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Apple agrees to $500M deal in iPhone-slowing lawsuit

Mar 03, 2020 - 1:20 PM

People in the US who owned iPhone 7 models or older will get $25 for each handset, with the amount rising or falling depending on how many people file claims and costs of getting word to them

APPLE. A man walks outside an Apple Store in Beijing on February 22, 2020. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

TikTok sued in U.S. over alleged China data transfer

Dec 04, 2019 - 3:43 PM

A class-action lawsuit claims the app secretly vacuumed up and transferred private data to China in vast quantities

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Documents show Facebook controlling competitors with user data – report

Nov 07, 2019 - 12:11 PM

The documents show, for example, how Amazon received special data access after purchasing advertising on Facebook while an app called MessageMe was denied data after growing so large it became a competitor

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Financial Services Committee on "An Examination of Facebook and Its Impact on the Financial Services and Housing Sectors" in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC on October 23, 2019.  File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trial set to open in massive U.S. opioid lawsuit

Oct 21, 2019 - 1:38 PM

This trial could be the most costly since litigation against tobacco companies in the 1990s, which showed cigarette companies cynically hiding and exploiting the dangers of tobacco for profits

Developers sue Apple over app store fees

Jun 05, 2019 - 12:52 PM

The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in California, claims Apple cornered the market with its iOS App Store, collecting a 30% commission on all app sales and in-app purchases

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Lawsuit filed by U.S. attorney general adds to Facebook data woes

Dec 20, 2018 - 2:28 PM

'Facebook failed to protect the privacy of its users and deceived them about who had access to their data and how it was used,' says Attorney General Karl Racine in a statement.

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

The perils of Facebook’s pivot to video

Oct 22, 2018 - 10:09 AM

How Facebook video's shifting algorithms and undisclosed discrepancies hurt advertisers and publishers alike

Manny Pacquiao to sue Top Rank because of 'non-payment' in Matthysse fight

Sep 10, 2018 - 11:14 PM

On Instagram, Pacquiao says he has not received payment for the US rights to his fight against Matthysse, which was broadcast on ESPN Plus

PACQUIAO-MATTHYSSE. Philippines' Manny Pacquiao (L) reacts after he knocked down Argentina's Lucas Matthysse during their world welterweight boxing championship bout at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on July 15, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Lawsuit accuses Tesla of trying to 'burn' short-sellers

Sep 07, 2018 - 11:48 AM

'This appears to be a textbook case of fraud,' Labaton Sucharow law firm partner Michael Canty says

TESLA'S CEO. Elon Musk, Tesla's billionaire founder, hopes the Model 3 will propel the California manufacturer into the mass market. But Wall Street experts say the global oil price plunge will likely sink his dreams. Photos from Elon Musk and Tesla Motor's Twitter profiles.

Google sued for unwanted tracking of phone locations

Aug 21, 2018 - 10:22 AM

The suit accuses Google of violating privacy law, and cites a news report last week confirmed by university researchers

GOOGLE. A man walks past the logo of the US multinational technology company Google during the VivaTech trade fair ( Viva Technology), on May 24, 2018 in Paris. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

Apple sued for selling Macbooks with defective keyboards

May 14, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The lawsuit says that Apple knew of the problem before launch. Those no longer covered by warranties have reported paying $400 to $700 for repairs

Porn star Stormy Daniels sues Trump for defamation

May 01, 2018 - 9:38 AM

In the suit, Daniels – whose real name is Stephanie Clifford – says that Donald Trump made 'false and defamatory' statements about her in an April 18 tweet

DANIELS AND TRUMP. This combination of pictures created on March 25, 2018 shows file photos of adult film actress Stormy Daniels and US President Donald Trump. Photos by Ethan Miller, Olivier Douliery/AFP

'Star Trek' actor Anton Yelchin's parents settle lawsuit

Mar 23, 2018 - 1:01 PM

According to the attorney for Yelchin's parents, funds from the undisclosed settlement will benefit the Anton Yelchin Foundation for sick and disabled young people in the arts

In this file photo, actor Anton Yelchin poses during the photocall of the movie 'Cymbeline' presented in the Orizzonti selection at the 71st Venice Film Festival on September 3, 2014 at Venice Lido. Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Taylor Swift donates to sexual assault charity

Aug 18, 2017 - 5:35 PM

The pop star was awarded a nominal 1 in damages in a sexual assault lawsuit against DJ David Mueller

TAYLOR SWIFT. The singer said she will be donating to various organiztions that aid and empower victims of sexual assault. Photo from

Kanye West sues insurer for $10 million over canceled tour

Aug 02, 2017 - 9:44 PM

The rapper canceled the second leg of his Saint Pablo Tour in November 2016

KANYE WEST. The rapper is pictured here with his wife, Kim Kardashian. Screengrab from

