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Google, Facebook Face Big GDPR Headache — $8.8 Billion In Lawsuits

Google and Facebook hit with $8.8 billion lawsuit within one day of GDPR enforcement. The new data protection and privacy law for individuals within the European Union came into effect on Friday, May 25, 2018.

Legal May 28, 2018

FCC Fines Florida Man $120M For Spoofed Robocalls

The FCC issued its largest fine in history on Thursday, May 10, against a Florida-based man. The individual, identified as Adrian Abramovich, has been charged with making nearly 100 million spoofed robocalls in just three months.

Legal May 11, 2018

Did Dish Telemarketers Call You? You Might Be Owed Up To $1,200

A lawsuit against Dish Network confirmed that eligible individuals can collect $1,200 per call compensation. This is part of the $61 million awarded to people who were on the Do Not Call Registry but still contacted by the company's telemarketers.

Legal May 8, 2018

Amazon UK Employees Reportedly Peed In Bottles So They Wouldn't Get Fired For Taking Bathroom Breaks

An undercover author who infiltrated an Amazon warehouse has claimed that its workers pee in bottles for fear of getting penalized over bathroom breaks. Amazon, meanwhile, refuted the claims.

Legal April 18, 2018

T-Mobile Used 'False Ringtones' To Trick Customers Into Thinking Their Rural Calls Were Going Through

The court finally ordered T-Mobile to pay a fine of $40 million to the U.S. Treasury after it had found the company guilty. Consumers complained to the FCC about the network's actions that tricked rural subscribers with 'false ringtones' to simulate call completion.

Legal April 18, 2018

'Void If Removed' Warranty Stickers Are Illegal, Warns The FTC: 6 Major Companies Get Warnings

The Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on companies that condition the warranty coverage to use specific parts or services. The FTC warned six major companies to stop such practices because they're illegal.

Legal April 12, 2018

Google Sued Over Firing Software Developer For Speaking About Diversity And Harassment

A former Google employee sued the company for firing him back in November 2017 for making pro-diversity posts. Google, on its part, says it's just trying to eliminate harmful stereotypes.

Legal February 22, 2018

How Top Uber Lawyer Tony West And CEO Dara Khosrowshahi Convinced Waymo To Accept $250 Million Settlement

The nasty legal fight between Uber and Waymo over self-driving technology has officially come to a close, with Uber settling for $245 million. How did that happen?

Legal February 11, 2018

EU Slaps Qualcomm With $1.23B Fine Over Anticompetitive Deal With Apple

The European Commission fined Qualcomm €997 million or $1.23 billion over antitrust violations that hurt competition and innovation. The Commission says that between 2011 and 2016, Qualcomm paid Apple to be the exclusive supplier of LTE chips for iPhones.

Legal January 26, 2018

Major Music Publisher Files $1.6 Billion Lawsuit Against Spotify Ahead Of The Streaming Service Going Public

Wixen Music Publishing filed a lawsuit against Spotify, seeking $1.6 billion in damages. The legal action is bad news for the music streaming service, which is going public this year at a value of as high as $20 billion.

Legal January 3, 2018

Sex Trafficking Sting Finds Microsoft, Amazon Workers As Clients

A sex trafficking sting made interesting reveals including the fact that employees from Microsoft, Amazon, and other tech companies used their work emails to buy prostitution services. The companies say it's against their policies.

Legal December 26, 2017

Uber Classified As Transport Service In Europe: Why Is This Bad For The Company?

The Court of Justice of the European Union just issued its final verdict in a multi-year case, classifying Uber as a transport service. This means that Uber has to comply with tighter transport regulations in the EU Member States.

Legal December 20, 2017

Ex-Employee Accuses Uber Of Data Scraping, Wiretapping, And Physical Surveillance To Gain Competitive Advantage

The court received new evidence that revealed some of Uber's unlawful activities. Another ongoing investigation plans to use the evidence for the company's lawsuit with Waymo.

Legal December 16, 2017

Former Volkswagen Manager Gets Maximum Prison Sentence And Fine For 'Dieselgate' Emissions Fraud

Former Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt got seven years in prison and a $400,000 fine for his role in the 'Dieselgate' emissions fraud. The executive had made a plea deal back in August and this was the maximum sentence under plea.

Legal December 7, 2017

Mozilla And Oath Headed To Court Over Firefox Default Search Engine Switch From Yahoo To Google

Mozilla decided to walk away from a contract with Yahoo and switch the Firefox default search engine to Google. The move triggered a lawsuit from Oath, which now includes Yahoo, with Mozilla firing back with a complaint of its own.

