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Supreme Court Reverses Apple's $399 Million Award in Samsung Phone Design Lawsuit

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in favor of Samsung in its longstanding smartphone design lawsuit with Apple, reversing a $399 million damages judgment awarded to Apple by a lower court. The case will now return to lower court for further proceedings.

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The U.S. Supreme Court in an 8-0 ruling sided with Samsung’s argument that damages should not be based on the total device, but rather just for a component like the front bezel or the casing.

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Zynga back in court over alleged insider trading

Social game developer Zynga is being dragged back into a lawsuit that claims select board members acted unfairly on inside information by selling shares before a stock price tumble in 2012. As Reuters reports, the Delaware Supreme Court is rev…

Airbnb drops its lawsuit against New York

Some of Airbnb’s larger US legal battles are winding down quickly. In the wake of a settlement with the state, the rental listings company is dropping a lawsuit against New York that fought a ban on short-term rentals where the tenant isn’t present….

Two more investors sue Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes for fraud

Two more investors have filed lawsuits (PDF) against Theranos, a few weeks after Walgreens sued the embattled startup for $140 million. This is the third one filed against the company, following the drugstore chain’s and Partner Fund Management’s (PF…

Airbnb settles lawsuit with New York over short-term rental law

Airbnb has settled its lawsuit against the state of New York, but that doesn’t mean it has given up. The rental listing service sued the state after governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that made it illegal to rent out units in buildings for less than…

Hyperloop One settles lawsuit with former employees

As Hyperloop One continues its attempt at building the future of public transportation, it’s moving on without the baggage of a messy lawsuit. The company announced today that it has reached a settlement with former employees, including co-founder an…

Prince estate sues Roc Nation over Tidal streaming rights

Jay Z debuted his version of Tidal after buying the streaming service for $56 million last year. In the months since he took over, the company has struggled to compete with the likes of Spotify and Apple Music despite a list of high-profile ex…

Google's defense against anti-trust claims: 'we're open'

Google has a response for the European Commission’s anti-trust allegations. In a lengthy blog post, the tech juggernaut addressed the EC’s concerns point by point. That starts with the EC’s stance that Android isn’t in competition with Apple’s iOS mo…

San Francisco judge denies Airbnb's lawsuit against the city

When Airbnb sued San Francisco in June, claiming that people listing their apartments for rent were responsible for any wrongdoing (like failing to register as a business), city officials were quick to respond. At the time, they said that the …

Uber settles big sexual assault cases in the US

Uber has settled with two Jane Does in the US who were allegedly sexually assaulted by the service’s drivers in 2015, according to Bloomberg. The plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against the company in California because they wanted to hold the ride-hailin…

Uber faces $5 million suit from San Francisco's oldest cab company

Another party is suing Uber over the ride-hailing service’s business practices. This time it’s San Francisco’s Flywheel, the taxi company formerly known as DeSoto Cab, also known as SF’s oldest taxi company. To the tune of a $5 million-plus federal s…

Peter Thiel's tech wealth made him a First Amendment gatekeeper

Peter Thiel built his fortune in Silicon Valley as a founder of PayPal, an early backer of Facebook and a venture capitalist focused on the technology industry. He’s living proof of the Bay Area’s ability to make billionaires of mortal men.

Using a…

Comcast sues Nashville over law that helps Google Fiber

The Google Fiber team isn’t having a good week. Comcast has filed a lawsuit against Nashville in a bid to overturn a city law, One Touch Make Ready, that was primarily designed to help speed Google’s fiber optic rollout. Much as with an AT&T la…

Apple lawsuit reveals most chargers sold on Amazon are fake

Apple has filed a lawsuit against Mobile Star LLC for manufacturing fake Apple chargers and cables and passing them off on Amazon as authentic goods. According to the details of the lawsuit posted by Patently Apple, Cupertino bought and tested…

Apple Files $2 Million Lawsuit Against Firm Selling Dangerous Knockoff Chargers and Cables

Apple has filed a lawsuit against Mobile Star LLC, accusing the firm of infringing upon its registered trademarks and copyrights by selling counterfeit 5W USB Power Adapters and Lightning to USB cables on Amazon and Groupon, according to court documents published electronically this week.

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Apple said the counterfeit power products pose a significant danger to consumer safety because, among other things, they lack adequate insulation and/or have inadequate spacing between low voltage and high voltage circuits, creating risks of overheating, fire, and electrical shock.

The safety of Apple’s customers is of paramount importance to Apple, and Apple devotes significant resources to ensuring its power products meet industry safety standards and are subjected to rigorous testing for safety and reliability. Apple brings this suit to stop Mobile Star from any further distribution of counterfeit Apple products to the public.

The legal complaint says the products, shipped and sold by Amazon through its Fulfilled by Amazon program, were listed as genuine Apple products, often using the company’s copyrighted marketing images. Apple said Mobile Star’s counterfeit products hurt its sales and damage its reputation.

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Apple determined at least a portion of Mobile Star LLC’s chargers and cables were counterfeit upon purchasing them as part of its routine efforts to combat the distribution and sale of knockoff products. It then alerted Amazon, which subsequently removed Mobile Star’s selling privileges.

