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Viacom-YouTube Secrets To Be Exposed In Lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO – (AP) A legal tussle pitting media conglomerate Viacom Inc. against online video leader YouTube is about to get dirtier as a federal judge prepares to release documents that will expose their secrets and other confidential information. The information expected to be unsealed...

Class Action Suit Against Google Inc. Alleges Privacy Violations

NEWTON, Mass. - Carp Law Offices LLC, on behalf of Galaxy Internet Services Inc. and its wireless customers and WiFi users in Massachusetts, on May 25 filed a class action lawsuit against Google Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts ( Galaxy Internet Services Inc., et...

Chinese Court Hears Novelist's Google Lawsuit

BEIJING - (AP) A Chinese novelist's lawsuit against Google over its online library is going ahead in court after settlement talks failed. Mian Mian, known for lurid tales of sex, drugs and nightlife, filed suit in October after her latest book, "Acid House," was scanned into the library...

Pedestrian Sues Google Over Utah Directions

PARK CITY, Utah - (AP) A woman who says she relied on Google for walking directions in Utah that got her hit on a major roadway has filed a lawsuit against the Internet company claiming it supplied unsafe directions. Lauren Rosenberg filed the $100,000 lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Utah...

Judge Hands Google Victory In $1B Viacom Lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) A federal judge handed Google Inc. a major victory Wednesday by rebuffing media company Viacom Inc.'s attempt to collect more than $1 billion in damages for the alleged copyright abuses of Google's popular YouTube service. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton...

California Court Clears Way For Google Age Bias Trial

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) The California Supreme Court says a former Google Inc. manager can sue the search engine on claims he was fired because of his age. The court ruled Thursday that Brian Reid's discrimination suit could go to trial. . . . Full version available to lexis.com subscribers .

Oracle Sues Google For Patent Infringement

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. - (AP) Oracle Corp. said Thursday it has filed a patent and copyright-infringement lawsuit against Google Inc. Oracle said in a statement that Google's Android system for mobile phones infringes on its patented Java technology. Google spokesman Andrew Pederson said the company...

Google Sues Interior Department Over E-Mail Bid Request

LOS ANGELES - (AP) Google is suing the U.S. Department of the Interior over a request for bids for a new e-mail and messaging solution it says favors rival Microsoft. The search giant filed the suit with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims on Friday. Full version available to lexis.com subscribers .

EU Launches Antitrust Probe Into Google

BRUSSELS - (AP) European Union regulators will investigate whether Google Inc. has abused its dominant position in the online search market by deliberately lowering links to smaller rivals' sites in its search results. The European Commission's move, announced Tuesday, is the first formal investigation...

Google Vows Quicker, Tougher Copyright Enforcement

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) Google Inc. is promising to do a better job of weeding out copyright violations on the Internet. As part of a crackdown announced Thursday, the Internet search leader said it will respond to complaints about pirated material posted on its YouTube video site and other services within...

New York City Judge Rejects Google Book Settlement

NEW YORK - (AP) Saying Google Inc. had overstretched, a federal judge on Tuesday rejected a deal between the giant search engine and lawyers for authors and publishers that would have let the company make money presiding over the world's largest digital library. U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin in Manhattan...

Microsoft Aims At Android With E-Reader Lawsuit

SEATTLE - (AP) Microsoft Corp. broadened its attack on Google Inc.'s Android software, filing patent infringement lawsuits Monday against Barnes & Noble Inc. and two manufacturers over the Android-based Nook e-reader. In the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Microsoft said it...

Settlement Rejected In Google Library Project Copyright Case

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) A federal judge on March 22 refused to endorse a proposed settlement of copyright infringement allegations surrounding the Google Library Project (GLP) ( Authors Guild, et al. v. Google Inc. , No. 05-Civ-8136, S.D. N.Y.). According to Circuit Judge Denny Chin, who continues...

Judge Echoes Google Critics In Digital Book Ruling

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) As Google Inc. evolved from being an endearing startup to an Internet empire, the company has become used to critics depicting it as a copyright scofflaw and pushy monopolist. It's different when the unflattering portrait is being drawn by a federal judge. This week's ruling...

Google Unveils Smartphone Pay Service, PayPal Sues

NEW YORK - (AP) Google Inc. hopes to nudge consumers and merchants into a world where the smartphone has replaced the wallet as the container for credit cards, coupons and receipts. While it tackles that challenge, Google also will have to spar with the biggest online payment service, eBay Inc.'s...

French Internet Company Seeks $419 Million From Google

PARIS - (AP) Google faces a new, multimillion-dollar challenge in Europe after a French Internet company filed a lawsuit Tuesday saying the search engine giant unfairly squeezed out competitors in France. The company, 1plusV, says it is mounting the largest single claim of its kind in Europe against...

The 'Googling Juror' Has Emerged As 'Massive Concern' In Courts

By William A. Ruskin In an on-line article titled, " Rely on Instructions to Curb the Socially Networked Juror " (3/19/12), Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm writes that "the 'Googling Juror' has emerged as a massive concern in the courts with plenty of stories on the process being thrown...

Jury Says Google Infringed, But It Can't Agree On Fair Use

SAN FRANCISCO - (Mealey's) After five full days of deliberation, federal jurors in California issued a partial verdict on May 7 in the closely watched copyright dispute over defendant Google Inc.'s Android software platform ( Oracle America Inc. v. Google Inc. , No. 10-3561, N.D. Calif.). ...

Jury Finds For Google On Oracle Patent Claims In California Federal Court

SAN FRANCSICO - (Mealey's) After seven days of deliberation, a California federal jury on May 23 acquitted Google Inc. of patent infringement claims levied by Oracle America Inc. ( Oracle America Inc. v. Google Inc. , No. 10-3561, N.D. Calif.). ( Verdict. Document #16-120604-007V .) A Google...

Peter S. Vogel: No Surprise - U.S. Supreme Court Relies on Google

By Peter S. Vogel A law professor concluded that Justices on the Supreme Court regularly use Google since apparently Opinions issued by the Supreme Court cite facts never offered by the lawyers' briefs. Professor Allison Orr Larsen (William & Mary Law School) studied 15 years of Supreme Court...

AbbeySpanier LLP: Email Privacy Rights Upheld Against Google

A district court in California joined a growing number of other courts in finding that Google may not hide behind the “ordinary course of business” exception found in the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”), 18 U.S.C. §§ 2510, et seq. , to scan its users’...

9th Circuit Denies Copyright Protection To Actress Tricked Into Video Blaspheming The Prophet Mohammed

In an opinion issued on May 18, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has upheld a federal district court’s denial of an actress’s motion for a preliminary injunction that would have required Google to remove the film “Innocence of Muslims ” from Youtube. The...

Google Smart Pricing Not Adding Up

An Arkansas attorney sued Google for allegedly misrepresenting its AdWords advertising program. On September 28, 2017, federal district judge Edward Davila of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued a ruling granting in part and denying in part Google’s motion...