lawsuits

  • The Oatmeal To Charles Carreon: “Come Back When You’ve Calmed Down”

    The Oatmeal To Charles Carreon: “Come Back When You’ve Calmed Down”

    The Oatmeal’s Matthew Inman wrote an open letter to the lawyer who has been harassing him for most of two weeks, Charles Carreon. Carreon just sued Inman as well as the National Wildlife Fund and the American Cancer Society. You can see some background here but this is all as crazy as it sounds. I’ll avoid giving much context because Inman deserves a break and Carreon seems so… Read More

  • Cartoonist’s Lawyer Responds To FunnyJunk: The Oatmeal Will Not Cave

    Cartoonist’s Lawyer Responds To FunnyJunk: The Oatmeal Will Not Cave

    It’s on now. Matthew Inman at the The Oatmeal has hired a crackerjack lawyer, Venkat Balasubramani, who sent a long and detailed letter to FunnyJunk essentially saying that their mothers should, in the end, have carnal relations with a bear. The Oatmeal wrote a blog post complaining about his content being made available on FunnyJunk. There is no dispute that large quantities of his… Read More

  • TheOatmeal Fights Back Against Troll Lawyer

    TheOatmeal Fights Back Against Troll Lawyer

    TheOatmeal is a great web comic featuring funny birthday cards, wacky bear sex, and other merriment. It’s drawn by Matthew Inman and is great. Now, however, it’s the target of a decidedly odd – and funny – slander lawsuit. Sadly the post is up and down right now but the gist is that Inman posted slanderous comments about FunnyJunk, a website dealing in funny junk. Read More

  • Startups Vs. Startups: App Developer Gets Sued By Lightbank-Backed WhosHere

    Startups Vs. Startups: App Developer Gets Sued By Lightbank-Backed WhosHere

    So here’s a story that hopefully will be an eye-opener for entrepreneurs and startups, while providing a painful peek into trademark harassment and the importance of due diligence. It goes a little something like this: About two years ago, software engineer Brian Hamachek decided to build an app first on Windows Mobile (how some horror stories have been known to begin), then on… Read More

  • 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

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