Items tagged with Lawsuit

Today, the Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against Google in what is the largest tech antitrust case since Microsoft came under fire two decades ago. The lawsuit claims that Google has “stifled competition” with its online search and advertisement businesses, arguably the most significant parts of Google as a whole. Eleven states have backed the lawsuit as outcry (and support) for the lawsuit floods Twitter from various sources. Previously, we reported on the Department of Justice (DoJ) lawsuit against Google has been expected from the Trump administration. According to the Department of Justice, "Google is the monopoly gatekeeper to the internet for billions... Read more...
Epic Games and Apple will be facing off in court a little earlier than expected. The trial date for Epic Games vs. Apple is now set for May 3rd, 2021, at 8:30am PT as to avoid conflicts with a backlog of other trials. In the meantime, there are other pretrial due dates for both companies to submit information.  The Epic Games debacle with Apple has been dragging on for a while; it seems. In August, Apple kicked Fortnite out of the App Store for violating its long-standing policies, sparking the current situation. This escalated into the lawsuit described, and the court is finally setting up schedules. From March through April 2021, hearings and submissions will occur in preparation for the... Read more...
Earlier this month, a U.S. Appeals Court ruled in favor of Qualcomm following an FTC antitrust lawsuit. Qualcomm was cleared after "no evidence" of anticompetitive behavior was found, and the company's $5 billion a year licensing business was left unscathed. Now, car and tech companies are up in arms, requesting that the FTC not back down yet. In 2017, the FTC brought up a lawsuit against Qualcomm alleging antitrust law violations and anti-competitive behavior. Initially, the ruling was against Qualcomm, whereby they would have to renegotiate patent licensing agreements with the companies to which they provided parts. The 9th circuit court with a panel of judges, however, reversed this decision... Read more...
It has now been a little over a week since Epic Games filed a lawsuit against Apple and Google, and the former has since responded with its own legal filing this past week. Is this legal battle merely a dog fight between two large corporations? The dispute between Epic Games, Apple and Google could potentially permanently impact the nature of app stores. These consequences will hopefully overall benefit the consumer. Epic Games introduced its Epic Direct Payment system for mobile users last week. Epic Games allowed users to purchase V-Bucks and other items through Epic Direct Payment instead of the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. This system would help consumers benefit from Epic Games’... Read more...
The bitter war between Apple and Epic Games has just entered a new phase. Epic has just revealed that Apple has given the company an ultimatum, which boils down to "get Fortnite in compliance" or face our ultimate wrath. In this case, Epic claims that if Fortnite doesn't shape up by August 28th, Apple will terminate all of its developers accounts and revoke access to both iOS and Mac development tools. Without access to the Apple Developer Program, Epic will no longer be able to distribute games through the iOS App Store or Mac App Store Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store and has informed Epic that on Friday, August 28 Apple will terminate all our developer accounts... Read more...
Epic Games and Apple are about to legally duke it out. Epic Games just filed a lawsuit against Apple that claims that Apple’s App Store is anti-competitive. The lawsuit was quickly filed after Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store earlier today. Epic Games overall argues that Apple’s policies prevent innovation and directly harm consumers and developers. They state that Apple “...has become what it once railed against: the behemoth seeking to control markets, block competition, and stifle innovation.” Epic Games today introduced “Epic Direct Payment.” Mobile users who purchase V-Bucks or other items through the Apple App Store or Google Play Store would... Read more...
Over the years, Apple has found itself in hot water over some of its business practices. One of the most significant problems Apple in recent memory was the so-called "throttlegate" or "batterygate" in 2017. Apple was caught slowing down the processor of iPhones with older batteries, leading many users to replace a device, thinking it was defective rather than replacing the cheaper battery. Apple agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit initially filed in 2017 on behalf of owners of impacted iPhone devices earlier this year, and affected users can now file for their share. The class-action lawsuit accused Apple of secretly throttling older iPhone models. Eligible iPhone owners are beginning to... Read more...
