legal

  • Ellen Pao Is Out At Kleiner Perkins: Tells Quora That She Was Fired, As Discrimination Case Continues (UPDATED)

    Ellen Pao Is Out At Kleiner Perkins: Tells Quora That She Was Fired, As Discrimination Case Continues (UPDATED)

    Another dramatic turn of events in the case of Ellen Pao, who has been suing the VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers over gender discrimination. Pao was fired on Monday — a development Pao herself revealed in a Quora post this week, picked up by AllThings Digital. Up to now, KPCB had still employed her as an investment partner, something that Pao herself had confirmed, also in… Read More

  • More Problems For Apple In Portugal? Apparently It’s Getting Sued For 40M Euros By A Reseller [Report]

    More Problems For Apple In Portugal? Apparently It’s Getting Sued For 40M Euros By A Reseller [Report]

    Another legal tangle for Apple in Portugal? Just days after a consumer rights group in the country said it was preparing to bring legal action against Apple over the wording of its AppleCare warranty service, it has emerged that an IT reseller and distributor called Taboada & Barros is already suing Apple over claims of price fixing and unfair trade practices, asking for €40 million… Read More

  • SnapTerms: Terms Of Service As A Service

    SnapTerms: Terms Of Service As A Service

    You might not think that something like a website’s Terms of Service would be all that interesting, but you’d be wrong. After that post about how awesome 500px’s Terms of Service are (tl;dr: they translate them into human speak), the inbox kind of blew up with questions. Is anyone else doing this?, emailers wanted to know, can I talk to them? (Also: hey, stupid, Aviary has… Read More

  • Indie Music Agency Merlin Scores Another Settlement: $1.6 Million From Sirius

    Indie Music Agency Merlin Scores Another Settlement: $1.6 Million From Sirius

    On the heels of a payout from the owners of P2P filesharing site Limewire, another claim finally settled for Merlin, the group that represents independent music labels in licensing negotiations and legal actions: the group says that Sirius Satellite Radio has settled for $1.6 million in a copyright infringement suit brought against Sirius by the agency. The claim concerned Sirius’… Read More

  • Facebook Threatens To Sue TechCrunch Commenter

    Facebook Threatens To Sue TechCrunch Commenter

    Last year, Alexia covered a funny Chrome web browser extension called “Defaceable” that allowed you to comment anonymously on Facebook and on other websites using Facebook Comments. Instead of having to associate your comment with your real name and identity, the Defaceable extension let you once again post your troll-isms to friends’ walls and blogs like TechCrunch (which… Read More

  • Updated: T-Mobile USA Sued By OTI Over NFC Patent In Nokia, HTC Smartphones

    Updated: T-Mobile USA Sued By OTI Over NFC Patent In Nokia, HTC Smartphones

    Here we go again: today brings another mobile patent infringement suit — this time against T-Mobile USA, and over a technology that has had very little use to date, but a lot of potential. On Track Innovations says that the carrier is selling, “or offering to sell”, “at least” two handset models — the HTC Amaze 4G and the Nokia Astound — that it… Read More

  • Yahoo vs Facebook: Not The Next Mobile Patent War?

    Yahoo vs Facebook: Not The Next Mobile Patent War?

    The lawsuit filed on Monday by Yahoo against Facebook over alleged infringements of certain “method” patents was a high profile step for Yahoo to take in the lead-up to Facebook’s IPO. But although Facebook has seen patent suits against it double in the last year, don’t necessarily take this as a sign that Yahoo will necessarily extend its fight to more jurisdictions… Read More

  • Ahead Of Today’s Apple News, Samsung Files Yet Another Suit In Korea Over iPad 2, iPhone 4S

    Ahead Of Today’s Apple News, Samsung Files Yet Another Suit In Korea Over iPad 2, iPhone 4S

    Just hours before Apple is due to unveil what many think will be a new version of its best-selling iPad tablet, Samsung has tried to steal a little thunder by filing a lawsuit against the Cupertino company over patent violations in the newest models that Apple has on the market as of this morning, the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2. The suit was filed in Samsung’s home market of Korea. Given… Read More

  • Proview Thwarted In Chinese iPad Trademark Suit, Brings Case To U.S. Shores

    Proview Thwarted In Chinese iPad Trademark Suit, Brings Case To U.S. Shores

    The dispute between Apple and Proview over the “iPad” trademark has just gotten a lot more domestic. Proview, which owned the “iPad” trademark in several countries until they sold the rights to Apple, has been alleging shenanigans, specifically that part of the company never authorized the sale. Apple, for their part, says that everything is in order, and they have… Read More

  • Federal Judge Rules You May Be Forced To Provide Decryption Password

    Federal Judge Rules You May Be Forced To Provide Decryption Password

    In July, we wrote about an ongoing case wherein a woman accused of fraud was being asked by the prosecution to provide the password to access her computer’s data, which otherwise would remain encrypted and unreadable, weakening their case. They got permission to compel her to reveal the password, but the defense said that it was unconstitutional to do so, as providing that information… Read More

  • Judge Applies SOPA-Esque Solution To Hundreds Of Counterfeit Goods Sites

    Judge Applies SOPA-Esque Solution To Hundreds Of Counterfeit Goods Sites

    The much-maligned SOPA bill is facing a lot of heat as much of the tech industry sets its weight against it. But while the legislation is being discussed, its extreme solutions to criminal online sites are already being adopted. A judge in Nevada has ordered that 228 websites be seized, their domain names transferred, and their listings removed from search engines. There are several… Read More