• The family of the late John Steinbeck files a complaint against a literary agency and a sub agent alleging that the agent has no right to make deals involving John Steinbeck’s works without consulting with the family and getting their consent.
  • Google files a petition with the Supreme Court requesting it reverse a ruling that held that Oracle’s Java computing language is protected by copyright.


  • Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega files a response to Activision Blizzard’s motion to strike the lawsuit regarding the use of his likeness in the video game Black Ops II.
  • Ex-Fugees rapper Pras Michel files a $30 million defamation lawsuit against the New York Post over an article stating the Micheal failed to headline for a 9/11 charity event.
  • A federal judge dismisses a lawsuit against Tyler Perry, the U.S. Army, and a state entity regarding the development of a movie studio entertainment complex on Fort McPherson.
  • A former unpaid intern files a class-action lawsuit against Lionsgate alleging that the work performed on The Wendy Williams Show didn’t meet the Department of Labor’s standards for unpaid internships.


  • Lex Machina data shows that patent lawsuits are down 40 percent from September in 2013.

Privacy & Cybersecurity

  • Twitter files a lawsuit against the Department of Justice alleging that restrictions on what may be disclosed regarding federal searches violate the First Amendment.
  • The Department of Justice issues a business review letter clearing the TruSTAR platform, a proposed cybersecurity threat information sharing system among.
  • Microsoft and other K-12 educational and school service providers sign the Student Privacy Pledge agreeing to several commitments aimed at protecting student-data privacy.
  • FBI Director James Comey likens hackers from China to a “drunken burglar,” noting they seem to be more prolific than good at hacking.
  • Future South Technologies publishes a report claiming that the recently discovered “Shellshock” exploit has been used to hack into Yahoo and WinZip.
  • Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announces a cyber security insurance package aimed at safeguarding companies.
  • The New York City mayor’s office orders the removal of Titan 360’s Gimbal Bluetooth tracking beacons, which were used to track nearby phones across the city, from public pay phones.
  • Apple updates its malware definitions to address the “iWorm” botnet malware.
  • The National Security Agency releases a report outlining the protections involved in the collections of signal intelligence under executive order 12333.
  • Adobe responds to reports that its Digital Editions e-book and PDF reader logs and reports every document added to users’ local libraries and transmits those logs, unencrypted, over the Internet.
  • Google chief Eric Schmidt warns that the Internet may be at risk if Congress fails to deal with the National Security Agency.
  • Federal prosecutors announce that they are reviewing the Drug Enforcement Agency’s use of photos obtained from a woman’s phone during a drug arrest in order to create a fake Facebook profile.
  • Google agrees to remove over 170,000 websites from its search results.
  • Hackers post over 13 gigabytes of Snapchat images and videos online.


  • Former football and basketball players file a class-action lawsuit against major television broadcasters alleging that broadcasting contracts with the NCAA and conferences violate college athlete rights.


  • HP confirms its plans to split into a PC company and a business technology and services company.
  • Symantec announces that it will split into two companies, on focused on security and another focused on information management.


  • The Federal Trade Commission announces an $80 million settlement with mobile phone carrier AT&T over allegations that AT&T billed its customers for mobile cramming, the practice of billing customers for unauthorized third-party services.
  • The US Telecom Association files a petition with the FCC requesting relief from broadband regulations.
  • Comcast shareholders vote in favor of the company’s $45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable.
  • President Obama renominates Michael O’Rielly for the FCC.
  • President Barack Obama reiterates his commitment to net neutrality.
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