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Quadsys Five fraud case transferred to Crown Court

A case involving the owner and certain employees at security reseller Quadsys, who were last month charged with fraud by Thames Valley Police, is to be elevated to Crown Court. As we revealed last month, the Quadsys Five, including owner Paul Streeter, MD Paul Cox, director Alistair Barnard, account manager Steve Davies and in …
Paul Kunert, 08 Sep 2015
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Samsung goes to US Supreme Court to wriggle out of paying Apple millions of dollars

Samsung is taking its patent battle with Apple to the US Supreme Court. The Korean electronics kingpin has asked the US top court to hear its appeal of a jury decision that found its handsets in violation of multiple patents held by Apple, according to The San Jose Mercury News. Samsung did not return a request for comment. …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Aug 2015
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Court nixes four HP patents in ServiceNow infringement case

Hewlett-Packard has suffered a setback in its patent infringement lawsuit against help-desk competitor ServiceNow. Four of the eight technology patents HP had asserted ServiceNow had trampled over have been thrown out of court by the US judge hearing the case. US District Judge Beth Labson Freeman, sitting in California, had …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Mar 2015
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Slurp data in a Eurozone country? Play by their DPA's rules – EU court

Europe’s highest court ruled Thursday that if a company is operating in a particular country and targeting residents of that country for business, then it IS subject to that country’s data protection rules. The Weltimmo case hinged on the question of jurisdiction for data protection issues. Weltimmo is a Slovakian company …
Jennifer Baker, 01 Oct 2015
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High Court: IBM staff refused pay increases can claim damages

IBM employees who were refused salary increases because they would not agree to changes to the company's pension scheme are entitled to claim damages, the High Court has ruled. The judgment set out the remedies available to employees in relation to "Project Waltz". The project was implemented in 2009 to help the company meet its …
Kat Hall, 02 Mar 2015

US tries one last time to sway EU court on data-slurping deal

Hear that? It’s the sound of panic, as it dawns on the US that from tomorrow it might not be able to slurp as much data from Europe as it wants... and thousands of multinationals bite their nails over their European client lists. Europe’s top court will decide tomorrow if the US-EU Safe Harbor Framework is sufficient to …
Jennifer Baker, 05 Oct 2015
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Court battle date set for £300m BT Cornwall termination dispute

A legal showdown between BT and county of Cornwall, over the local council's plans to prematurely exit its £300m outsourcing contract with the telco giant, is to be heard in the High Court in December. The adversaries are to fight out their dispute over the termination of the BT Cornwall contract this year, due to BT …
Kat Hall, 08 Sep 2015
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Silicon Valley fights European Court of Justice ruling with small print

Robbed of their Safe Harbor protection, US cloud giants are taking shelter behind a new data-export and privacy fig leaf. Microsoft and Salesforce have become the first to publicly invoke “model clauses” – saying customers can continue shipping data outside the EU and onto their servers in the US despite Tuesday's ruling by …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Oct 2015
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Zombie SCO shuffles back into court seeking IBM Linux cash

The SCO vs. IBM case has once again thrust up an undead limb up from deep beneath the soil. The case hinges on just who owns Unix and has been burbling along since before Facebook was founded. Most of the world's population long since lost interest in SCO's contention that IBM and Novell pinched bits of its code and tossed them …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Mar 2015

Adobe and software pals haul Forever 21 to court over piracy allegations

A trio of software firms is taking a large US-based fashion retailer to court for allegedly pirating their software. Adobe, Autodesk and Corel claim that clothes bazaar Forever 21 infringed their copyright by illegally copying a raft of well-known software tools and not paying license fees. Forever 21 is a $3.8bn retailer with …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Feb 2015

Redundo-happy IBMers will benefit from High Court pension ruling

IBMers that take voluntary redundancy ahead of a High Court ruling on the firm’s pension scheme will still benefit from any remedies set out should they leave, according to an internal document. Staffers who were refused salary increases because they railed against changes to pensions were told they are able to claim damages in …
Paul Kunert, 16 Mar 2015

Gremlins in the first six months? It's the seller's problem – EU court

A ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Thursday puts the onus on tech companies to prove that a product was not faulty at time of sale if it malfunctions in the first six months. In the words of the ECJ: “Any lack of conformity which becomes apparent within six months of the delivery of goods is, in principle, to …
Jennifer Baker, 05 Jun 2015

Autonomy ex-boss Lynch tells of poisonous life within HP in High Court showdown

Analysis Former Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch has stepped up his rhetoric against HP in his latest lawsuit against the firm, having characterized HP as a snake pit of backbiting and internecine squabbling where execs "generally fought amongst themselves like cats in a sack." In papers [PDF] filed with the UK High Court on Thursday, Lynch …
Neil McAllister, 02 Oct 2015

