Items tagged with Lawsuit

Apple and Qualcomm are quibbling the way Apple and Samsung used to, and just as before there is big money at stake, as much as a $1 billion. That is the amount Apple earlier this week accused Qualcomm of withholding in rebates related to license agreements, and the Cupertino outfit is suing semiconductor giant in China for 1 billion yuan (around $145.3 million) in damages. This is an interesting dispute that goes beyond the typical patent infringement claims that big corporations typically argue over. In this case, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently slapped Qualcomm with a lawsuit alleging... Read more...
Grumpy old men are not the only ones yelling at others to stay off their lawns, so is Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire co-founder of Facebook. You see, when you're saddled with extreme wealth and fame, sometimes you just want to get away (hashtag-OnePercenterProbs). In Zuckerberg's case, he purchased a 700-acre property in Hawaii, but those dang neighbors own plots that are only accessible by stepping foot on his soil. What's a billionaire to do? Sue the neighbors to force them to sell their properties. That is a bit of an oversimplification and it makes Zuckerberg sound super evil. Maybe that... Read more...
There are some horrific things that get posted on the Internet; we're talking downright disturbing. Unfortunately, for a pair of former Microsoft employees whose job it was to sift through the worst of the worst and report illegal activity—rape, murder, and all kinds of sick, twisted content—it left them suffering with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), according to a lawsuit filed against the Redmond outfit. Not only was the job mentally disturbing, the lawsuit further alleges that Microsoft took a dismissive attitude towards worker complaints and failed to provide adequate health care coverage.... Read more...
The parents of a five-year-old girl who lost her life in a car accident involving another motor vehicle in which the driver was using Apple's FaceTime app have filed a lawsuit against the Cupertino outfit. Filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court, the lawsuit holds Apple accountable for the girl's death for not utilizing technology that would prevent people from using FaceTime while operating a vehicle, or at the very least issue a warning as to the potential hazards. "Plaintiffs allege Apple Inc.'s failure to design, manufacture, and sell the Apple iPhone 6 Plus with the patented, safer, alternative... Read more...
Google finds itself at the receiving end of a lawsuit, a not uncommon thing for the sultan of search, only this one is comes from within. One of the company's product managers is suing the firm over allegations of illegal confidentiality agreements and employee policies that run afoul of California's labor laws. The employee even accuses Google of promoting a culture of spying on one another. At dispute are the policies that Google puts in place to prevent leaking confidential information. However, the lawsuit alleges that the policies go to far and in essence restrict employees "from speaking... Read more...
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...
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