iPhone Antitrust Suit Claims Apple’s Carrier Exclusivity Violates DMCA

A new antitrust lawsuit filed on behalf of iPhone users could get rid of Apple’s exclusivity agreements (‘EA’) with AT&T and Verizon. The class-action lawsuit (below) accuses Apple of violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (‘DMCA’) because the EAs do not giving consumers the “absolute legal right to modify their phones to use the network of their carrier of choice.”

Former H-P CEO Mark Hurd Can’t Keep Lawyer’s Letter with Client’s Sexual Harassment Allegations Sealed

Delaware’s Supreme Court affirmed a lower court decision allowing an H-P shareholder to take a peek at lawyer Gloria Allred’s letter alleging that her client, former H-P contractor and actress Jodie Fisher, was sexually harassed by the company’s then CEO Mark Hurd. Citing a lack of trade secrets, as well as proprietary and nonpublic information, the court rejected Hurd’s attempts

Julie of the Wolves e-Book Lawsuit: HarperCollins Alleges Copyright Infringement

Forty years after acquiring publishing rights to the award-winning children’s book “Julie of the Wolves” by author Jean Craighead George, HarperCollins is claiming copyright infringement by Open Road, a Manhattan e-book publisher distributing the work electronically via downloads on Amazon.com, Apple, and others e-commerce web sites. The outcome of the litigation (read the lawsuit below) could be a bellwether for

Trademark Lawsuit Accuses Flash Web Retailer of Selling Counterfeit Fashions

Deal sites like Groupon and Living Social make money by offering discounts for products and services to a large pool of web subscribers. But what happens if the merchandise being offered for sale may be counterfeit, unauthorized versions of authentic merchandise? If you’re clothing and fashion accessories designer Gotham Licensing Group, you file a trademark infringement lawsuit against a Canadian

Lawsuit claims Google’s Trusted Stores infringes ‘Safe Transaction Guaranty’ Patent

A company holding a patent for a “Safe Transaction Guaranty” on e-commerce Web sites sued Google, alleging patent infringement. buySAFE, Inc. contends (read the lawsuit below) that Google’s new Trusted Stores program violates its patent for third-party certification and transactional guarantees for Internet retailers.

Justia – Our Most Excellent 2011

It’s been a great year for us at Justia, as we hope it has been for all of our Onward readers.  We thought it might be fun to re-cap (not to be confused with RECAP ) some of the various new projects, pages and products we’ve worked on in 2011. Verdict – In mid-2011, we launched our new legal commentary

Indictment Alleges DDoS Attack on Gene Simmons’ Web Site by Anonymous Supporter

A federal indictment unsealed today alleges that a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack by a Connecticut resident who “was affiliated with Anonymous” brought down KISS band member Gene Simmons’ web site last year. The felony charges allege that Poe and other unnamed co-conspirators used an open source software program to send large amounts of packets and requests to overwhelm GeneSimmons.com servers

Facebook, Zuckerberg, and Ceglia Court Hearing Today on 8 Motions

Tensions could reach a new high point today in the Facebook ownership claim lawsuit between plaintiff, convicted felon Paul Cegilia (inset), and Defendants Facebook and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. A court hearing today in Buffalo, New York is scheduled to consider no less than eight (8) motions with roughly eighty (80) pleadings on among them on the court docket. What are they

Congress Recruiting Founding Fathers to Save the Republic

Last month, Representative Don Young of Alaska introduced the DebtPatriots.Gov Act of 2011, which calls for the creation of a website dedicated to collecting donations to reduce the public debt of the United States. The website, which will be hosted at www.DebtPatriots.gov, will collect donations and publicly recognize the patriotism of those who “are willing to contribute additional funds, above

Simply Ask for Social Media Discovery, and Ye Shall Not Receive

More lawyers are learning the hard way that courts will not grant social media discovery requests without first laying a foundation for access to the accounts and information being sought. A trial court judge on New York’s Long Island recently granted two different motions to strike defense requests for social media and electronic discovery in a single personal injury case