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An eBay-related dispute that began way back in 2004 seems to have finally run its course. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision not to let Tiffany appeal previous legal losses regarding trademark violation and the sale of counterfeit goods.
Tiffany’s lawyers have argued for years that eBay should be proactive in keeping counterfeit products off its site and thereby protecting Tiffany’s reputation. eBay’s representatives maintained that the site’s policy of responding to complaints is more than enough.
Oracle is reportedly being awarded $1.3 Billion from SAP, as the result of a jury’s verdict following an 11-day trial. The case dates back to 2007 when Orcale sued SAP for illegal downloading of its software for resale to Oracle customers, by TommorowNow, a company SAP acquired in 2005.
Hewlett-Packard has agreed to pay the government $16.25 million to settle e-rate fraud charges. The E-rate program, which funds Internet connections in schools and libraries, has brought Internet connectivity to virtually every classroom in the country. The Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission, acting on tips from whistleblowers, said contractors working with HP and other companies lavished gifts …
The launch of Google Buzz did not go well, as you may remember. Automatic opt-ins and privacy scares created quite a stir. But Google’s putting the matter behind it, as the search giant has settled a class action suit by agreeing to create a privacy-centric fund.
Google is supposed to contribute $8.5 million to the fund, and according to an official release, most of the money "will go to organizations focused on Internet privacy education and policy, and will make additional efforts to educate users about the privacy aspects of Buzz."
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has reached a record settlement of $25 million with Verizon Wireless over what it calls “mystery fees” the carrier charged its customers over the last several years.
The payment is the largest in FCC history and the settlement ends the agency’s ten month investigation into the overcharges. In addition to Verizon Wireless’s payment, the company will refund a minimum of $52.8 million to some 15 million customers.
Orkut, Google’s social network that never caught on in America, looks set to cost the company some money in Brazil. Google’s lost a lawsuit brought against it by Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello.
The lawsuit revolved around several fake profiles set up in Barrichello’s name. They ridiculed him for being second driver (or more specifically, second fiddle) to Michael Schumacher, and Google wasn’t quick to take the profiles down, despite being notified.
For better or for worse, the Spanish Agency for Data Protection isn’t ready to forgive Google for collecting sensitive WiFi data along with Street View photos. Indeed, it’s moved its investigation forward in a big way, starting a process that might result in fines totaling $3.3 million.
It’s official: Oracle’s accusations of patent infringement did not go over well at the Googleplex. This week, Google responded to Oracle’s lawsuit by asking for the suit to be dismissed and Oracle’s patents declared invalid. Google would like some money, too.
At the request of the Federal Trade Commission a U.S. district court has shut down the illegal operations of a company that placed false charges on the telephone bills of thousands of small businesses and people for Internet related services they never agreed to buy.
Google and its CEO, Eric Schmidt, are in a little bit of trouble in France. Due to the appearance of some controversial search suggestions in connection with a plaintiff’s name, a court’s convicted both the company and the man of defamation.
Specifically, it seems that Google France would suggest terms like "prison," "rape," "rapist," and "Satanist" when searchers would try to look up an individual (who was once convicted of corrupting a minor).
The first person ever charged with hacking into Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) networks and reselling VoIP services was sentenced today to 120 months in prison, United States Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Edwin Andres Pena, 27 transmitted over 10 million minutes of unauthorized phone calls over the victim’s networks.
Google’s online advertising guidelines are clear on many issues, including the fact that "Google AdWords prohibits the promotion of online pharmacies and prescription drugs." But some organizations have pushed ahead, anyway, and in response, Google has decided to sue what it considers "rogue pharmacies."
Yesterday morning, Google filed a civil suit in federal court against advertisers that have intentionally defied its pharmacy-related rules. More defendants are supposed to be named in the future, too.
Android isn’t free and Google is going to face a lot of legal problems, if one Microsoft exec is to be believed. Tivanka Ellawala, CFO of the Mobile Communications Business at Microsoft, indicated yesterday that some patents have been violated.
At the Deutsche Bank Technology Conference, Ellawala stated according to Kurt Mackie, "[Android] does infringe on a bunch of patents and there are costs associated with that."
Two days ago, Skyhook Wireless issued a press release titled "Skyhook Adds Location Engine to Layar App for Android." Now, however, things aren’t so cozy between Skyhook and Google, as the former company’s sued the latter for business interference and patent infringement.
