All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Legal’
The U.S. and Canada should legalize and control online gambling to reduce negative effects, because gamblers play more aggressively online than they do in casinos, according to a joint study by the University of Western Ontario in Canada and the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.
The study found that even though online gambling is illegal in the U.S. and Canada it is still easy for gamblers to gain access to sites that are located in other countries. More than $10 billion is spent annually worldwide by people gambling online.
eBay has won a major legal victory today, after a federal judge ruled that Tiffany was not able to prove the online auction company was responsible for the sale of counterfeit Tiffany jewelry on its Web site.
The 2004 lawsuit brought by Tiffany in U.S. District Court in New York and the ruling in eBay’s favor could influence how business is done online.
Microsoft has informed a European Union court that an antitrust fine of $1.4 billion against it is excessive and disproportionate.
In February the European Commission said that Microsoft used high prices to reduce competition and did not follow through on sanctions imposed against it as part of the case. Microsoft is appealing the fine it received in February.
A Paris court has ordered eBay to pay $61 million (38.6 million euros) to luxury goods designer LVMH for allowing counterfeit merchandise to be sold on the auction site.
The decision comes about a month after a French court ordered eBay to pay $30,000 to luxury goods maker Hermes for its role in the sale of fake handbags.
Beginning on July 1 a new hands free mobile phone law goes into effect in California.
Motorists face a $20 fine plus fees for a first offense and a $50 fine plus fees for a second violation. Drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using a mobile phone or a hands free device while operating a motor vehicle.
Drivers will be allowed to use a mobile phone while driving to make emergency calls to a law enforcement agency, a medical provider, the fire department or other emergency agencies.
The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) have the power to search, copy contents or seize laptops or mobile devices when travelers re-enter the U.S.
U.S. Senators Russell Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat, and Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, are calling on the CBP to amend its policy that allows frequent searches of laptops, digital cameras and mobile devices at the borders.
Internet obscenity trials are all the rage these days, what with the recent antics of a particular federal judge in the news. In another such case being tried in Florida, a defense attorney has turned to Google Trends to tell him whether a certain kind of content really "violates community standards."
A small software startup called LimitNone has filed a lawsuit against Google alleging that Google copied a tool that moves email users from Microsoft Outlook to Google’s Gmail.
LimitNone claims that Google blocked the company from an estimated "$950 million dollar opportunity" by developing its "Google Email Uploader" as a competitor to LimitNone’s similar tool called gMove.
Though physically based in California, Google and Yahoo are, for official purposes, Delaware corporations because of the state’s corporate-friendly policies. You’ve probably heard the radio commercials about the (tax) benefits of setting up a Nevada LLC. Get ready, then, for some promotion of Vermont’s "virtual corporations."
The Food and Drug Administration is alerting consumers not to purchase products on the Internet that fraudulently claim to cure cancer.
The FDA has sent warning letters to 23 U.S. companies, 1 Canadian, and 1 Australian company asking them to stop selling 125 products that claim to cure, treat or prevent cancer.
"Although promotions of bogus cancer ‘cures’ have always been a problem, the Internet has provided a mechanism for them to flourish," said Margaret O’K. Glavin, the FDA’s associate commissioner for regulatory affairs.
A Scottish father has become entangled in a legal battle with the estate of author C.S. Lewis after purchasing a Narnia Internet domain name for his 10-year-old son as a birthday present.
Richard and Gillian Saville-Smith, of Edinburgh, paid $140 to buy the domain name Narnia.mobi from the Internet registration company Fasthosts in 2006 so their son could use it as an email address.
The phrase "jury of your peers" was purposeful wording and, I imagine, purposefully did not say "judge of your peers." Federal Judge Alex Kozinsky might disagree he’s a peer of "poo porn" "shock artist" Ira Isaacs, whose obscenity trial Kozinsky was overseeing. But if not in the same club, they’re at least in the same ballpark.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has asked a federal court to protect the free speech rights of an animal rights group after its video critiques of animal treatment at rodeos were removed from YouTube because of false copyright claims.
