Hurt Locker producers file suit against 2,514 BitTorrent users

By on April 23, 2012 at 2:35 PM.

Hurt Locker producers file suit against 2,514 BitTorrent users

Voltage Pictures, the production studio behind the Oscar-winning film The Hurt Locker, has filed a new lawsuit in a federal court in Florida, according to TorrentFreak. The studio’s latest complaint targets at least 2,514 alleged BitTorrent users, whom Voltage Pictures claims pirated the film and cost the studio millions. The company last year filed a joint lawsuit against more than 30,000 alleged BitTorrent users who illegally downloaded the film. The case closed this past December, with Voltage Pictures collecting an undisclosed number of settlements. The studio’s latest suit looks to obtain a subpoena that will order ISPs to reveal the identities of the defendants. The alleged pirates will then be offered a settlement of about $3,000, the report claims. All of the defendants allegedly downloaded the film in 2010 and are Charter Communications subscribers. More →

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Acer sues former CEO for violating non-compete agreement

By on February 7, 2012 at 11:30 PM.

Acer sues former CEO for violating non-compete agreement

Acer has filed a lawsuit against its former chief executive officer Gianfranco Lanci for allegedly violating a non-compete agreement. Lanci left Acer last March after the company hit a rough patch and was recently named head of Lenovo’s operations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. “We believe Mr. Lanci has clearly breached the terms of the non-compete agreement he entered into willingly . . . we believe we have a very robust case,” Acer said in a statement given to the Financial Times. The Financial Times notes that Acer has fallen from the second to the fourth largest computer maker in the world while Lenovo has seen recent success and has risen to the No.2 spot. More →

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Motorola Mobility sues Apple, says iPhone 4S infringes on its patents

By on January 25, 2012 at 4:15 PM.

Motorola Mobility sues Apple, says iPhone 4S infringes on its patents

Motorola Mobility has filed a patent lawsuit against Apple in a Florida federal court. The phone maker is accusing Apple of infringing on six patents related to messaging, antennas, software and data filtering with its mobile devices, Reuters said. Motorola also argued that Apple’s iPhone 4S specifically infringes on one of its patents. Just two weeks ago, the International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that Motorola’s handsets did not infringe three Apple patents. The Mannheim Regional Court in Germany also ruled to ban sales of various iPhone and iPad models in December, although Apple has been given the opportunity to remove the infringing technology from its devices to avoid a ban in the country. More →

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Apple claims Samsung Galaxy Nexus copies iPhone’s slide-to-unlock feature

By on January 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM.

Apple claims Samsung Galaxy Nexus copies iPhone’s slide-to-unlock feature

Apple is warring with Samsung yet again in Germany. The iPhone maker filed another suit against Samsung and this time is arguing that the slide-to-unlock feature on the Galaxy Nexus infringes on an intellectual property right called a “utility model,” patent expert Florian Muller wrote on his website FOSS Patents Friday. Apple reportedly registered the utility model in 2006 and said it wasn’t able to use its utility model against Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus in court yet because the phone is so new. Muller said the court will issue a ruling, a stay, or decide to appoint an expert to help the judges decide if Apple’s utility model is “obvious or non-obvious” on March 16th. Earlier on Friday, a German court cleared Apple of an accusation that it infringed on one of seven Samsung patents. More →

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Upset investors file class action lawsuit against Netflix

By on January 17, 2012 at 9:00 PM.

Upset investors file class action lawsuit against Netflix

Investors who were upset by Netflix’s poor decision making in 2011 have filed a class-action lawsuit against the company in a U.S. District Court in Northern California. “At the beginning of the class period, Netflix was facing increasing competition for streaming business, and content providers were exploring new ways to distribute their content and/or maximize their licensing fees,” the lawsuit reads. “Rather than fully disclose the devastating cost increases which were then threatening Netflix’s entire business, the defendants talked about [the company’s] ability to grow.” Netflix lost as many 800,000 customers during the third quarter of 2011 when it decided to raise its prices and spin off its DVD rental service into a new subsidiary called Qwikster. The spin-off decision was soon reversed but customers had already left in droves. According to paidContent, investors are also suing because several of Netflix’s executives sold stock before it tanked due to poor decision making. More →

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Kindle accessory maker sues Amazon for extortion

By on December 28, 2011 at 1:50 PM.

Kindle accessory maker sues Amazon for extortion

M-Edge Accessories has filed a lawsuit against Amazon with a federal court in Maryland that accuses the online retailer of bullying it into coughing up higher commissions in exchange for better placement on Amazon’s website. M-Edge Accessories isn’t just filing a suit for extortion according to The Wall Street Journal, however — the accessory maker is also accusing Amazon of patent infringement, false advertising, creating unfair competition and hampering M-Edge’s customer relations. Amazon reportedly played some pretty dirty games with M-Edge in order to secure a larger percentage of commissions. M-Edge said it initially signed a deal with Amazon that would provide the retailer with a 15% commission on all goods sold. Amazon allegedly came back two months later and demanded a larger 32% commission. When M-Edge declined, an executive told M-Edge that Amazon would “de-list,” “play” with, or bury the accessory maker’s products so that “no one will be able to find you.” M-Edge eventually signed a new contract with Amazon, but it had to pay $6.5 million in commissions in order to do so. Even still, Amazon allegedly left its products off of the “Amazon Approved Accessory Maker” list. M-Edge is also suing Amazon for patent infringement and is arguing that it holds a patent for a Kindle case with a built-in reading light. More →

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Sprint and C Spire postpone AT&T merger lawsuits

By on December 13, 2011 at 10:00 PM.