Legal December 6, 2017

Uber Allegedly Had A Team Dedicated To Stealing Trade Secrets; Waymo Trial Delayed

A former staffer claimed that Uber had a team dedicated to stealing trade secrets, with employees using a messaging system that left no paper trail. U.S. District Judge William Alsup then indefinitely postponed the trial between Uber and Alphabet's Waymo.

Legal November 29, 2017

Epic Games Sued A 14-Year-Old Over 'Fortnite' Cheating: Teen's Mom Strikes Back

Epic Games sued a 14-year-old minor for cheating in video game 'Fortnite,' but the teen's mother is fighting back. She said her son is being used as a 'scapegoat,' and highlights that the game developer violated state laws.

Legal November 28, 2017

Uber Revealed Massive Hack To SoftBank First Before Going Public, Because $10 Billion

SoftBank conducted a due diligence investigation before pouring billions of dollars in Uber, and secrets came out. Uber told SoftBank about its 2016 data breach before disclosing it to consumers and regulators.

Legal November 25, 2017

FTC Now ‘Closely Evaluating’ Massive Uber Data Breach, European Regulators Are On It, Too

It appears investigations are now being prompted after Uber’s shocking data breach revelation. In 2016, 57 million Uber accounts were put at risk, and the company paid hackers ransom money to keep quiet about the incident.

Legal November 24, 2017

Law Enforcers Serve Apple Search Warrant For Texas Gunman’s iPhone: It’s Apple vs FBI All Over Again

Apple has been served a warrant to unlock the phone that belonged to a shooter responsible for killing 26 people in Texas. But like its tussle with the FBI over the San Bernardino case, Apple may not relent.

Legal November 20, 2017

Apple Faces Patent Infringement Suit Over iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus Dual-Lens Cameras From Israel Start-up Corephotonics

Apple is being hit with a patent infringement suit by Israeli start-up Corephotonics. According to the lawsuit, the cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus infringe on four patents.

Legal November 8, 2017

Qualcomm Sues Apple For Allegedly Giving Intel ‘Unprecedented Access’ To Proprietary Chip Tech

Apple and Qualcomm are fighting again, but their war never really stopped in the first place. Qualcomm is now accusing Apple of breaching its contract and allowing an Intel engineer to see the chipmaker’s proprietary technology.

Legal November 4, 2017

Essential Sued Over Allegedly Stealing Another Company’s Wireless Connector Tech

Keyssa is suing Android cofounder Andy Rubin’s company Essential for allegedly stealing trade secrets. The Essential Phone, the lawsuit claims, uses a wireless chip based on Keyssa’s original design.

Legal October 17, 2017

Change Is Coming To Uber: Travis Kalanick Gets Reduced Power, SoftBank Deal Moves Forward

Uber is about to get a significant investment from SoftBank, but it had to approve drastic changes to make that happen. For starters, one share now only equals one vote, meaning Travis Kalanick will have less power over the board.

Legal October 4, 2017

It's Over For Uber In London: City Declares Ride-Hailing Service Not Fit And Proper

Uber can add London to the cities it’s no longer welcome in. Transport for London has declined to renew Uber’s license to operate in the city, leaving the ride-hailing company with 21 days to appeal.

Legal September 22, 2017

Waymo Wants Uber To Pay $2.6 Billion For Allegedly Stealing One Trade Secret

Alphabet’s Waymo is asking Uber to pay $2.6 billion in damages for a trade secret it claims one former Uber executive stole. The trial date for the high-stakes legal battle is set on Oct. 10.

Legal September 21, 2017

Waymo vs Uber: Alphabet Pushes To Postpone Legal Battle Over Self-Driving Car Secrets

After acquiring the 'due diligence' report from Uber, Alphabet is now asking to postpone the trial scheduled in October, saying it needs 'additional time to pursue this mountain of new evidence.'

Legal September 18, 2017

Uber In Trouble Again: FBI Investigating 'Hell' Software That Was Used To Spy On Lyft Drivers

The FBI has launched an investigation into whether the Hell program of Uber, which it used to spy on Lyft drivers, illegally interfered with its rival's business. New Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has rough times ahead.

Legal September 9, 2017

Uber Picks Up Its New CEO, But Also A New Scandal: US Department Of Justice Now Investigating Alleged Bribery Practices

Uber has finally decided on Dara Khosrowshahi as its new leader. Should he accept the job, his first new scandal is the company’s alleged bribery practices in other countries.

Legal August 30, 2017

Samsung Heir Apparent Jay Y. Lee Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison For Bribery: Is This The End For Samsung?

Samsung heir apparent and de facto leader Jay Y. Lee has been sentenced to five years in prison. What does this mean for South Korea, and does this mean the end of Samsung?