The group Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) is a non-profit that videotapes rodeos in order to expose animal abuse. SHARK posted two dozen videos to YouTube to illustrate animal mistreatment.
Last week’s letter war between Carl Icahn and Yahoo chairman Roy Bostock was just a preview of what’s to come. Ichan and company have challenged Yahoo’s employee retention plan (Icahn calls it a severance plan) in a Delaware court. Slated to go to trial in July, the legal matter will be settled in advance of the annual shareholders meeting on August 1.
In lieu of recent history, parents may one day tell their kids, "President? But why? When you grow up, you could work at Google." With over a million resumes per year, Google can afford to be choosey, and doesn’t like having its talent pool options narrowed.
eBay has been ordered by a French court to pay $30,000 to luxury goods designer Hermes for the company’s role in the sale of three counterfeit handbags.
The courts ruling was the first time a French judge found eBay directly accountable for the sale of counterfeit items by one of its customers. eBay maintains that it removes listings found to be fraudulent and argues that the liability for those listings is on the seller.
No wonder Yahoo didn’t want this little tidbit coming unsealed in a lawsuit against Yahoo by the city of Detroit and its policemen & firefighters.
Bell Canada is being sued by a Quebec consumer watchdog, L’Union des consommateurs for its practice of slowing Internet traffic.
The class-action suit was filed in Quebec Superior Court on behalf of Montreal resident Myrna Raphael, seeks certification on behalf of all subscribers in the province. The suit claims that by purposely slowing Internet speeds, Bell has misrepresented its service and caused privacy concerns.
Fantasy sports are a billion-plus per year industry, which seems to have just dawned on Major League Baseball (MLB) execs.
Fantasy sports, specifically fantasy baseball seem to be as popular as ever even though they’ve been around for something like twenty-five years according to the LA Times.
The city of Houston has filed a lawsuit against online hotel bookers for keeping money the city claims should go towards its occupancy tax.
"We believe the (online) companies are, essentially, pocketing the money that should go to occupancy tax," Mayor Bill White told the Houston Chronicle. "It’s unfair to those who are paying the price where the full taxes are paid."
Hollywood has won a major lawsuit against movie linking Web sites ShowStash.com and Cinematube.net.
A federal judge in Los Angeles issued a $2.7 million judgment against Showstash for the infringement of more than a hundred copyrighted movies and television shows. A federal judge awarded the studios a similar judgment against Cinematube for $1.3 million.
The judgments come on the heels of another settlement in favor of the studios, which recently won a $110 million judgment against TorrentSpy.com.
It must be Google week in Washington because representatives from the company were involved in at least three separate policy discussions. Fortunately, for the most part, the search company’s lobbying efforts didn’t seem entirely self-serving, unlike some other major corporations and their help-us-make-more-money demands.
The city of Chicago is suing eBay and subsidiary StubHub for failing to collect an 8 percent amusement tax on tickets sold online.
The city charges in the lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court that the two companies are "reseller’s agents" and are required under Chicago’s law to pay an amusement tax. The suit asks for a court order that will allow the city to audit the companies and hand out fines for not collecting and paying the tax.
Former AOL Time Warner CFO John Michael Kelly and seven other people were charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission with causing the overstatement of ad revenue by over a billion dollars.
Microsoft said it is appealing a record $1.39 billion (899 million euro) fine from the European Commission for using high prices to reduce software competition.
"Microsoft today filed to the (EU) Court of First Instance an application to annul the European Commission decision of February 27,"the company said in statement. "We are filing this appeal in a constructive effort to seek clarity from the court."
Amazon.com may soon have to pay the state of Texas back taxes with penalties and interest after the state learned the online retailer had a distribution center in Irving.
The Texas Comptroller’s Office is investigating if Amazon owes Texas possibly millions of dollars in uncollected sales taxes on purchases made by its customers in the state.
