lawsuits

  • Hasbro Goes After Blogger In IP Theft Case

    Hasbro Goes After Blogger In IP Theft Case

    You’d never think that the world of Nerf guns and dart shooters was so intense, but Hasbro apparently sued a blogger for leaking information about unreleased Nerf products he found on Chinese marketplace Taobao using the sweetest bait imaginable: free Nerf guns. Urban Taggers is a blog about “assault blasters” for “kidults.” Essentially they cover Nerf guns and… Read More

  • Facebook Patents Developing: A Lawsuit From Mitel; More Patent Applications From AOL, Others

    Facebook Patents Developing: A Lawsuit From Mitel; More Patent Applications From AOL, Others

    For those who may have thought that last week’s patent lawsuit filed by Yahoo against Facebook was a one-off, here are some developments that indicate that we may be seeing more of this to come: Facebook has now been sued by Mitel, an Ottawa, Canada-based enterprise IT company; and there is emerging evidence of others, including AOL, filing fresh patent applications to cover ever… Read More

  • Aereo Responds To Broadcasters’ Lawsuit: Your Position Does Not Have “Any Merit”

    Aereo Responds To Broadcasters’ Lawsuit: Your Position Does Not Have “Any Merit”

    Barely two weeks ago, Erick was on hand at a news conference in which Barry Diller and company presented IAC’s latest media-tech investment — a startup called Aereo. Simply put, Aereo streams broadcast TV through the browser and provides a DVR in the cloud by “miniaturizing TV antennas and packing them in equipment that sits on the network,” as Erick wrote at the time. Read More

  • Pirate Parties Organizing Lawsuit Against FBI Over Megaupload Takedown

    Pirate Parties Organizing Lawsuit Against FBI Over Megaupload Takedown

    The Megaupload troubles make for interesting discussion because there is much to be said on both sides. Whether the illegal aspects of the network “outweigh” the legal aspects is a question that will be discussed for months and perhaps years. But one thing can’t be disputed: after the two-year investigation by the FBI, the site’s takedown was swift and perhaps… Read More

  • The Shareholder Pitchforks Are Out For Netflix

    The Shareholder Pitchforks Are Out For Netflix

    Armed with pitchforks and hindsight, class action lawyers are gathering up mobs of angry shareholders who lost money and going after the company. Earlier this week a lawsuit was filed against Netflix senior management for not disclosing the short-term nature of its contracts to stream certain movies. And this morning a shareholder rights group called Robbins Umeda announced an… Read More

  • Michael Robertson Gets A Cease & Desist From Univision For DAR.fm, His “TiVo For Radio”

    Michael Robertson Gets A Cease & Desist From Univision For DAR.fm, His “TiVo For Radio”

    Michael Robertson is no stranger to legal threats from the music industry. The founder of MP3.com fought a landmark case against Universal Music Group in the 1990s over digital music copyrights, which MP3.com ultimately lost. He was taken to court again by the music labels a couple years ago as the CEO of MP3Tunes, and now he is raising the ire of the radio industry with his latest… Read More

  • AT&T Fires Back After Law Firm Tries To Block T-Mobile Deal Through Arbitration

    AT&T Fires Back After Law Firm Tries To Block T-Mobile Deal Through Arbitration

    AT&T’s legal team probably didn’t have too restful a weekend. On Friday afternoon, the legal firm accidentally posted a partially redacted letter to the FCC revealing the original cost of its planned LTE build-out at $3.8 billion. That’s quite a difference from the $39 billion it would cost to achieve the same goal through a T-Mo acquisition, and many found the… Read More

  • Apple Extends List Of Copycat Devices In Samsung Patent Battle

    Here’s something that totally baffles: In what way does Samsung’s Sidekick 4G violate Apple design patents? Have you ever seen anything close to a Sidekick get that half-eaten Apple branding? In any case, the plot has thickened between these two phone makers, with Apple now claiming that 12 different Samsung devices infringe upon Apple’s design and trade dress, including… Read More

  • Limewire Settles For A Measly $105 Million

    Limewire has agreed to pay $105 million to record labels, after a protracted court battle in which the record companies famously estimated Limewire’s damages could reach $75 trillion. So in a way, Mark Gorton and the venerable file-sharing company are getting off easy here. Isn’t it a tacit admission of how ridiculous their arguments were that they’re accepting a fraction of… Read More

  • Lawsuits Allege Netflix Violates Privacy Rights All Over The Place

    Netflix, the Internet darling, has come under fire from various privacy advocates. The company has been the subject of five (!) separate lawsuits in the past two months, all of which center on some of its privacy policies. The lawsuit alleges that Netflix holds onto customer data like rental habits and credit card numbers long after people had cancelled their membership. Read More

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