Lawsuits archive

  • Meizu iPhone clone coming
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    Meizu iPhone clone coming

    By 17 July 2008

    It had its stand raided and then shut down by police at CeBIT, but it seems Chinese company Meizu is not giving up on its iPhone clone - the M8. According to Gizmodo US, Meizu will finally release its M8 phone in August. Details are scant at the moment...

  • Former HP VP done for stealing trade secrets
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    Former HP VP done for stealing trade secrets

    By 17 July 2008

    An American who was formerly a vice president at Hewlett-Packard is facing up to 10 years in prison for stealing IT trade secrets. Atul Malhotra from Santa Barbara in California pleaded guilty in the San Jose, California federal court to one count of...

  • Samsung's former chief charged
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    Samsung's former chief charged

    By 17 July 2008

    One of South Korea's most powerful businessmen, and the man who headed up the Samsung electronics empire, has been charged with tax evasion. Former Samsung chief Lee Kun-hee was given a 3-year suspended jail sentence, as well as being fined 110 billion...

  • Apple sues OpenMac maker Psystar
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    Apple sues OpenMac maker Psystar

    By 15 July 2008

    Apple has filed a suit against Mac-clone maker Psystar at the federal district court for the northern district of California. The real surprise here is not Apple suing the company, but that its taken so long to do so considering Psystar's blatant marketing...

  • Viacom and YouTube make a deal
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    Viacom and YouTube make a deal

    By 15 July 2008

    On the 4 July, we reported that a judge in New York ruled that Google must pass on the details of more than 100 million people - many of them in the UK - to Viacom, the US TV company that Google is involved in with a billion-dollar court case. But now...

  • eBay wins Tiffany case
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    eBay wins Tiffany case

    By 15 July 2008

    eBay is celebrating what's being described as a "major legal victory" after a US judge has cleared it of not doing more to prevent fake Tiffany & Co jewelry being sold on its site. All of Tiffany's trademark infringement claims - basically saying that...

  • EU proposes crackdown on music and movie piracy
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    EU proposes crackdown on music and movie piracy

    By 8 July 2008

    Proposals have been put before European authorities that could see ISPs adopting a far stricter policy towards internet users who illegally download copyrighted music and movie content. The Telecom Packet includes the proposal of several laws that would...

  • YouTube viewer details to be supplied to Viacom
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    YouTube viewer details to be supplied to Viacom

    By 4 July 2008

    A judge in New York has said that Google must pass on the details of more than 100 million people - many of them in the UK - to Viacom, the US TV company that Google is involved in with a billion-dollar court case. The argument is that Viacom's "experts"...

  • Google and Yahoo ad deal facing official probe
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    Google and Yahoo ad deal facing official probe

    By 2 July 2008

    A coalition of organisations fighting the ad sharing deal struck up by Google and Yahoo way back in April will be celebrating the news that US authorities are going to launch an investigation into the plans. The US Justice Department has announced that...

  • eBay ordered to pay £30 million for fakes
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    eBay ordered to pay £30 million for fakes

    By 30 June 2008

    eBay has been ordered to pay 38.6 million euros in compensation to Louis Vuitton's parent company LVMH, for letting auctioneers sell fake version of its products online. LVMH asked for 50 million euros in damages stating that eBay's French arm did not...

  • Judge forces Facebook court case into settlement
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    Judge forces Facebook court case into settlement

    By 27 June 2008

    A Californian judge has ruled that the settlement reached via mediation back in February in the ongoing ConnectU versus Facebook lawsuit was legally binding and should stand. This should see the embarrassing four-year court case finally over, something...

  • Microsoft criticised by US gov
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    Microsoft criticised by US gov

    By 25 June 2008

    It seems that Microsoft is now fighting authorities on both sides of the Atlantic. The computing giant is currently appealing a £680.9 million EU fine handed down on it in an antitrust case. But it is now facing further criticism for anti-competitive...

  • Start-up sues Google
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    Start-up sues Google

    By 25 June 2008

    A tool that allows Microsoft Outlook users to migrate over Google's Gmail is at the centre of a patent infringement case. Start-up firm LimitNone LLC has filed a complaint in an Illinois circuit court alleging that Google at first began promoting the...