Congressional Net Neutrality proponents appear to be taking a multi-pronged approach to passing legislation to cement what many call the First Amendment of the Internet, a moniker that may oversimplify it a bit. Two days after Ed Markey’s (D-Mass.) Internet Freedom and Preservation Act was debated in the House Energy Committee, Representatives John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) re-introduce the Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act.
The publisher of the popular video game Grand Theft Auto IV, Take-Two has sued the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) for removing ads promoting the game.
Take-Two sued the transit authority in Manhattan federal court, saying the CTA violated its right to free speech and contractual rights by removing ads for the game from the transit system.
Amazon.com is suing the state of New York for its recently enacted tax law that makes it mandatory for online retailers to collect sales tax on items shipped to the state.
The law states that Internet retailers with affiliates in New York must collect New York sales tax because those affiliates have a physical presence in the state. The new law is estimated to generate $50 million in tax revenue for the state.
MySpace has won a lawsuit against well-known spammer Sanford Wallace.
The social networking site won a legal judgment against Wallace after he ignored requests to hand over documents and failed to appear in court.
MySpace filed the suit in March of last year alleging that beginning in October 2006 Wallace carried out a phishing scheme to falsely gain access to MySpace user profiles. Wallace created profiles, groups, and forums on the site to lead users through deceptive means to Web sites operated by Wallace.
Ann Mather, formerly the CFO at Pixar, will face charges from the Securities & Exchange Commission related to their investigation of stock option backdating at the animation company.
Anna Nicole Smith’s mother Virgie Arthur is suing online celebrity news site TMZ.com along with a number of other media outlets alleging she was defamed.
Arthur alleges in a lawsuit filed in Texas state court on Monday that Smith’s lawyer and companion Howard K. Stern and others created a fictitious story that she was the mother of her stepbrother’s child to try and hurt her chances of getting custody of granddaughter Dannielynn.
The state of Oregon is sending out take down notices to sites that publish public domain legal documents.
Oregon has sent cease and desist letters to Justia and Public.Resource.Org for posting copies of Oregon laws, known as the Oregon Revised Statutes. The notice states," The Oregon Revised Statutes is copyrighted material, the author and copyright owner of which is the Legislative Counsel Committee of the State of Oregon."
Collectibles site Bigreds.com filed against Yahoo over alleged click fraud that happened between 2002 and 2006.
The French National Assembly has adopted a bill that would make it illegal to promote anorexia through Web sites, magazines and in advertisements.
"Encouraging young girls to lie to their doctors, advising them on foods that are easier to regurgitate and inciting them to beat themselves up each time they eat is not freedom of expression," Health Minister Roselyne Bachelot said in a speech in parliament.
The future, probably without the flying cars, the one you see in the movies with holograms, with instant and ubiquitous informational access and unbelievable computer processing capabilities, isn’t too far off. It won’t be built on the current Internet, though. The Internet is totally 20th Century. The red button on the Grid will be pushed this summer, and will change everything—again.
Here’s the understatement of the week: "This wasn’t the best-argued case of the day." New York Law School professor James Grimmelmann was referring to the resurrection of computer repair company Rescuecomm’s lawsuit against Google, which was dismissed in 2006, but is now up for review by a federal appeals court.
It was only a matter of time before Google got sued over Street View; the real question was which privacy group (or sympathetic person representing a privacy group) would be first to file. And now a couple with the last name "Boring" has beaten them all to it.
A man falsely accused of file sharing by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is asking the U.S. Supreme Court if the RIAA will have to pay his legal fees.
"This case is about the ability of an innocent defendant accused of copyright infringement to defend himself in court, litigate his defenses, and, if successful, recover his attorney’s fees to the same extent as a prevailing plaintiff would under the same circumstances," argued Cliff Thompson of San Antonio, Tex. in his petition.
A 2006 lawsuit by the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights against Craigslist over real estate postings containing discriminatory language failed to establish the classifieds site’s liability.