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Apple DOJ eBook trial set for next summer

June 26th, 2012

Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has set the date for Apple’s eBook antitrust trial, Reuters reported. The Department of Justice filed an antitrust suit against the Cupertino-based company and five other major book publishers — Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan and …

No-poaching antitrust case against Apple, Google and others will go to trial

April 19th, 2012

Apple, Google and five other technology companies must face an antitrust lawsuit for illegally agreeing to not poach each other’s employees. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, rejected the companies’ bid to dismiss claims brought under the Sherman Act and California state law, Reuters reported on Thursday. In addition to Apple and Google, Intel, …

Megaupload founder claims U.S. government officials used his file-sharing service

March 12th, 2012

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is currently trying to work out a deal with the Department of Justice to allow users to download their personal files that were stored on Megaupload’s servers prior to the service’s closure. “Megaupload’s legal team is working hard to reunite our users with their data,” Dotcom said to TorrentFreak. “We are negotiating …

Google’s Motorola buy set to gain approval next week

February 9th, 2012

Google’s bid to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion is set to gain regulatory approval as soon as next week, multiple reports claim. Google announced last summer that it intended to purchase the struggling smartphone and set-top box maker for $40 per share, and CEO Larry Page explained that Motorola’s patent portfolio was a key …

ITC reportedly rejects Barnes & Noble’s antitrust complaint against Microsoft

February 1st, 2012

Barnes & Noble and Microsoft are currently tied up in two separate legal battles, one being heard by the Department of Justice and the other by the International Trade Commission. In March 2011, like previous Android vendors, Microsoft accused Barnes & Noble’s NOOK and NOOK Color of infringing on the company’s patents. The software giant, …

Megaupload user data purge could begin Thursday [updated]

January 30th, 2012

Third-party companies that stored Megaupload’s data may delete all user files on Thursday. Megaupload customers, even those not guilty of piracy or using the service illegally, have been unable to access their files since the website was shut down on January 19th. So far, seven men have been charged for illegally allowing Megaupload users to …

DoJ evidence suggests Apple, Google and others had illegal ‘no poach’ agreements

January 20th, 2012

The Department of Justice recently released information that suggests a number of large U.S. technology companies may have created secret “no poaching” agreements with one another. The companies that have been under investigation include Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, Intuit, Pixar, Adobe and Lucasfilm. The alleged no poaching agreements may have been pretty scary: According to TechCrunch, …

U.S. government to probe Verizon’s $3.6 billion spectrum deal with Comcast

December 20th, 2011

The antitrust division of the United States Justice Department will investigate Verizon Wireless’s plans to acquire spectrum from Comcast and its partners for $3.6 billion. Verizon Wireless announced in early December its intentions to purchase 122 AWS spectrum licenses from SpectrumCo, a joint venture between Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. The carrier …

Judge approves AT&T/DOJ request for antitrust suit delay

December 13th, 2011

Judge Ellen Huvelle approved a joint request by AT&T and the Department of Justice to delay a lawsuit regarding AT&T’s planned purchase of T-Mobile USA. AT&T requested a stay in the suit on Monday and said it was working with Deutsche Telekom to prepare the best defense possible. “We are actively considering whether and how …

Justice Department to postpone or dismiss case against AT&T

December 9th, 2011

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 …