A growing number of technology startups are being threatened with lawsuits over broad patents they allegedly, and inadvertently, infringed. The founders of three small startups came to Washington this week and spent Wednesday lobbying members of Congress to change the patent system. Read full article >>
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LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Nick Cassavetes, Canadian twins and incest - besides three phrases that you probably didn't expect to read in the same sentence today, they're also elements of a bizarre new lawsuit that hit the California court system this week. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, TwinSpin music - home to twin Canadian pop duo Carmen & Camille - claim that "The N
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A prominent U.S. gun control group on Wednesday sued a gun auction website it says is linked to a mass shooting at a Wisconsin spa in October and the stalker slaying of a woman near Chicago in 2011. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence alleges that the design of armslist.com facilitates illegal online sales to unlawful gun buyers with no background checks, and enables user
Apple, Microsoft, HP, Samsung, D-Link, Parrot and Logitech have been included in a patent lawsuit by non-profit research institution — the Washington Research Foundation (WRF) — over claims that they are infringing on... Keep reading →
(Reuters) - R&B star Mary J. Blige was hit with a lawsuit on Wednesday alleging the Grammy winner and her husband defaulted on a $2.2 million bank loan. According to court documents filed in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, Signature Bank is seeking to recoup the original loan plus $58,000 in interest. Blige, 41, who has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, and her husband Ma
A small sports retailer in New Jersey has brought a class-action lawsuit against Facebook saying that counterfeit ads on the site have substantially hurt its business. Krystal’s is a sporting goods store in Albuquerque that has a Facebook page and pays for sponsored ads on Facebook, according to a complaint filed with the District Court of New Mexico. In a complaint filed earlier this week, the r
(Reuters) - A New York man was arrested Friday on charges he forged documents in a multibillion-dollar scheme to defraud Facebook Inc and its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, through a lawsuit claiming a huge ownership stake in the Internet company. Paul Ceglia, 39, a one-time wood pellet salesman from Wellsville, New York, was charged with mail and wire fraud over what federal prosecutors and t
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - The owner of Marlon Brando's trademark rights say that Madonna made them an offer that they refused - and now they're suing the "Hard Candy" singer for ignoring their refusal. Brando Enterprises filed suit in U.S. District Court in Central California against Madonna, along with Bhakti Touring, Inc., on Thursday, alleging that the Material Mom has be
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The estates of the victims of the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut sued Standard Chartered seeking compensation over the bank's concealment of Iran-linked transactions.
Microbloggers are buzzing about a law suitfacing pop star Justin Bieber and sharing their stories on the supposedly unlucky Friday the 13th.
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Celine Dion is being sued by a former employee who claims that he was illegally denied overtime compensation by the singer, and says that there are other people in Dion's employ who've been similarly stiffed. In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Florida, Keith Sturtevant, who says that he worked for Dion and her husband Rene Angelil in Florida from
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - The Good Ship Lollipop has just sent out a distress signal. The granddaughter of the tunesmith who wrote "On the Good Ship Lollipop" and "Hooray for Hollywood," among other musical chestnuts, filed a lawsuit against Warner/Chappell Music on Wednesday, claiming that she's been stiffed on royalties from her grandfather's catalog. Deborah Bush Gervasi, the granddaughter o
(Reuters) - An Illinois woman has filed a $5 million lawsuit against LinkedIn Corp, saying the social network violated promises to consumers by not having better security in place when more than 6 million customer passwords were stolen. The lawsuit, which was brought in federal court in San Jose, California, on June 15 and seeks class-action status, was filed less than two weeks after the stolen
The suit concerns a case in which a reporter, who is no longer with the newspaper, hacked into the e-mail account of a police detective.
(Reuters) - Simon Cowell's British boy band One Direction, among the hottest new acts in the music business, has been sued for trademark infringement because it is using the same name as a small California pop-rock group. In what is expected to be a multi-million dollar lawsuit, attorneys for the California band are seeking an injunction that would stop Cowell's Syco Entertainment and Sony Music