Lawsuits archive

  • Intel CEO in Brussels to defend his company
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    Intel CEO in Brussels to defend his company

    By 11 March 2008

    Just a couple of weeks ago, its offices in Germany were raided by EU investigators, and now its CEO is up on the stand in front of the European Commission. Intel's chief exec Paul Otellini appeared today at a closed hearing to fight charges that his company...

  • Nokia defeats Qualcomm ... sort of
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    Nokia defeats Qualcomm ... sort of

    By 3 March 2008

    Qualcomm filed a patent lawsuit against Nokia way back on 24 May 2004. After many hours in court, judges in both the UK and US have thrown out Qualcomm's GSM patent claims. A British High Court judge determined that all of Qualcomm's claims are invalid,...

  • EU takes on TomTom
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    EU takes on TomTom

    By 2 March 2008

    TomTom's plan to buy its main map supplier, Tele Atlas, may be scuppered by the EU. According to Reuters, European authorities have sent a formal "statement of objections" to the SatNav system manufacturer. TomTom - which is now the world's biggest maker...

  • eBay pays for Buy It Now
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    eBay pays for Buy It Now

    By 29 February 2008

    eBay has settled a lawsuit that has been rumbling on since September 2001. The eCommerce site has reached an agreement with MercExchange, who originally filed a complaint against it over 6 years ago. Since then, the two companies have been engaged in...

  • Microsoft must pay EU £680.9 million
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    Microsoft must pay EU £680.9 million

    By 27 February 2008

    Microsoft must pay $1.4 billion to the EU following on from a failed appeal in an antitrust case late last year. The European Commission has now fined the computing giant after it determined that Microsoft has defied sanctions imposed on it for anti-competitive...

  • Microsoft facing patent payout
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    Microsoft facing patent payout

    By 27 February 2008

    A patent battle between Microsoft and Guatemalan inventor Carlos Armando Amado looks to set to continue as a federal court reverse the decision made by a lower court. Amado sued Microsoft in 2003, alleging that several versions of Office Suite infringed...

  • "Vista Capable" lawsuit gets go-ahead
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    "Vista Capable" lawsuit gets go-ahead

    By 25 February 2008

    A US federal judge has given the official go-ahead for a class action lawsuit against Microsoft, claiming that the software giant's "Vista Capable" scheme deliberately misled consumers. Two plaintiffs are suing Microsoft in a Seattle court stating that...

  • RIM and Motorola declare war
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    RIM and Motorola declare war

    By 19 February 2008

    BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion and its rival Motorola are sueing each other over alleged patent infringements for technology used in their mobile phones. RIM, which is a Canadian company, has filed its case in US District Court for the Northern District...

  • Intel raided by EU officials
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    Intel raided by EU officials

    By 13 February 2008

    EU officials have raided Intel's offices in Germany as well as some retailers, which sell products using the company's chips. The computing giant may be facing a huge European Union antitrust, or competitions, inquiry after the raid for evidence. According...

  • Pirate Bay banned by Danish court
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    Pirate Bay banned by Danish court

    By 5 February 2008

    Last week it was Sweden, and now the Danish government is taking action against the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay. Following on from an announcement that four of the crew of The Pirate Bay are to be charged with aiding copyright infringement in...

  • Siemens corruption probe continues
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    Siemens corruption probe continues

    By 4 February 2008

    A scandal that has already cost Siemens 1.6 billion euros looks set to rumble on. The US Securities and Exchange Commission and Siemens are investigating whether some Siemens' employees paid 100s of millions of euros in bribes to win telecommunications...

  • Microsoft praises action against Pirate Bay
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    Microsoft praises action against Pirate Bay

    By 1 February 2008

    Microsoft is one of the first companies to release a statement in praise of the Swedish government and its copyright infringement action against The Pirate Bay - one of the world's most popular websites. In a statement sent to Pocket-lint, Michala Wardell,...

