Items tagged with Lawsuit

Is a website responsible for the actions of its users? A recent court case between online marketplace and homestay network Airbnb and New York's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will settle the question of whether or not a company such as Airbnb is responsible for a user’s illegal activities. The lawsuit alleges that some landlords illegally listed rentals for longer periods than is allowed by the law. In New York City, unless a property is deemed a hotel or hostel, renters become “permanent residents” after thirty days. It is not illegal, however, if the lessor also occupies the same apartment... Read more...
Graphics chip maker NVIDIA has agreed to a preliminary settlement in a class-action lawsuit over the marketing and sale of its GeForce GTX 970 graphics cards, which it advertised as having 4GB of onboard GDDR5 memory. The settlement includes a total of 15 consumer class action lawsuits that were consolidated in Northern California, along with pending action in San Diego. Settlement documents reveal that NVIDIA will pay each buyer of a GeForce GTX 970 graphics card $30, plus an additional $1.3 million towards attorney fees. As part of the settlement, NVIDIA denies all allegations of wrongdoing.... Read more...
If there’s one thing that I’ve learned when it comes to taking any computing device in for service, it’s to back it up beforehand “just in case.” There’s no telling what service technicians will have to do with your device or what kind of mishaps could happen in the process, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. However, it appears that at least one British man didn’t use enough caution when he took his malfunctioning iPhone in to be serviced at a local Apple Store. Deric White claims the Apple Geniuses never asked him if he had backed up his iPhone 5, and took it upon themselves to reset the iPhone,... Read more...
$234 million is a lot less than $862 million in damages that Apple could have faced for infringing on a University of Wisconsin-Madison patent, but it’s still a lot of money — even for a company as large as Apple. The larger figure was the maximum amount of damages that Apple was facing for infringing on Patent No. 5,781,752, which is held by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). The number is also actually smaller than what WARF was originally asking for during the trial: $400,000 million. Despite the lower damages, WARF was still pleased with the outcome. “This decision is great news,"... Read more...
Samsung can breathe a little easier today following the revelation that it won’t have to fork over as much money to competitor Apple for patent infringement. But that doesn’t mean that Samsung is completely off the hook when it comes to compensating the folks from Cupertino, California. U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit partially reversed the $930 verdict that was originally handed down against Samsung way back in 2012. The appeals court found that Samsung had indeed violated Apple’s design patents and two utility patents related to the iPhone, but concluded that Samsung’s actions didn’t... Read more...
Apple this week filed a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit claiming the company bamboozled customers by misrepresenting the amount of storage space that's available on new iPhone and iPad devices running iOS 8. The suit, which was filed in the Bay Area a few months ago, claims that iOS 8 can use as much as 32.1 percent of the advertised storage space on the company's mobile products. What's really at issue is whether or not Apple intentionally misled consumers. According to Apple's court filing, the plaintiffs Paul Orshan and Christopher Endara failed to prove their case, adding... Read more...
Apple tried convincing a U.S. appeals court this week that Samsung shouldn't be allowed to sell devices that infringe on its smartphone patents, but the judge wasn't particularly sympathetic. Just the opposite, Judge Kimberly Moore candidly told Apple, "You've already licensed these patents up the wazoo!" The point being that there's skepticism Apple is being harmed by technology that it's already letting other companies use. This is the latest bout in what's been a long, drawn out fight between Apple and Samsung. Neither side has been able to gain a legal edge and resulting financial... Read more...
If you can't beat 'em, and you don't want to join 'em, then what can you do? Settle, of course! Apple is currently in discussions with electric car battery maker A123 Systems on a settlement over a lawsuit the latter initiated, in which it accuses the former of poaching engineers and other top level talent to build a battery division.It's been rumored that Apple is working on an electric car of its own to compete with Tesla. Reports have Apple pegged to release its first model in 2020, which is an incredibly short time frame. However, it's believed that Apple's been working on this project for... Read more...
Fashion retail chain Forever 21 has found itself the target of a lawsuit for allegedly making illegal copies of Photoshop and other software applications. Adobe, Autodesk Inc., and Corel Corp. are all three claiming copyright violations in the suit, accusing Forever 21 of making unauthorized copies of various software for use on multiple company computers. "Widespread use of illegal copies of Plaintiffs’ software products (commonly known as software piracy) has caused, and continues to cause, significant harm to Plaintiffs and undermines Plaintiffs’ investments in their products," the lawsuit reads... Read more...
It looks as though Apple will escape another courtroom battle. U.S. District Judge William Alsup has rejected a lawsuit that claimed that Apple knowingly sold MacBook computers with defective logic boards The plaintiffs, Uriel Marcus and Benedict Verceles, filed the original putative class action complaint back in May 2014. They claimed that even though Apple billed the MacBook Pro as “the world’s most advanced notebook,” it was a defective machine that was doomed to failure. Marcus purchased a MacBook Pro in May 2012, only to have its logic board fail after 18 months of regular use. Apple confirmed... Read more...
A class action lawsuit filed this week in the Bay Area's federal court is taking Apple to task over claims that iOS 8 can chew up as much as 23.1 percent of the advertised storage space on the company's mobile products. In reality, there's no way to avoid using up a certain amount of space on electronic devices that require a meaty operating system, though in this instance, the lawsuit alleges that Apple doesn't inform potential buyers how much of their device's advertised capacity goes to the OS. To make matters worse, the lawsuit says Apple encourages users to purchase more... Read more...
United Airlines isn't too happy with a savvy 22-year-old who built a website that helps people find cheaper airfare. Neither is Orbitz for that matter. What is it about the website that would prompt United Airlines and Orbitz to file a civil lawsuit against its owner, Aktarer Zaman? It's the fact that it finds cheaper airfare using a strategy called "hidden city" ticketing.Here's how it works -- let's say you want to travel to Chicago. Using the "hidden city" ticketing method, you would buy a one-way ticket that has a layover in Chicago, and once you arrive, you simply stay there rather than board... Read more...
The number of lawsuits being brought against Uber keeps piling up. This time, the app-based transportation company is a class-action lawsuit from both cab companies and its own drivers over Uber’s $1 Safe Rides Fee. Filed on Tuesday with the federal court in San Francisco, the lawsuit seeks restitution for the $1 Safe Rides Fee that has been charged to every U.S. Uber customer. Two Uber riders filed the class-action lawsuit claiming that they shouldn’t have to pay the $1 fee because the company’s background checks have been misrepresented as “industry leading” and “often more... Read more...
Facebook will have to face a class action lawsuit that accuses the company of violating its users’ privacy. The lawsuit states that Facebook has been scanning the content of users’ messages sent to other users for advertising purposes. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, California denied Facebook’s bid to dismiss the lawsuit, stating that it has “not offered a sufficient explanation of how the challenged practice falls within the ordinary course of its business.” The company had argued that an exception under the federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act covered... Read more...
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