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Musk’s X Corp loses lawsuit against Israeli data-scraping company

Musk’s X Corp loses lawsuit against Israeli data-scraping company

[ad_1] A U.S. judge dismissed a lawsuit in which Elon Musk’s X Corp accused an Israeli data-scraping company of illegally copying and selling content, and selling tools that let others copy and sell content, from the social media platform. U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco ruled on Thursday that X, formerly Twitter, failed to plausibly allege that Bright Data Ltd violated its user agreement by allowing the scraping and evading X’s own anti-scraping technology. Alsup said using scraping tools is not inherently fraudulent, and giving social media companies free rein to decide how public data are used “risks the possible creation of information monopolies that would disserve the public interest.” The judge also said X was not entitled to “de facto copyright ownership” in copyrighted content that X’s users made available to the public. Lawyers for X did not immediately respond on Friday to requests for comment. Bright Data’s lawyers did not immediately respond to similar requests. Alsup said X can try to amend its complaint, which sought unspecified compensatory and punitive damages …

TikTok Sues the US Government to Stop a Potential Ban

TikTok Sues the US Government to Stop a Potential Ban

[ad_1] TikTok sued the US federal government on Tuesday, arguing that the possible app ban violates the First Amendment. Last month, President Biden signed a bill that forces TikTok and its Chinese owner, Bytedance, to divest its ownership of the app or face a nationwide ban. At the time, TikTok said that it planned to sue, calling the law unconstitutional. In the lawsuit, TikTok says that the law violates the First Amendment and the divesting requirement is “simply not possible.” “If Congress can do this, it can circumvent the First Amendment by invoking national security and ordering the publisher of any individual newspaper or website to sell to avoid being shut down,” the lawsuit said. “And for TikTok, any such divestiture would disconnect Americans from the rest of the global community on a platform devoted to shared content—an outcome fundamentally at odds with the Constitution’s commitment to both free speech and individual liberty.” TikTok did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday. Responding to the law’s enactment last month, a TikTok spokesperson …

Father sues daughter over co-owned properties worth more than S million, wins suit that ‘split the family’

Father sues daughter over co-owned properties worth more than S$11 million, wins suit that ‘split the family’

[ad_1] EVIDENCE LEANS TOWARDS FATHER’S VERSION Justice Choo noted Mr Lim’s testimony was “without embellishment and without guile”, saying that despite being illiterate, he appeared “forthright” under cross-examination. “I believe him when he said that it was the defendant (Ms Lim) who ‘put her name on the documents herself’,” the judge said, adding that he would have accepted Mr Lim’s evidence that he had bought the properties as investments for himself.  “But I need not rely just on my acceptance of the claimant’s testimony alone. The evidence on the whole incline towards the claimant’s version.” Bringing up the first two disputed properties, which were bought in 2004, Judge Choo said it was “clear to me” that Mr Lim selected and bought them once the terms were acceptable to him.  On Mr Lim not knowing those two properties were purchased under joint names, he highlighted his illiterateness and noted that the “documentation for each property were done only once and thereafter, kept away”. “The claimant had no interest in checking document he could not read and it …

Revealed: key files shredded as UK government panic grew over infected blood deaths lawsuit | Contaminated blood scandal

Revealed: key files shredded as UK government panic grew over infected blood deaths lawsuit | Contaminated blood scandal

[ad_1] Disastrous failures that caused the contaminated blood scandal were denied by ministers for decades after officials destroyed, lost and blocked access to key documents, memos submitted to the official inquiry reveal. Several batches of files involving the work of a blood safety advisory committee were shredded as the government faced the threat of legal action, documents show. Patients who were given contaminated blood when they were children have also told the infected blood inquiry how their hospital medical files were destroyed or initially withheld. About 3,000 people died from contaminated blood from commercial concentrated products for haemophiliacs and blood transfusions. Dame Diana Johnson, the Labour MP who has campaigned for proper compensation and justice for the victims, said ministers were able to resist calls for a public inquiry because documents had not been disclosed exposing the failures. She said: “Successive governments took the line up until 2017 that there was no reason for a public inquiry and everything was done properly.” Campaigners, including many who are infected and affected by contaminated blood, in Westminster …

DOJ files lawsuit against Texas prison agency for denying religious accomodation

DOJ files lawsuit against Texas prison agency for denying religious accomodation

[ad_1] The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against a Texas prison agency for allegedly denying religious accommodation to an employee over wearing a head covering.  Franches Spears, who was a records clerk within the agency’s Pam Lychner State Jail near Humble, Texas, was first put on leave with pay and later terminated after wearing a head covering “as an expression of her Ifa faith.”  “Employers cannot require employees to forfeit their religious beliefs or improperly question the sincerity of those beliefs,” Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke said in a statement.  “This lawsuit is a reminder to all employers of their clear legal obligation to offer reasonable religious accommodations. In our country, employers cannot force an employee to choose between their faith and their job.” The federal lawsuit was filed in the Southern District of Texas on Friday against the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). It alleges that the agency violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The lawsuit alleges that Spears requested to wear the head covering in accordance …

