July 17, 2013
Re "Asiana to sue over TV's pilot name flub," July 16 Asiana Airline's planned lawsuit over fake pilot names read during a TV news broadcast about the crash of Flight 214 really takes the cake. The airline says the mistake damaged its reputation. Asiana damaged its own reputation when its pilots apparently flew a perfectly good aircraft into a sea wall. Whether driven by home-office cultural insensitivity to an American sense of humor that thrives on disaster jokes or by a locally made decision to sue first and ask questions later, Asiana's decision to litigate is foolish.
May 22, 2012 |
Facebook has agreed to settle a lawsuit that alleges the social network's so-called Sponsored Stories advertisements benefited from the "Likes" of users without giving them compensation or a chance to opt out. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. The settlement was disclosed in a court document filed Tuesday in federal court in San Jose. The lawsuit, filed last year by five Facebook users , could have resulted in billions of dollars in losses for Facebook, according to Reuters . Sponsored Stories appear on Facebook users' pages with information taken from their friends that can include their Likes, names and pictures.
August 16, 2012 |
The United States is recalling millions of faulty flushing mechanisms that have caused toilets to explode, creating “laceration risks” for toilet users. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the warning about the Flushmate III Pressure-Assisted Flushing System, which was sold at Home Depot and Lowe's stores and to toilet manufacturers American Standard, Crane, Kohler, Eljer, Mansfield, St. Thomas and Gerber. The recall applies to devices manufactured between 1997 and 2008 -- about 2.3 million in the United States and 9,000 in Canada.
March 27, 2012
The Arbitron ratings company agreed Monday to pay $400,000 to settle a lawsuit in which it was accused of under-representing black and Latino listeners in its surveys of radio tastes in California's largest cities. Lawyers for the state, Los Angeles and San Francisco — which will receive the money — contended that Arbitron's Portable People Meters system "dramatically" under-recruited from those populations when it began in 2008. Arbitron found participants mainly by calling land-line telephones, a process that tends to under-represent minority populations.
April 7, 2014 |
Hollywood studios are turning the screws on Kim Dotcom, founder of the once infamous piracy website Megaupload. Several major U.S. studios on Monday filed a lawsuit against Kim Dotcom (a.k.a. Kim Schmitz and Kim Tim Jim Vestor) and others associated with Megaupload, alleging that they encouraged and profited from massive copyright infringement of movies and television shows before they were indicted on federal criminal charges and Megaupload was shut down. “When Megaupload.com was shut down in 2012 by U.S. law enforcement, it was by all estimates the largest and most active infringing website targeting creative content in the world,” said Steven Fabrizio, senior executive vice president and global general counsel of the Motion Picture Assn.
November 8, 2012 |
The makers of "The Hobbit" trilogy aren't too happy about a low-budget direct-to-DVD knockoff. Warner Bros., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and producer Saul Zaentz have filed a lawsuit against production studio the Asylum over its low budget direct-to-DVD "mockbuster" "Age of the Hobbits" that's designed to draft off consumer interest in the eagerly awaited "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. " Both are scheduled for release in December. Zaentz owns the trademark for author J.J.R. Tolkien's "Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" books for use in films and other media.