The copyright fight being waged by Viacom against Google will move into a crucial stage on Friday.
According to documents filed in federal court on Thursday, both companies are expected to file motions for summary judgment--when a judge decides enough undisputed evidence exists for a ruling to be made without sending the case to trial.
In addition to Viacom and Google, a group of copyright owners that also sued Google for copyright infringement in 2007 is expected to file for summary judgment as well. What this means is that the time of taking depositions and exchanging documents is over. The … Read more
First, there was the Macintosh. Then it was the iPod, the iPhone, and now the iPad. Next up in Apple's arsenal: The lawyers.
No doubt, when Apple announced Tuesday that it was suing HTC for allegedly infringing on its patents, only one company may have been named, but Jobs & Co. were issuing a legal warning to nearly every company that's released an iPhone-like device.
But how far will this fight go? That's the unanswered question.
The HTC lawsuit could be the first of many as the company stakes its territory in the smartphone market. Larger manufacturers, … Read more
A class action lawsuit against Panasonic was filed February 12, claiming an increase in the brightness of black levels, as well as a corresponding decrease in contrast ratio that is detrimental to picture quality.
The suit, filed in federal court in New Jersey, alleges that "the television is no longer producing the same image quality that [Panasonic] represented it would produce."
We first learned of the suit when we contacted a Panasonic representative while seeking comment regarding our most recent test results on black-level performance. That test did find worse performance in two aged 2009 Panasonic plasma TVs. … Read more
All's fair in love and war, but business is another story. Apple has unleashed its team of lawyers on HTC over an alleged infringement of 20 patents it holds for the iPhone. We also talk about Google's acquisition of photo editor Picnik, Sony getting old "fat" PlayStation 3's working again after Monday's leap year bug, and Netflix considering bringing its streaming service to the iPhone. Tune in to get the scoop.
Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman posted an entry to the company blog on Friday afternoon, coming out forcefully against a recent class action lawsuit that says the business reviews site runs its advertising sales operation like an "extortion scheme."
"There has been a long history of people accusing Yelp of monkeying around with reviews in exchange for money," Stoppelman wrote in the post. "The allegations are disappointing, not only because they are false, but because they ignore empirical evidence in favor of conspiracy theories."
Yelp has consistently fought allegations from media outlets and businesses who … Read more
Business reviews site Yelp amounts to an "extortion scheme," according to a class action lawsuit filed Wednesday in a Los Angeles court by two law firms and a Long Beach, Calif., veterinary hospital that claims it was "victimized" by Yelp sales representatives asking for payment in exchange for the removal of negative reviews.
"The plaintiff...asked that Yelp remove a false and defamatory review from the Web site," a release from the law firms alleges. "In response, as set forth in the lawsuit, Yelp refused to take down the review. Instead, the company'… Read more
Remember the Google Books settlement? After a storm of criticism over the initial draft, Google--and the author and publisher groups that initially sued the search giant--withdrew a proposed settlement hours before a scheduled hearing last fall, promising a significant revision.
That revision was announced on November 19. A final fairness hearing on the revised settlement (the Amended Settlement Agreement, or ASA) is scheduled for February 18.
A number of parties have objected to the revised settlement, most notably the U.S. Department of Justice, which filed a "statement of interest" (PDF) on February 4. The department still believes … Read more
Oracle has filed a lawsuit against Rimini Street, a third-party support provider, alleging "massive theft of Oracle's software and related support materials through an illegal business model."
The lawsuit names Las Vegas-based Rimini Street as well as CEO Seth Ravin. In a statement, Ravin said:I believe Oracle's actions are an attempt to forestall competition and limit market choices for its software licensees. Rimini Street offers valuable support options at more than a 50 percent savings compared to Oracle. Rimini Street's services are enjoyed by hundreds of clients around the world, including Global and Fortune … Read more
Eastman Kodak on Thursday announced that it has filed legal complaints against Apple and Research in Motion alleging patent infringement.
The photo company claims the camera technology used in Apple's iPhone and RIM's BlackBerry to preview images infringes on a digital imaging patent owned by Kodak. In a complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), Kodak is asking that certain mobile phones with digital cameras be excluded from import unless the company can reach a fair method of compensation with Apple and RIM.
"In the case of Apple and RIM, we've had discussions … Read more