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Legal News
19 Jan 2016
by Taylor Isaac

The California District Court for the Northern District [official website] on Monday granted [order, PDF] Apple's [official website] motion for a permanent injunction against Samsung [official website] for infringing upon three software patents [Apple Insider report]. The patents involve data detector, "slide-to-unlock," and predictive text input software on certain older … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] China passed a new anti-terrorism law [official text, in Mandarin] on Sunday which requires technology companies to provide information to the government obtained from their products and make information systems "secure and controllable." The law also restricts media organizations from reporting on terrorist activity. Critics of the law, including … [read more]


Legal News
21 Dec 2015
by Taylor Gillan

Swedish mobile telecom company Ericsson on Monday announced that it has signed a patent license agreement with Apple [corporate websites], ending a nearly year-long patent dispute. The deal will last for seven years and includes [AP report] a cross-license that incorporates patents owned by both companies. The out of court … [read more]


Legal News
5 Dec 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Samsung and Apple [corporate websites] released a joint statement [statement, PDF] Thursday with the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] saying that Samsung will pay Apple $548 million by Dec. 14 for infringing Apple's patents. Samsung also stated that it expects reimbursement if it … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Dec 2015
by Markus Rauschecker of University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Markus Rauschecker of University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law discusses the recent Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act...Over the past few years, Congress made many attempts to pass cyber threat data sharing legislation. Until this year, these prior attempts had all been unsuccessful. However, in April … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Apple [corporate website] asked [cert. petition, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday to review and overturn an appeals court ruling that the company conspired with book publishers to increase e-book prices. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit had ruled [opinion, PDF] in June … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Oct 2015
by Sallie Thieme Sanford of University of Washington
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Sallie Thieme Sanford of University of Washington School of Law discusses the decisive impact of the most recent Supreme Court ACA decision on the Marketplaces and also on state decisions regarding Medicaid expansion. She argues that the Court's decision in King v. Burwell not only averted the … [read more]


Legal News
20 Sep 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Apple asked [application, PDF] the US Supreme Court on Wednesday for extra time to appeal a decision which found the company had engaged in illegal "marketplace vigilantism" when it entered the e-book market. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled [opinion, PDF] in June that Apple … [read more]


Legal News
18 Sep 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that Apple should have received an injunction barring Samsung [corporate websites] from selling any devices that infringe on Apple's patents. The Federal Circuit panel ruled 2-1 that an injunction should have been given to … [read more]


Legal News
28 Aug 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Google filed a response Thursday to the European Commission (EC) [official website], rejecting EU antitrust charges that Google structures its search results to favor its own services over those of rivals. The EU's investigation [press release] of Google over various antitrust violations has been ongoing since 2010. The EU … [read more]


Legal News
26 Aug 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Germany's highest appeal court on Tuesday affirmed [press release, in German] a 2013 decision by a lower court that invalidated a series of Apple [corporate website] smartphone patents. The ruling by the Federal Court of Justice [official website] invalidates the patents [US patent materials] regarding the "swipe to unlock" … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jul 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Northeastern District of California [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion] that Apple [official website] retail workers may pursue a class action lawsuit against Apple for failure to compensate them for time taken to have their bags searched. The ruling by US District Judge … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

The European Commission [official website] said Thursday that they have opened a formal antitrust investigation [press release] into Amazon's e-books business. The investigation will focus on particular clauses in Amazon's contracts requiring publishers to inform Amazon about more favorable or alternative terms offered to Amazon's competitors. Amazon has also added … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Privacy software company Disconnect [corporate website] announced Tuesday that it has filed an antitrust complaint against Google with the European Commission's Directorate-General for Competition [official website]. Disconnect is the maker of an anti-tracking app that runs on Google's Android operating system and was blocked from the Google Play [corporate … [read more]


Legal News
19 May 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] on Monday affirmed [opinion, PDF] Apple's smartphone patent victory against Samsung but remanded the case to the lower court to reduce the damages that must be paid to Apple [corporate websites]. The court upheld the district court's determination … [read more]


Legal News
7 May 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] on Wednesday opened an investigation into potential antitrust violations in the e-commerce market with the scope of the investigation including a number of the world's largest technology and search companies. The commission seeks to identify any possible anti-competitive behavior [official press release] that is … [read more]


Legal News
4 May 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in Bullard v. Blue Hills Bank [SCOTUSblog materials] that a bankruptcy court's order denying confirmation of a debtor's proposed repayment plan is not a final order that the debtor can immediately appeal. Chief Justice Roberts wrote the opinion for … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] on Wednesday initiated [press release] antitrust proceedings against Google [corporate website] accusing the company of utilizing their dominant position in the search engine market to hurt competitors. The commission sent Google a Statement of Objections, which describe how the search engine company has negatively … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A UN rights expert said Monday that the civilian refugees from Palestine and Syria trapped inside the Yarmouk refugee camp [JURIST report] have suffered "untold indignities" [UN News Centre report]. There are approximately 18,000 people within the Yarmouk refugee camp including 3,500 children. The UN Relief and Works Agency … [read more]


Legal News
1 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Arkansas House of Representatives [official website] on Tuesday approved a controversial bill [HB 1228, PDF] intended to protect religious freedoms of businesses.Those supporting the Republican-backed bill say it will protect religious freedoms for businesses, and those opposed say that businesses may be allowed to go too far with … [read more]

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