Europe's highest court: Apple CAN trademark its retail store layout

Europe's highest court has stated that Apple can indeed trademark the layout of its stores - the iAltars - in a ruling that could ultimately dunk copycat retailers in hot water with the litigious US titan. The decision follows a spat last year, when the German Patent and Trademark Office said Apple could not extend the 2010 US …
Paul Kunert, 10 Jul 2014

Cheaper-than-Oracle Rimini defiant as Oracle drags 'em back to court

Oracle's long-running copyright case against independent support vendor Rimini Street is set to be heard before a jury in September, the database giant said on Tuesday. "There are no active settlement discussions between the parties," Larry Ellison & Co said in a statement. "Oracle seeks more than $200 million in damages and …
Neil McAllister, 08 Jul 2015
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CORRECTION: Stone Computers

In our article dated 28 September 2015 entitled "High Court judge deciding future of Stone Computers - Will someone please think of the customers", we incorrectly reported that “The future of Stone Computers will be decided by a High Court judge who could rule to place the entire group of companies into administration”. This was …
Team Register, 08 Oct 2015

Roll up, roll up: Microsoft, those Irish emails and angry Feds

An appeals court in New York will hold an oral hearing in the Feds vs Microsoft battle today. The so-called Microsoft warrant case has dragged on for nearly two years as Redmond resists efforts to make it hand over customer emails stored in Ireland. The American Justice Department wants the emails as part of a drug-trafficking …
Jennifer Baker, 09 Sep 2015

Microsoft tells judge: Hold us in contempt of court, we're NOT giving user emails to US govt

At Microsoft's own request, a judge has held the software giant in contempt of court for failing to comply with an order to give US authorities access to customer emails housed in a data center in Dublin, Ireland. Redmond's request was made jointly with government prosecutors, with the aim of expediting its appeal of the July …
Neil McAllister, 10 Sep 2014
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ISPs haul GCHQ into COURT over dragnet interwebs snooping

Britain's eavesdropping nerve centre GCHQ has been accused of unlawfully accessing the private communications of potentially millions of people – and angry internet service providers are dragging the snooping agency to court. ISPs and organisations from the US, UK, Netherlands, Zimbabwe, Korea and Germany have teamed up with …
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Jul 2014

Quadsys Five hacking fraud trial set for mid-December

The fraud case against the Quadsys Five accused of hacking into a rival security reseller’s systems is due to start in earnest on 14 December. As we revealed last month, Quadsys owner Paul Streeter, director Alistair Barnard, account manager Steve Davies and in-house security consultant Jon Townsend were charged with …
Paul Kunert, 28 Sep 2015
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Companies need answer to Safe Harbour worries, says minister

The move to strike down Safe Harbour has created worrying uncertainty for companies, the Conservative minister for intellectual property, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, has said. Responding to a Parliamentary question on the European Court of Justice’s judgement last month on the Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner case, Neville- …
Kat Hall, 04 Nov 2015

Handing over emails in an Irish server to the FBI will spark a global free-for-all, warns Microsoft

Microsoft has warned a US appeals court that forcing it to hand over emails stored on a server in Ireland would demolish internet user privacy worldwide in a “global free-for-all”. At the heart of the matter is a row over whether the Redmond giant should cough up messages held in an Irish data center – messages belonging to …

Quadsys: Fraud charges are still pending

Quadsys has tried to allay concerns in the channel about a pending fraud case involving the owner and MD by circulating police documents showing that criminal charges were dropped. The reseller’s owner, Paul Streeter, MD Paul Cox and director Alistair Barnard are correct to say that four counts levelled against them were …
Paul Kunert, 18 Sep 2015

Silicon Valley freeze-out: EU watchdog tells firms clock is ticking to limit data transfers

Companies have been put on notice by Brussel's top privacy bod, who has warned them that the transfer of EU citizens' data to the US must be limited – and this must happen soon. It comes several weeks after a landmark decision in the European Court of Justice nullified the questionable US-EU Safe Harbour Agreement. "No one …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Oct 2015

Court hearing on Icahn's Dell buyout block set for Friday

Carl Icahn's attempt to get the courts to intervene speedily in Michael Dell's bid to take the firm private has been delayed until Friday. The Delaware Court of Chancery has scheduled a conference for Friday on Icahn's request for an expedited hearing in the case. The activist investor wants the court to stop Dell from changing …