Takedown notices are standard procedure for Apple, which found that almost 90% of so-called genuine Apple products and accessories it purchased from Amazon over the last nine months were actually counterfeit.

Over the last nine months, Apple, as part of its ongoing brand protection efforts, has purchased well over 100 iPhone devices, Apple power products, and Lightning cables sold as genuine by sellers on Amazon.com and delivered through Amazon’s “Fulfillment by Amazon” program. Apple’s internal examination and testing for these products revealed almost 90% of these products are counterfeit.

Apple went one step further and filed a lawsuit in this case because it said Mobile Star’s distribution of counterfeit Apple products is “ongoing” and extends beyond Amazon, including Groupon and direct sales. Mobile Star has also allegedly failed to cooperate with Apple upon being contacted.

Mobile Star’s distribution of counterfeit Apple products is ongoing and extends beyond Amazon.com as shown by Apple’s purchase of 10 counterfeit Apple products directly from Groupon in December 2015. […]

In addition, an Apple investigator recently purchased counterfeit Apple EarPods headphones and Lightning cables directly from Mobile Star, showing that Mobile Star is brazenly continuing to sell counterfeit Apple products even after learning that Apple was on to it.

Apple is seeking damages of up to $150,000 for each registered copyright infringed, in addition to damages of up to $2 million per trademark infringed. Apple has demanded a jury trial in the case, titled Apple Inc. v. Mobile Star LLC, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

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Porn sites blocked California users today to protest proposed law

Several porn websites have a new tactic to alert their electorate living in California: Blocking them. On the ballot next month is proposition 60, which would require adult performers to use condoms for all videos made in the state. If they don’t, th…

Apple Set to Battle Class Action Lawsuit Over Labor Code Violations Starting Tomorrow

A class action lawsuit filed by four former Apple retail employees over alleged California Labor Code violations commences tomorrow in San Diego Superior Court.

A civil jury trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. local time in a courtroo…

Original PS3 owners can file claims in the 'Other OS' lawsuit

After more than six years, Sony agreed to pay out millions to settle the class-action lawsuit surrounding its removal of the “install other OS” feature from the PS3 in 2010. Now owners of the original version of that console can file claims. A settle…

Theranos faces lawsuit from a major investor

When Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes announced that the company was shifting its focus, she said her team is lucky to have investors who believe in its mission. But there’s at least one major investor who doesn’t, and it has already sued the contro…

Three Law Firms Join Lawsuit Against Apple Over iPhone 6 'Touch Disease'

Three additional law firms have joined a class action lawsuit against Apple over an alleged defect that causes iPhone 6 Plus touchscreens to become unresponsive and fail.

Back in August, reports began appearing from iPhone 6 owners describing an apparently latent manufacturing issue that causes a flickering bar to appear at the top of the screen and the display to become unresponsive or less responsive to touch.

A week later, three iPhone 6 owners filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court of Northern California after their devices presented symptoms of the problem – dubbed “touch disease” by repair website iFixit – which Apple has yet to publicly acknowledge.

Yesterday, Motherboard reported that lawyers who filed the class action complaint earlier this fall have now signed on three additional law firms to support their case, while an additional class action lawsuit related to the issue has been filed against Apple in Utah.

Richard McCune, an attorney in the California case, said he has been contacted by 10,000 people asking to join the suit, which accuses Apple of violating the state’s consumer fraud statutes, negligent misrepresentation, breach of implied warranty, unjust enrichment, and other consumer act violations.

The “touch disease” flaw is thought to be caused by the touchscreen controller chips soldered to the iPhone’s logic board losing contact after a period of normal usage, because of Apple’s failure to incorporate a metal shield. So far, Apple has refused to repair the out-of-warranty iPhones without charge when the defect manifests. Worse, replacement refurbished handsets costing owners $329 have reportedly shown symptoms of the same problem within days or weeks of being issued.

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Repair experts believe it is due to a fundamental issue with the design of the iPhone 6 that was fixed for the iPhone 6S. Motherboard also claims five separate current and former Apple Geniuses have confirmed that Apple is aware of the problem but will not tell customers about it.

However, Apple’s filed response to the most recent Utah complaint appears at least to signal an awareness of the issue and the company’s lawyers have requested an “extension of time to respond to the Complaint” and asked that the Utah and California cases be combined into one.

Given the similarity between the [Utah] and [California] actions, it would unnecessarily tax judicial resources if these actions were to proceed in separate class action lawsuits—especially where the [Utah] and [California] Plaintiffs purport to represent the same putative class of all consumers who purchased an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.

On Friday, McCune filed an updated lawsuit against Apple that includes several new plaintiffs and adds three separate law firms to the legal battle. “Each of the firms (who had their own clients) brings strength to the case, including Stephen Larson of Larson O’Brien, who is a former Federal Judge,” McCune told Motherboard. “With these firms working with us, we believe it gives us the best chance of obtaining a positive result in the case for the owners of the phones.”

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