Warren Buffett’s Company Rejects Proposals, but It Faces Lawsuit Over How It Handled One Last Year

Warren Buffett’s Company Rejects Proposals, but It Faces Lawsuit Over How It Handled One Last Year

[ad_1] OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Shareholder proposals are usually uneventful at Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting. But Warren Buffett and the company are now facing a lawsuit over the way one presenter was treated last year. Peter Flaherty with the National Legal and Policy Center came back with another proposal this year on a different subject even after he was cut off in the middle of his presentation last year and arrested for trespassing. The charges were later dropped, but Flaherty decided to sue because of the way he was treated to stand up for any shareholder who wants to bring a proposal. He said he had never had trouble at dozens of meetings he has presented at since 2005, including Berkshire’s 2022 meeting. “I’ve never been interrupted while making a shareholder presentation. I’ve never had my mic cut, and I’ve never been removed from a meeting room. And I’ve certainly never been arrested,” Flaherty said, “Those things were unprecedented for me.” The issue last year was that Flaherty questioned the character of one of Buffett’s …

Investor’s Lawsuit Accuses 777 Partners of 0 Million Fraud

Investor’s Lawsuit Accuses 777 Partners of $600 Million Fraud

[ad_1] The American investment firm 777 Partners, whose bid to buy the English Premier League soccer team Everton has been on hold for months amid doubts about the company’s finances, was accused by one of its lenders on Friday of running a yearslong fraud scheme worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The accusation came in a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in New York by Leadenhall Capital Partners, a London-based asset management company. It said that it had provided 777 Partners with more than $600 million in financing, only to discover that roughly $350 million in assets serving as collateral for the loans either were not in 777’s control or had already been pledged to other lenders. The lawsuit is the latest, most serious claim against 777 Partners, which has for years made bold assertions about its financial health — it has previously claimed $10 billion in assets — even as it was trailed by a string of lawsuits, corporate failures and unpaid bills. The suit could have immediate implications for 777’s stalled bid …

Fisker stiffed the engineering firm developing its low-cost EV and pickup truck, lawsuit claims

Fisker stiffed the engineering firm developing its low-cost EV and pickup truck, lawsuit claims

[ad_1] Henrik Fisker stood on a stage last August and proudly debuted two prototypes designed to catapult his eponymous EV startup Fisker into the mainstream. There was the Pear, a low-cost EV meant for the masses, and the Alaska, Fisker’s entry into the red-hot pickup truck market. In the weeks that followed, Fisker stopped paying the engineering firm that helped develop those vehicles, according to a previously unreported lawsuit filed in federal court this week. The firm, a U.S. subsidiary of German engineering giant Bertrandt AG, also accuses Fisker of wrongfully holding onto IP associated with those vehicles. It’s asking for around $13 million in damages. The lawsuit adds to a pile of legal trouble facing Fisker, which is on the brink of bankruptcy. At least 30 lawsuits alleging lemon law violations have been filed, a handful of which Fisker has already settled. A former director has filed a proposed class action suit claiming unpaid wages. A textile supplier has also sued Fisker for more than $1 million that it alleges the EV startup never …

Keep China out of addiction lawsuits, says TikTok

Keep China out of addiction lawsuits, says TikTok

[ad_1] Lawyers suing TikTok in the United States say the social media platform offers “safety features in some countries and not others,” by implication saying that TikTok could do more to protect young people in the US. In a court filing on Wednesday, lawyers representing youths and their parents claim TikTok “provides safety features in some countries and not others,” and that the differences between how TikTok operates in various countries are relevant to their case. But ByteDance, TikTok’s China-based parent company, is refusing to share more information about Douyin — the Chinese counterpart to TikTok — with the U.S-based lawyers lambasting the company for insisting that “what happens overseas should stay overseas.” A ‘discovery detour’ “The overseas version of the platform appears to protect children in China in ways that the US version does not afford children here,” the federal court filing reads. However, legal representatives for ByteDance countered that the seeking of information of how the app operates external to the US is not relevant and amounts to nothing more than a “discovery …

Google monopoly lawsuit; Steve Inskeep’s NPR anniversary

Google monopoly lawsuit; Steve Inskeep’s NPR anniversary

[ad_1] Good morning. You’re reading the Up First newsletter. Subscribe here to get it delivered to your inbox, and listen to the Up First podcast for all the news you need to start your day. Today’s top stories Closing arguments wrapped up today in the government’s antitrust lawsuit against Google. The Justice Department has accused the tech giant of illegally abusing its monopoly power by paying billions to companies like Apple, Samsung and Mozilla to be the default search engine on their devices — pushing rivals out of the market and leaving customers with a lower-quality experience. Google says it’s the most popular search engine because it’s the best — not because of its business dealings. Here’s what you need to know about where things stand. The Department of Justice and a group of 35 states sued Google in 2020 for allegedly using anticompetitive tactics to monopolize online search. The trial is over and closing arguments are under way. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Spencer Platt/Getty Images The Department of Justice and a …