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Apple, Samsung settle US patent dispute

SAN FRANCISCO:  Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics on Wednesday settled a seven-year patent dispute over Apple's allegations that Samsung violated its patents by "slavishly" copying the design of the iPhone. Terms of the settlement, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, were not available. In May, a US jury awarded Apple US$539 million (S$737 million), after Samsung had previously paid Apple US$399 million to compensate for the patent infringement. Samsung would need to make an…

Waymo accepts $245 million and Uber’s ‘regret’ to settle self-driving car dispute

SAN FRANCISCO: Uber will pay $245 million worth of its own shares to Alphabet’s Waymo self-driving vehicle unit to settle a legal dispute over trade secrets, allowing Uber’s chief executive to move past one of the company’s most bruising public controversies. The settlement announcement on Friday brought an abrupt halt to the captivating case just before the fifth day of testimony was to begin at a jury trial in federal court in San Francisco. In a lawsuit filed last year, Waymo said that one of its former engineers…

US govt settles first travel ban lawsuit with campaigners

WASHINGTON: The US government will allow people barred from entering the country in the early days of President Donald Trump's travel ban to re-apply for visas following a legal settlement with campaigners announced Thursday. Under the terms of the agreement, reached in a federal court in New York, the government must contact all individuals who had been turned away at borders as a result of the president's first executive order that came into force on January 27, and inform them they may seek re-entry. It does not…

Apple and Nokia settle patent dispute and sign new deal

HELSINKI: Nokia has settled its legal battle with Apple with a new patent license agreement and also signed a business deal with the US giant, surprising investors who had expected the dispute to drag on. The companies said on Tuesday that Nokia would receive an upfront cash payment and additional revenues from Apple starting from the current quarter, without giving details. Analysts said the revenue was likely to be far higher than a previous deal. Nokia shares, which fell in December when the patent dispute was…

Trump agrees to pay $25 million to settle Trump University lawsuits

NEW YORK: Donald Trump agreed on Friday to pay $25 million to settle fraud lawsuits over his Trump University real estate seminars, in what New York's attorney general called a "stunning reversal" for the US president-elect. The lawsuits had dogged Trump, who denied any wrongdoing, throughout his campaign. They led to one of the more controversial moments of his run when he claimed the judge overseeing two of the cases was biased because he was of Mexican ancestry. The settlement was announced by New York Attorney…

Shell offers 30 million pounds to settle 2011 Nigeria oil spills: sources

LONDON: Royal Dutch Shell is ready to pay up to 30 million pounds ($51 million) in compensation for two oil spills in Nigeria in 2008 after a London court rejected a larger claim, sources involved in the case said on Friday. Around 15,000 residents of the Bodo community in the Niger Delta represented by law firm Leigh Day appealed in 2011 to a London court for more than 300 million pounds in compensation. Claimants say that the two spills resulted in the leakage of of 500,000 barrels of oil but Shell estimated the volume…