Nintendo of America has filed a pair of lawsuits in the United States to shut down resellers that are selling Nintendo Switch mods allowing users to play pirated video games on the console. One of the lawsuits was filed against Tom Dilts Jr., who is believed to be behind a website called UberChips. The second lawsuit that Nintendo filed was against multiple unnamed defendants who operate multiple websites. From those websites, the defendants allegedly sell products from an anonymous group of hackers known as Team Xecutor. Nintendo's lawsuit says the defendants "unlawfully" design and manufacture an "unauthorized operating system" and "piracy tools" that allow gamers to bypass protections in place... Read more...
Most people are very familiar with Google’s various services, especially their popular search engine. However, is Google using its ubiquity to intentionally hamper their competition? It was recently reported that the United States Department of Justice and a group of state attorneys general are likely planning to sue Google for violating antitrust laws. According to The Wall Street Journal, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is currently drafting a lawsuit and will likely file it this summer. Some state attorneys general plan to follow the DOJ’s lead this autumn. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recently remarked, “We hope to have the investigation wrapped up by fall. If we determine... Read more...
Zoom has seen its business boom and its stock price grow in recent months in large part due to the coronavirus outbreak and an increasing number of people working from home. Its video conferencing service was one of the many that schools and businesses adopted to keep operating during the shelter-in-place orders in effect around the country. Zoom has now been hit with a class-action lawsuit by shareholders alleging that the company failed to disclose issues with the privacy and security of the platform. The lawsuit was filed by investor Michael Drieu in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. The lawsuit alleges that concerns over security and privacy flaws in the... Read more...
AM General is the company that produces the military vehicle known as the Humvee. The Humvee is an iconic military vehicle that has been used in film and many video games over the years. One of the video games that prominently features the Humvee is Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Activision was sued by AM General over alleged trademark infringement for using the Humvee in its games. This week a federal judge ruled in favor of Activision and the company's argument that it had a First Amendment right to depict contemporary warfare in its game by featuring the Humvee. The judge overseeing the case was US District Court Judge George B. Daniels granted summary judgment in favor of... Read more...
The coronavirus/COVID-19 epidemic may have started in China, but it has spread to most of the world at this point. One of the hardest-hit countries in the world is Italy. Italian healthcare providers are fighting a company that is putting profit ahead of saving lives. A hospital in Brescia in northern Italy was in desperate need of special valves that are required in breathing equipment needed to keep COVID-19 patients in the ICU alive. The problem was the manufacturer was unable to provide the required valves because of increased demand. Knowing that being unable to secure the parts through normal channels meant people could die, doctors and tech experts in the city set about looking for a 3D... Read more...
Video game publisher Ubisoft has filed a lawsuit in a California courtroom against an alleged distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack website. The lawsuit lists multiple people from around the globe as defendants. Ubisoft announced last year that it had a plan to stop players that utilized DDoS attacks during games. These attacks create lag in multiplayer matches and can cause server crashes. The game publisher claimed that it had seen a 93 percent drop in the frequency of attacks after sharing its plan to combat them. Ubisoft is now aiming to kill the source of the attacks by filing a lawsuit against the website called SNG.one. The website allegedly sells subscriptions for up to $299.85... Read more...
Sonos has filed lawsuits against Google and accuses the search giant of copying its patented speaker technology and is using that "stolen" technology to undercut it on the open market. The two lawsuits cover five different patents it holds for the design of wireless speakers. Sonos is also seeking to have a sales ban placed on Google laptops, phones, and speakers in the U.S. under a separate complaint to the International Trade Commission (ITC). Sonos says that Google stole its technology after gaining access to what were essentially blueprints for Sonos devices in 2013. Sonos handed over that proprietary information under a partnership that would allow Google's music service to stream... Read more...
Many argue that Apple has their finger on the pulse of technology trends. This claim may be more literal than originally anticipated. A cardiologist is currently suing Apple for stealing his Atrial fibrillation (AFib) detection technology and using it in Apple Watches. Dr. Joseph Wiesel is a cardiologist and clinical assistant professor at New York University’s School of Medicine. In 2006, Dr. Wiesel filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a method and apparatus for detecting atrial fibrillation or irregular heartbeats. The patent states that the heartbeat is detected either through an inflatable cuff or “light transmitted through a body appendage, such... Read more...
