Tech Law: Vonage To Pay, T-Mobile Customer Records, Chinese Copyright Trouble for Google, More

Last Updated Nov 23, 2009 7:19 AM EST

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

Vonage will pay to extricate itself from legal woes -- VoIP provider Vonage (VG) will pay a total of $3 million to 32 states to settle an investigation into questions of whether the company made it difficult for consumers to cancel accounts and if it neglected to make clear that you have to have a broadband Internet connection to use it. [Source: AP]

T-Mobile employees sell customer records -- Some employees at T-Mobile in the UK allegedly made "substantial amounts of money" for selling to data brokers information from millions of customer records. [Source: OUT-LAW.com]

EU commission faces criticism in Intel investigation -- The antitrust regulatory body of the European Union is facing criticism from the EU ombudsman, as investigators failed to note a critical meeting with Dell (DELL) that might have been relevant to the Intel (INTC) antitrust case. [Source: The New York Times]

Google Books: more trouble, legal delay -- A Chinese authors' organization is demanding that Google (GOOG) come up with a plan to compensate writers whose works they scanned in the U.S. Meanwhile, there will be a February hearing on the revised Google Books class action suit settlement. [Source: GoodGearGuide, All Things Digital]

Class action iPhone suit looking for source code -- Attorneys for a class action suit by iPhone owners over being locked in with AT&T (T) are asking a federal judge to force Apple (AAPL) to hand over source code for the 1.1.1 version of the handset's software. [Source: Computerworld]

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