WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. consumer protection agency on Wednesday lost an appeals court fight with now-defunct cancer testing company LabMD over accusations that the firm’s data security was inadequate and allowed the exposure of sensitive patient information. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued LabMD in 2013, claiming that poor security practices in 2008 had allowed medical and other sensitive information about 9,300 consumers to be exposed on peer-to-peer network LimeWire, often used for downloading music. LabMD denied any wrongdoing and argued that the FTC did not have the authority to enforce rules about how personal information on its network was handled. It asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit to vacate the FTC order, and the court agreed to do so. The court said that the FTC’s order was unenforceable. “It does not enjoin a specific act or practice. Instead it mandates a complete overhaul of LabMD’s data-security program and … [Read more...] about U.S. agency loses appeal over alleged LabMD data security lapses
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(Reuters) - 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. Silhouette of mobile user is seen next to a screen projection of Apple logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration 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 disagreement over the amount to be paid led to the current retrial over damages where arguments ended on May 18. Samsung previously paid Apple $399 million to compensate Apple for infringement of some of the patents at issue in the case. The jury has been deliberating the … [Read more...] about U.S. jury awards Apple $539 million in Samsung patent retrial
(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday revived a leading business group’s challenge to a Seattle law, the first of its kind, that would allow drivers for ride-hailing services such as Uber Technologies Inc and Lyft to unionize. A driver displays Uber and Lyft ride sharing signs in his car windscreen in Santa Monica, California, U.S., May 23, 2016. This logo has been updated and is no longer in use. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the city did not have the power to regulate payment arrangements between companies like Uber and Lyft and their drivers. The litigation is unfolding amid a national debate over whether workers in the “gig economy” are independent contractors, who typically cannot form unions, or employees. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which sued over the law last year and counts Uber and Lyft among its members, said in a statement that it was pleased with the decision. “The Chamber … [Read more...] about U.S. court revives challenge to Seattle’s Uber, Lyft union law
For the third time in three years, federal judges have ruled against the Walker County, Ga., school district's public commenting policy. U.S. Court of Appeals justices declined on May 2 to hold a rehearing in the district's case against Jim Barrett, which the school system already lost twice. Barrett sued the district in 2015, arguing that its policies for how people can address the board of education violate the First Amendment. Attorney Craig Goodmark, left, talks to the media Wednesday alongside Dr. Jim Barrett, Gerry Weber and Michael T. McGonigle outside the Walker County School Board in October 2017, after the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Barrett against the school system. Goodmark says Superintendent Damon Raines and the school board have wasted taxpayer money defending their public comment policy in court. Attorney Craig Goodmark, left, talks to the media... Photo by Tim Barber /Times Free Press. In February 2016, U.S. District Court Judge … [Read more...] about Court of Appeals denies hearing for Walker County Schools on public comments policy
[STK][IN] HEA MEQ[SU] PLWTO BUSINESS, HEALTH, AND MEDICAL EDITORS:Sebacia Announces Favorable Ruling by U.S. Court of Appeals for theFederal Circuit Regarding Patent Interference Proceedings with SiennaBiopharmaceuticals, Inc.DULUTH, Ga., May 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Sebacia, Inc., a privatelyheld dermatology and aesthetics company, today announced aprecedential ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the FederalCircuit. The ruling relates to a patent interference proceedingbetween The General Hospital Corporation (GHC, the owner of certainpatents licensed by Sebacia) and Sienna Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. TheFederal Circuit ruled in favor of GHC deciding that the Patent Trialand Appeal Board (PTAB) was arbitrary and capricious in terminating apatent interference proceeding initiated at GHC's suggestionconcerning Sienna's Patent No. 8,812,941. The Federal Circuit remandedthe interference proceeding for the PTAB to determine who between GHCand Sienna was the first to invent the … [Read more...] about Sebacia Announces Favorable Ruling by U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Regarding Patent Interference Proceedings with Sienna Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.