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AP And Meltwater Make Up And Work Together AP And Meltwater Make Up And Work Together
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The Associated Press and Meltwater, once bitter legal rivals, have decided to squash their beef, and move forward working together on new products that will benefit both parties. Both (who were suing each other) have elected to cease all litigation …

Google To Pay $8.5 Million To Settle Referrer Suit Google To Pay $8.5 Million To Settle Referrer Suit

Google is paying $8.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit alleging that the company was sharing search queries with third parties without the searchers knowing about it or giving them permission to do so. The case stems from a …

Judge: Apple Violated Antitrust Law Judge: Apple Violated Antitrust Law

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled on Wednesday that Apple violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act by conspiring to raise e-book prices and hurt e-book retailer competition. Reuters reports that U.S. District Judge …

Google Is Suing The IRS For $83.5 Million Google Is Suing The IRS For $83.5 Million

Google is suing the IRS for an $83.5 million refund, the company claims it is owed, related to stock warrants granted to AOL back in 2004. The news comes from Bloomberg, which reports: The IRS erred in disallowing a $238.6 …

Yelp Sues Site That Sells Yelp Reviews Yelp Sues Site That Sells Yelp Reviews
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Ever tried to purchase a Yelp review? There are sites out there that sell them. One is called BuyYelpReview.com, and it’s currently being sued by Yelp, so you might want to hold off if you’re getting any shady ideas. Yelp …

European Court Says Google Does Not Have To Remove Search Results European Court Says Google Does Not Have To Remove Search Results
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Often, when people find undesirable search results about themselves, they want Google to remove them. On the surface, this is understandable. You found it on Google, so Google should remove it right? Actually, no. Wrong. As Google has explained many …

Google Gets Around Having To Pay German Publishers By Making Google News Opt-In Google Gets Around Having To Pay German Publishers By Making Google News Opt-In

A law was passed in Germany several weeks ago that would require search engines like Google to pay publishers to license content to include links and snippets in aggregation services like Google News. Google has been vocally opposing this law …

Colin Stretch to Replace Ted Ullyot as Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch to Replace Ted Ullyot as Facebook General Counsel
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Last month, Facebook announced that longtime General Counsel Ted Ullyot was on the way out. And today, the company has announced his replacement. Taking over for Ullyot will be Colin Stretch, a three-year veteran of the company. He will serve …

BuzzFeed Sued For Millions Over 1/30 Of One Of Its Photo Compilations BuzzFeed Sued For Millions Over 1/30 Of One Of Its Photo Compilations
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A photographer is suing popular viral content site Buzzfeed over a photograph it used in a collection back in 2010. The photographer is seeking $3.6 million in damages. The plaintiff, Kai Eiselein of Idaho, posted the photo to Flickr back …

Bold Move: Lawyer Demands Phone Records from NSA to Prove Client’s Innocence Bold Move: Lawyer Demands Phone Records from NSA to Prove Client’s Innocence
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This is either the most brilliantly executed defensive move I’ve heard about in quite some time, or possibly the most ill-conceived air-grab since my buddy asked to read his wife’s texts “to prove she’s getting them ok.” Only time will …

Bin Laden Death Photos Won’t Be Released, Thanks To Court Ruling
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Three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit unanimously ruled today that the U.S. government can keep death photos of Osama bin Laden secret. There are apparently over fifty of them. Bin Laden was …

Is Liking Something On Facebook An Act Of Free Speech? Is Liking Something On Facebook An Act Of Free Speech?
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Last year, a Virginia judge ruled that a Facebook “like” is not protected by the First Amendment. The story goes like this: Deputy Sheriff Daniel Ray Carter of Hampton, Virginia “liked” the page of “Jim Adams for Hampton Sheriff.” Carter’s …

Yahoo Gets Mexican Yellow Pages Ruling Overturned Yahoo Gets Mexican Yellow Pages Ruling Overturned

The Superior Court of Justice for the Federal District in Mexico agreed to overturn awards against Yahoo and Yahoo Mexico after Yahoo appealed a previous ruling that had ordered it to pay $2.75 billion in a suit brought by Worldwide …

Abortion Doctor Found Guilty Of Murder

Update: Gosnell gets life in prison Dr. Kermit Gosnell, a former abortion doctor in Philadelphia, was found guilty of three out of four counts of first-degree murder today, and could face the death penalty. Gosnell was reportedly known for performing …

Michael Arrington Sues Rape Accuser Jenn Allen Michael Arrington Sues Rape Accuser Jenn Allen

Jenn Allen, an ex-girlfriend of Techcrunch/Crunchfund Founder Michael Arrington, recently took to Facebook to make abuse allegations against him. While rape was not mentioned in the initial post, she later brought that up in comments on a Gawker article about …

Hogan On Gawker: They Are ‘Flagrantly’ Violating A Court Order

Hulk Hogan and his lawyers filed a motion to hold Gawker in contempt of court for disobeying a court order to remove an article about the infamous Hulk Hogan sex tape. Again, that’s the article, not just the video. The …

5th Amendment Protects Child Porn Suspect from Compelled Decryption 5th Amendment Protects Child Porn Suspect from Compelled Decryption
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A man accused of housing child pornography on multiple hard drives will not be forced to give authorities access, after a Wisconsin judge rules that doing so would violate his 5th Amendment rights against self-incrimination. The case involves Jeffrey Feldman, …

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Complaint Describes Carjacking Episode

As previously reported, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been officially charged with one count of using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction (an improvised explosive device) against persons and property within the United States resulting …

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Charged, Faces Possible Death Penalty
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Nineteen-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been officially charged with using a weapon of mass destruction in the Boston Marathon bombings on on April 15. He has been charged specifically with one count of using and conspiring to use a weapon of …

CVS Includes Racist Slur On Receipt, Gets Sued CVS Includes Racist Slur On Receipt, Gets Sued
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Hyun Lee, a 37-year-old from New Jersey, is suing CVS for $1 million after allegedly receiving a receipt replacing her name with a racial slur when she wen to pick up her photos. Instead of the receipt saying “Hyun Lee,” …

YouTube Beats Viacom For Second Time YouTube Beats Viacom For Second Time
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Viacom and Google (specifically YouTube) have been engaged in a legal battle for years, as Viacom accused the site of illegally hosting its property. Though Viacom has lost this battle in the past, the media giant refused to accept the …