Items tagged with Lawsuit

Everyone is waiting to see what the Federal Communications Commission will rule when it comes to net neutrality. However, the FCC is preparing itself for a lawsuit from cable companies in response to when it finally votes net neutrality regulations into place. At least that is what FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said earlier today.According to The Hill, Wheeler said, “The big dogs are going to sue regardless of what comes out. We need to make sure that we have sustainable rules, and that starts with making sure that we have addressed the multiplicity of issues that come along and are likely to be raised."Wheeler... Read more...
Back in July, Lindsay Lohan filed a lawsuit against Grand Theft Auto V developer Rockstar Games. In her lawsuit, the actress claimed that a GTA V character named Lacey Jonas resembled her in looks and shared a similar voice. Now, Lohan has filed a 67-page complaint, an amended version of the original 10-page complaint, against publisher Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games for using her likeness. The complaint features 45 pages of pictorial evidence that includes a picture of one of the game discs that shows a blonde woman wearing a red bikini and making a peace sign that supposedly bears a... Read more...
When you're as a big as Apple, lawsuits are impossible to avoid. After fighting Samsung for years on the design front, Apple's latest scuffle in the courtroom is happening in a country where a huge chunk of its profits are coming from: China. Recently, Apple has been attempting to have a Chinese company's voice-recognition patent ruled invalid, as its validity threatens Apple's ability to let Siri run free in China. Zhizhen Network Technology is attempting to block Apple from selling products in China with Siri installed, alleging that by doing so, it's infringing on a patent that it owns. With... Read more...
Yeesh. One has to wonder: "Can't we all just get along?" Evidently not, as John Carmack (yes, that John Carmack) is now staring down a lawsuit from his previous employer, which suggests that he stole precious information on his way out. Carmack has of course landed at Oculus, which has since been acquired by Facebook prior to the Rift virtual reality headset ever truly launching to the public. Clearly, Oculus has blown up big, while Zenimax (Carmack's previous employer) has seen much less of the limelight. Reports suggest that Carmack is facing a suit which alleges that he stole intellectual property... Read more...
Finally! That's an oft overused term in the technology space, but this time, we mean it. With patent wars thwarting innovation left and right over the past few years, it's a huge relief to see two major companies shaking hands and agreeing to move ahead and look beyond the legal aspects. Apple and Samsung probably still have some ways to go, but Samsung and Google have signed a long-term partnership that includes a global patent cross-license agreement. The deal includes "a broad range of technologies and business areas," with each company dubbing is "mutually beneficial." The agreement covers... Read more...
Update: Sharp-eyed reader Justin Jaynes has pointed out that the Llano lawsuit against AMD has been filed by lawyers  hoping to convince investors to jump onboard, not by AMD itself. We've updated the story accordingly. There's two pieces of news on the AMD front as the company prepares to announce earnings this week, but neither are particularly happy. First, there's a persistent rumor from the GPU side of the equation that the 2011-era Macbook Pro's with AMD's discrete graphics are beginning to fail in higher-than-expected numbers with reports of graphics corruption and other intermittent... Read more...
As much as Apple would love it if every iPad owner purchased a new model every time it came out with a new version, not everyone has that kind of disposable income. That means there are people out there who are still using the original iPad launched back in 2010, and those who opted for the 3G model may be getting some financial compensation for broken promises. There was a class action lawsuit filed against Apple and AT&T due to the wireless carrier's promise and subsequent cancellation of unlimited data on iPad 3G models. A proposed settlement that's already been approved by a U.S. District... Read more...
Well, this is... odd. T-Mobile's newly-installed CEO has been quite the character, going off in press events and calling rival carriers all sorts of crazy names. He's off the walls, and in an industry that's as suited as they come, it's quite refreshing. But, strangely enough, he isn't beyond the lawsuit. T-Mobile, which was all set to merge with AT&T just years ago, is now suing the nation's most popular GSM carrier. AT&T recently launched a prepaid brand under the "Aio" label, and according to T-Mobile, it didn't pay up before using T-Mobile's classic "magenta" color. Yes, it has that... Read more...
Apple's fairly well mastered the art of planned obsolescence, whereby the company leaves out certain desirable features on new devices so that it can introduce them on a later model and entice users to upgrade (think the lack of a rear-facing camera on the original iPad), but to suggest the Cupertino outfit sells knowingly faulty products is another topic altogether. It's also the claim of a class action lawsuit filed by Debra Hilton in regards to the iPhone 4. According to the lawsuit, Apple sold iPhone 4 models with defective power buttons to thousands of customers. Even worse, many of those... Read more...
A company called Intertrust Technologies has filed a lawsuit against Apple in the U.S. Federal Court in the Northern District of California alleging the Cupertino outfit infringed on more than a dozen patents. Intertrust's lawsuit lists several Apple products and services, including iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad, Mac systems, Apple TV, iTunes, iCloud, and even the company's App Store. "Apple makes many great products that use Intertrust’s inventions," said Talal Shamoon, Intertrust’s chief executive officer. "Our patents are foundational to modern Internet security and trusted... Read more...
Live by the sword, die by the sword. Apple has taken the path of the courts to settle the hash of its competitors, and now one of its customers is giving the Cupertino company a taste of its own medicine. A fellow named Beau Hodges filed suit against Apple for allowing its customers to buy MacBook Pros with shoddy Retina displays, and it’s possible that the case could become a class-action lawsuit of others that have experienced the problem jump in. The issue pertains to ghosting on the MacBook Pro screens, which can occur with IPS displays after an image is left on the screen for a long... Read more...
Attention Facebook users, you might be eligible to receive a crisp $10 bill (or, more likely, a check worth $10) as part of a class action settlement. Try not to spend it all in one place. The entire settlement is actually worth $20 million, though your cut and everyone else who participates will receive a Hamilton, or nothing at all. "If the number of claims made renders it economically infeasible to pay money to persons who make a timely and valid claim, payment will be made to the not-for-profit organizations identified on the Settlement website at www.fraleyfacebooksettlement.com," Facebook's... Read more...
As the end of the year draws near, it seems that we're starting to (finally) see some grace from the lawyers at Apple and Samsung. As the two were deadlocked in heated trials throughout the year, recently they've caved a bit in what feels like joint efforts to simply move on. Live and let live, as it were. Now, Apple has decided to drop patent claims against Samsung's Galaxy S III Mini -- a high-end phone that bears the Galaxy name that Apple so detests. Of course, it's not just because Apple is feeling completely peachy. The move came after Samsung made clear that it had no intention to sell the... Read more...
One has to wonder what the technology universe would feel like if Apple and Samsung weren't at each other's throats. For months now, we've just seen the two tech titans battling like no other in courtrooms all across the globe, largely bitter of patents and who infringed on who. But all told, it's all rather boring. For consumers, it's all just noise that's impeding innovation on both fronts, and that's no good for anyone. Thankfully, it seems that with the end of the year coming up, the two are inching closer to putting all of this aside. Just this week, Samsung decided to cease its efforts to... Read more...
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