Jury Deliberating Oracle – Google Java Code Copyright Case

The jury in Oracle’s Java code copyright lawsuit against Google began deliberating this afternoon in federal court in San Francisco, California. U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup gave the jury their final charge today: 19 pages of instructions and guidelines to use in their deliberations (read it below). Google lawyers claim that the Android OS is “substantially” different than Sun’s

iPad Case Ribs Heat Up Patent Lawsuit Against Apple, Target

Jerald Bovino, the holder of a U.S. Patent (No. 6,977,809) for a portable computer case made of ‘resilient material’ designed with ‘ribs,’ is suing Apple and Target, claiming that Apple’s manufacture and sale of iPad and iPad 2 cases (inset, right), and Target’s sale of the iPad Smart Cover, infringe his 2005 patent.

Notable Opinions this Week – Global Warming Insurance, False Statements and Health Care Fraud Class Actions

Our Daily Opinion Summary writers have picked some interesting cases to highlight this week, with one in particular cutting close to home. First up, we leave the lower forty-eight and head up to Alaska with AES Corp. v. Steadfast Ins. Co.. The case involved the village and city of Kivalina, a community located on an Alaskan barrier island, which filed

Who Has the Most Current Online Maps: Google, Bing or Yahoo?

During a recent trip to Washington, D.C., I discovered that the reflecting pool between the Lincoln Memorial and the National World War II Memorial had lost a bit of its luster. From inside the Lincoln Memorial, my gaze at the National Mall was interrupted by fencing, heavy equipment, and an empty pool. However, an aerial view of Washington, D.C. from

Kurt Mix, ex-BP Engineer, Charged with Deleting Text Messages About Deepwater Horizon Spill

If you think that texting is so ’90s, guess again. A new criminal case against former BP employee Kurt Mix is an important reminder that, while social networks like Facebook and Twitter may be all the rage, deleting work-related text messages from your mobile phone might get you in trouble with the law. Especially if prosecutors can prove that you

ITC: Apple iPhones & iPads Violate Motorola Mobility Patent

The U.S. International Trade Commission (‘ITC’) issued a preliminary ruling today concluding that Apple iPhone and iPad wireless devices violate Motorola Mobility’s U.S. Patent No. 6,246,697. Patent holder Motorola Mobility — whose acquisition by Android OS maker Google is still pending — holds this more than 10-year-old wireless method and system patent to reduce background signal noise in wireless transmissions.

‘Airbus X’ Flight Simulator Game Maker’s Copyright Suit Alleges Infringing BitTorrent Downloads

Aerosoft GMBH, the German software company that makes the ‘Airbus X’ game, add-on program to Microsoft’s Flight Simulator, sued a host of unknown ‘Does’ in federal court, claiming the defendants engaged in copyright infringement via peer-to-peer (‘P2P’) file-sharing of plaintiff’s game. The Airbus X might have been a game that convicted al Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui would have liked to

Writer’s Picks: Miranda, Superman and Bad Men Provisions

Here are some of the more interesting opinions issued this week, collected by our Daily Summary writers. In State v. Eli, the Hawaii Supreme Court found that a police practice of asking an arrestee to tell his or her “side of the story” prior to offering Miranda warnings violates the defendant’s constitutional right against self-incrimination and right to due process.

Don’t Get a Ticket for Parking at an Unmarked Curb

Lunch at Justia is a time reserved for scholarly legal debate. Our focus recently turned to the legality of parking a vehicle along an unmarked curb outside a local Chipotle. On a day when we thought the God of Parking was gracing us with his magnificence, any semblance of karma was purely illusory. First, we pulled adjacent to the curb.

US v. Aleynikov: 2nd Circuit Says Code is Not Property Under NSPA and EEA

The Second Circuit overturned the conviction of programmer Sergey Aleynikov, who was found guilty of violating the National Stolen Property Act (19 USC 2314) and the Economic Espionage Act (18 USC 1832). US. v. Aleynikov (Apr 11, 2012, 2nd Cir.) The defendant was a software programmer at Goldman Sachs who worked on their High Frequency Trading (HFT) system. This proprietary