Riot Games sues mobile game developer for copyright infringement

Jul 11, 2017 - 11:35 AM

Riot s lawsuit against Shanghai Moonton Technology follows attempts to get the Google Play store and Apple App Store to take down the infringing games

Venus Williams faces lawsuit over deadly crash

Jul 01, 2017 - 10:26 AM

The police describe Venus Williams as being at fault in the incident though it s still being investigated

Harden accused of planning robbery, beating in lawsuit

May 17, 2017 - 11:03 PM

The son of NBA Hall of Famer Moses Malone claims in the suit that Harden paid 20 000 to have him beaten up

UNTRUE. James Harden denies the allegations filed against him by the son of NBA Hall of Famer Moses Malone Jr. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/North America/AFP

Volkswagen CEO faces first probe over 'dieselgate'

May 17, 2017 - 10:50 PM

Matthias Mueller and others allegedly delayed telling Porsche SE shareholders of the financial consequences of the software manipulation by Volkswagen AG

BARRAGE OF LAWSUITS. This file photo taken on January 10, 2016 shows Volkswagen chief executive Matthias Mueller during a press event in Detroit, Michigan. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Man dragged off flight will sue United Airlines – lawyers

Apr 14, 2017 - 9:34 AM

Officials from United Airlines also face a tough hearing by a city council in Chicago where they admit the airline did not overbook

Ex-SexBomb dancer petitions SC to make landmark ruling for women

Mar 17, 2017 - 8:11 PM

Harassment cases are abuses in a different form says the Gabriela Women s Party

LANDMARK CASE. Sugar Mercado (in white), former member of dance group Sexbomb, files a petition before the Supreme Court on March 17, 2017 seeking to declare cases against her as a form of abuse against women. Photo by Gabriela Women's Party

Facebook ordered to pay $500-M in suit on stolen tech

Feb 02, 2017 - 1:06 PM

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is ordered to pay 50 million of the 500 million award while another former Oculus executive Brendan Iribe is set to pay 150 million

GUILTY. A gamer uses an Oculus Rift headset in the Oculus booth during the annual E3 2016 gaming conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The Facebook-owned VR company is required to pay $500 million in a lawsuit. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/AFP

Oculus purchase details surface in Zuckerberg testimony

Jan 18, 2017 - 6:25 PM

Mark Zuckerberg s testimony says Facebook actually paid 3 billion in total – 700 million of which was used to retain key Oculus employees with an additional 300 million as a bonus for hitting milestones

BUYER'S REMORSE? Facebook's purchase of Oculus are not without issues. Screengrab from Oculus Rift website

Qualcomm sued for alleged monopolistic practices

Jan 18, 2017 - 2:31 PM

The lawsuit claims the company s licensing terms greatly reduces phone makers ability to choose competing chip suppliers

SUED. Qualcomm is sued by the US trade commission for allegedly monopolizing the mobile modem market. Photo by Ethan Miller/AFP

Ex-employee sues Snapchat for allegedly faking stats to boost IPO

Jan 06, 2017 - 2:26 PM

Snapchat says all of it is made up by a disgruntled former employee

LEGAL BATTLE. The vanishing-photo app faces a lawsuit handed by an ex-employee. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/AFP

Nokia sues Apple for patent infringement

Dec 22, 2016 - 9:20 AM

The lawsuit claims that Apple products have been using Nokia technologies without the proper licenses

German prosecutors extend 'dieselgate' probe to Volkswagen chairman

Nov 07, 2016 - 12:00 AM

Hans Dieter Poetsch is now under investigation over his previous role as Volkswagen s chief financial officer

(FILES) This file photo taken on December 10, 2015 shows Hans-Dieter Poetsch, supervisory board chairman of German carmaker Volkswagen, during a press conference in Wolfsburg, central Germany.  German prosecutors probing whether Volkswagen executives manipulated the markets in the wake of the "dieselgate" scandal have widened their investigation to include the chairman of the group's supervisory board, the auto giant said on November 6. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZ

Judge denies mistrial in Derrick Rose rape lawsuit

Oct 13, 2016 - 2:48 AM

A judge denies the Knicks guard s request for a mistrial in a 21 5 million lawsuit stemming from a 2013 incident

TRIAL CONTINUES. A judge has ruled that the lawyer of Derrick Rose's accuser did not intentionally conceal information when Rose's side was not given access to several text messages considered vital to the case. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

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Woman testifies as Derrick Rose rape lawsuit gets underway

Oct 07, 2016 - 8:25 AM

The woman who filed a 21 5 million lawsuit against the New York Knicks guard takes the stand and offers her side of events

TESTIMONY. A woman has accused Derrick Rose and two associates of assaulting her in 2013, while Rose's attorney accuses the plaintiff of trying to cash in. File photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP

Audi tech chief leaves after reports link him to 'dieselgate'

