent and Trademark Office, which said that an Apple patent may not be valid. According to the filing, the USPTO questions if Apple's "pinch to zoom" patent, a key patent used in the retrial, is valid. Samsung believes that "this PTO decision calls into question the entire jury verdict in this trial."

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Judge tosses lawsuit against Google Books, says 'all society benefits'

11/14, 11:59am

Authors Guild arguments rejected by court

A US Circuit Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Google Books, rejecting the Authors Guild's allegations of copyright infringement. Judge Denny Chin sided with Google's argument that displaying small excerpts of scanned books in search results is protected by the fair-use doctrine.

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Twitter faces patent-infringement lawsuit from IBM

11/04, 11:10am

Legal dispute noted in IPO filings

In an amended S-1 filing with the SEC, Twitter has revealed that it has been threatened with a patent-infringement lawsuit by IBM. In a letter sent to the former ahead of its IPO, IBM accused the company of violating US Patent No. 6,957,224: "Efficient retrieval of uniform resource locators," No. 7,072,849: "Method for presenting advertising in an interactive service," and No. 7,099,862: "Programmatic discovery of common contacts."

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AT&T 'unlimited' iPad lawsuit claim forms reach participants

10/31, 3:00am

Settlement calls for $40 payment from Apple, discounted service from AT&T

Claim forms have gone out to participants and affected customers as part of a settlement in a customer lawsuit against AT&T and Apple, accusing the former of reneging on a promise that "unlimited" data customers could use their existing plans on a 3G-capable iPad, while the latter supported the later-revoked claim through advertising and endorsement. Claimants could receive a $40 one-time payment from Apple along with discounted AT&T service.

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Lawsuit charges Apple knew about allegedly-defective iMac display

10/29, 6:36pm

Backlit display from LG suspected, plaintiff seeks class-action status

In a new lawsuit against Apple, an Idaho Falls man is charging that Apple was aware of a problem with displays used in some previous generations of iMac that were made by LG for the company, but did nothing about the problem despite numerous customer complaints that the LED displays in the models made between 2009 and 2012 might fail, specifically that half the display would go dim for no user-caused reason. Apple has not yet responded to the suit.

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Judge grants class-action status to Apple-Google anti-poaching suit

10/26, 5:03pm

Plaintiffs claim wages, opportunities hurt by agreement

Over 64,000 top technical, engineer and other skilled workers will get their chance in court to prove that an informal anti-poaching agreement between Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe harmed them through lost opportunities for advancement and higher pay. The plaintiffs claim that the arrangement was an illegal conspiracy that aimed to hold down rising wages as well as prevent employees from taking advantage of other opportunities.

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Jury sides with Apple in WiLAN patent infringement case

10/23, 6:58pm

Apple sole defendant to avoid settlement

Apple has won a legal victory in the ongoing patent-infringement lawsuit filed by WiLAN. The latter company had been fighting for damages worth $248 million, however the jury has cleared Apple of wrongdoing and found several of WiLAN's patent claims to be invalid.

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Aereo wins Boston court ruling, preps Android app for Oct. 22 launch

10/10, 12:10pm

Judge refuses to interrupt service

Aereo has won a partial victory in a Boston federal court, avoiding an injunction that would have interrupted its streaming broadcast-TV service. The company also announced that its Android app will be available on October 22, following development delays that pushed it past the original September launch window.

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Amazon wins legal fight with IBM for $600M CIA contract

10/08, 12:46pm

Amazon to build private cloud

Amazon has reportedly won a legal battle with IBM over a $600 million contract with the Central Intelligence Agency. The companies have been competing for a ten-year agreement to help the agency build and manage a large-scale private cloud network for data-mining operations.

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Samsung, LG Display settle display technology patent lawsuit

09/24, 11:31am

Display producers to work together rather than continue legal action

Samsung and LG Display are ending their display-related patent lawsuits against each other, with a view to working together on the technologies in the future. The agreement, which effectively ends a courtroom battle that commenced in September 2012, was rumored to have been close to dropping in March of this year, but has only just finished.

