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  1. Yelp: Court Ruling on Anonymous Customer Reviews 'Could Have a Chilling Effect on Free Speech'

    This ruling also shows the need for strong state and federal legislation to prevent meritless lawsuits aimed solely at stifling free speech. The order follows a lawsuit filed by a firm called Hadeed Carpet Cleaning, which suspected that some of the...

  2. Google to Pay $8.5 Million to Settle Search Query Privacy Case

    Google agreed to pay $8.5 million to a handful of nonprofits in a federal U.S.class-action settlement that claimed the search engine violated user privacy, according to MediaPost. The lawsuit was brought about in 2010 by a plaintiff who claimed...

  3. Another Loss for Viacom in Endless YouTube Copyright Legal Battle

    For the second time, a federal court correctly rejected Viacom's lawsuit against YouTube. Google-owned video-sharing site YouTube has handed Viacom yet another loss in the latest round of a copyright infringement court case that has lasted six...

  4. Google Not Responsible for Content of Paid Search Ads, Australian Court Rules

    The Australian High Court’s ruling overturns a Federal Court ruling from last April, which found Google guilty of engaging in misleading and deceptive conduct in four cases between 2005 and 2008 – based on a prior court decision that found a...

  5. Google’s Rosetta Stone AdWords Woes Continue as Case Reopened

    Rosetta Stone’s trademark infringement lawsuit against Google, first filed in 2009 and dismissed by a Virginia court in August 2010, has been revived by a federal appeals court. A successful lawsuit in one country doesn’t necessarily mean global...

  6. Last Ditch Efforts to Halt New Google Privacy Policy

    A federal court dismissed a lawsuit the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) brought against the U.S. Federal Trade Commission late last week. But that didn’t stop EPIC from filing an “emergency appeal” in the hopes of getting the decision...

  7. Google, Microsoft, Yahoo Working With White House on Do No Track Browsing

    Meanwhile, a lawsuit was filed in federal court in Delaware against Google because “Google’s willful and knowing actions violated” federal wiretapping laws and other computer-related statutes by bypassing Safari's privacy settings, attorneys for...

  8. Privacy Group Sues FTC to Stop New Google Privacy Policy

    The complaint was filed today in a Washington, D.C.federal district court. Federal Trade Commission in the hopes of stopping the new Google privacy policy, which is set to become effective March 1. Google has not yet commented on the lawsuit.

  9. 'The Power of Google' Senate Hearing is Must Watch TV Today

    From the 1950s through the 1970s, televised Senate hearings played a major part in shaping public opinion on topics ranging from organized crime and alleged communist infiltration of federal agencies to the war in Vietnam and the Watergate...

  10. Google Pays $500M to Avoid DOJ Prosecution on Drug Ads

    Google has obtained court orders banning some of the rogue pharmacies named in the lawsuit and is still seeking injunctions against the others,” the AP noted. The Department of Justice will continue to hold accountable companies who in their bid...

  11. IL Affiliate Tax Being Challenged As CA Pass it

    The Performance Marketing Association challenged the constitutionality of the Illinois law taxing products sold by affiliate marketers residing in the state, filing a lawsuit claiming it violates federal law; as the California State Assembly...

  12. Google Cleared to Buy ITA

    Under the settlement, which still needs federal court approval, Google is required to: The Department of Justice's Antitrust Division today filed a civil antitrust lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.to block the proposed acquisition...

  13. EU Asks Advertisers: Does Google Manipulate Its Search Results?

    The only reasons I know of to go in and change [search rankings] manually is for security, a court order or spam," said Google's Matt Cutts, who was in Washington, D.C.this week to speak against federal regulation of search results (which a recent...

  14. No Yahoo Re-org This Week; 'Creepy' Google; Google Buys BlindType & More [Search News Roundup]

    In a federal court lawsuit, Microsoft alleges nine counts of patent infringement. Gone are SVP of Media Products and Solutions Jeff Kinder and SVP for Cloud Computing Shelton Shugar. CEO Carol Bartz reportedly met with senior leaders Friday and...

  15. YouTube Wins Case Against Viacom

    David Lieberman of USA TODAY says, "Entertainment companies may find it harder to keep movie and TV show clips from circulating for free online after a federal judge on Wednesday threw out Viacom's hotly contested $1 billion copyright infringement...

  16. SearchDay | Will Social Networks Become the New Inbox?

    Microsoft, Google and Apple Being Sued Over Icon Navigation Posted by Frank Watson Dec 26, 2008 A lawsuit was filed in Arizona Federal court against Microsoft, Google and Apple by Cygnus Systems, Inc.over use of their just granted patent for...