Items tagged with Lawsuit

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 (PDF). "Plaintiffs’ bring this action as a result of Defendants’ willful, repeated and ongoing... 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 that the logic board failed and declined to repair the machine free of charge because it was well... 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 storage space through its iCloud service. The suit seeks unspecified damages along with... 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 whatever connecting flight you paid for.While it's not always cheaper to use this method, a lot... 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 rigorous than what it takes to become a taxi driver.” However, the complaint states that is not the... 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 its alleged scanning of users’ messages as an interception by the service provider occurring during... Read more...
Since Assassin’s Creed: Unity’s launch in November 11, the game has been plagued by bugs, glitches, and an assortment of issues that has resulted in Ubisoft releasing multiple patches to rectify these problems. This resulted in Ubisoft promising free DLC and, later on, a free game to those who have purchased the game’s season pass. But the offer of a free game to Season Pass holders wasn’t the developer being nice, but so Ubisoft wouldn’t be sued. With the free game offer, users have to agree to terms and conditions presented when visiting the Assassin’s Creed: Unity game redemption website. Unfortunately, accepting the conditions waives a user’s right to bring Ubisoft... Read more...
Last year, Comcast announced that the company was deploying its Xfinity Home Hotspot initiative that would turn a user’s home router into a public hotspot. However, the initiative was met with criticism and a pair of Comcast customers is suing the company claiming that the imitative poses risks to subscribers and that Comcast’s actions were carried out without their permission. The suit was filed in the US District Court in Northern California by Plaintiff Toyer Grear and daughter Joycelyn Harris. They are seeking to give their suit class action status for all Comcast customers whose wireless routers double as Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots. “Without authorization to do so, Comcast users the wireless... Read more...
As Steve Jobs’ emails are being used against Apple in an antitrust lawsuit, the company is also being accused of deleting songs from consumers’ iPods that were purchased from rival music services between 2007 and 2009. During a court session at the U.S District Court in Oakland, California, Apple confirmed that it had deleted non-iTunes music but argued that it was a legitimate security measure. During this time period, consumers who tried to sync their iPods, which had non-iTunes music on it to their iTunes library, would receive an error message that would instruct them to restore their device to its factory settings. However, when users restored the settings, the music from rival services... Read more...
Steve Jobs has been dead for three years, yet despite that fact, he is causing problems for the company he helped to build because of emails he previously sent that have been made public. The emails have been used against Apple as it defends itself against various lawsuits. This month, Apple is once again preparing to go to trial for its third major antitrust lawsuit since Jobs died. Scheduled to begin on Tuesday in Oakland, California, the latest class action lawsuit revolves around the company’s older iPods, which were limited to playing songs sold in the iTunes store or downloaded from CDs. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are consumers who have stated that the company violated antitrust law... Read more...
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 continued, “I want to move on open Internet rules with dispatch. I also want to have open... 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 resemblance to the actress. The complaint states that the publisher “used a look-a-like model... 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 the verdict ruling the patent as valid, Apple's fight will continue with an appeal to the Beijing Higher... 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 and then used it to power Oculus Rift. In essence, Zenimax suggests that property belonging to... 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 both firms' existing patents, as well as new ones filed over the next 10 years. " "We’re pleased... 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 issues. The relevant forum thread claims that the problem pops up when the laptops are under heavy... 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 Court judge in San Jose would have Apple cut a check for $40 to everyone in the U.S. who bought or... 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 hue trademarked. The suit claims that AT&T chose the color in order to steal away and confuse T-Mobile... 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 affected claim their device would fail shortly after the 1-year warranty period expired, leaving them... 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 computing, and result from years of internal research and development. We are proud of our record... 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 period of time. A number of users have complained about this issue--see this very lengthy Apple support... 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 legal department stated in an email sent out to potential claimants. "These organizations are involved... Read more...
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