Litigation

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 […]

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 […]

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