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Vivendi deal freeing Activision Blizzard stopped by Delaware court

09/18, 11:57pm

Deal worth well over $8 billion dollars put on hold by shareholder suit

The Delaware Chancery court has issued a ruling on a lawsuit, putting the pending sale of Vivendi's portion of Activision Blizzard back to its founders on hold. Activision is seeking to buy back 429 million shares of itself from Vivendi for $5.83 billion, with chief executive Bobby Kotick and chairman Brian Kelley will each purchase about 172 million shares of Activision stock.

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Kim Dotcom sues NZ for $7M, claims illegal pencam surveillance

09/13, 1:17pm

Megaupload founder denies resisting arrest

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has filed a lawsuit against the New Zealand government, alleging he was subjected to illegal surveillance and misconduct during the subsequent raid on his home. Legal filings referenced by The New Zealand Herald outline the case, which seeks NZ$8.55 million (~$7 million USD) in damages.

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Samsung sued over alleged vacuum cleaner patent infringement

09/10, 10:13am

Steering mechanism in Samsung cleaner copies patent, claims Dyson

Samsung has found itself in yet more legal trouble, thanks to a recently-launched vacuum cleaner. Dyson, a manufacturer of bag-less vacuum cleaners, believes that the Samsung Motion Sync cleaner revealed at IFA last week uses a similar steering mechanism to its own cylinder cleaner, one that Dyson patented in 2009.

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Ohio man sues Apple over 'Breaking Bad' Season Pass split

09/09, 8:15pm

Likely to be dismissed due to content owners determining 'seasons'

Noam Lazebnik of Ohio has filed suit against Apple, saying that the company should not have advertised a "season pass" to the fifth season of the hit television series Breaking Bad that does not contain what he considers to be the full season. Apple is one of several resellers who offer streaming downloads of the show, most of which have offered the currently-airing second set of eight episodes as "Season 6," apparently as set by the show's producer, American Movie Classics (AMC). The case, should it get to trial, is likely to center on which company determined the "seasons."

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Broadcasters win ruling against broadcast TV streamer FilmOn X

09/06, 11:24am

Case viewed as important in Aereo battle

Television broadcasters have won a legal battle against FilmOn X, a company that provides online streams of broadcast TV content. Judge Rosemary Collyer of the US District Court for DC has ordered the company to shutter its services, noting that broadcasters will likely prevail in arguing that the service violates copyright laws.

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EFF wins FOIA lawsuit against NSA, 'hundreds' of docs to be released

09/06, 10:00am

Activist group fights for transparency

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has reportedly won a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Justice Department, forcing the agency to make public "hundreds of pages" of documents. The activist group requested material relevant to the government's previously secret interpretation of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which covers collection of "tangible things" related to investigations.

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Google demands Gmail lawsuit dismissal: users 'should expect' scanning

09/06, 8:32am

Plaintiffs call foul on e-mail scanning

Google has continued to defend its Gmail scanning and ad-targeting practices, pushing for dismissal of a privacy lawsuit filed in a San Jose federal court. In a Thursday hearing, the company's attorneys argued that "all users of e-mail must necessarily expect that their e-mails will be subject to automated processing," as quoted by the AP.

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Appeals court dismisses 2005 lawsuit over iTunes' FairPlay DRM

09/04, 2:30am

Judge rules plaintiff unable to show any anti-competitive harm done

A woman who initially sued Apple in 2005 over the iPod, the iTunes Store and the FairPlay DRM that Apple once used (at the insistence of the record companies) to prevent purchased songs from being pirated has lost an appeal in an attempt to reinstate the case. For a second time, a judge has ruled that Stacey Somers and her attorneys have been unable to show that Apple created or abused its iTunes "monopoly," that prices had escalated overall due to Apple's lock-in, or that consumers were harmed in any way by Apple's behavior.

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Judge tosses first of two 'faulty iPhone button' lawsuits

08/29, 9:13pm

'Wiggly' power buttons on iPhone 4, 4S claimed to be safety hazard

A US District Court Judge has thrown out a lawsuit aimed at Apple that alleged that supposedly "wiggly" power buttons on some iPhone 4 and 4S handsets present a danger to users, including on an aircraft -- since the alleged defect meant users can't shut down the iPhone per the flight crew's instructions. Two users claim that Apple knew that the power button was faulty and would likely fail after the original warranty.