Legal August 26, 2017

Lawsuit Claims Nestle's Poland Spring Bottled Water Is Common Groundwater

A legal complaint filed in Federal court alleges that Nestlé is committing fraud. Plaintiffs argue that Poland Spring bottled water does not meet FDA regulations.

Legal August 20, 2017

Atari Sues Nestlé For Blatantly Copying Its ‘Breakout’ Game In Kitkat Ad

Atari filed a lawsuit against Nestlé for its ‘Breakout’ clone in a 2016 KitKat commercial aired in the UK. Nestlé said it will defend itself.

Legal August 19, 2017

Waymo vs. Uber: Anthony Levandowski Reveals Why He Stole The Files, But The Judge Doesn’t Buy It

Waymo’s case against Uber has now taken to a turn favor of the Google-owned company. The judge has ruled that Uber can’t present what Anthony Levandowski claims is the reason why he downloaded Google’s files for self-driving technology.

Legal August 19, 2017

Uber On Tight Leash, Required To Go Through Data Privacy Audits For The Next 20 Years

Uber has been placed on a tight leash by the FTC, as the ride-hailing service agreed to a settlement over various charges. One of the requirements is for Uber to go through data privacy audits for the next 20 years.

Legal August 16, 2017

Amid Fraud Lawsuit Against Travis Kalanick, Some Uber Investors Retaliate By Asking Benchmark To Vacate Its Board Seat

A group of Uber shareholders has now called to relieve Benchmark of its board seat and appointment rights after it sued former CEO Travis Kalanick for fraud. This is the latest in Uber’s much-covered internal turmoil.

Legal August 12, 2017

Things At Uber Just Got Worse: Benchmark Is Now Suing Former CEO Travis Kalanick For Fraud

Benchmark has filed a lawsuit against Uber’s former CEO, Travis Kalanick, for several instances of fraudulent behavior. It alleges that Kalanick is doing everything just to gain back his position.

Legal August 11, 2017

Lawsuit Claiming Apple Intentionally ‘Broke’ FaceTime On Older iPhones Can Proceed, Judge Says

A U.S. District Court Judge has ruled that Apple can’t dismiss a lawsuit claiming it intentionally disabled FaceTime on iOS 6. The plaintiffs claim Apple violated California's Unfair Competition Law.

Legal August 1, 2017

Apple vs Qualcomm Lawsuit Intensifies: Four Major iPhone Suppliers Join The Fight

Four major iPhone suppliers have filed counter claims against Qualcomm, further intensifying the legal battle between the chip maker and Apple. The suppliers allege that Qualcomm is trying to force them to pay excessive licensing fees.

Legal July 20, 2017

Amazon Could Be Facing Anti-Trust Hearing Over Whole Foods Deal

Amazon's deal with Whole Foods could be in trouble. David Cicilline from the House of Representatives antitrust subcommittee has called for a hearing.

Legal July 15, 2017

Waymo vs Uber Legal Battle Sees 3 Out Of 4 Patent Claims Against Ride-Hailing Company Dropped

Google’s self-driving unit, Waymo, has dropped three of its patent infringement claims against Uber. The move comes as the latest development in Uber and Waymo’s high-stakes dispute over autonomous car technology.

Legal July 8, 2017

Investors Had No Problem Trusting ‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli, Trial Shows

In the ongoing Martin Shkreli trial over securities fraud, a pharma executive's daughter has testified that she felt 'betrayed' by Shkreli over difficulties getting her investment back. Learn more about the case against 'Pharma Bro.'

Legal June 30, 2017

EU Slaps Google With Record $2.7 Billion Fine For Manipulating Search Results

The European Union has slapped Google with a record-breaking fine of $2.7 billion for skewing search results in its favor, hurting rivals. Google has 90 days to change its ways, or else.

Legal June 27, 2017

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Knew Self-Driving Car Chief Stole Google Secrets, Says Waymo

As the Uber-Waymo lawsuit keeps unraveling, a new court filing claims that former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick knew about the information stolen from Google. Kalanick reportedly became aware of the matter last year.

Legal June 23, 2017

Rape Victim Sues Uber For Obtaining And Sharing Her Medical Records

An Indian woman filed rape and won against an Uber driver in India in 2014. Now, she has alleged that the company, its three executives including CEO Travis Kalanick in particular, obtained her medical records illegally to discredit her.

Legal June 16, 2017

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Leave Of Absence Under Discussion

Travis Kalanick, Uber’s CEO, might be asked to take some time off following the results of an independent investigation by former attorney general Eric Holder. That report allegedly paints an ugly portrait of Uber’s workplace culture.

Legal June 12, 2017

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