Exempt vs non-exempt: How to avoid a Groupon-style class action lawsuit

Daily deals company Groupon is in the bad-news spotlight again, this time due to a class-action lawsuit filed last month on behalf of its current and former employees. The lawsuit alleges Groupon failed to pay its account executives overtime, and later paid overtime at an incorrect and illegally low rate. The suit seeks substantial back wages, liquidated damages and attorney’s fees.


AT&T announces $700 HTC Jetstream Android tablet

AT&T is having a bad day thanks to the U.S. government’s decision to try and stop its much-talked-about T-Mobile acquisition. But that didn’t stop AT&T from releasing details on its next tablet offering, the 10.1-inch HTC Jetstream tablet with Android Honeycomb.


Apple files injunction against four Samsung mobile devices

In the legal boxing match between Apple and Samsung, Apple just threw a strong uppercut. Apple on Friday filed an injunction to attempt to keep Samsung from importing four of its mobile devices into the U.S., including the Galaxy S 4G and Galaxy Tab 10.1, according to FOSS Patents.

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Winklevoss twins finally finish row with Facebook

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, the twins whose story was prominently told alongside Mark Zuckerberg’s in the movie The Social Network, have decided not to appeal to the Supreme Court concerning their $65 million cash-and-stock settlement with Facebook and Zuckerberg.


Nokia defeats Apple in major patent dispute

Nokia on Tuesday announced that Apple had agreed to pay a one-time settlement and continuous license fees for patents that Nokia owns, ending a legal battle that started in 2009. Both companies will also retract all prior complaints from the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Apple seeks to intervene in Lodsys lawsuit targeting iOS developers

Apple on Thursday moved to intervene in a lawsuit by patent licensing company Lodsys over in-app purchases, according to FOSS Patents’ Florian Mueller. Apple wants to put itself between Lodsys and seven independent iOS developers that Lodsys sued in district court in Texas on May 31.

Dish Network, EchoStar settle Tivo DVR lawsuit for $500M

After five years of legal back and forth, Dish Network and its former parent company EchoStar have settled their ongoing litigation with digital video recording (DVR) company Tivo that centered on Dish’s DVR implementation, for $500 million.

Will Facebook ever be rid of the Winklevoss twins?

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, the twins who settled with Facebook two years ago in a dispute over the social network’s origins, were back in court this week trying to undo the settlement.

Winklevoss twins on Facebook lawsuit: It’s not about the money

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, the twins who (along with their business partner Divya Narendra) accuse Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg of stealing their idea, got a big write-up in The New York Times for their ongoing legal dispute with Facebook.

Why Facebook’s playing a dangerous game with the Winklevoss brothers

Usually, Facebook’s public-relations officials can be relied on for a good old-fashioned “no comment” on truly sensitive matters. That makes the company’s response to a recent wave of reporting about ongoing litigation with Harvard classmates of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg more than a bit surprising.

Unsealed lawsuit reveals Dell lied about millions of faulty computers

The past has come back to haunt Dell. Documents unsealed yesterday regarding a three-year-old lawsuit against the company have revealed that Dell knowingly downplayed hardware defects for millions of computers it sold between 2003 and 2005, the New York Times reports.

After The Social Network, Facebook’s IPO is the real show we’re waiting for

Last night, I watched The Social Network, the much-anticipated movie about the founding of Facebook from Hollywood storytellers Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher. And as the credits rolled, I found myself thinking that it could have been much, much worse for Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s youthful CEO, who finds his life being chronicled when much of it has yet to unfold.

HP lawsuit adds drama to Oracle’s Mark and Larry Show

Grab your popcorn! Oracle CEO Larry Ellison’s hire of Silicon Valley neighbor and tennis partner Mark Hurd — who, by the way, just happens to have been freshly ousted as chief of Hewlett-Packard — makes for great theater. But will it be good for business?