JOLT Digest: Google v. Oracle: Silicon Valley Braces for “Lawsuit of the Decade” as Google Petitions for Cert to decide API Copyrightability. “In January of 2019, Google petitioned for certiorari in Google LLC v Oracle America, Inc. The case concerned a copyright infringement claim filed by Oracle against Google for use of the Java API in Android smartphones. Oracle seeks damages that could exceed $8 billion.” A good overview of a legal situation that’s been going on for a long time.
New York Post: New database allows New Yorkers to view lawsuits filed against NYPD. “A newly released database allows New Yorkers to peruse thousands of lawsuits filed against the NYPD — allowing them to track how much taxpayer money has been spent to settle cases against cops in their local precincts since 2015.”
CNET: Facebook, Instagram sue China-based firms over sales of fake accounts. “Facebook and Instagram are suing four companies and three people in China for creating and promoting the sale of fake accounts, likes and followers on the social networks.”
CNET: Facebook faces complaints from more former content moderators in lawsuit. “Two former Facebook content moderators have joined a lawsuit against the tech giant, alleging they suffered psychological trauma and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder caused by reviewing violent images on the social network.”
The Daily Beast: Russian Trolls’ Lawsuit Against Facebook Hits a Wall. “A California judge is tapping the brakes on a lawsuit defending the free speech rights of Russian trolls. U.S. sanctions are preventing the American lawyers behind the suit representing their Russian client in court, the judge says.”
New York Times: Attacking a Pay Wall That Hides Public Court Filings. ” The federal judiciary has built an imposing pay wall around its court filings, charging a preposterous 10 cents a page for electronic access to what are meant to be public records. A pending lawsuit could help tear that wall down.”
The Register: And it’s go, go, go for class-action lawsuits against Equifax after 148m personal records spilled in that mega-hack. “In a series of orders handed down in a Georgia federal district court on Monday, the evocatively named Judge Thomas Thrash Jr said that legal challenges from payment card issuers and ordinary citizens can proceed against Equifax. A class-action lawsuit brought by ten ‘small businesses’ – which included corporations and limited liability companies – was denied, though. The small biz owners can join in with the consumers.”