FISA Court: Updates to the Public Docket and More

The US Government  responded yesterday to the FISC’s order to conduct a declassification review in the Yahoo case. Their response asks for 45 and 60 days to complete the full review. They cite the need for interagency coordination, the volume and type of materials, and multiple FOIA requests in support of this request. In the Microsoft and Google cases, the

One More Day, One More Class Action Lawsuit Over Google’s Gmail Scanning

On November 30, Google was hit with yet one more class action lawsuit over Gmail’s method of scanning emails to deliver personalized advertising to its users. The named plaintiff in this case, Kristen Brinkman, filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Like in the other cases, this case alleges that the way Google

Google Sued for Patent Infringement Over Nexus 7

Massachusetts company Lexington Luminance LLC (“Lexington”) filed a lawsuit against Google, Inc. yesterday, November 29, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. It its complaint, Lexington alleges that Google’s Nexus 7 and other similar products infringe on a patent the company owns. According to the complaint, the patent at issue, U.S. Patent No. 6,936,851, is entitled “Semiconductor

Google Hit With Yet Another Class Action Lawsuit Over Gmail

Yesterday, November 29, Brent Matthew Scott filed a class action lawsuit against Google, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. The lawsuit alleges that through its Gmail product, Google violated state laws against wiretapping. Specifically, the complaint alleges that Google intercepts the plaintiff’s emails (and those of the entire class of plaintiffs) before they reach

Google Sued (Again) Over Gmail Scanning, This Time by Minor Child

Yesterday, Google was named in a class action lawsuit by a plaintiff identified only as “A.K., as next friend of minor child J.K.” Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, the lawsuit alleges that Google has violated (and continues to violate) the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (the “Act”) and various state privacy laws

Google Wallet the Focus of Patent Infringement Lawsuit

According to a new infringement lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court (read it below), the Google Wallet app violates a Canadian resident’s U.S. patent. Plaintiff Peter Sprogis holds U.S. Patent No. 7,298,271 for a “Method and apparatus for providing awards using transponders.” The ‘271 patent abstract describes a customer loyalty program using ‘electronic data storage elements’ (EDSE) like RFID tages can be

Google to Face EU Legal Action Over Failing to Let Users Opt Out of Privacy Changes: Report

The European Union (EU) is expected to announce legal action against Google for allegedly violating EU law by failing to give users a choice to opt out its new privacy policy, according to The Guardian. The French data commissioner, known as the ‘CNIL’ or Article 29 Working Party that has authority concerning protection of individual personal data, is anticipated to

Tech Lawsuit Roundup: October 1 – 5, 2012

Here is a summary of legal developments in five federal and state court cases last week that involved technology companies, or alleged activities by their users. Samsung Cries Foul, Claiming Jury Foreman in Apple iPhone $1B+ Lawsuit Was Biased In a motion filed last Tuesday, Samsung’s lawyers asked U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh to set aside the jury’s $1.05 billion

Google Sued for Patent Infringement Over Street View

On August 31, View 360 Solutions LLC, a subsidiary of Acacia Research Corp., filed a lawsuit against Google, Inc., alleging that Google’s Street View feature infringed on the following patents: 6,157,385: “Method of and apparatus for performing perspective transformation of visible stimuli” 6,323,862: “Apparatus for generating and interactively viewing spherical image data and memory thereof” 6,243,099: “Method for interactive viewing

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