Lawsuits archive

  • Classmates.com sued for email lies
    Online

    Classmates.com sued for email lies

    By 12 November 2008

    Classmates.com, a social networking site in the US, is being sued by one of its users for sending him lying emails. Anthony Michaels, a San Diego resident, got an email from the site last Christmas Eve saying that some of his former school mates were...

  • Pirate Bay peers hit 22 million mark
    Online

    Pirate Bay peers hit 22 million mark

    By 7 November 2008

    They may riding a storm of controversy, but the swahbucklers behind the notorious P2P website, The Pirate Bay, are celebrating massive growth. Despite measures by the music and movie industries, and several governments, to shut them down, it seems, as...

  • Google speaks out over failed Yahoo deal
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    Google speaks out over failed Yahoo deal

    By 7 November 2008

    When the news was announced that the Google and Yahoo ad deal was off, poor old Yahoo was just left expressing its "disappointment". It released a statement saying how gutted it was that Google had, basically, bowed to the concerns of the Department of...

  • Former iPod boss gets $300,000
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    Former iPod boss gets $300,000

    By 7 November 2008

    While his successor is facing a lawsuit with IBM, the former senior vice president of Apple's iPod division is laughing. Apple has released a statement explaining that Tony Fadell is going to be paid $300,000 to be "special advisor" to Steve Jobs until...

  • Hacker Gary McKinnon becomes pop star
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    Hacker Gary McKinnon becomes pop star

    By 5 November 2008

    Gary McKinnon, the British hacker, has been gaining support from politicians for his fight against extradition to the US, but the UFO obsessive has also won fans amonst MySpacers. McKinnon has managed to storm the MySpace charts with a tune of his own...

  • UK politicians rally behind hacker
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    UK politicians rally behind hacker

    By 4 November 2008

    The British hacker who is facing extradition to the US over allegations that he hacked American military computers has finally got a glimmer of hope. Gary McKinnon has lost appeals in both the British and EU courts over what he fears could be a lifetime...

  • Chinese woman claims Asus had her locked up
    Laptops

    Chinese woman claims Asus had her locked up

    By 3 November 2008

    This must be the most curious story of the year to date. A Chinese woman is claiming that she was jailed for complaining about faults with her Asus laptop. According to the Beijing Times, Huang Jing bought her ASUS V6800V notebook in February 2006. She...

  • IBM tries to stop exec joining Apple
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    IBM tries to stop exec joining Apple

    By 3 November 2008

    IBM is trying to prevent a top exec from moving across to Apple, and is going as far as to threaten legal action. Mark Papermaster, who was vice president of IBM's Blade Development unit up until recently, had worked 26 years at the company. However,...

  • Intel asked for more time in EU lawsuit
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    Intel asked for more time in EU lawsuit

    By 20 October 2008

    Intel has appealed for more time in a EU lawsuit, which alleges that the chip maker paid a retailer to favour computers made with its technology. The chip manufacturer has asked the European Union's second highest court for more time to respond to allegations...

  • Microsoft faces red ring of death lawsuit
    Gaming

    Microsoft faces red ring of death lawsuit

    By 17 October 2008

    Microsoft is facing a lawsuit over the infamous "red ring of death" failures for its Xbox 360 console. Brought under California's consumer protection statutes, filed in the Sacramento County Superior Court, it's a class action suit demanding a refund...

  • iPint vs iBeer lawsuit
    Phones

    iPint vs iBeer lawsuit

    By 15 October 2008

    Beer-fuelled iPhone apps are creating hangovers in the business world with lawsuits filed between the companies offering the "iBeer" and "iPint" applications. Molson Coors Brewing and ad co Beattie McGuinness Bungay face a $12.5m (£7.1m) lawsuit for...

  • Clock's ticking for hacker McKinnon
    Online

    Clock's ticking for hacker McKinnon

    By 15 October 2008

    The legal options left for British-born hacker Gary McKinnon seem to be running out. McKinnon has been fighting extradiction to the US where he is accused of hacking into 97 NASA and military machines - and even of breaking the system - an accusation...

