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5 days ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] on Thursday opened [statement of objections, PDF] formal proceedings looking into whether the Walt Disney Company [corporate website] and other prominent US film studios committed antitrust violations. The EC is extending the Disney proceedings that were already opened on January 13, 2014 to … [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
13 Sep 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (EJC) [official website] ruled [judgement] on Thursday that EU member states may authorize public libraries to digitize works contained in their collections without the consent of the rights holders. The ruling [press release, PDF]comes after the Technical University of Darmstadt [official website, in English] … [read more]


Legal News
3 Sep 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Tuesday approved [judgment, PDF] a settlement between federal antitrust authorities and eBay [corporate website] over allegations that eBay agreed to not to poach employees from rival companies. Judge Edward Davila presided over the … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jun 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Apple [corporate website] on Monday reached an out-of-court settlement with the US Department of Justice [official website], among other parties, regarding a class action lawsuit that accused the electronics company of illegally participating in a e-book price-fixing scheme. The company was found to have violated the Sherman Act [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2014
by William Hibbitts

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that creating a searchable book database and giving full digital copies of books to disabled people constitutes fair use. The Authors Guild sued HathiTrust [advocacy websites], Cornell University [university website] and the presidents of … [read more]


Legal News
2 May 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Thursday announced a settlement with eBay in a lawsuit accusing the company of making deals with Intuit [corporate websites] not to recruit each others' employees. The deal between the two parties bars the company from engaging in any type of … [read more]


Legal News
12 Apr 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The Authors Guild [advocacy website] filed an appellate brief [text] on Friday, renewing its complaint that Google [corporate website] is violating copyright laws with its mass book digitization project. The brief, filed with the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website], claims that Google's "Library Project" … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Apple [corporate website] filed a brief [text, PDF] Wednesday with the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] asking the court to either overturn a ruling from last year that Apple violated anti-trust laws or grant a new trial in front of different judges. Apple argues … [read more]


Legal News
11 Feb 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday denied [ruling, PDF] a motion by Apple [corporate website] requesting a temporary hold on the duties of the court appointed external compliance officer Michael Bromwich. The compliance monitor was installed in October by Judge Cote of … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jan 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday granted review [order, PDF] for ABC, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc. [docket materials], to decide the legality of Aereo's [corporate website] online service that streams and records publicly broadcast television programming without paying the broadcasters. Aereo charges users a monthly fee to … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jan 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Attorneys representing Apple [corporate website] on Wednesday formally sought to disqualify court-appointed "external compliance monitor" Michael Bromwich, who was given the power to review and evaluate the tech company's compliance with an injunction related to an e-book price fixing scandal. In September a judge for the US District Court … [read more]


Legal News
6 Sep 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Friday entered an injunction [order, PDF] against Apple [corporate website] preventing the company from future antitrust violations in connection with e-book price fixing. The injunction, rendered by Judge Denise Cote, forbids Apple … [read more]


Legal News
4 Sep 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday affirmed [opinion, PDF] the dismissal of an antitrust lawsuit accusing Apple [corporate website] of maintaining a monopoly over music files purchased through its iTunes stores. The plaintiff argued on behalf of a class that Apple thwarted … [read more]


Legal News
10 Aug 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] A federal judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Friday denied Apple's [corporate website] request for a temporary suspension of the court's July ruling [JURIST report] that Apple violated the Sherman Act [text] and various state statutes in an e-book … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion] that Apple [corporate website] violated the Sherman Act [text] and various state statutes in an e-book price-fixing conspiracy. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] accused Apple of … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jul 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday overturned [opinion, PDF] a lower court decision that had allowed authors challenging Google's digital books project to sue as a group [JURIST report]. Google has scanned more than 20 million books after partnering in 2004 with … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] case against Apple [corporate website] began in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Monday with an attorney for the department claiming that Apple's conspiring with publishers cost customers hundreds of millions of dollars. The … [read more]


Legal News
24 May 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] US District Judge Denise Cote expressed a tentative view on Thursday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] would be able to show at trial that Apple [corporate website] knowingly participated in and facilitated a conspiracy to raise the prices of e-books with five publishers. She said her … [read more]


Legal News
8 Feb 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced [press release] Friday that a settlement has been reached with Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC, known by the public as Macmillan [corporate website], over allegations that the publishing company conspired with Apple to raise the retail price of e-books. The DOJ's Antitrust … [read more]

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