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Chinese Drug Company, CEO Plead Guilty To Selling Illegal Drug, Pay $7.5M

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - (Mealey's) A Chinese pharmaceutical company and its chief executive officer on Oct. 6 pleaded guilty in absentia to federal criminal charges of illegally distributing unapproved human growth hormone and will pay $7.5 million in forfeiture and a community service contribution (...

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...

WikiLeaks' Payment Processor To Sue Credit Card Companies

LONDON - (AP) WikiLeaks' payment processor said Thursday that it was preparing to sue credit card companies Visa and MasterCard over their refusal to process donations to the secret-spilling website. Andreas Fink, the CEO of Iceland's DataCell ehf, told The Associated Press that he would seek...

Greenberg Traurig Expands Los Angeles Office With IP Attorney Joseph Geisman

SANTA MONICA, Calif. - The international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP has announced that Joseph Geisman has joined its Intellectual Property and Technology Practice as of counsel in the firm's Los Angeles office. Before joining Greenberg Traurig, Geisman served as intellectual property counsel...

Marketing Medical and Consumer Products in Social Media

The Internet is now one of the most popular ways Americans obtain information on medical and consumer products. The emergence and growth of social media have changed traditional notions of what is regulated, who is responsible for product-related messaging, how reporting and regulatory obligations are...

N.Y. Attorney General Sues Online Tobacco Sites

MINEOLA, N.Y. - (AP) Six website operators are violating a state law that bans the online sale of tobacco to customers in New York, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Thursday. Schneiderman said lawsuits were filed a day earlier in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, seeking $5,000 in fines for each...

Copyright Lawsuits Filed Over Airport Pat-Down Photo

DENVER - (AP) A law firm that targets the unauthorized use of news content on the Internet has filed 32 lawsuits in federal court in Colorado seeking to stop the use of a Denver Post photograph showing an airport pat-down. The lawsuits are being closely watched by news companies struggling to protect...

Marlboro Maker Altria Sues China-Based Websites

RICHMOND, Va. - (AP) Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc. said Wednesday it is suing seven Chinese online retailers, alleging they sold counterfeit versions of its top-selling cigarette brands to customers in the U.S. The owner of the nation's largest tobacco company, Philip Morris USA, said this is...

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...

New York Court: Keep Internet Copyright Disputes At Home

ALBANY, N.Y. - (AP) New York's top court ruled Thursday that publishers should file Internet copyright infringement lawsuits in courts where their businesses are located, even if alleged copyright violations occurred elsewhere. The Court of Appeals said this differs from traditional cases because...

Court Dismisses Challenges To FCC Internet Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) A federal appeals court has dismissed two legal challenges to new Federal Communications Commission regulations that prohibit phone and cable companies from interfering with Internet traffic on their broadband networks. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on...

'Girls Gone Wild' Defamation Lawsuit Involving Spitzer Call Girl Nets $3 Million

Kids these days. The use of fake IDs by teens is nothing new, but when that ID contains the name of a real person, and the imposter goes on to do naughty things while posing as someone else, the law of defamation can come into play. And if you're inclined to post a YouTube video of that identity...

New York Man Adds E-Mails To Facebook Ownership Lawsuit

BUFFALO, N.Y. - (AP) A New York man who claims he struck a deal with Mark Zuckerberg in 2003 that entitles him to half of Facebook Inc. has included in a new court filing e-mails he said he exchanged with the Facebook founder. In his federal court complaint, Paul Ceglia of Wellsville said. . . . Full...

Lawsuit: Homeless Get $50 To Be Beaten By Women On Video

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - (AP) A video company paid homeless men $50 to be filmed while scantily clad women punched, kicked and whipped them, according to a lawsuit filed this month in a Florida court. Lawyers for two homeless men said the website www.shefights.net sells videos on the internet of the so...

New York City Sues Over Internet Sales Of Tax-Free Cigarettes

NEW YORK - (AP) New Yorkers hoping to avoid the nation's highest cigarette taxes have long turned to the Internet as a source for cheap smokes, but few bought as often, or as much, as Roza Budansky, according to city officials. Over a three-year period, the 64-year-old purchased nearly $1 million...

New Jersey Suburb Sued Over Denial Of Mosque Proposal

NEWARK, N.J. - (AP) An Islamic group has sued a suburban town it says engaged in religious discrimination by abruptly changing zoning regulations to prevent the opening of a mosque. Members of the Al Falah Center and local residents filed suit Tuesday in federal court in Trenton against Bridgewater Township's...

Twitter Feed Lawsuit Underscores Power Of A Tweet

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) When Adorian Deck was home sick from high school, he entertained himself like countless other teenagers have in recent years: He started a Twitter account. Unlike other teenagers, Deck's account became a sensation. Deck, under the handle (at)OMGFacts, tweeted random bits of celebrity...

Federal Judge Rules Copyright Enforcer Can't Sue

LAS VEGAS - (AP) A federal judge in Nevada says a Las Vegas law firm targeting unauthorized content on the Internet cannot sue others over a news company's copyrights. The Las Vegas Sun reported Tuesday the dismissal of a lawsuit by copyright enforcer Righthaven LLC against the website Democratic...

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...

Miller Barondess Adds Leading Internet Attorney Erik Syverson

LOS ANGELES - Miller Barondess has added a new partner, Erik Syverson, expanding the Century City litigation boutique by adding an Internet and technology law practice. Syverson is a trial lawyer specializing in Internet and e-commerce related issues. Syverson is one of America's leading internet...

Juror Misconduct - Challenges For The Digital Age

The Hon. Ralph Artigliere (ret.), a recognized expert in civil litigation, has recently published an article in the Drake University Law School Law Review entitled Disconnecting Jurors From the Internet During Trial , 59 Drake L. Rev. 621. The article was published for the Eighth Annual American Judicature...

Antitrust Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Major League Baseball Over Live Game Videos

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) Four baseball fans filed a putative class action in federal court in New York on May 9 against Major League Baseball Enterprises Inc. (MLB), several MLB member clubs and several cable and Internet providers, alleging that live-game video offerings violate antitrust laws ( Fernanda...

William A. Ruskin: Does Wireless Internet In Courthouse Exacerbate Lawyer Abuse?

By William A. Ruskin Yesterday, we published an article titled 'Lawyers' Use Of Internet To Influence Jurors' raising the concern that the fairness of jury trials may be jeopardized if jurors can surf the Internet and read misleading or self-serving messages by trial counsel that have...

High Court Considers Whether Conviction For Threats Requires An Intent Showing

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 1 heard oral arguments over whether a conviction for making threatening communications under 16 U.S. Code Section 875(c) requires a showing of intent to harm by the speaker ( Anthony Douglas Elonis v. United States of America ,...

E-Discovery: We Still Haven’t Found What We’re Looking For

By Steven C. Bennett [1] | E-discovery, like the computer and telecommunications economy from which it derives, has come a long way. Today, more than ever, in large case and small, “e-discovery IS discovery.” Yet, despite more than 20 years of development of the commercial internet (and...