  • BT in trouble after Virgin Media sneaks to ASA
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    BT in trouble after Virgin Media sneaks to ASA

    By 9 October 2008

    It's all getting a little tit-for-tat in the world of broadband suppliers. In July, BT made a complaint about a Virgin Media ad campaign, which featured download times for songs and TV shows. BT said that it was not made clear in the ads that Virgin's...

  • Student accused of Sarah Palin email hack
    Online

    Student accused of Sarah Palin email hack

    By 9 October 2008

    The whole saga over the hacking of the Yahoo account belonging to US VP hopeful, Sarah Palin, has taken another twist. The Republican candidate for the US vice presidential position was revealed to have been using her Yahoo account to send "work" related...

  • Judge upholds RealDVD sales ban
    Home Cinema

    Judge upholds RealDVD sales ban

    By 9 October 2008

    A federal judge has upheld a previous ruling and stopped RealNetworks from selling its RealDVD DVD-ripping software. The Motion Picture Association of America had claimed that RealDVD violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act because it worked around...

  • RealDVD sales suspended
    Online

    RealDVD sales suspended

    By 6 October 2008

    Sales of the RealDVD DVD ripping software from RealPlayer have been legally suspended by a US judge. A statement on the site for the software, that was launched as a "100% legal" movie archiving solution just days ago, reads: "RealDVD is currently unavailable....

  • China accused of spying on Skype users
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    China accused of spying on Skype users

    By 3 October 2008

    There have been spying controversies galore coming out of China with big tech names including Google implicated. But now it appears the Chinese authorities may have been monitoring and even censoring messages sent through Skype, and with the full knowledge...

  • Gaming

    Blizzard gets $6m in Warcraft bot case

    By 2 October 2008

    Blizzard, the studio behind popular MMO World of Warcraft, has won $6m (around £3.36m) in damages against MDY Industries, the creators of the WOWGlider software "bot". Blizzard lodged a case against MDY stating that the company's World of Warcraft Glider...

  • US goes after "scareware" developers
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    US goes after "scareware" developers

    By 2 October 2008

    Software manufacturers, and the US authorities, are taking action against scam artists who use scare tactics to make consumers buy worthless software. Microsoft is among the companies who have filed lawsuits against these criminals. The programmes listed...

  • Apple threatens iTunes closure
    Audio

    Apple threatens iTunes closure

    By 1 October 2008

    Apple has threatened to close iTunes rather than pay out more in royalty costs, it has been revealed. The US Copyright Board will rule this week on a decision to increase in the royalty on digital sales from 9 to 15 cents per track, as per the Music Publishers'...

  • Apple facing lawsuit over iTunes DRM
    Online

    Apple facing lawsuit over iTunes DRM

    By 1 October 2008

    Apple is facing a lawsuit over the fact that iTunes content will not play on anything other than Apple Devices. A consumer group in Norway has mobilised and is going to take the computer giant to court over what it claims are "unfair barriers". And it...

  • Hacker behind biggest data heist in history pleads guilty
    Online

    Hacker behind biggest data heist in history pleads guilty

    By 16 September 2008

    One of 11 hackers behind what is claimed to have been the largest consumer data heist in history has pleaded guilty. Damon Patrick Toey was part of a team that, in 2007, hacked a massive customer database housed at the corporate headquarters of highstreet...

  • Yahoo defends Google ad deal
    Online

    Yahoo defends Google ad deal

    By 15 September 2008

    They are facing resistance from a coalition of organisations in the US, and investigations by competitions bodies on both sides of the Atlantic, but Google and Yahoo are defending their joint ad initiative. The deal has been termed an $800 million (£400m)...

  • Motorola sues RIM for pinching staff
    Phones

    Motorola sues RIM for pinching staff

    By 10 September 2008

    Motorola has filed a lawsuit against Research In Motion, claiming that the Canadian BlackBerry maker is stealing its employees. Providing emails to its employees from a RIM recruitment company as evidence, Motorola wants a court-ordered injunction stopping...

  • Immersion settles with Microsoft
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    Immersion settles with Microsoft

    By 28 August 2008

    Microsoft is $20 million better off on Wednesday after settling a court case with Immersion Corporation, the company responsible for make stuff vibrate when you touch it. In a press statement issued on Wednesday, Immersion and Microsoft have said that...