Kim Dotcom, the founder of file-sharing site Megaupload, can't seem to catch a break lately. According to this TorrentFreak report, Dotcom faces deportation from New Zealand because he didn't disclose a speeding ticket. That's right. While the U.S. Justice Department has had a hard time extraditing Dotcom to the states to face a number of charges related to alleged piracy and copyright infringement activities, it looks like a clerical error on Dotcom's part might undo his citizenship in the country.
Yesterday mobile and broadband provider AT&T filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) concerning its February decision to reclassify broadband and mobile providers as "common carriers" under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. Ars Technica reports that other cable operators like Comcast and Verizon have indicated that they don't plan to sue the FCC - instead referring the publication to a trade group.
Rights groups Amnesty International, Liberty and Privacy International, and others have announced that it will take its fight against security agencies such as GCHQ in the United Kingdom conducting mass surveillance and data collection on British citizens to Europe's highest court.
A Sacramento County, California judge has ruled that California’s open-records statute in the constitution does not exclude the California legislature, potentially opening up a Pandora's Box of new information about embattled law makers such as Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) and Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), according to the Sacremento Bee.
The MPAA and the RIAA will have to wait a bit longer to have their day in court with Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, according to TorrentFreak. A Federal judge has granted the embattled Dotcom an extended delay on the start of the civil case(s) until October of this year.
According to the Providence Journal, Oracle has agreed to pay the state of Rhode Island $30,000 in a settlement related to Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's bankrupted game development company 38 Studios. The settlement was part of a lawsuit to get back money paid to vendors by 38 Studios and to put that money in the hands of the state of Rhode Island.
A U.S. District Court Judge in San Francisco has ruled that a lawsuit against social game maker Zynga concerning its December 2011 initial public offering can proceed, Reuters reports. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White ruled that shareholders alleging that Zynga defrauded them "before and after" its Dec. 2011 IPO could proceed with their lawsuit. An earlier version of the lawsuit was tossed out by the same judge 13 months ago.
It was inevitable that telecoms would sue the Federal Communications Commission in federal court over the reclassification of mobile and broadband service providers as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, but two entities have decided to get a head start on it this week. In separate filings in different District courts USTelecom and Texas-based service provider Alamo Broadband have asked that the new net neutrality rules be put aside.
Blizzard Entertainment has filed a complaint against DOTA Legend, a popular Chinese mobile game that topped the charts in China and Taiwan throughout 2014, with authorities in Taiwan. The game, which translates to "Turret Legend," is published in China and Taiwan by Longtu. The company said that it has filed a formal complaint with the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office alleging that DOTA Legend infringes upon game characters and scenes from its popular MMORPG World of Warcraft and the Warcraft game universe.
Last week we reported that Sword and Tower developer Lilith Games (also known in Shanghai as Lilith Technology) filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against game developer uCool of Menlo Park, California, claiming that the company's mobile game Heroes Charge violates its copyrights. Today we have learned of some further proof that could lend some credibility to Lilith Games' case.
Sword and Tower game-maker Lilith Games (also known in Shanghai as Lilith Technology) is suing game developer uCool of Menlo Park, California in federal court, claiming that the company's mobile game Heroes Charge violates its copyrights. Court documents for the case were not available as of this writing. The civil case was filed in the California Northern District Court and seeks a jury trial. The case (Lilith Games Co. Ltd. v. uCool, Inc. et al) has been assigned to District Court Judge Donna M. Ryu.
N.C.A.A. lawyers were at the San Francisco federal appeals court on Tuesday seeking to overturn Judge Claudia Wilken's decision last summer that said college athletes could be paid. Last August Judge Wilken ruled in O’Bannon v. NCAA that the collegiate sports organization violated antitrust laws by prohibiting athletes from profiting from their names and images in TV broadcasts and in sports video games made by Electronic Arts.
It turns out that you can go home - and even after you sue dear old mom and dad, apparently. It looks like former Call of Duty lead designer Todd Alderman has returned to Activision's Infinity Ward studio. You may recall that Alderman was one of 38 members of the "Infinity Ward Employee Group" who sued Activision in early 2010 for $75 - $125 million for unpaid bonuses the group claimed it was owed for work on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
Acceleration Bay LLC has sued Activision Blizzard Inc. claiming that two of the company's biggest franchises violate six of the patents it holds (Civil Action No. 1:15-cv-00228-UNA). We do not have access to the filings or exhibits as of this writing. Acceleration Bay appears to a patent holding company and does not produce any products or services with these patents, according to what we found on its web site. Activision Blizzard has not issued a public statement about the case.
