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Apr 25, 2014

U.S. appeals court revives an Apple patent lawsuit against Google

WASHINGTON, April 25 (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on
Friday revived patent claims Apple made against Google
subsidiary Motorola Mobility that were dismissed by an Illinois
court shortly before trial.

The appeals court also revived a patent claim Motorola
Mobility had made against Apple but ruled Motorola could not
seek a sales ban for infringement of the patent, which is
essential to ensuring that mobile telephones from different
companies can talk to each other.

Apr 24, 2014

Netflix sees competition down, fees up if Comcast, TWC combine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Netflix Inc, which opposes the proposed Comcast deal to buy rival Time Warner Cable Inc, on Thursday outlined the ways it thinks competition will be hurt if the merger goes ahead, most notably in the extraction of “arbitrary tolls.”

The popular video streaming service responded in a letter to Senator Al Franken, a vocal critic of the deal, saying a combined Comcast and TWC, would mean video providers pay more to get their movies and television shows into viewers’ living rooms.

Apr 24, 2014

Ban on Tesla’s direct-to-consumer sales ‘bad policy’: FTC officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In an unusual move, three top officials with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Thursday came out in opposition to laws that ban automakers like Tesla Motors Inc, from selling their automobiles directly to consumers.

Laws that ban car manufacturers from selling their own products are “bad policy” and outdated, the FTC officials said in a blog post. Such laws are currently in place in Arizona, Maryland, New Jersey, Texas and Virginia.

Apr 22, 2014

Fund manager Ackman promised Herbalife whistleblower as much as $3.6 million: ABC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hedge fund manager William Ackman, who placed a $1 billion bet against Herbalife, said that he had promised a former Herbalife executive who became a whistleblower against the company up to $3.6 million, ABC News reported on Tuesday.

ABC said on its website that Ackman’s payments would come if Giovanni Bohorquez, the former executive, lost the job he took after leaving Herbalife.

Apr 21, 2014

U.S. top court asks if Coca-Cola juice label is misleading

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court justices grilled a lawyer for Coca-Cola Co on Monday, asking why a juice label touting the presence of pomegranates and blueberries should not be considered misleading if the drink contained just a trace of the fruits.

Coca-Cola argued that it could not be sued over the labeling of one of its Minute Maid juice products because the label complies with rules of the Food and Drug Administration, which oversees some aspects of labeling for processed foods and drinks.

Apr 9, 2014

U.S. lawmakers press Comcast on Time Warner Cable merger

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s chairman on Wednesday urged Comcast Corp to extend its commitment to Internet neutrality beyond 2018 as the cable company’s executive reassured lawmakers the proposed merger with Time Warner Cable Inc would not hurt consumers.

Executives from the two largest U.S. cable providers faced the first public hearing about their proposed $45.2 billion deal, reiterating that the merger would not eliminate any choices for consumers as the two carriers do not directly compete with each other anywhere in the country.

Apr 9, 2014

Comcast, Time Warner to face lawmakers on merger plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Executives from Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Time Warner Cable Inc (TWC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) are expected to defend their plan to merge as they go before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, the first hearing since the $45.2-billion deal was announced in February.

The proposed merger has stirred the ire of public interest groups who worry that a bigger Comcast would have too much clout over fast-growing broadband, free rein to raise cable rates and more power over what Americans watch on television.

Apr 8, 2014

U.S. mulls impact of Comcast-TWC deal on programming: cable executive

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Executives from Veria Living, a U.S. cable television channel, met in March with Justice Department officials who are digging into the Comcast deal to buy Time Warner Cable, even before the government was formally notified of the proposed transaction, Veria’s CEO told Reuters.

Veria chief Eric Sherman said he and other company executives met with nine Justice Department antitrust attorneys, including two trial attorneys, on March 10 for nearly 90 minutes after Veria contacted the department.

Apr 8, 2014

U.S. mulls impact of Comcast-TWC deal on programming -cable exec

WASHINGTON, April 8 (Reuters) – Executives from Veria
Living, a U.S. cable television channel, met in March with
Justice Department officials who are digging into the Comcast
deal to buy Time Warner Cable, even before the government was
formally notified of the proposed transaction, Veria’s CEO told
Reuters.

Veria chief Eric Sherman said he and other company
executives met with nine Justice Department antitrust attorneys,
including two trial attorneys, on March 10 for nearly 90 minutes
after Veria contacted the department.

Mar 27, 2014

U.S. Senate panel plans to make losers pay for frivolous patent lawsuits

WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) – U.S. senators seeking to
curb frivolous patent litigation plan to add a “loser pays”
amendment into a bill that many believe has a good chance of
becoming law, a leading lawmaker said on Thursday.

The change would require parties that lose lawsuits to cover
winners’ legal bills, and is expected to deter prolonged,
frivolous and vexatious litigation. Such measures have been
pushed by big technology companies such as Google Inc
and Apple Inc.