Sep 27, 2016 - 3:20 PM

Stefan Knirsch allegedly knew that Audi s 3 0 liter diesel engines had cheating software even before the scandal erupted

(FILES) This file photo taken on March 3, 2016 shows Stefan Knirsch, responsible for the technical development and member of the board of German car maker Audi, during his company's annual press conference in Ingolstadt, southern Germany.  Audi's head of technical development stepped down "with immediate effect" on September 26, 2016, the luxury carmaker announced, after German media accused him of involvement in parent company Volkswagen's "dieselgate" scandal. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE

Investors sue Volkswagen for 8.2B euros over 'dieselgate'

Sep 22, 2016 - 10:35 PM

The European Commission says Volkswagen has promised that all cars across the bloc will be fixed by autumn 2017

(FILES) This file photo taken on January 10, 2016 shows Volkswagen chief executive Matthias Mueller during a press event in Detroit, Michigan. German car giant Volkswagen is the target of 1,400 legal cases from investors claiming a total of 8.2 billion euros in compensation over its emissions cheating scandal, the state court in Brunswick said in a statement on September 21, 2016.  / AFP PHOTO / JEWEL SAMAD

Volkswagen engineer indicted in US emissions case

Sep 10, 2016 - 12:50 AM

James Liang helped develop the diesel engines equipped with defeat devices for some 500 000 Volkswagen cars sold in the United States

(FILES) This file photo taken on September 29, 2015 shows the logo of German car maker Volkswagen at a dealership in Woodbridge, Virginia. A US judge on August 25, 2016 gave German automaker Volkswagen until October 24 to come up with a fix for three-liter diesel engines rigged to cheat emissions tests, or face trial. Meanwhile, Volkswagen indicated it has reached a settlement deal in principle with US dealerships over diesel-cheat losses.  / AFP PHOTO / PAUL J. RICHARDS

Pacquiao, Arum seek dismissal of Mayweather pay-per-view lawsuits

Sep 08, 2016 - 7:00 PM

The lawyer representing 6 of the 9 defendants cites a 2000 ruling which granted fans the right to view whatever event transpired with no guarantee of results

COURT MATTERS. Manny Pacquiao (L) and Bob Arum (R) are seeking to put the class action lawsuits which stemmed from the Floyd Mayweather Jr fight to rest. File photo by Wendell Alinea//OSMP

Australia sues Volkswagen for millions over emissions cheating

Sep 01, 2016 - 11:15 PM

Volkswagen engaged in multiple breaches of the Australian consumer law says ACCC Chairman Rod Sims

A Volkswagen car is driven through Sydney's central business district on October 1, 2015. Australia's competition watchdog has warned that Volkswagen could be hit with up to Aus$1.1 million (US$780,000) in fines for each pollution-cheating device installed and in use in its cars in the country. AFP PHOTO/William WEST / AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST

Apple sued over iPhone 6 touch-screen freezes

Aug 30, 2016 - 7:33 PM

Apple faces a lawsuit for allegedly concealing a design flaw that causes iPhone touchscreens to fail

FREEZE. A lawsuit accuses Apple of allowing a design flaw go unaddressed. File photo by Justin Sullivan/AFP to shut down next week

Aug 19, 2016 - 1:10 PM

The site s publication of Hulk Hogan s sex video in 2012 leads to its demise

ROYAL RUMBLE. A legal battle against wrestler Hulk Hogan sends the New York-based media company to the mat.

Volkswagen Korea head apologizes, questioned on emission fraud

Aug 12, 2016 - 12:15 AM

I am sorry for the situation and we will do everything faithfully to cooperate with the prosecutor CEO Johannes Thammer is quoted as saying

Johannes Thammer (C), CEO of Volkswagen Korea, is surrounded by journalists as he arrives at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office in Seoul on August 11, 2016. The head of Volkswagen's South Korean unit apologised as he presented himself to state prosecutors for questioning over the German carmaker's emissions fraud scandal. / AFP PHOTO / YONHAP / YONHAP

Ed Sheeran sued for allegedly copying Marvin Gaye's song – reports

Aug 10, 2016 - 10:27 PM

Ed Sheeran is sued by the heirs of Ed Townsend who co wrote Marvin Gaye s Let s Get It On

ED SHEERAN. The singer/songwriter is accused of copying Marvin Gaye's 'Let's Get It On.' File photo shows Ed at the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2015. Photo by Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

South Korea suspends sale of 80 Volkswagen models

Aug 02, 2016 - 2:16 PM

The South Korean Environment Ministry also hands down a fine of 16 million against the German carmaker

epa05451523 South Korean Environment Ministry official Hong Dong-gon briefs the press on South Korea's sales ban and certification nullification for 80 Volkswagen vehicle models whose emissions results were fabricated at the Sejong government complex, south of Seoul, South Korea, 02 August 2016. The ministry also announced a 17.8 billion won (16 million US dollar) fine on the German automaker. EPA/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT

Kesha drops California lawsuit against Dr Luke

Aug 02, 2016 - 11:58 AM

Kesha however continues to pursue her appeals in New York

KESHA. The pop star drops her California claims against music producer Dr Luke and sends 28 new songs to his label, in the hopes that she can release a new album soon. Photo by Nina Prommer/EPA

Volkswagen net profit falls 57% in second quarter

Jul 28, 2016 - 9:15 PM

The carmaker s earnings in the second quarter of 2016 are weighed down by costs related to the diesel emissions cheating scandal

epa05442177 (FILE) A file dated 21 April 2016 shows a Volkswagen logo on a car in the lot of a VW dealership in Alexandria, Virginia, USA. According to news reports on 26 July 2016, a US federal judge gives preliminary approval to a 15 billion US dollar settlement over Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal in a deal that includes an option for owners to have the carmaker buy back their vehicles. VW admited on 2015 that it had cheated on its US exhaust tests. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Volkswagen gets preliminary approval for US emissions settlement

Jul 27, 2016 - 3:00 PM

US District Judge Charles Breyer praises the enormous effort to settle the scandal and sets an October 18 deadline for final approval of the deal

epa05442175 (FILE) An archive picture made available on 23 June 2016 shows the US flag reflected in the hood of a Volkswagen (VW) in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, 13 May 2009. According to news reports on 26 July 2016, a US federal judge gives preliminary approval to a 15 billion US dollar settlement over Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal in a deal that includes an option for owners to have the carmaker buy back their vehicles. VW's admited on 2015 that it had cheated on its US exhaust tests. EPA/FRISO GENTSCH

Volkswagen execs named in new emissions lawsuits

Jul 20, 2016 - 4:20 PM

Current Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller and his predecessor Martin Winterkorn are accused of being aware early on about the so called dieselgate scandal

epa05368860 Matthias Mueller, CEO of Volkswagen AG, at press conference at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, Germany, 16 June 2016. The German carmaker Volkswagen (VW) introduced its strategy until the year of 2025. EPA/JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE

Can Taylor Swift sue Kim Kardashian, Kanye West for recording phone call?

Jul 19, 2016 - 12:33 PM

US Federal law requires at least one party in a recorded conversation to give consent However state laws vary

POSSIBLE LAWSUIT. Taylor Swift could sue Kanye West and Kim Kardashian for wiretapping because of the recorded and leaked phone conversation they had about his song 'Famous.' File photo shows the three at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards at the STAPLES Center in February 2015. Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS/AFP

California rejects Volkswagen plan to fix 3-liter diesel cars

Jul 14, 2016 - 10:05 PM

The California Air Resources Board says the carmaker s proposed measures are substantially deficient and do not meet legal requirements

epa05271222 A Volkswagen automobile is seen in the lot of a VW dealership in Woodland Hills, California, USA, 21 April 2016. Media reports on 21 April state Volkswagen is to buy back cars in USA following emissions scandal, as part of an agreement with US regulators. VW representatives are to meet with US judicial authorities for a hearing at a federal court in San Francisco to discuss the issue on 21 April. EPA/MIKE NELSON

50 Cent, rapper gone broke, settles debts

Jul 07, 2016 - 10:13 AM

To get out of bankruptcy 50 Cent is allowed by a court to pay some 23 4 million to creditors over 5 years

US man claims Apple owes him a fortune for iPhone idea

Jul 01, 2016 - 11:40 AM

Thomas Ross is seeking billions of dollars in damages from Apple saying that the tech giant hijacked and exploited his 1992 design

epa04970113 A woman takes an iPhone 6S from its box as she purchases her new phone at the Apple Store in Madrid, Spain, 09 October 2015. The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are now offered in more than 40 countries as of October 09 after the September 25 launch. EPA/FERNANDO ALVARADO

Record Volkswagen payout in US 'dieselgate' settlement

Jun 28, 2016 - 11:11 PM

UPDATED While this announcement is an important step forward let me be clear it is by no means the last says US Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates

VOLKSWAGEN SCANDAL. An employee looks through a pair of binoculars as he stands next to a corporate logo of Volkswagen (VW) on the rooftop of an office building of the German car manufacturer in Wolfsburg, Germany, September 25, 2015. Photo by Rainer Jensen/EPA

'Suge' Knight sues Chris Brown over nightclub shooting

Jun 28, 2016 - 10:07 AM

Suge Knight who survived gunshot wounds to the abdomen chest and left forearm says Chris Brown didn t hire enough security

'SUGE' KNIGHT. The former rap mogul sues Chris Brown for allegedly not hiring enough security at the night club where Suge was shot in 2014. File photo shows Suge arraigned on murder charges in Superior Court in Compton, California in February 2015. Photo by Paul Buck/EPA