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Settlement reached on large employee antitrust case

Despite earlier criticism from a U.S. District Court Judge in California, Apple Inc. and Google Inc. have reached a preliminary settlement in a suit about actions that violated antitrust laws. This $415 million settlement is reportedly the second largest settlement awarded to a group of workers.

Apple and Ericsson go to court over licensing dispute

According to sources, Apple Inc. and Ericsson have filed lawsuits against each other due to a licensing dispute. Apple filed a lawsuit in California claiming that Ericsson is charging excessive fees for use of its patents and that the patents themselves may not be essential in devices that Apple makes. Ericsson filed a lawsuit in Texas district court asking for a determination as to whether or not its fees are fair.

California city files suit against Deepak Chopra, others

On behalf of OSI Systems, the City of Irvine filed a civil lawsuit against multiple defendants. The lawsuit is based on allegations of the defendants manipulating testing results for the company, misleading the company about its financial health through reports and creating products beyond the scope of the company's contracts.

Appellate court rules for Yelp over reviews placement dispute

In a prior post, we highlighted the possibility that businesses who received bad reviews on Yelp.com could sue customers who posted such reviews. We explored the threshold of proof a company would have to meet in order to be successful given that customers are free to make their feelings known about a company or its products in any way they choose, as long as they are not providing false information.

Ruling against NCAA could change college sports

In what was described earlier this summer as the case that could fundamentally change the NCAA has come to an end…at least for now. A federal judge recently ruled that the NCAA violated antitrust laws by denying college football and basketball players the right to sell the rights to their images and likenesses, essentially striking down long held regulations that prohibit college athletes from earning money other than scholarships and the cost of attending the schools they play for.

Online review policy garners considerable backlash

In a prior post, we explored the question of whether a company could bring suit against a consumer for negative reviews on social media sites such as Yelp.com or Facebook. The prevailing consensus is that a company could sue, but a consumer would have a genuine defense for being able to voice their personal opinions online based on their own experiences.

Arguments in O'Bannon trial completed, now a judge will decide

The trial that arguably could change the financial landscape of college athletics, O’Bannon v. NCAA is now in the hands of a federal district court judge. The class action antitrust case began more than four years ago, and has involved hundreds of filings and a 15 day trial. On Thursday, the plaintiff’s class submitted its final argument. Through it, the class reiterated the fundamental problems in the NCAA’s argument and insisted that the class members were on the rights side of the law. 

Sterling probate trial delayed over jurisdiction questions

The much anticipated probate trial pitting Shelly Sterling against her estranged husband, Donald Sterling is on hold for now as the LA County probate court waits to hear from a federal district court judge as to whether Sterling’s motions, and the probate case itself, will be heard in federal court.

Paramount execs try to resolve Beijing premiere dispute, lawsuit

The latest movie in Paramount Studios’ “Transformers” franchise is expected to be the largest grossing film of the franchise. It comes on the heels of “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” raking in $172 million in China, one the fastest growing movie markets. Paramount expected to release the new film in China this weekend, but a sudden legal issue threatened to halt the opening.

Are more major sports cases going to the Bay Area?

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has become the epicenter for sports related litigation in the past few years. Much has been said about O’Bannon v. NCAA, where former UCLA basketball star is the named plaintiff representing thousands of former college football and basketball players are challenging the NCAA’s right to determine them “student-athletes,” thus denying them a share of lucrative television and sponsorship deals that universities and college conferences enjoy.

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