Litigation

FTC Files Case Against Social Media Influencers For the First Time

FTC Files Case Against Social Media Influencers For the First Time

Last week, a first-of-its-kind case was filed against two social media “influencers” by the Federal Trade Commission, who additionally sent notices to 21 more individuals for potential violations of FTC standards. The FTC says that the two influencers were found to be in violation for endorsing an online gaming service which they did not disclose to be theirs. Maureen Ohlhausen, the FTC’s acting chairman, said that their move should send a message to other influencers that things like these should be disclosed clearly so that the public can make informed buying decisions. Experts however, say that this guideline would be […]

Several EU Members Call for Tax Reform Against Tech Giants

Several EU Members Call for Tax Reform Against Tech Giants

A number of EU state members are proposing a turnover tax against the corporation tax avoidance of many tech giants.  The states argued that the tax system at present allows large digital firms to curb tax liabilities by creating subsidiary sites in countries with lower taxes. Online publication Reuters reported that France, Italy, Spain, and German finance ministers have penned a joint letter asking tech multinationals like Google, Apple, and Amazon to have their revenues taxed in Europe. Last year, Google came to terms with the UK treasury when the company agreed to pay tax on UK ad revenue. Ed […]

US Judge Allows Apple vs Qualcomm Lawsuits to Proceed

US Judge Allows Apple vs Qualcomm Lawsuits to Proceed

Last September 7, US federal judge Gonzalo Curiel ruled in favor of Apple, allowing the phone giant’s 11 foreign lawsuits against Qualcomm to proceed. The companies have been locked in an escalating legal battle during the past few months. Apple, whose devices use Qualcomm modem chips, alleged that the semicon company is charging an unfair price for their technology. Qualcomm sought an “anti-suit” injunction to halt 11 separate lawsuits temporarily, but Judge Curiel said that the court won’t that conclude Apple’s exercise of its rights under foreign laws to be vexatious.      Source: Reuters

Top EU Judges Sends Intel Case Back for Appeal

Top EU Judges Sends Intel Case Back for Appeal

EU antitrust regulators were reported to have suffered a major setback when top European judges referred Intel’s case back to the General Court for re-examination. Intel was handed a 1 billion euro fine last 2009 for blocking AMD when it gave manufacturers such as Dell, HP, NEC, and Lenovo rebates for buying Intel chips. Regulators have regarded rebates, especially from dominant companies, to be anti-competitive. However, companies have fired back, arguing that the regulators must first prove how the said rebates are anti-competitive, before sanctioning them. Foad Hoseinian of Freshfields law firm said that this will embolden companies to take […]

Google Notifies EU Regulators of Compliance Plan Regarding Antitrust Case

Google Notifies EU Regulators of Compliance Plan Regarding Antitrust Case

Last Tuesday, Google sent its compliance plan to EU’s competition enforcer to meet the deadline, saving it from further penalties that could have amounted to $12 million a day. The search giant was slapped with a massive $2.9 billion fine last June for using its search engine to favor its own shopping service over its rivals, which is considered to be ‘anti-competitive’ behavior under EU law. The EU Commission said that it is Google’s sole responsibility to comply and provide an explanation on how it intends to do so. ICOMP, a lobbying group that included Google rivals as members, also […]

Logitech Gets Sued for Delaying Warranty Claims

Logitech Gets Sued for Delaying Warranty Claims

Logitech, a Swiss-based electronic device manufacturer, is being sued by a US man for allegedly delaying and discouraging warranty claims. The plaintiff accused Logitech of aggressively marketing and selling products that were unreliable and had a high rate of failure. The lawsuit also states that Logitech is aware of the problem, but chose to dodge its warranty obligations, thus leaving customers without a working product until the warranty period runs out. The company had also internally discontinued an IP camera product plagued by numerous issues and complaints, but did not publicly inform customers. Source: Bleeping Computer

Chinese ‘Cyber Court’ Hears First Case

Chinese ‘Cyber Court’ Hears First Case

Zhejiang, China – China opened its digital ‘cyber court’ last Friday to address the rapidly increasing number of internet-related claims more efficiently. The Hangzhou Internet Court’s first case was a copyright infringement dispute between a web company and an online writer. The trial was accessed by legal agents from Hangzhou and Beijing via their computers and was streamed in the courtroom on a large screen,   Some lawyers however, were against it over privacy concerns. Human rights lawyer Liang Xiaojun said that people involved in the cases might not want their personal information to be shared with the public. Source: […]

Kaspersky and Microsoft Resolve Antitrust Disagreements

Kaspersky and Microsoft Resolve Antitrust Disagreements

Earlier this week, reports have stated that Russian cyber security company Kaspersky will be withdrawing the complaints that it has filed against Microsoft from both Russian and EU probing bodies, saying that all of their concerns have already been addressed. Kaspersky Labs have accused Microsoft of using unfair practices against third-party antivirus applications to push their own anti-malware application Windows Defender on consumers, such as suppressing license expiration notifications, turning off incompatible products, and automatically turning on Windows Defender by default.       Microsoft additionally released a statement announcing some changes in the way Windows 10 will be handling third-party antivirus […]

Judge Rules In Favor of Google Over Audit By Labor Department

USA – According to a report last Monday, Judge Steven Berlin ruled that Google is not required to provide all information demanded by a branch of the Department of Labor, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Google’s vice president of people operations Eileen Naughton said in a blog that they have followed OFCCP audit rules in previous cases. However, for that specific case, they believe OFCCP had demands beyond reasonable range. The OFCPP requested data for an audit in 2015, involving 15 years of workers’ salary information and other professional details which included contact information of over 25,000 […]

Ashley Madison to Pays $11.2 Million in Breach Settlement

Last Friday, owner of Ashley Madison Ruby Corp. said they will pay $11.2 million in the U.S. litigation settlement on behalf of the estimated 37 million people whose personal information were compromised during a data breach in July 2015. Users with valid claims can get up to $3,500, depending on how well-recorded their losses were in relation to the breach. Moreover, court documents show that lawyers of Ashley Madison users may get up to one-third of the $11.2 million settlement to cover legal fees. The site’s Toronto-based parent company, formerly known as Avid Life Media Inc., has denied any misconduct […]

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