Litigation

Uber Withheld Evidence from Waymo Case with Board, Ex-CEO’s Knowledge

Uber Withheld Evidence from Waymo Case with Board, Ex-CEO’s Knowledge

In a hearing at a San Francisco federal court last Wednesday, Uber in-house lawyer Angela Padilla recently testified that the company’s board and ex-CEO were aware that some of their employees had stolen trade secrets from Waymo, but the information was kept from a high-stakes case. The information came to light in a letter from an ex-Uber security analyst who alleged that the company had trained employees to pilfer competitor’s secrets and hide their activities using disappearing messages and a dedicated computer system. Padilla testified that she did not inform Uber’s counsels of the letter then since the allegations it […]

Two New Lawsuits Filed Against Uber for 2016 Breach

Two New Lawsuits Filed Against Uber for 2016 Breach

Within only 48 hours of Uber’s breach disclosure, two separate class-action lawsuits had already been filed against the company in the state of California. One of the cases which was filed in Los Angeles, Alejanro Flores v. Raiser, alleged that Raiser, Uber’s subsidiary, had been “grossly negligent” and “departed from all reasonable standards of care” Another lawsuit filed in San Francisco, Danyelle Townsend and Ken Tew v. Uber, stated that Uber should have had the necessary safeguards in place to protect the plaintiff’s personally identifiable information. Source: ARSTechnica

Muddy Waters Forces Google to Reveal Gmail Fraudster

Muddy Waters Forces Google to Reveal Gmail Fraudster

Muddy Waters recently filed a petition in a New York court, seeking to expose the identity of Gmail fraudsters who targeted its founder, prominent short-seller Carson Block. The fraudsters, who previously posed as a WSJ reporter, an investigator from Autorite des Marches Financiers, and a Paris bank employee, made numerous calls and emails to Muddy Waters, seeking information on Block and his research on supermarket operator Casino Guichard-Perrachon SA (CASP.PA). It is said that Casino might have hired the impersonators, but the group vehemently refuted the accusations, saying that it was just another destabilization attempt. Google meanwhile said that they […]

Equifax Says They Can Still be Sued, Despite Rule Change

Equifax Says They Can Still be Sued, Despite Rule Change

Despite speculations on the effects of the recent congressional decision on class actions, Equifax maintains that customers who have been affected by the breach can still sue them. The embattled credit firm stated that enrolling in the free credit monitoring and identity theft protection service that they are offering will not prohibit customers from taking legal action, and the repeal of the rule which the CFPB had filed will not change the company’s position. The rule, which the US Senate voted to remove, prevents financial companies that bind their customers by arbitration agreements from barring the latter from suing as […]

US Senate Votes Against Rule Which Allows Equifax to Be Sued by Affected Consumers

US Senate Votes Against Rule Which Allows Equifax to Be Sued by Affected Consumers

The Senate recently voted to strike a federal rule that could have allowed consumers affected by the Equifax breach to sue the credit firm. The rule, which was submitted by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection in July, disallows financial companies from using arbitration agreements to bar their users from filing and joining class action suits against them. However, H.J. Res. 111, which sole purpose was to disapprove the rule, was introduced right after. It passed the House 25th of July and the Senate late Wednesday, with the VP casting the tie-breaking vote. Although it is unclear how it will […]

Microsoft Drops Lawsuit After DoJ Issues New Gag Order Policy

Microsoft Drops Lawsuit After DoJ Issues New Gag Order Policy

Microsoft announced last Monday that the company will be moving to dismiss a lawsuit it filed against the US Department of Justice last year. This comes after the DoJ’s issuance of a new policy which requires gag orders to be carefully and specifically grounded in the facts of the case, and used only within a defined period of time. Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith said in a blogpost that the new policy should curtail the practice of preventing cloud providers from informing their customers when the government accesses their information. It would also ensures that secrecy orders […]

Google Adjusts Search Results to Comply with EU Antitrust Ruling

Google Adjusts Search Results to Comply with EU Antitrust Ruling

Google has now made changes in the way it displays search ads to comply with the EU ruling on its antitrust case which ended last June. Google Europe tweeted yesterday that all ad placements in its Shopping Unit will now be available to all bidders, and no reserve slots will be given to Google Shopping or other comparison shopping services (CSS). The search giant was handed a record fine amounting to $2.73 billion for “abusing its market dominance” by giving its own shopping service increased visibility in search results and demoting its competitors, according to the EU competition commissioner. The […]

Tech Giant Execs to Testify on Russian Interference

Tech Giant Execs to Testify on Russian Interference

The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked executives of Facebook, Google, and Twitter to testify in a probe on Russia’s alleged involvement in the 2016 US elections. Even though the House panel did not identify the companies who were asked to attend next month’s open hearing, representatives from Google and Facebook already confirmed that they have received invites. A number of lawmakers from both parties believe that the social platforms had been critical to Russia’s influence operations. A revelation from Facebook seems to support this suspicion, as the social networking giant recently said that Russian trolls bought around $100,000 worth of […]

Google to Give Rivals Equal Treatment Through Auction

Google to Give Rivals Equal Treatment Through Auction

In an effort to level the playing field with its rivals and to avoid any additional antitrust fines from the European Union, Google (GOOGL.O), has offered to launch an auction that will display rival comparison shopping sites. In a proposal provided to the European Commission, the tech giant proposed Product Listing Ads that will enable competitors to bid for spots in the shopping section. After an already record fine of € 2.4 B euros ($2.9B) from the European Commission, the search engine giant could face fresh fines should it fail to give its rivals equal service.   Source: Reuters

PCC Publishes its Rules of Procedure

PCC Publishes its Rules of Procedure

The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has published its 2017 Rules of Procedure (Rules), which shall guide the PCC in the handling of complaints, referrals from regulatory agencies, and motu proprio inquiries, as well as in the conduct of its investigations. Under the Rules, the PCC, through the Enforcement Office, shall conduct a 90-day preliminary inquiry on the basis of a verified complaint, referral by a regulatory agency, or a directive from the Chairman and the Commissioners of the PCC 
(Commission), to determine whether there are reasonable grounds to conduct a full administrative investigation for any violation of the Philippine Competition […]

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