A lawsuit that revolves around the words, "suspicious male in possession of flight simulator game" has been given the greenlight by a federal judge in San Francisco. The lawsuit has to do with the National Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (NSI), which encourages local law enforcement agencies to provide informational reports to the federal government on individuals who are engaged "in suspicious behavior" - flags that an individual may be someone to watch - as part of some terrorism plot or related organizing activity. The case, Gill et al. v.
The attorney representing suspended California state senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) is trying to delay his federal trial for political corruption and racketeering charges. In papers filed with the court on Tuesday, Yee's attorney James Lassart notified U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer that he will seek to push a scheduled June trial to sometime in mid-August.
Lassart told the court in his filing on Tuesday that he needs more time because he's about to start another trial that will keep him busy during much of the spring months.
Former California State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) pleaded not guilty in federal court in San Francisco on Thursday to a revised indictment which included two new charges. The revised indictment adds two money-laundering conspiracy counts to the existing charges of corruption and plotting to smuggle weapons from the Philippines to an organized crime figure (who was actually someone from the FBI). The 66-year-old Yee now faces a total of 13 counts.
Former California state Senator and long-time video game critic Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) is facing a raft of new charges from the federal government, according to this LA Times report. According to the LA Times a second indictment issued by a federal grand jury adds a number of new charges.
Former State Senator Leland Yee is getting a bit of unwanted attention this week as news reports surface that he is using the money he raised for his run at California Secretary of State last year (he ultimately dropped out of that race) as a legal defense fund. According to a report in the LA Times, Yee has spent $128,000 on attorney's fees from his campaign war chest to defend himself on federal corruption charges.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Organization for Transformative Works have jointly filed an amicus brief in Davis v. Electronic Arts currently before the Ninth Circuit court. In its brief the EFF says that "bad facts are making bad law," referring to several court rulings related to celebrities using lawsuits about "rights to publicity" against creative works to trump free speech.
Former Rhode Island Secretary of State Ralph Mollis may be rethinking his decision in 2014 to go hard after 38 Studios attorney Michael Corso for lobbying state lawmakers (prior to the approval of a $75 million loan in 2010) without registering with his office. Mollis filed a petition with the Superior Court trying to involve it in the case.
According to this Joystiq report, a company named White Knuckle filed a lawsuit last week against Electronic Arts claiming that the company's sports titles infringe on U.S. Pat. No. 8,529,350, a software method patent that relates to recording "real-world parameters, then storing those elements on a server so players can download to update their games." The patent was approved by the USPTO in October 2002.
A federal class action suit has been filed against Apple claiming that the company falsely advertises its iOS 8 operating system because it fails to disclose that it uses up a good amount of the storage space on iPhones, iPads and iPods.
Lead plaintiff Paul Orshan claims that Apple touted its latest mobile operating system is "the biggest iOS release ever," but "fail(ed) to disclose to consumers that as much as 23.1 percent of the advertised storage capacity of the devices will be consumed by iOS 8 and unavailable for consumers."
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan says that she still isn't sure if she made the right decision in Brown v. EMA, which brought the law sponsored by California State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) before the highest court in the land. Ultimately the court sided with the video games industry and free speech advocates, saying that video games are protected speech under the First Amendment.
Nintendo announced that it has won an appeal at the International Trade Commission related to patent infringement claims made by Creative Kingdoms. The company alleged that Nintendo's Wii and Wii U systems violated several of its patents. an earlier ruling by the ITC side with Nintendo, but the company appealed that decision. This week the ITC reaffirmed its earlier decision, noting that Creative Kingdoms’ patents are invalid and should not have been issued because Creative Kingdoms tried to claim more than the company invented.
According to this TorrentFreak story, the settlement that the Motion Picture Association of America made with file-sharing site Hotfile was a lot less than the $80 million figure thrown around in public. According to the report, Hotfile ultimately paid $4 million dollars and the site was eventually shut down.
Nintendo has won another patent case in a federal court in Seattle, the company announced this week. District Court Judge Robert S. Lasnik found that Nintendo’s Wii system does not infringe on two patents held by UltimatePointer, LLC. Judge Lasnik also found a number of UltimatePointer’s claims invalid, and decided that a trial was not warranted. Judge Lasnik’s decision is in line with a similar decision earlier in the case by Chief Judge Leonard Davis of the Eastern District of Texas, which occurred before the case was transferred to Seattle.