Items tagged with suit

Apple has in the past charged iPhone 7 users to repair a microphone defect that appeared to many to be a design flaw in the phone. The charge to fix that mic defect was $300, not too far off from the cost of replacing the phone. Apple was offering users a refurbished replacement device for $329 to $349. The microphone in some iPhone 7 devices continued to fail even after updating to iOS 12.1.1. The microphone problem was linked to the failure of a logic board inside the smartphone and was dubbed "loop disease." Initially, Apple was repairing the devices for free but reversed that policy. It later began charging $300 if users had no AppleCare+ warranty or if the device wasn't still covered... Read more...
Apple and Qualcomm are battling in courts around the world with the heaviest fighting going on in Germany right now. Qualcomm was able to win an iPhone sales ban that forced Apple to pull the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 from German stores. Apple has now won a victory in Germany with courts throwing four of the eight patent lawsuits Qualcomm had brought against it. Germany's Munich Regional court has ruled that the Apple Spotlight search function used in the iPhone and Siri voice assistant didn't infringe on a pair of Qualcomm patents. The patents in question were European patents 1,955,529 and 1,956,806; multiple Qualcomm attempts to assert those patents against Apple were tossed from the court... Read more...
The Weather Channel is one of the the most watched channels on TV and and its app is widely used to gather weather information for cities all around the country. The app claims to have 45 million active monthly users, and the city attorney for Los Angeles filed a lawsuit this week alleging that the app had deceptively collected, shared, and profited from location information on millions of American consumers. According to the lawsuit, the Weather Company, the company behind the app, had unfairly manipulated users into turning on location tracking by suggesting that the location data would only be used to localize weather reports. However, the company also used the data that it gathered for... Read more...
Vizio is one of the more popular smart TV makers in the U.S. thanks in part to decent specs and low prices. However, the TV maker found itself in hot water with the FTC in early 2017 over the practice of collecting TV user viewing data without the express permission of the users. While this happened over a year ago, there are still likely some Vizio TV owners out there who have no idea that their watching habits were monitored. That will soon change with Vizio rolling out notifications to affected users via their TVs directly. Last week attorneys working on the case against Vizio asked the judge overseeing the proceedings to extend the time to submit a motion for preliminary settlement. That... Read more...
Apple and Qualcomm are continuing to fight it out in court over patents and the huge sums of money that go along with licensing them for use in mobile devices today. The most recent turn of events in the Qualcomm vs. Apple case in courts right now came this week when U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins hit Apple with sanctions for being slow in turning over documents that were requested in the FTC’s lawsuit against Qualcomm. The lawsuit accuses Qualcomm Inc. of forcing Apple to use its chips exclusively inside devices like the iPhone and iPad. The judge in the case has hit Apple with a fine of $25,000 per day for each day that it fails to produce the evidence requested, starting on... Read more...
Sony made a number of smartphones and tablets that it claimed were water resistant and could survive rain and spills without damage. There was only one problem though; Sony didn't do ta great job making the devices water resistant. When customers initiated warranty claims citing water damage, Sony didn't do much to help them, which resulted in a class action lawsuit against the electronics maker. That class action suit is now wrapping up and owners of certain affected devices can get up to 50 percent refund on the purchase price of the smartphone. There are 24 Sony smartphone models in the suit, all advertised with having water resistant IP ratings. These are the devices included in the suit:... Read more...
Anyone who watched Saturday morning TV back in the late '80s will remember the KitKat commercials that flooded the airwaves. The commercial that most sticks out from that period is the one with the dude balancing all the things on his head as the "Give Me A Break" song plays. KitKat might be crispy, creamy and meant for sharing but Nestle, the maker of KitKat, has landed in hot water with Atari for using the look, feel, and name of a classic Atari game without permission. Atari has filed a suit that accuses Nestle of knowingly exploiting the look and feel of the 1970s game Breakout. This was one of the most frustrating games for many gamers of the era, involving controls with spinning knobs on... 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...
"Rampant patent litigation." If you've followed consumer technology for any small amount of time, you'd know that it's happening. Apple vs. Samsung. Yahoo vs. Facebook. HTC, Motorola, Google -- you name it. If it's a large tech company, it's probably worried somewhat about being sued over patents. Companies that are involved don't seem to be making any grandiose public claims about this misfortune. But the tech media, and consumers at large, are growing tired of the back-and-forth. And you know it's bad when even a entity as large and hulking (and busy) as the International Telecommunication Union puts out a press release addressing the matter. The ITU has been involved in a lot of the patent... Read more...
Ouch. Kodak's had some troubles of late, but now that the end may be near, they're trying everything they can to stay afloat. Samsung is the latest company to get nailed by passing debris, as Eastman Kodak announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., alleging infringement of certain patents related to Kodak digital imaging technology. Kodak's been on somewhat of a lawsuit streak lately, and taking aim at Samsung is proof that they aren't playing around. Kodak has licensed its digital imaging patents to more than 30 leading technology companies, including LG, Motorola, and Nokia, with all of the licenses royalty-bearing to Kodak, but of course Samsung isn't... Read more...
Hopefully you've been in the giving mood, but unlike Seiko Epson here, you've been doing so without grumbling. The company announced that it has agreed to settle for US$80 million civil lawsuits filed against it in the United States and United Kingdom by Nokia Corporation of Finland and its subsidiaries, seeking damages stemming from purchases of liquid crystal displays. Yeah, ouch. In November 2009, Nokia filed lawsuits in the United States and United Kingdom against Epson and its subsidiary companies including Epson Imaging Devices Corporation alleging violations of antitrust and competition laws. Epson has denied liability and vigorously defended the lawsuits. Because of the ongoing impacts... Read more...
Lawsuits, lawsuits, and a few more lawsuits. That really does seem to be the order of the month. With Apple, Samsung, HTC and countless others currently battling it out over Android, IP and all manner of patent troubles, InterDigital has found an opportune time to get into the mix. The company has recently announced that it will be filing a complaint against Nokia, Huawei and ZTE With International Trade Commission. Those are three very major companies, with huge stakes in the mobile arena. The complaint alleges that the Respondents have engaged in unfair trade practices by making for importation into the United States, importing, and selling after importation, certain 3G wireless devices, including... Read more...
Wowsers! It's not often that courtroom battles are interesting, but we're guessing that this is one of those rare occasions where it will indeed have the eye of the tech world for some time to come. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple (yes, the company that makes the iPad) has just sued Samsung Electronics (yes, the company that makes the rival Galaxy Tab). That's no small deal, and it could open up an entirely new can of worms when it comes to companies "taking inspiration" from similar products. According to the report, Apple has sued Samsung "claiming the Korean electronics giant copied the look and feel of its popular iPhone smartphones and iPad tablet computers." But here's what's... Read more...
And just like that, all is right in the television world again. Or, at least between two giants in the industry who have been at each other's throats lately. LG and Vizio have been fighting over patents the past few years, but it looks like they're both resolving to let bygones be bygones in 2011. Vizio just announced that they have signed a settlement agreement together with cross license agreements ending a patent dispute with LG Electronics. If you can remember that far back, these disputes started in 2008. For around three years now, both companies have been bickering about who owns what, and who owes what. The settlement encompasses actions that LGE and VIZIO filed in the U.S. including... Read more...
1 2 3 4 5 Next