July 19, 1999 |
Internet search engines aren't in violation of trademark laws when they sell advertisements linked to such trademarked terms as Playboy and Playmate, according to a recent ruling by a federal judge in Santa Ana. The ruling, the first of its kind in this area of law, is a setback for Playboy Enterprises Inc. in its ongoing trademark infringement lawsuit against search engines Excite Inc. and Netscape Communications Corp.
April 24, 1999 |
Outlawing a widely used marketing ploy that often misleads consumers on the Internet, a federal appeals court has ruled that companies cannot boost traffic to their Web sites by littering them with rivals' trademarks. For consumers, the ruling could help end a bait-and-switch tactic that frustrates millions of people who depend on "search engines" such as Yahoo and Lycos, which guide users to Web sites on topics they are interested in.
March 13, 2005 |
A man opened fire at a Wisconsin church service Saturday, killing seven members of a congregation that preaches nonviolence and "end-time" prophecies before taking his own life, authorities said. Four others were wounded. The shootings took place shortly before 1 p.m. during the weekly services of a Living Church of God congregation in Brookfield, Wis., a suburb of Milwaukee.