Litigation

Google Appeals Guilty Verdict from Indian Antitrust Watchdog

Google Appeals Guilty Verdict from Indian Antitrust Watchdog

Google has filed an appeal last Monday at the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) challenging the judgement of the Competition Commission of India (CCI) which found the search giant to be guilty of “search bias”. The Indian competition watchdog fined Google a total of 1.36 billion rupees for abusing its dominance in online web search and online search advertising markets. The ruling is the latest setback for Google after being handed a $3 billion fine by the European Commission last year in a case which similarly found the search giant to be unfairly favoring its own shopping service over […]

OIG Report Says FBI Was Quick to Sue Apple, Did Not Explore Other Options

OIG Report Says FBI Was Quick to Sue Apple, Did Not Explore Other Options

Earlier this week, a report issued by the Office of the Inspector General said that the FBI had been to quick to threaten Apple with a lawsuit instead of exploring other options when it sought to compel the phone maker to unlock the iPhone used in the 2015 San Bernardino attack. The FBI said that Apple refused to cooperate with their investigation and thus resorted to take legal action, which the Bureau did not pursue when a third-party came forward with a working solution to unlock the phone. However, the OIG inquiry found that the FBI did not exhaust all […]

France to Take Legal Action Against Google, Apple

France to Take Legal Action Against Google, Apple

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire recently revealed in a radio show that they will be taking Google and Apple to commercial court for imposing “abusive” contractual terms on startups and developers. It was confirmed this week that France’s DGCCRF consumer fraud watchdog had already begun taking  legal action against the US tech giants. Le Maire said that both companies had unilaterally imposed prices and contract changes on developers selling their apps on Google Play and the App Store. Google spokeswoman Mathilde Mechin said that their terms comply with French laws, and the company is looking forward to make its […]

Hundreds of Harassment and Discrimination Complaints Filed by Women in Microsoft

Hundreds of Harassment and Discrimination Complaints Filed by Women in Microsoft

Last Monday, court filings revealed that up to 238 internal complaints on sexual harassment and gender discrimination had been filed by women working at Microsoft between 2010 and 2016. The figure was cited by the legal team who had filed a lawsuit against the tech giant for allegedly having a system that denied pay raises or promotions to women. The plaintiffs are looking to proceed as a class action which will cover around 8000 women. However, Microsoft argued that the plaintiffs did not identify practices that impact enough employees to warrant a class action, and also pointed out that the […]

User Sues Microsoft for Forced Windows 10 Upgrade

User Sues Microsoft for Forced Windows 10 Upgrade

An Albuquerque man by the name of Frank K. Dickman Jr. filed a complaint against Microsoft and CEO Satya Nadella for forcing an upgrade on his computer which rendered it unusable. Dickman said that Microsoft had forced a Windows 10 upgrade on his ASUS 54L laptop computer, which originally came with an OEM license for Windows Version 7. The upgrade bricked his system, and Dickman is now demanding that Microsoft furnish him with a replacement copy of Windows 7 within 30 days or pay $600 million. It is said that Dickman’s suit may not go anywhere, but similar lawsuits had […]

High Court Decides in Favor of Suspected Hacker Lauri Love

High Court Decides in Favor of Suspected Hacker Lauri Love

A landmark appeal was recently made in favor of Lauri Love, a hacker suspected of breaking into organizations such as the FBI, the US Central Bank, the US Army, NASA. Currently extradited in the UK, Love would have been sentenced up to 99 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines had he been found guilty of violations under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). However, Lord chief justice, Ian Burnett of Maldon and Justice Duncan Ouseley backed the 33-year old student’s appeal last Monday and ruled that extradition would be “oppressive by reason of his physical and […]

US Agencies to Probe iPhone Slowdown Debacle

US Agencies to Probe iPhone Slowdown Debacle

Bloomberg reported last Tuesday that Apple is set to be investigated by the US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission as to whether the company had violated securities laws after admitting to slowing down older iPhones to prolong battery life. Around 50 proposed class action suits have already been filed against the phone maker by users who said that the update had significantly degraded the performance of their iPhones, making them think that their devices were already at the end of their life cycle. The consumers have also asked judges to issue orders that would prevent Apple […]

Class Action Suit Filed Against Bitconnect

Class Action Suit Filed Against Bitconnect

Last Thursday, a class action lawsuit was filed against cryptocurrency lending and exchange company Bitconnect by six investors who claimed to have incurred more than $770,000 in losses due to the companies questionable activities and closure. The company was known to have a reputation in the cryptocurrency community as a ponzi scheme which promised 1% return per day and 40% every month to investors who lent them money. Bitconnect has been accused of twelve counts of criminal and civil violations including fraud, offering unregistered securities, rescission of contract with the plaintiffs, deceptive and unfair trade practices among others. Source: CCN

Rappler CEO Faces Subpoenaed Over Online Libel Complaint

Rappler CEO Faces Subpoenaed Over Online Libel Complaint

Last Monday, Rappler CEO Maria Ressa met with NBI officials in compliance with a subpoena over an online libel complaint filed by a businessman named Wilfredo Keng. Ressa, along with Rappler reporter Reynaldo Santos and businessman Benjamin Bitanga, appeared in a meeting with the NBI’s Cybercrime Division. According to Ressa, the NBI were cordial, but she still saw the move as a continuing pattern of harassment against Rappler.   The complaint stemmed from a Rappler story which says that Keng lent his SUV to impeached justice Renato Corona. Rappler lawyer JJ Disini said that if the article, which was published […]

Class Actions for Slowing Down of Phones Launched Against Apple

Class Actions for Slowing Down of Phones Launched Against Apple

Two class action lawsuits in Chicago and California were filed against Apple after the manufacturer admitted to slowing down older iPhone models. Apple revealed earlier this week that it had purposely dialed back the performance on a number of previous iPhone models in order to maximize battery power and prolong the lifespan of the devices. However, the plaintiffs claimed that iPhone users never consented to the “interference”, and that it had caused them loss of use, loss of value and prompted them to purchase new batteries. Chicago plaintiffs also said that what Apple did could constitute a “direct violation” of […]

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