  • Microsoft ordered to pay millions to Alcatel
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    Microsoft ordered to pay millions to Alcatel

    By 24 June 2008

    Microsoft has been handed a whopping great bill by an American judge after he upheld a previous court patent case ruling against the computing giant. At the end of May, Microsoft lost a patent case against telecoms company Alcatel-Lucent. The computing...

  • Typhoon expands touch tech lawsuit to millions of devices
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    Typhoon expands touch tech lawsuit to millions of devices

    By 24 June 2008

    Typhoon Touch Technologies, Inc. has "significantly expanded" its patent infringement suit begun in December 2007 against Dell by adding Apple, Fujitsu, Toshiba, Lenovo, Panasonic, HTC, Palm, Samsung, Nokia and LG. Typhoon’s complaint alleges that defendants...

  • Apple's online store threatened with closure
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    Apple's online store threatened with closure

    By 20 June 2008

    Apple and Hewlett-Packard are being sued over how their custom computer ordering systems work on their online stores. A lawsuit filed this week by Clear With Computers says Apple's online store, its main website, and the sales and supply systems of both...

  • Apple settles visual voicemail lawsuit
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    Apple settles visual voicemail lawsuit

    By 18 June 2008

    Apple and AT&T have settled a $360 million lawsuit over the iPhone's "visual voicemail" functionality, reports the AP. The case was brought by a company called Klausner Technologies who had filed a patent lawsuit in December last year, claiming damages...

  • British hacker fighting extradition
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    British hacker fighting extradition

    By 16 June 2008

    A Glaswegian accused of the "biggest military computer hack of all time" is taking his appeal against extradition to the House of Lords. Gary McKinnon, or Solo as he calls himself, was living in North London when he allegedly gained access to 97 US military...

  • Family facing legal fight over Narnia domain name
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    Family facing legal fight over Narnia domain name

    By 16 June 2008

    A birthday present for an 11-year-old Narnia fan has landed a British family in a legal fight. Richard Saville-Smith bought the domain name Narnia.mobi for his son's birthday present, but has now found himself in deep water with CS Lewis' literary estate....

  • Yahoo Execs opposed Google ad deal
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    Yahoo Execs opposed Google ad deal

    By 3 June 2008

    A coalition in the US is currently fighting the proposed ad sharing deal between Yahoo and Microsoft but court papers have revealed that Yahoo's own execs were also against the plan ... that is until Microsoft made its hostile bid. Reuters has accessed...

  • Police scour Bebo for teenaged crime
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    Police scour Bebo for teenaged crime

    By 3 June 2008

    Just weeks after a thug who had put all of his antics up on YouTube was given an ASBO, police in Scotland have rounded up a staggering 182 kids who similarly bragged of their crimes online. A massive police operation has seen kids as young as 12 herded...

  • Six arrested over music copyright theft
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    Six arrested over music copyright theft

    By 3 June 2008

    Six people have been arrested in the UK and are being quizzed over the now closed music site, OiNK. Five men and one woman have been hauled in by Cleveland Police. The arrests were made on 23 and 28 May, but police have only just released details. Five...

  • Canadians file complaint against Facebook
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    Canadians file complaint against Facebook

    By 2 June 2008

    Facebook may have been winning praise in this country for adding protection for kids, but a group in Canada says that the social networking site is not doing enough. In fact, the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic has filed a complaint...

  • Belgian newspapers want damages off Google
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    Belgian newspapers want damages off Google

    By 30 May 2008

    The Belgian press is demanding €49 million ($76.9 million) in damages from Google for copyright violation. In a case that has the support of none other than the Belgian king, Albert II, a group of Belgian newspapers are pursuing Google News for massive...

  • Dell rapped over delivery charges in the UK
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    Dell rapped over delivery charges in the UK

    By 30 May 2008

    Dell's not having a very good time of it at the moment. The company has just been found guity of fraud, false advertising, deceptive business practices and abusive debt collection practices in the US, and is now awaiting what is expected to be a huge...