Epic Games, the creator of the incredibly popular game Fortnite, has had a former news anchor, Matthew Geiler, threaten to sue it and send a cease and desist over a dancing emote that was part of the Fortnitemares Halloween event. Geiler created a character called "Dancing Pumpkin Man" during his time on-air that shows him dancing in front of a generic graveyard scene in a black unitard wearing a pumpkin mask. Geiler says in the cease and desist letter that the company is using his character's likeness without permission and threatened to sue Epic Games. However, Epic has asked a New York Federal Judge to declare that the dancing pumpkin feature "Pump It Up" doesn't infringe on the copyright... Read more...
Fortnite Chapter 2 was recently released and featured several changes and surprises for longtime fans. Epic Games teased the new chapter with a few trailers, but several trade secrets were also revealed by a leaker. Epic Games has decided to sue the former employee that leaked information about Fortnite Chapter 2. Epic Games has filed a civil lawsuit against former employee Ronald Sykes with the District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Sykes was a “User Experience” tester and was able to play Fortnite Chapter 2 before it was released to the public. Sykes tweeted on his main account that he had “played S11 and can tell you the new stuff”. He then proceeded... Read more...
Video games are supposed to be fun, and can be a great way to relieve stress and connect with friends in person and online. One of the most popular video games on the market today is Fortnite from Epic Games. Unfortunately, Epic is facing a lawsuit in Canada that is seeking class-action status. The lawsuit alleges in-part that Epic made Fortnite too addicting, with its developers specifically targeting young children. The lawsuit was filed by a Montreal legal firm on behalf of the parents of two minors, age 10 and 15. Documents in the lawsuit liken Fortnite to cocaine, noting that much like the narcotic drug, Fortnite releases the chemical dopamine in the brain and then kids can become dependent... Read more...
GlobalFoundries rocked the tech industry yesterday when it announced that it had filed multiple lawsuits in the United States and in Germany alleging patent infringement abuses by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and its partners/customers. At the heart of the lawsuits are 16 patents covering 28nm, 16nm, 12nm, 10nm, and 7nm product lines. “For years, while we have been devoting billions of dollars to domestic research and development, TSMC has been unlawfully reaping the benefits of our investments," wrote GlobalFoundries SVP Gregg Barlett in a statement yesterday. "This action is critical to halt Taiwan Semiconductor’s unlawful use of our vital assets and... Read more...
Apple has never taken kindly or turned a blind eye to companies that try and make copies of its devices or software. It has in the past crushed companies that were trying to make Mac clones, and Apple has now filed a lawsuit against a company called Corellium that specializes in virtualized environments and software virtualization. Corellium of course also makes a virtualized copy of iOS that is meant to be a security tool for researchers. Apple doesn't see the benefit in offering such a service and says that the "true goal is profiting off" what Apple calls blatant infringement. The lawsuit was filed in the Southern District of Florida. Corellium markets products that allow the creation of virtual... Read more...
A court has approved Google's Pixel and Pixel XL smartphone settlement. The class-action lawsuit alleged that Google knowingly sold devices with defective microphones. Owners of those devices are eligible for cash reimbursement in the settlement, but there a few conditions Pixel owners must meet with the most important being that they purchased the Pixel or Pixel XL before January 7th, 2017. The biggest payout possible in the settlement is up to $500, and to get that much from the $7.25 million settlement you must be able to document your microphone woes with the Pixel devices. All owners of the Pixel or Pixel XL that purchased before the January 7th, 2017 deadline are eligible for up to $20.... Read more...
Some owners of the Google Nexus 6P smartphone had serious issues with the device that led to a class action lawsuit being filed against Google and Huawei, the maker of the smartphone. The law firm that handled the class action lawsuit has announced that impacted owners of the Nexus 6P can now file their claims and has a website standing by to process those claims. The claim website gives owners of the Nexus 6P the ability to file an online claim through September 3, 2019. To get reimbursed in the settlement, users have to submit documentation that proves they purchased a Nexus 6P smartphone between September 29, 2015, and May 3, 2019. Users also have to choose one of three filing options and... Read more...
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