Safe Harbour ruled INVALID: Facebook 'n' pals' data slurp at risk

In a landmark ruling that will have far-reaching repercussions, Europe’s highest court has ruled that data sharing between the EU and US under the Safe Harbour framework is invalid. The decision in the Max Schrems case on Tuesday morning has been anticipated for months, but now legal eagles will have to work out how to manage …
Jennifer Baker, 06 Oct 2015

Ex-Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch sues HP for $150m+

Autonomy founder and ex-CEO Mike Lynch is suing HP for at least $150m (£100m) in damages over its assertion that he helped cook the books to inflate the price it paid for the software firm. Back in the summer of 2011, HP forked out $10.7bn to acquire Autonomy. Little over a year later, the US giant accused Lynch of …
Paul Kunert, 01 Oct 2015
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Judge says some top Dell shareholders are plum out of luck in share buyout beef

Dell has successfully whittled away at a lawsuit brought against it by major shareholders who think Michael Dell's 2013 buyout of the firm came with too small a price tag. In a Monday ruling, the Delaware Chancery Court found that five large institutional investors were ineligible to participate in the suit because the way in …
Neil McAllister, 13 Jul 2015
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Stop the Microsoft, Skype wedding, screams enraged Cisco in court

Cisco and Italian ISP Messagenet will try to convince a European court today that it should overturn the EU's approval of Microsoft's acquisition of VoIP biz Skype. The firms will attempt to get the Euro beaks to reverse the European Commission's clearance of the $8.5bn gobble in 2011 without any concessions. Networking giant …

Ashley Madison wide open to UK privacy lawsuits, claim lawyers

The Ashley Madison hack could cost the company millions and millions of pounds in compensation and settlements in the UK alone, according to lawyers Pinsent Masons. Around 9.7GB of customer data from the website for people who seemingly can't be trusted, and a sister site, were released by hackers on Tuesday night following …
John Leyden, 21 Aug 2015
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Ex-Apple bods suing Apple for bag searches get class-action upgrade

Two former Apple Store staffers suing Apple for searching their bags at work for possible stolen gear have upgraded their legal challenge to a wide-ranging class-action lawsuit. Judge William Alsup approved the class-action status in California's northern district court in San Francisco on Thursday. It means the lawsuit, …
Chris Williams, 17 Jul 2015
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Michael Dell accuses Icahn of using court as takeover tool

Michael Dell has accused Carl Icahn of filing "undefined" legal action solely as a tool to help him take over Dell, and said the investor was "grandstanding" in a bid to stop the company from going private. In a court filing, Michael Dell said the action was "just another soapbox for Mr. Icahn's public spat," and a tactic …
Iain Thomson, 08 Aug 2013

Couch potatoes relax: Netflix scores big STREAMING TV PATENT win

Netflix has scored a big win in its ongoing patent infringement battle with video-on-demand software provider OpenTV. The District Court of the Hague on Wednesday ruled that Netflix does not infringe OpenTV’s patent in the Netherlands, saying that the latter’s claim did not meet the criteria of “novelty and inventiveness”. In …
Jennifer Baker, 18 Dec 2014

Adobe pays US$1.2M plus settlements to end 2013 breach class action

Adobe has paid an undisclosed amount to settle customer claims and faces US$1.2 million in legal fees after its 2013 data breach which compromised the details of 38 million users. The creative content king was served a November 2013 class action lawsuit filed in California in which it is claimed "shoddy" security practises …
Darren Pauli, 17 Aug 2015
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SimpliVity saddles up the lawyers, sues rival Springpath

Hyper-converged startup SimpliVity is suing hyper-converged startup Springpath for allegedly wrongfully using its patented technology. Both vendors supply hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIA) systems. SimpliVity sells packaged hardware and software, including an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) of its …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2015

Rambus decides to enter the semiconductor chip manufacturing game

Serial litigant and denizen of chip makers' nightmare realms, Rambus, known for its licensing business model and the resultant court cases, has announced it is getting into the manufacturing game itself. Rambus has stated that its products will aid the company to move away from its often litigation-linked business model. CEO …
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Icahn suggests pumping Mikey Dell for dollars hard over a court bench

Activist investor Carl Icahn has urged his fellow Dell shareholders to join him in trying to get a higher price for their stockholdings in court. Icahn has written a letter to investors telling them they should reject the $24.4bn buyout offer to take the firm private lodged by company founder Mike Dell and Silver Lake Partners, …
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All-flash case rehash: Modus vs Nimbus lawyers off to DC

