Knight First Amendment Institute: Knight Institute Sues President for Continuing to Block Twitter Critics

Knight First Amendment Institute: Knight Institute Sues President for Continuing to Block Twitter Critics. “The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University today filed a lawsuit against President Trump and his staff for continuing to block critics from the @realDonaldTrump Twitter account. The legal action was filed on behalf of five individuals who remain blocked two years after a federal court held—in an earlier case brought by the Knight Institute—that the president’s Twitter account is a public forum and the president violated the First Amendment by blocking people on the basis of viewpoint.”

Mashable: TikTok sued by rival video app Triller over patent dispute

Mashable: TikTok sued by rival video app Triller over patent dispute. “Triller, a shortform viral video app similar to TikTok, is now suing its more popular competitor. The company alleges that TikTok has stolen one of the app’s proprietary features. The lawsuit claims that TikTok infringed on Triller’s patent for ‘systems and methods for creating music videos synchronized with an audio track.’ More specifically the patented feature allows users to stitch together multiple videos with a single audio track attacked. Triller was granted the patent back in 2017.”

CPO Magazine: Illinois Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Facial Recognition Databases Violate Biometric Privacy Law, Could Cost Tech Giants $5,000 Per Incident

CPO Magazine: Illinois Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Facial Recognition Databases Violate Biometric Privacy Law, Could Cost Tech Giants $5,000 Per Incident. “The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) made national news recently when it drove Clearview AI out of the state, due to a pending lawsuit over the company’s scraping of social media pictures and videos for its facial recognition database. It may now be a problem for some of tech’s biggest names as well. A new biometric privacy lawsuit has emerged that names Amazon, Google parent company Alphabet and Microsoft as violators of the state law as well.”

Motherboard: Internet Archives Fires Back in Lawsuit Over Covid-19 Emergency Library

Motherboard: Internet Archives Fires Back in Lawsuit Over Covid-19 Emergency Library. “In a brief filed in a New York district court on Tuesday night, the Internet Archive fired back in response to a lawsuit brought against it by five of the world’s largest publishers. The lawsuit seeks to shut down an online National Emergency Library started by the Internet Archive during the Covid-19 pandemic and levy millions of dollars in fines against the organization.”

Ars Technica: Woz sues YouTube over “bitcoin giveaway” scam videos using his name

Ars Technica: Woz sues YouTube over “bitcoin giveaway” scam videos using his name. “Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has sued YouTube over the proliferation of ‘bitcoin giveaway’ scam videos on the YouTube platform. The videos falsely use the names of Wozniak and other celebrities—including Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin—to give the scams legitimacy.”

Reuters: Australian regulator says Google misled users over data privacy issues

Reuters: Australian regulator says Google misled users over data privacy issues. “Australia’s competition regulator on Monday accused Alphabet’s Google of misleading consumers to get permission for use of their personal data for targeted advertising, seeking a fine ‘in the millions’ and aiming to establish a precedent.”

ProPublica: They Warned OSHA They Were in “Imminent Danger” at the Meat Plant. Now They’re Suing the Agency.

ProPublica: They Warned OSHA They Were in “Imminent Danger” at the Meat Plant. Now They’re Suing the Agency.. “The suit by workers at Maid-Rite Speciality Foods in Pennsylvania employs a rarely used legal tool and is the latest in a growing chorus of complaints about how the federal agency charged with protecting workers has responded to COVID-19.”

Bloomberg: Four Ex-Employees Seek Class Action Status for Gender Pay Claims Against Google

Bloomberg: Four Ex-Employees Seek Class Action Status for Gender Pay Claims Against Google . “Four female former employees of Alphabet Inc.’s Google are trying to persuade a state court to let them represent more than 10,000 peers in a gender-pay disparity suit against the company, setting the stage for the next big battle over class-action status.”

USA Today: Election lawsuits set record pace amid COVID-19 pandemic as results decide who votes and how Nov. 3

USA Today: Election lawsuits set record pace amid COVID-19 pandemic as results decide who votes and how Nov. 3. “Requiring an excuse for absentee voting. Paying for postage for mail-in ballots. Purging names from voter registration lists. Placing the names on ballots to provide an advantage in so-called ‘donkey votes.’ These are among the disputes that have generated a record number of lawsuits over the Nov. 3 election. Decisions in the cases will determine who will vote and how. And the political ground is shifting even during the ongoing primaries, as rulings change in the weeks before votes are cast.”

Vulture: Producer Sues the Academy Over ‘Bland, Formulaic’ Social Media Presence

Vulture: Producer Sues the Academy Over ‘Bland, Formulaic’ Social Media Presence. “In news that might make you think twice before retweeting your week-old memes, producer Michael Shamberg sued the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Monday for disregarding his attempts to enhance its social media presence.”

CNET: Whole Foods workers sue over Black Lives Matter masks

CNET: Whole Foods workers sue over Black Lives Matter masks. “Whole Foods workers are accusing the grocery chain of discriminating against employees for wearing Black Lives Matter face masks at work. In a proposed class action suit filed Monday, the workers allege that Amazon-owned Whole Foods sent employees home without pay or took other disciplinary actions against them for wearing face masks with BLM messages.”

AP: Georgia gov sues to end cities’ defiance on mask rules

AP: Georgia gov sues to end cities’ defiance on mask rules. “Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is suing Atlanta’s mayor and city council to block the city from enforcing its mandate to wear a mask in public and other rules related to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Reuters: Google Faces Lawsuit Over Tracking in Apps Even When Users Opted Out

Reuters: Google Faces Lawsuit Over Tracking in Apps Even When Users Opted Out . “Alphabet Inc’s Google records what people are doing on hundreds of thousands of mobile apps even when they follow the company’s recommended settings for stopping such monitoring, a lawsuit seeking class action status alleged on Tuesday.”

The Next Web: Here’s how to claim your payout in the iPhone slowdown settlement

The Next Web: Here’s how to claim your payout in the iPhone slowdown settlement. “Apple this year settled a lawsuit over its slowing down of older iPhones. Now you could potentially claim compensation for having owned one of those phones, under the terms of the settlement — though be warned, you’ll get $25 at most for it and probably won’t see that until December. But hey, $25 is $25.”