Archive for October, 2007

Man Gets Prison Sentence Over Copyright Infringement

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

A man has received a sentence of thirty months in prison after being found guilty of conspiracy to commit copyright infringement. Eli El has been sentenced to three years of supervision after he pleaded guilty to the charge in New Haven, Connecticut earlier this week.

El played a role in the distribution of twenty thousand software programs that were copyrighted. The programs were distributed via the Internet, using the Warez market, an underground community that uses the Internet to distribute copyrighted software.

A spokesman from the Business Software Alliance stated that the outcome of the case showed just how serious copyright infringement and piracy were. He stated: “The U.S. Department of Justice thinks it is serious, the rights holders think it’s serious, and they’ll spend the resources to stop piracy. Two-and-a-half years in jail is a significant sentence, and it’s a felony conviction that will follow El the rest of his life.”

He added: “Another thing about this defendan, he’s 40, and that’s another example that the people involved in piracy operations are not a bunch of kids in high school – he’s a grown man and causing significant damages.”

J Lo Wins Lawsuit Against Ex Hubby

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Hollywood actress and chart-topping singer Jennifer Lopez has been awarded over half a million dollars after winning a lawsuit that she filed against her ex-husband Ojani Noa. The lawsuit was filed over a book that Noa had planned to write.Lopez filed the lawsuit when it was revealed that her ex-husband was planning to write a book about his life, in which he planned to write about how the star was allegedly unfaithful to him. However, Lopez claimed that her ex had agreed never to reveal anything about their relationship.

J Lo won the case after showing that Noa had breached a contract that meant that he was unable to reveal any details about his marriage and relationship with her through his plans to write the book.

The judge, who ruled in the star’s favor, stated that Moa could not publish any details in the book that would criticize or denigrate Lopez, or that would place her in a negative light. The star was awarded $545,000 dollars.

Man Who Lost Prison Lawsuit Back In Prison

Monday, October 29th, 2007

A man who previously lost a lawsuit claiming that he was raped by other inmates while in prison is now back behind bars after being found guilty of robbery. Thirty nine year old Roderick Johnson lost a federal civil rights lawsuit which he filed against the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in 2002.

In that lawsuit Mr. Johnson was seeking unspecified damages after claiming that he was gang raped by inmates at the Allred Unit near Wichita Falls.

He was there for eighteen months, and claims that he was raped almost on a daily basis according to his lawsuit. However, the jury found prison employees not guilty of violation of Johnson’s civil rights through ignoring his pleas.

Mr Johnson is now back behind bars after admitting to robbery, a crime for which he has now received a 19 year sentence. He went to a service station where he committed the robbery, handing over a note that claimed he had a gun and instructing the clerk to put money into a bag.

Lawsuit Against Wow By Beijing Based Company

Friday, October 26th, 2007

A software company based in Beijing has filed a lawsuit against the creators of the popular computer game, World of Warcraft, for the illegal use of a number of its Chinese character fonts, according to recent reports. Also named as a defendant was the local operator of the game. The game was created by Blizzard and is run by a local operator in the area.

According to the lawsuit, there are five Chinese character fonts that are used in the game, all of which are said to have been developed by the software company, Founder Group which was founded in 1986. According to reports, a number of employees of Founder Group picked up on the use of the characters when playing the game.

With over three and a half million subscribers in China alone, World of Warcraft has become one of the world’s most popular online games. A court date for the hearing has yet to be set, and Blizzard officials state that the lawsuit is still being studied, giving no further comment.

The Founder Group filed the lawsuit in June of this year following the discovery of the illegal use of the characters, and seeks over $13,000,000 in compensation.

Settlement For Family Of Man That Choked To Death

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

The family of a man that choked to death has received a settlement after filing a lawsuit against the institutions blamed for the man’s death. Luke Warman died in 2003 after he choked to death on food that was given to him at an Dallas area nursing home.

The lawsuit was filed by the sister of the deceased against the Lakeside Nursing Center in Dallas. The lawsuit claimed that the deceased suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which amongst others things affected his ability to swallow. The nursing home was accused of negligence that led to the man’s death.

Mr. Warman, who was admitted to the nursing home just weeks before his death, had been tested prior to admission to the home, and as a result of his medical problems had been placed on an all liquid diet. A number of other defendants had also been named as part of the lawsuit.

The settlement reached with the family of the deceased was for $250,000. Reports state that despite being unable to swallow Mr Warman was given solid food and choked, which caused brain damage and resulted in his death the following day.

Disney Sued By Comedy Writer

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

The world famous Walt Disney Company is being used by a writer/producer, who claims that the company ripped off one of his ideas to create a show. Morris Taylor Sheffield, the Los Angeles writer and producer, has already penned a number of hit shows, such as Fox’s In Living Color, and Nickelodeon’s Roundhouse.According to the lawsuit, Sheffield approached Disney bosses with an idea for a children’s television show in 2001. The idea was about a boy in junior high school who also led a secret life as a pop star. The writer claims that the idea was used for the Disney Channel show Hannah Montana.

