Legal Tech Week: Rambus, SCO, Novell, Apple, Facebook, More

Last Updated Nov 29, 2008 12:07 PM EST

FTC asks Supreme Court to enter Rambus case -- The Federal Trade Commission has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to involve itself in the case it brought against Rambus Inc. for allegedly lobbying industry groups for a memory standard without revealing that it held key patents in the technology. And positive news in a pre-trial hearing on the patent case Rambus brought against some large semiconductor companies gave its stock a boost. [Source: Computerworld, Wall Street Journal]

Final judgment: SCO owes Novell $2.54 million plus interest -- A federal judge has given a final ruling in the SCO case, dismissing the company's claims, offering declaratory relief to Novell, and sustaining a previous monetary judgment. [Source: Ars Technica]

Apple sued over browser -- EMG Technology is suing Apple for allegedly infringing, with the iPhone browser, a patent on reformatting web pages for mobile devices. [Source: TechCrunch]

Apple ad slapped by UK body -- My, the lawyers in Cupertino have been busy. The British Advertising Standards Authority has told Apple UK that it cannot continue to air a specific commercial that was misleading in its claims of Internet connectivity speed. [Source: BBC]

Facebook spammer fined $873 million -- A court apparently wasn't amused by the sexually-related spam that a Canadian man allegedly spewed about Facebook and so granted the company a honking big monetary award that, realistically, it's unlikely to actually collect. At $100 a week, that would only take 167,885 years to pay off. [Source: AP]

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