  • Sweden charges Pirate Bay crew
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    Sweden charges Pirate Bay crew

    By 1 February 2008

    Four employees at the "file sharing" site The Pirate Bay have been charged by the Swedish government. As we reported just a couple of days ago, the website, which is one of the world's most visited, has been targeted by a Swedish prosecutor over copyright...

  • Sweden takes on Pirate Bay
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    Sweden takes on Pirate Bay

    By 30 January 2008

    This week has already seen big record bosses taking a pop at ISPs about illegal music downloads but now one website accused of aiding this very crime is facing a court case. The government of Sweden has decided to charge Pirate Bay - one of the world's...

  • Google spars with EU over DoubleClick takeover
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    Google spars with EU over DoubleClick takeover

    By 30 January 2008

    Google's $3.1 billion buyout of DoubleClick may have been given the green light by US authorities in December, but European Union officials, it seems, aren't going to give it the go-ahead quite so easily. The EU is currently looking at the anti-trust...

  • Music industry targets internet providers
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    Music industry targets internet providers

    By 28 January 2008

    The big guns of the music industry are currently getting their heads together at an annual gathering in Cannes, and the key story to come out of the discussions seems to be an overriding belief that ISPs and governments should be playing more of a part...

  • Gemstar-TV sues Virgin Media
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    Gemstar-TV sues Virgin Media

    By 24 January 2008

    Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc has announced that it has initiated patent litigation proceedings against Virgin Media in the English High Court. In the complaint, Gemstar alleges that the Virgin Media companies infringe three of Gemstar's European...

  • Chinese firm accuses Microsoft of patent violation
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    Chinese firm accuses Microsoft of patent violation

    By 21 January 2008

    Microsoft has faced many a legal wrangle in China over the sale of illegal copies of its software but now it seems the computing giant is itself going to be put under scrutiny. According to Reuters in Beijing, a Chinese high-tech firm called Zhongyi Electronic...

  • Facebook faces UK privacy investigation
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    Facebook faces UK privacy investigation

    By 21 January 2008

    Facebook is being scrutinised by the UK government over how it handles users' personal information. A complaint by a Facebook user who claims that they deactivated their account but were unable to fully delete their profile has led to a government investigation....

  • Xbox Live trio to sue Microsoft
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    Xbox Live trio to sue Microsoft

    By 18 January 2008

    Apparently a free Arcade game is not enough of an apology for some over the outages on the Xbox Live service over Christmas. Three Texans are to sue Microsoft for the problems and their lawyer is already warning the computing giant that he has never lost...

  • Facebook told to take popular game down
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    Facebook told to take popular game down

    By 17 January 2008

    Facebook is facing a possible legal challenge over what has become one of its most popular games, and users are already lining up for battle. Scrabulous is in the top ten of the social networking sites most popular applications, with almost 600,000 people...

  • Microsoft faces two new competitions investigations
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    Microsoft faces two new competitions investigations

    By 15 January 2008

    Microsoft is facing not one but two antitrust investigations by the European Commission. The first case will look at whether the computing giant unfairly tied its Explorer browser to the Windows operating system. This was the allegation by Norwegian developer...

  • Controller controversy for Sony and Nintendo
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    Controller controversy for Sony and Nintendo

    By 14 January 2008

    A patent infringement case in the US is set to embroil both Sony and Nintendo. An American company, Copper Innovations Group, has served both the gaming giants with lawsuits alleging that their controllers infringe patented wireless technologies. The...

  • Intel in trouble ... again
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    Intel in trouble ... again

    By 11 January 2008

    Intel is now facing anti-trust investigations on both sides of the Atlantic. Yesterday, New York state announced it had launched a formal investigation of Intel to determine whether the chip-maker broke state and US antitrust laws in an alleged bid to...

  • Apple confirms iTunes prices will be same across Europe
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    Apple confirms iTunes prices will be same across Europe

    By 9 January 2008

    Within the next 6 months, Apple is to standardise iTunes music prices across Europe. In a statement released this morning, the computing giant said that it is to lower UK iTunes prices to match the already standardised pricing on iTunes across Europe...