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US judge dismisses suit versus Google over facial recognition software

WASHINGTON: A lawsuit filed against Google by consumers who claimed the search engine’s photo sharing and storage service violated their privacy was dismissed on Saturday by a U.S. judge who cited a lack of “concrete injuries.” U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang in Chicago granted a Google motion for summary judgment, saying the court lacked “subject matter jurisdiction because plaintiffs have not suffered concrete injuries.” The suit, filed in March 2016, alleged Alphabet Inc’s Google violated Illinois state law by…

CNN sues White House over revoked credentials of correspondent

WASHINGTON: CNN filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Trump administration over the revocation of press credentials for White House correspondent Jim Acosta, whose questions and reporting have been a frequent target of criticism by President Donald Trump. “We have asked this court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass be returned to Jim, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process,” CNN said in a statement. “While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone. If…

Lawyers asked to present arguments on defamation suit against PM

LAHORE: A local court here on Friday adjourned a Rs10 billion defamation suit against Prime Minister Imran Khan. Last year, PMl-N president Shehbaz Sharif went to the court, suing the prime minister for Rs10 billion for accusing him of offering a bribe to stay silent over the Panama Papers allegations against the Sharif family. During the course of the hearing today, the judge directed lawyers of both parties to come prepared on next hearing to forward their arguments on an application challenging jurisdiction of the…

US court dismisses lawsuit against FedEx over cigarettes

NEW YORK: A federal judge in New York dismissed a lawsuit on Wednesday against FedEx Corp in which New York state and New York City claimed that the package delivery company had shipped untaxed cigarettes, cheating both out of tax revenue, according to a court document. The lawsuit, which was filed against FedEx Ground Package System Inc and FedEx Freight Inc, had sought penalties under the Contraband Cigarette Trafficking Act, which prohibits shipping contraband cigarettes. In his ruling, Judge Edgardo Ramos noted the…

Facebook faces lawsuit over mental trauma

LOS ANGELES: A former Facebook Inc contract employee filed a lawsuit in California, alleging that content moderators who face mental trauma after reviewing distressing images on the platform are not being properly protected by the social networking company. Facebook moderators under contract are “bombarded” with “thousands of videos, images and live-streamed broadcasts of child sexual abuse, rape, torture, bestiality, beheadings, suicide and murder,” the lawsuit said. “Facebook is ignoring its duty to provide a safe…

Uber to pay 56 employees a total of $1.9 million for harassment claims

SAN FRANSISCO: Uber is nearing a final settlement regarding numerous sexual harassment and discrimination claims. Bloomberg reports today that 56 current and former employees who filed claims of sexual harassment will split $1.9 million, receiving just under $34,000 each on average. Additionally, members of a class action suit who claimed the company discriminated against women and people of color, will each receive nearly $11,000 apiece on average as part of a $10 million settlement. The discrimination suit was…

Walmart faces Lawsuit saying it stole technology to keep produce fresh

CALIFORNIA: Walmart Inc was sued on Wednesday by a Silicon Valley company that accused the largest US retailer of stealing its technology to prolong the shelf life of produce and reduce spoilage. In its $2 billion complaints, Zest Labs and its parent said Walmart’s “Eden” technology to preserve fruit and vegetable freshness “looks, sounds, and functions” like its own Zest Fresh technology. Zest said it had worked with Walmart for years on Zest Fresh before the retailer lost interest last November.…

Apple awarded $539M in Samsung patent retrial

 After nearly five days of deliberations, a U.S. jury on Thursday said Samsung Electronics Co Ltd should pay $539 million to Apple Inc for copying patented smartphone features, according to court documents, bringing a years-long feud between the technology companies into its final stages. The world’s top smartphone rivals have been in court over patents since 2011 when Apple filed a lawsuit alleging Samsung’s smartphones and tablets “slavishly” copied its products. Samsung was found liable in a 2012 trial, but a…

‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ producers to pay $60 million to U.S. in lawsuit settlement

KUALA LUMPUR: The company behind the 2013 film, “The Wolf of Wall Street”, agreed to pay the United States government $60 million to settle a civil lawsuit that sought to seize assets allegedly bought with money stolen from a Malaysian state fund. The film’s producer, Red Granite Pictures, co-founded by the Malaysian prime minister’s stepson, announced last September that it had “reached a settlement in principle” with the U.S. government, but did not reveal any sum at the time. According to a filing in a California…