Skyhook is kind of a big deal in the location-based app space. It used to be partners with Apple, and has also sealed deals with AOL, Navteq, and Samsung (among other organizations) since it was founded in 2003.
The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) policy allowing border agents to search laptops or other electronic devices at the border without reasonable suspicion.
The lawsuit was filed by the ACLU, the New York Civil Liberties Union and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
When it comes to Street View and the collection of sensitive WiFi data, Google is, at least to some degree, safe from serious penalties in New Zealand. A police investigation has determined that the company didn’t violate any laws.
Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff referred the matter to police in June, which seemed to put Google in a precarious position. Logic dictated that Shroff wouldn’t call in law enforcement for no reason, after all.
Organizers of the JavaOne and Oracle Develop conference may be fielding more than a few emails and phone calls about refunds this afternoon. Google, which was supposed to have a significant presence at the event, backed out today due to the lawsuit Oracle brought against it.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has a company called Interval Licensing, and it is suing the following eleven companies: AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo, and YouTube.
The claim, filed in the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington, alleges that these companies have infringed upon patents held by Interval. The patents in question include:
A public relations firm hired by video game developers will settle Federal Trade Commission charges it engaged in deceptive advertising by having its employees post favorable reviews on iTunes on behalf of the developers and not revealing the reviews came form paid employees.
The Chinese search company that is more or less the Google of its home market has sued another organization over its security software. Baidu said in its lawsuit that Qihoo 360’s Safe PC software unfairly identifies its toolbar and address bar as malware.
A lawsuit that was filed against Google in Spain two months ago is starting to pay off – at least for the organization that filed it. Now Google’s been called before a judge due to the way in which Street View cars collected sensitive WiFi data while taking pictures.
Obviously, this isn’t good news for Google. Aside from the fact that the case is still active at all, the speed at which things are moving forward is a little disconcerting.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said today, a U.S. district court has ordered the marketers of acai berry supplements and other products to stop an Internet sales scheme that allegedly scammed people out of $30 million or more in 2009 through deceptive advertising and unfair billing practices.
The FTC says since 2007, victimized consumers have flooded law enforcement agencies and the Better Business Bureau with more than 2,800 complaints about the company Central Coast Nutraceuticals (CCN).
As you may have read, Google is being sued by Oracle, who claims Google is infringing on several patents it holds, related to Java. These patents came to Oracle through its recent acquisition of Sun Microsystems.
"In developing Android, Google knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle’s Java-related intellectual property," said Oracle spokesperson Karen Tillman. "This lawsuit seeks appropriate remedies for their infringement."
In spite of the apologies Google’s issued and the corrective actions the company’s taken, Google’s Street View-related problems appear to be growing worse, not going away. Earlier today, Korean authorities raided its local offices in connection with the case.
This week, the New York Times and BBC News both reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has sent the Wikimedia Foundatation a letter, ordering the removal of an image of the Bureau’s seal from its Wikipedia entry. The Wikimedia Foundation’s response thus far has basically been, "no."
The Federal Trade Commission said today it has shut down the operations of Canadian con artists who allegedly acted as domain name registrars and convinced thousands of U.S. consumers to pay bogus bills by making them believe they would lose their website addresses unless they paid.
An age discrimination lawsuit filed against Google will be allowed to proceed. Yesterday, the California Supreme Court ruled that certain "stray remarks" can’t be ignored, meaning former Google employee Brian Reid can take the search giant to trial.
Microsoft announced that it has settled the patent infringement cases it brought against Salesforce.com, and that the two companies have reached a patent agreement in which Salesforce will receive broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for tis products and services. This will also apply to Salesforce’s back-end server infrastructure.
In addition, Microsoft gets coverage under Salesforce’s patent portfolio for Microsoft’s products and services.
Intel announced that it has reached a tentative settlement with the FTC in the antitrust suit the FTC brought against the company in December.
The suit alleged that Intel had violated Section 5 of the FTC Act. In this settlement, Intel does not admit any violations. Intel SVP and General Counsel Doug Melamed offered the following statement:
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is investigating Apple and Amazon.com over potentially anticompetitive e-book deals.
Representative Paul Hodes (D-NH) introduced today a bipartisan resolution to protect online out-of-state sellers from having to collect taxes in states where they have no physical presence.
The resolution (H.R. 1570) "Supporting the Preservation of Internet Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses," says that Congress should not impose unfair tax collection burdens that would hurt the U.S. economy and consumers.
A House committee yesterday voted on legislation that would legalize and regulate online gambling in the United States.