Modus, a customer of all-flash array startup Nimbus Data, has failed to have Nimbus’ suit against it for breach of contract dismissed. The case is being heard in California’s Northern District court and concerns, Nimbus alleges, Modus buying a flash array from Nimbus and not paying the full balance for the equipment. A filed …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2015
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Microsoft's top lawyer: I have a cunning plan ... to rescue sunk safe harbor agreement

Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith has presented a new safe harbor pact to replace the agreement struck down earlier this month by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The ECJ ruled that transferring Europeans' private information in and out of America is no longer allowed because America's privacy laws …
Iain Thomson, 21 Oct 2015

Oracle retreats on $210m Rimini Street 'value' damages

Rimini Street has struck back at Oracle after the database giant withdrew its claim for $210m damages against Rimini. Larry Ellison’s firm had claimed the amount based on fair market value of the copyright that it owned and that it claims Rimini Street has trampled. The figure was based on income lost based on a hypothetical …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Jul 2015
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Michigan sues HP after 'botched' $49m upgrade leaves US state in 1960s mainframe hell

Michigan is suing HP after the state government grew tired of waiting for the tech biz to fulfill an IT contract signed a decade ago. Hewlett Packard had agreed to replace the US state's aging computer systems that power so much of the local government. The tech firm signed a $49m contract back in 2005 to replace Michigan's …
Iain Thomson, 22 Sep 2015

Channel biggun 2e2 dragged to county court over £14,000 debt

Reseller-cum-integrator 2e2 has been handed a County Court Judgment (CCJ) over the late settlement of a £14,000 debt. The CCJ lodged at the Northampton County Court's money claims centre must be resolved inside 30 days of 15 September. Failure to do so means the debt is not scratched off the register even after it's been paid …
Paul Kunert, 21 Sep 2012

Microsoft creates its own movie moment with fancy privacy manifesto

Microsoft has published what can only be described as a privacy manifesto. The unusual online screed comes complete with interactive graphics, including a recording of the FISA court's voicemail, and appears geared at pitching Microsoft as the protector of people's global data. Written by president and chief legal officer …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Nov 2015
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HP's $3 BEELLLION Aruba buy ‘significantly undervalues’ wireless operator

Hewlett-Packard’s proposed $3 billion purchase of wireless mobile specialist Aruba Networks is facing a legal hurdle. A case has been filed in a US court against HP, Aruba, its management and board members claiming HP’s price drastically undervalues the firm. The case (5:15-cv-01502) claims the proposed deal is unfair, because …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Apr 2015

Safe Harbor 2.0: Judges to keep NSA spying in check – EU justice boss

The NSA's blanket surveillance of Europeans will be subject to judicial review, according to EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová. At a committee meeting of the European Parliament this week, Jourová provided details of the replacement to the struck-down safe harbor framework, which until this month allowed people's personal …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Oct 2015
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To beat Oracle, find jurors who care about Leisure Suit Larry not Larry Ellison

When you kick a giant in the shins and threaten to cut it off at the knees, do it in a jurisdiction you believe will provide you with a sympathetic jury. That's the strategy advised by Seth Ravin, founder and CEO of third-party application support outfit Rimini Street. The ten year-old company is an irritant to Oracle and SAP …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Feb 2015

EMC lobs sueball at Pure, tells court: Look what they told EL REG

Just days before it launches its XtremIO flash array, EMC is suing flash array startup Pure Storage for allegedly improperly recruiting EMC staff, and also accuses it of encouraging ex-EMCers to use its confidential data – and it has cited The Register in its complaint. It has also accused Pure of interference with its business …
Chris Mellor, 06 Nov 2013

CSC confirms top exec suspended over Australian bank scandal

CSC has confirmed that one of its top brass – Eric Pulier – has been suspended, while it investigates allegations he gave kickbacks in the multi-million-dollar Commonwealth Bank of Australia IT contract fraud scandal. Police in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) recently charged a former employee of the Commonwealth …
Kat Hall, 01 Apr 2015
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HP's shareholder settlement deal over Autonomy merger DENIED – again

A US district judge has thrown out a proposed settlement deal of a sueball lobbed at HP by some of the company's shareholders, after it bought Blighty software outfit Autonomy for $10.7bn in 2011. "The shareholders appear to be relinquishing a whole universe of potential claims regarding HP governance and practices with no …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Dec 2014

Amazon's chomping at the Brits: UK to get AWS data center region

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is to build a UK region, alongside existing regions in Dublin and Frankfurt. A region is a high-level concept which is formed from multiple "availability zones," requiring several physical data centers. This represents a substantial commitment from Amazon. Amazon CTO Werner Vogels announced the new …
Tim Anderson, 06 Nov 2015


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