Litigation

EU Hands Google 4.3 Billion Euro Fine in Android Antitrust Case

EU Hands Google 4.3 Billion Euro Fine in Android Antitrust Case

The European Commission this week handed down a record fine of 4.3 billion euros to Google after it had been found that the Alphabet-owned company’s mobile device strategy had unfairly strengthened its dominance of search. It is currently the largest fine ever imposed by a regulator against a firm after competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager previously penalized the company 2.4 billion euros in another investigation, a ruling that is still being appealed by Google. Google’s Android OS had been the target of the Commission’s scrutiny since April 2015 after trade group Fairsearch made a complaint. Android had 64% of the market […]

Google Expected to Face Record Fine from EU

Google Expected to Face Record Fine from EU

The European Commission is expected to hand Google with an antitrust fine that exceeds the landmark 2.4 billion euro penalty it got back in 2017. The decision, which will be confirmed on Wednesday, is said to be the most important of the three antitrust cases against Google because of the broader scope of the Android case since the tech giant was able to make its ads appear in more smartphone apps than its rivals. Even with the decision, it is said that Google’s popularity could mean an uphill battle for EU antitrust regulators aiming to level the playing field for […]

UK’s ICO to Fine Facebook for Data Abuse, Breach

UK’s ICO to Fine Facebook for Data Abuse, Breach

The UK’s Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham revealed this week that she seeks to penalize Facebook 500,000 pounds ($663,850) for breaches of data protection law based on their new finding into the use of data analytics by political campaigns. Denham said that Facebook violated the law by failing to safeguard people’s information and not showing transparency about how data was being harvested on its platform. However, the fine is said to be a small figure for the tech giant which is valued at $590 billion. ICO also said that other regulatory actions, such as a criminal prosecution, may be taken against […]

UK Announces Creation of London Cybercrime Court

UK Announces Creation of London Cybercrime Court

The British government announced last Wednesday the creation of a specialist court in London to hear cases relating to cybercrime. First announced last October, the deal between the judiciary and the City of London corporation will result to an 18-courtroom center which will be built at Fleetbank House on Fleet Street.   The new center, which will replace the civil court, Mayor’s and City of London County Court, and the City of London Magistrates’ Court, is expected to address the millions of incidents of criminal fraud and cybercrime experienced by UK residents. Official statistics suggest that in 2017 alone, £130 […]

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 […]

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