The lawsuit goes on to state that Disney bosses appeared interested in the whole concept and asked Sheffield to write a number of scenes as samples. However, a week or so after he did Disney stated that they were not going to take on the project.

Hannah Montana was then launched by the Disney channel in 2006. The show is about a teenage girl that also has a secret life as a pop star, and quickly went on to become on of the channel’s highest rated shows.

City Of Chicago Wants Lawsuit To Be Dismissed

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

The City of Chicago has urged court’s to dismiss a lawsuit that was filed by a gay man who claims he was arrested and then beaten by cops for using a cell phone in the back of the police car. The city has urged the court to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Alexander Ruppert. According to reports the reason for the motion to get the lawsuit dismissed is “because gays aren’t entitled to equal protection under the U.S. Constitution”

A report on the incident was made in one newspaper in June. This stated: “According to Ruppert’s lawsuit, two officers asked him to leave the bar and put him in the back of a squad car but didn’t handcuff him or arrest him. The officers have not been charged with a crime. They made ‘vulgar comments referring to his sexual orientation’ and after driving him a block away from club, hit him in his face and on his head while calling him names, according to the lawsuit.”

The newspaper report went on to state: “Ruppert weighs about 120 pounds, while the officers each weigh more than 200 pounds, Erickson said . Ruppert told the officers he was HIV-positive and pleaded for medical attention, the lawsuit said. The officers took him to Weiss Memorial Hospital, where he received 16 stitches for a cut under his left eye and other treatment, the suit said. Simonton said that according to the initial charges, Ruppert was ‘injured during the transport to the police station,’ but she had no further details. The two officers were treated for injuries at a hospital, Simonton said. Ruppert’s lawsuit claimed that the officers’ injuries were not legitimate and included an injury to a knuckle that one officer suffered while pu

Another Lawsuit Filed Against IBM

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Corporate giant IBM has been hit with another lawsuit filed by disgruntled employees that claim they were treated unfairly in terms of payment and breaks while working. The lawsuit has been filed by three IBM sales staff who claim that they worked more than eight hours per day and ended up doing in excess of forty hours per week but were not paid any overtime and did not receive mandatory breaks.

According to the lawsuit, which was filed earlier this month in U.S. District Court for Eastern California by IBM sales reps John Bennet, Bill Graham, and Peter Stanger, the company did not pay legally required overtime or provide breaks to the employees.

The lawsuit alleges: “Sales representatives were paid principally on a salary basis, receiving commissions on their sales, irrespective of the hours actually worked, and were unlawfully classified as exempt from overtime compensation.”

Another lawsuit was filed against IBM by another employee in May, where the former worker claimed that he was also not paid legally required overtime or provided with breaks. IBM plans to defend itself against this first lawsuit stating that the case lacks merit.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Police Officer

Friday, October 19th, 2007

A lawsuit for wrongful death has been filed against an Indianapolis police officer following the death of two people in a high speed car chase that occurred in 2005. The 110 mph chase involved the officer chasing a car belonging to 22 year old Leonard Moss Jr., who was on a blind date at the time of the chase.

The officer that is being sued has been at the center of lawsuits before, and was involved in a wrongful death lawsuit that was settled last year. An addition to suing the officer, the parents of Kelly Baker, who was killed along with Moss during the chase, are suing Moss’s estate.

The chase occurred after Moss was pulled over for speeding and was asked to step out of the vehicle. Although he looked as though he was going to do so, he then decided to get back into the car and drive off at high speed with the officer hot on his heels.

The incident occurred on August 3rd 2005. The lawsuit also names the city of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Police Department, alleging that there are no safety policies in place in relation to high speed chases. Ms. Baker was 19 years old when she was killed.

Over Half A Million To J Lo Over Tell-All Book

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Hollywood movie star and chart topping singer Jennifer Lopez has been awarded over half a million dollars following a lawsuit against her first husband. The lawsuit was filed over her ex-husband’s intentions to publish a book. According to reports, this was to be a tell-all book that would contain information about several affairs that Lopez allegedly had.

A decision on the award was made by a court ordered arbitrator, and over half a million was awarded to Lopez in relation to her lawsuit against former hubby Ojani Noa. The majority of the award, however, will be for attorney fees and arbitrations costs, with the star receiving just two hundred thousand dollars by way of damages.

According to Lopez there was a previous lawsuit settlement in place that prevented her ex-husband from publishing the book and any of its details. She claims that Noa breached and violated this order.

A decision was also made by the arbitrator that an injunction would granted against Noa, and that this would stop him from “criticizing, denigrating, casting in a negative light or otherwise disparaging or causing disparagement” his former wife.