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Facebook 'sponsored stories' $20 million settlement approved

08/26, 8:03pm

$10 million going to lawyers, $10 million to charity, privacy rules overhauled

Despite objections from privacy advocates to the contrary, Judge Richard Seeborg of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California approved Facebook's $20 million settlement offer over its controversial "sponsored stories" program. Additionally, the social network must give users more control over how personal content is shared, which Facebook's attorneys places at a value of $145 million. Between January 2011 and August 2012, Facebook charged advertisers $234 million for the program in question.

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Netflix shareholder class action suit over Quixter dismissed

08/21, 4:02pm

Court refuses suit, citing sufficient Netflix investor notifications

US District Court Judge Samuel Conti in San Francisco has ruled in Netflix's favor in a class action suit, and denied an effort by shareholders to force the media streaming company to pay damages. The shareholders and the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System alleged that Netflix didn't provide accurate information about the company in a series of quarterly earnings statements, leading up to and through the company's 2011 reorganization.

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App Store monopoly lawsuit thrown out of court

08/15, 6:29pm

Plaintiffs found to have suffered no harm over App Store, may refile

A lawsuit claiming that Apple's iTunes App Store is an illegal monopoly -- as it only sells iOS apps, takes a 30 percent commission on sales and disallows third-party iOS app stores -- has been thrown out of court on procedural grounds, since the plaintiffs could not show any grounds for complaint, as they had not purchased the apps challenged in the lawsuit. "At a minimum," wrote the judge in her dismissal order, "plaintiffs must allege facts showing that each named plaintiff has personally suffered an injury-in-fact based on Apple's alleged misconduct."

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ITC finds Samsung infringing on two Apple patents, sales embargo soon

08/09, 5:52pm

60-day review process begins on infringing devices import ban

Updated with Samsung statement on ruling The US International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled today that assorted Samsung mobile products do in fact infringe on two of four Apple-held patents in a complaint going back to 2011. The panel has issued an import embargo on some of Samsung's older mobile products, preventing it from selling and distributing the infringing devices. Today's ruling begins the 60-day Presidential review process of the ITC ruling.

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Bitcoin recognised as a regulatable currency by Texas federal judge

08/08, 3:10pm

SEC suit against Bitcoin hedge fund forced district court ruling

Bitcoin is a recognized currency that is subject to the laws of the United States, according to a federal judge ruling over a lawsuit by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against a Bitcoin hedge fund owner. Judge Amos Mazzant in Texas declared Bitcoin as "a currency or form of money," paving the way for government regulation in the virtual currency.

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Apple wins appeal in case against Motorola; ITC dismissal overturned

08/07, 2:14pm

One patent removed from dispute

Apple has won an appeal in a patent lawsuit against Motorola Mobility, mostly overturning the International Trade Commission's dismissal ruling. The patent-infringement dispute is headed back to the ITC for another round of deliberation, though Apple declined to appeal its claims regarding on one of the three patents included in the initial suit, according to a report by patent analyst Florian Mueller.

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Motorola Mobile sued by three MPEG-LA licensors over MPEG-2 patent

08/01, 10:33pm

Mitsubishi, Philips, Thompson allege Motorola willfully violating patent

Adding to Google's legal woes due to its acquisition of Motorola Mobility, a coalition of companies consisting of Mitsubishi, Philips, and Thompson have filed suit in the Southern District of Florida over the MPEG-2 video codec standard. The complaint alleges that Motorola Mobility is willfully violating patents licensed through the MPEG-LA licensing group and is continuing to receive profit through the group despite no longer paying for a license since December 31, 2010.

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Apple retail employees file class-action lawsuit over security

07/29, 5:51pm

Claim that searches, bag checks are done off-the-clock

A group of former retail employees of Apple Stores in Los Angeles and New York have filed a class-action suit against Apple, saying that the company demands employees submit to extensive anti-theft searches and other security measures, but doesn't pay them for the time involved. The security checks, which happen whenever an employee leaves the store, take 10 or 15 minutes according to the claim filed, adding up to millions of dollars in uncompensated employee time -- possibly as much as $1,400 per employee per year.

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