Sprint and C Spire postpone AT&T merger lawsuits

Sprint and C Spire Wireless have decided to postpone lawsuits levied against AT&T. The two carriers had originally filed the suits in hopes of blocking AT&T’s planned  $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom. AT&T recently pulled its merger application from the FCC however, and was granted a stay until January 18th for its lawsuit against the Department of Justice. Sprint originally sued to block the merger in September when it argued the deal would “harm retail consumers and corporate customers by causing higher prices and less innovation.” More →

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Cequint sues Apple over caller ID patents

By on December 13, 2011 at 9:05 PM.

Cequint sues Apple over caller ID patents

Seattle-based Cequint Inc. filed a lawsuit against Apple accusing the company of infringing on two patents related to its caller ID technology. “Cequint has been damaged by Apple’s infringement,” the company said in its complaint, filed in a federal court in Wilmington, Delaware. The firm argues that it “will be irreparably harmed” should Apple continue to use its patents without permission. Apple is locked in a number of patent lawsuits around the globe with other companies such as Samsung and HTC, as well. Apple is currently seeking to ban the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N in Germany and, until recently, had successfully banned the Korea-based company from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.  More →

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Justice Department to postpone or dismiss case against AT&T

By on December 9, 2011 at 7:15 PM.

Justice Department to postpone or dismiss case against AT&T

The Justice Department intends to file a motion next week to delay or dismiss its lawsuit against AT&T’s planned acquisition of T-Mobile USA. The DOJ originally sued AT&T to block the deal in August, and AT&T soon after decided to pull its merger application from the FCC to instead focus on the suit. In light of the withdrawal of AT&T’s merger application, however, the DOJ seemingly no longer has cause to sue. “It’s not a real transaction until they file with the FCC,” Wayland told Judge Ellen Huvelle according to Reuters. With that, it looks we’re now watching at a giant game of cat and mouse. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson recently said that U.S. regulators don’t understand the wireless industry enough to see the benefits of its proposed T-Mobile USA purchase. Earlier Friday he said in an interview that ”regulators can’t keep up with the changes in the industry” and that blocking the merger will increase wireless prices for U.S. consumers. More →

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Porn publisher threatens to sue HTC over ‘Vivid’ moniker

By on November 16, 2011 at 1:59 PM.

Porn publisher threatens to sue HTC over ‘Vivid’ moniker

Phones … porn … what’s the difference? Vivid Entertainment, a porn studio that calls itself the “leader in adult entertainment,” has issued a cease and desist letter asking HTC to stop using the “Vivid” moniker on its new smartphone. Vivid Entertainment has threatened to file a lawsuit against HTC if the company doesn’t change the name by Monday. “We are reviewing the complaint and don’t expect to have any further comment until it is resolved,” HTC told The Verge. The Vivid recently launched on AT&T as one of its first 4G LTE smartphones; be sure to read our full review for the low down on this sleek new smartphone. More →

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Samsung requests source code in effort to ban iPhone 4S in Australia

By on November 1, 2011 at 11:25 PM.

Samsung requests source code in effort to ban iPhone 4S in Australia

Samsung recently asked Apple to provide it with source code for the the firmware used in its iPhone 4S, ZDNET reported on Tuesday. The South Korea-based phone maker also asked for details on Apple’s subsidy agreements with Australian carriers Vodafone, Optus and Telstra. The moves were part of an ongoing lawsuit in which Samsung has accused Apple of infringing on three of its patents. Apple believes Samsung has no need to access the information, but Samsung’s lawyer argued that there are fewer subsidies available for Samsung’s products if subsidies are given for the iPhone 4S. Additionally, the source code may be just as important in proving that Apple is infringing on patents. Read on for more. More →

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Sprint denied access to AT&T documents in fight against merger

By on October 25, 2011 at 7:05 PM.

Sprint denied access to AT&T documents in fight against merger

U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle recently shot down Sprint’s request to access a number of documents related to AT&T’s planned acquisition of T-Mobile USA. “You don’t stand in the shoes of the consumer or the Department of Justice,” Huvelle said. Sprint originally sued to block the merger in September, shortly after the U.S. Justice Department filed a similar case in August. AT&T recently asked a judge to toss the suit entirely and, like Huvelle, said Sprint was not in a position to argue from the consumer’s standpoint. “Sprint cannot wrap itself in the cloak of wireless service consumers’ interest because Sprint is not a consumer but instead a competitor in the sale of wireless services,” AT&T said in the September court filing. Read on for more. More →

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Intellectual Ventures sues Motorola Mobility for patent infringement

By on October 6, 2011 at 9:20 PM.

Intellectual Ventures sues Motorola Mobility for patent infringement

Intellectual Ventures has filed a lawsuit in Delaware against Motorola Mobility after failing to reach a licensing agreement with the phone maker, AllThingsD reported on Thursday. The suit names six different patents. “Intellectual Ventures has successfully signed licensing agreements with many of the top handset manufacturers in the world, and has been in discussions with Motorola Mobility for some time,” chief litigation counsel Melissa Finocchio said. Intellectual Ventures’ licensees include HTC, Samsung and Research In Motion, which signed a licensing agreement with the company earlier this year. “We have a responsibility to our current customers and our investors to defend our intellectual property rights against companies such as Motorola Mobility who use them without a license,” Finocchio added. More →

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