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Tech Law: Redbox Sues Warner, Mitnick, EEOC Separately Sue AT&T, More

A look at highlights of the past week in the high tech legal world: courts, regulation, and lawsuits.

Redbox sues Warner -- A number of movie studios have instituted new distribution terms, penalizing such lower-paying markets as mail fulfillment and kiosk self-service -- otherwise known as Netflix and Redbox -- by delaying release of new titles to them until after the higher paying chains have had a chance to make their money. Redbox had already files suit against Fox and Universal, and now it's adding Warner to the list. [Source: Barron's Tech Trader Daily ]

Defining broadband, or something like it -- The FCC is looking for public input for a national broadband plan, including suggestions on how to define the term broadband. [Source: Reuters]

Mitnick to sue AT&T over data breach -- Fulfilling his world irony duty, hacking poster boy Kevin Mitnick is suing AT&T over having his wireless account cracked and his personal information put on the web. [Source: CNET]

And AT&T sued again -- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing AT&T for age discrimination. [Source: The New York Times]

Microsoft to get injunction stay hearing -- Microsoft gets to appeal on September 23 the permanent injunction that would keep it from selling Word (which would also mean from selling Office). [Source: CNET]

Apple tries to keep margins secret in Psystar suit -- One of the irritating things about bringing a lawsuit is that you have to be ready for a good dose of scrutiny, and Apple has decided not to go after lost profits in its episodic suit of Psystar, because doing so would mean revealing its own profit margins on products. Also, Psystar complains that an Apple exec was poorly prepared for deposition. [Source: AppleInsider]

McAfee seeks gag order -- McAfee's former president Kevin Weiss will ask a judge to unseal an arbitration award in a wrongful termination action to clear his name in an accompanying options backdating scandal. The company is trying to get a Texas court to permanently extend a temporary seal on the case, which would prevent Weiss from ever discussing it. [Source: CNET]

Gavel image via Flickr user Thomas Roche, CC 2.0.

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