Legal news and analysis for IT professionals, including antitrust lawsuits, and patent and trademark disputes
  • UPDATE: Google responds to search ranking suit

    Posted January 13, 2003 - 5:06 pm

    In a case that underscores the increasing importance search rankings have on business, Google Technologies Inc. is fighting to dismiss a lawsuit claiming that it purposely devalued the search rankings of online advertising network Search King Inc.
  • Judge says trade groups can't appeal ruling

    Posted January 13, 2003 - 4:09 pm

    A federal judge has denied attempts by software and technology trade groups to intervene in the U.S. government's historic antitrust settlement with Microsoft Corp.
  • California comes clean

    Posted January 13, 2003 - 1:06 pm

    Like an earthquake threatening a seismic shift, California is a state on the move. It's only been a few months since a hacker obtained the personal information of more than 200,000 state employees, but California's legislature quickly retaliated, passing Senate Bill 1386, which expands protections for personal data stored online.
  • Judge denies Microsoft bid to dismiss lawsuits

    Posted January 10, 2003 - 2:49 pm

    A federal court judge Friday denied Microsoft Corp.'s motions to dismiss the private antitrust lawsuits brought by Be Inc. and Inc.
  • First point to Lexmark in toner cartridge lawsuit

    Posted January 10, 2003 - 11:31 am

    Printer manufacturer Lexmark International Inc. scored the first point in a lawsuit against Static Control Components Inc. (SCC) Wednesday, when it won a temporary court order requiring SCC to stop making and selling a microchip used in remanufactured laser printer toner cartridges.
  • MS to ask judge to dismiss lawsuit claims

    Posted January 10, 2003 - 10:42 am

    Microsoft Corp. is scheduled to ask a federal court judge Friday to dismiss some of the claims made in private antitrust lawsuits brought by three competitors.
  • Bill would allow copying of music, movies

    Posted January 8, 2003 - 5:39 pm

    If "DVD Jon" Lech Johansen, creator of the DeCSS DVD descrambling program, had been tried in a U.S. court instead of in Norway, he may have been found in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. But a bill reintroduced in the U.S. Congress would allow consumers to defeat anticopying measures on digital content in some cases.
  • EC likely to investigate France Télécom aid

    Posted January 8, 2003 - 10:36 am

    The European Commission said Wednesday that it will decide "in a few weeks" whether to open a state aid investigation into France Télécom SA.
  • UPDATE: "DVD Jon" acquitted in Norway cracking case

    Posted January 7, 2003 - 10:36 am

    Jon Lech Johansen, also known as DVD Jon, has been acquitted of charges over his development and distribution of DeCSS, a program that can be used to break the digital copy-protection mechanism of DVDs, his attorney said Tuesday.
  • FCC may relax competition rules for local carriers

    Posted January 7, 2003 - 10:06 am

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is unlikely to recommend doing away entirely with current rules designed to create competition in the local phone service market when it reviews the rules over the next several weeks, a source close to the proceedings said Monday.
  • MS ANTITRUST: Microsoft, DOJ oppose group intervention

    Posted January 6, 2003 - 3:27 pm

    The U.S. Department of Justice and Microsoft Corp. Monday filed their opposition to an attempt by trade groups to intervene in the government's antitrust case against the software juggernaut, claiming that the groups fall short of the minimum requirements for intervention.
  • Microsoft antitrust: Consumer groups want to intervene

    Posted January 3, 2003 - 3:36 pm

    Two groups representing consumers and software developers want to intervene in the government's antitrust case against Microsoft Corp. in the hope of toughening terms of the settlement approved by a federal judge in November.
  • UPDATE: Supreme Court stays DVD ruling

    Posted January 2, 2003 - 2:22 pm

    The U.S. Supreme Court last week indicated its interest in a case involving a Texas citizen who was sued in California courts for posting software that can be used to illegally copy DVDs.
  • Dutch regulator fines mobile-phone operators

    Posted January 2, 2003 - 11:20 am

    Dutch competition officials have slapped stiff fines on five mobile phone operators for illegally agreeing to cut handset subsidies to phone retailers.
  • Judge halts domain reseller's tactics

    Posted December 31, 2002 - 10:43 am

    Internet domain name registrar Inc. last week won a preliminary injunction against a reseller of domain name registrations that it accuses of deceiving customers into transferring their registrations.
  • Mobile phone maker Sendo sues Microsoft

    Posted December 24, 2002 - 12:13 pm

    British mobile phone manufacturer Sendo Holdings PLC has filed suit against Microsoft Corp. in a U.S. federal court, alleging the company stole Sendo's proprietary technology and trade secrets, then used them to launch itself into the mobile phone market.
  • UK man pleads guilty to writing viruses

    Posted December 24, 2002 - 10:49 am

    A U.K. man pleaded guilty on Friday to charges that he wrote and distributed three Internet computer viruses from his home in Llandudno, Wales, with the intention of causing unauthorized modifications to computer systems.
  • Judge approves WorldCom, EDS settlement

    Posted December 24, 2002 - 10:30 am

    A settlement of long-term disputes over billing and an outsourcing agreement between WorldCom Inc. and Electronic Data Systems Corp. (EDS) was approved Monday by a U.S. federal bankruptcy judge.
  • Judge rules to put Java in Windows, IE

    Posted December 24, 2002 - 10:09 am

    Microsoft Corp. must distribute Java technology from Sun Microsystems Inc. in every copy of Windows and Internet Explorer that it ships, a U.S. federal judge ruled Monday.
  • MS/DOJ: Motz expected to rule on Sun injunction

    Posted December 23, 2002 - 1:10 pm

    U.S. District Judge Frederick Motz is expected to rule Monday on whether to force Microsoft Corp. to distribute, at least temporarily, Sun's own Java plug-in for Windows XP with every copy of Windows and Internet Explorer.
  • MS/DOJ: Trade groups add voice to antitrust appeal

    Posted December 23, 2002 - 10:29 am

    Two computer industry trade groups have thrown their weight, and piles of legal paper work, behind two states that continue to press Microsoft Corp. in its landmark antitrust bout with the U.S. government.
  • Via gets boost from UK court in Intel suit

    Posted December 23, 2002 - 10:06 am

    Taiwanese chipset and microprocessor vendor Via Technologies Inc. claimed a small victory in its ongoing legal struggle with Intel Corp. with a ruling by a U.K. Appeals Court that allegations of anti-competitve behavior against Intel can proceed to trial, according to a statement released by Via.
  • Seven arrested over Malaysian e-mail terrorism hoax

    Posted December 20, 2002 - 10:21 am

    Malaysian police have arrested seven people in the last three days related to a spate of e-mails sent which contained rumors of a terrorist attack in Malaysia, the Malaysian government said Friday.
  • Order in the court

    Posted December 18, 2002 - 11:42 am

    Until now online publishers have assumed that any defamation case brought against them must be brought in the legal system of their home state or nation. Publish in Sweden and be bound by the Swedish rules on defamation. This is patently absurd and would mean that any online publication that defamed someone in another country would get away scott free.
  • Jury finds ElcomSoft not guilty

    Posted December 17, 2002 - 6:19 pm

    A jury early Tuesday delivered its verdict in the closely watched trial against a Russian software company charged with violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), finding it not guilty on all counts.
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