Google and Oracle are back in court to fight over whether certain programming language can be copyrighted after Oracle appealed a decision last year that sided with Google.
A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit from a woman convicted - then cleared - of murdering her husband, a Marine sergeant.
A Carlsbad, Calif. investment adviser defrauded hundreds of Russians of $3.9 million and "loaned" $464,000 to himself, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission claims in court.
A massive ice storm has shut down courthouses and government offices in Dallas-Fort Worth - ice, snow and sleet were still falling Friday morning.
Amazon.com and Google are thieves.
Vampires sucking authors' blood.
What they do has nothing to do with culture or intellectual freedom.
Don't let then tell you different.
It's theft, impure and not simple.
Not that I do not profit from it, as a reader.
Though I suffer from it as an author.
How do I know this and why do I say it?
Several years ago, after a lifetime of poor decisions, I compounded my errors by deciding to write a book about Shakespeare.
I know, I know ... what could I possibly say?
Just a few things, maybe ...
This quest led me to the used bookstores of New England, where I spent thousands of dollars buying the basic literature on Shakespeare.
I also bought books online, using the services of Google and Amazon - those thieves.
These Internet pirates helped me find books I needed, and wanted, and they helped me buy them from booksellers far away, at a decent price.
There's a new book out, called "Shakespeare's Stationers: Studies in Cultural Biography," a compilation of scholarly papers, edited by Marta Straznicky (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013 - $67.50.)
Academic presses sell books at obscene prices.
There's no reason that book should cost $67.50.
Actually, there is a reason: Penn Press wants to make its money back in the first 2 weeks, when most of the copies will be sold, to other universities' libraries.
That's the average life span of a book in the United States - two weeks. The unsold copies are sent back to the publisher and pulped - dissolved in acid. Then some other nonsense is printed on the recycled pulp: "Zen for Cats." Whatever.
"Shakespeare's Stationers" looked good to me, but I can't pay $67.50 for a book. I'm just a poor shlub. An author.
I can't ask my English Department to buy it for me, then stick it in my office and hog it from students. I don't have a department. I'm just a reporter.
So, searching for a cheap copy of the book online, I found that Amazon had downloaded the whole thing and made 94 percent of it available for free.
Amazon covered its fat, mangy, dishonest ass by omitting every 6th or 7th page from the free download, which I am reading.
Come on, U.S. Supreme Court: That's theft. That's stealing.
I'm aiding and abetting. Arrest me, and I'll testify.
I don't need the whole book to rip off the authors.
I can fill in every 7th page from what I know already.
I could read every seventh page in a bookstore, if bookstores in Southern California stocked anything but born-again Christian pap, self-help crap and mysteries, which they don't.
I am by reading, for free, a $67.50 book that took many professors many years to write.
And I'm not paying a dime for it.
If I ever get my Shakespeare book published, it will be subjected to the same process of legal theft.
Google and Amazon and their evil spawn will scan my book and offer it for free, minus a few pages, for anyone who wants to read it - with ads on the side, from which Amazon and Google will profit, but I won't.
That's not intellectual freedom.
That's not culture.
That's the iron boot heel of capital on authors' necks: in saecula saeculorum: world without end.
A company that sells "Bitcoin mining" equipment folded without delivering the equipment to its customers or refunding hundreds of thousands of dollars in Bitcoin advance payments, a purchaser claims in court.
Grieving parents of a Marine sergeant "unwittingly buried their son without his heart" because the Greek government took it from his corpse after he killed himself while guarding the U.S. Embassy in Athens, the sergeant's parents claim in a lawsuit against the Pentagon - but not against Greece.
A man cannot seek damages based on the pain and suffering experienced by his daughter when she killed in a murder-for-hire plot, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled.
Austria's national railroad must face a lawsuit in the United States from a California woman who lost both of her legs in a train mishap, the full 9th Circuit ruled Friday.
The head coach of a high school football power instructed his team to injure opponents and abused his own players, six former students and two parents claim in court.
The Bay Area Rapid Transit's two largest unions claim BART's governing board must abide by a labor deal it tentatively struck in late October, including a family-leave provision that it later claimed was a "mistake" and refused to approve.
Confusing breath mints with Ecstasy pills, an NYPD officer wrongly arrested a man as he walked through Brooklyn, the man claims in Federal Court.
Liz Pryor, a life-advice guru on "Good Morning America," claims in court that her former retail partner made "unreasonable demands" on her time and then shut her out of the business after taking her $60,000 start-up capital.
A Texas high school dance coach moved her team captain into her house and turned the girl into her "sex slave," the girl's mother claims in an explicit lawsuit.
The Miss Universe Organization thrusts "unsuspecting young girls into the clutches of hired and contracted alleged sexual predators and deviants," according to a lawsuit from a woman who claims her recruiter told her he could make her famous if she gave him oral sex in a car at a Starbucks parking lot.
The Pima County Attorney sued a private investigator, claiming she need not respond to a request for records on all felony cases her office has prosecuted since 2002, because the private eye wants to use them for commercial purposes.
Swaps and derivatives traders sued the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, claiming its new guidelines for cross-border trading are thinly veiled regulations that were adopted illegally.
Consultants on the Hanford nuclear weapons site cleanup overbilled the federal government "tens of millions of dollars," then fired a paralegal who tried to report the fraud, the woman claims in Federal Court.
One day after two gay employees sued BNSF Railway in Federal Court, the National Railway Labor Conference announced that freight carriers will begin providing insurance coverage to same-sex spouses of railroad employees, beginning on New Year's Day.
A federal court sanctioned a woman and her attorney, after she falsified her mental health records to hide her history of mental health treatment and abusive childhood.
The SEC froze the assets of a Texas company it accuses of running an $18 million Ponzi scheme in "supposed purchases" of oil and gas royalties.
A widower waited too long to claim that his late wife developed jaw disease from taking Novartis Pharmaceuticals' breast cancer drugs Zometa and Aredia, a federal judge ruled.
The California governor's office on Thursday announced the appointments of 18 Superior Court judges, eight of them in Los Angeles County - and Riverside County's first Native American judge.
Liberty Mutual and the California Self-Insurers' Security Fund sued 303 retirement homes, claiming it had to pay $17.3 million because the defendants failed to pay properly to the workers comp fund; click headline to see the defendants in Superior Court.
Checkers Drive-In Restaurants harassed and fired five employees because they're Jewish, the former workers claim in Miami-Dade County Court.
The "systematic failure," understaffing and neglect of public defenders led two cities north of Seattle to trample a "hallowed right" treasured by indigent defendants since a landmark 1963 Supreme Court decision, a federal judge ruled.
A fired guidance counselor whose self-help book discussed racial differences in women's vaginas and advised women to "enter the wonderful world of submissiveness" cannot seek reinstatement, the 7th Circuit ruled.
The Philadelphia Inquirer's publishers have appealed an order directing them to reinstate the editor they fired without consulting two owners.
An event organizer cannot trademark an event that exploits the "Jack the Rapper" alias of a late radio personality famous in Atlanta's radio and music industry.
A federal judge denied the latest attempt to skirt charges by an American linguist accused of stealing secret documents from a U.S. Navy base in Bahrain.
Related price-fixing claims against two flat-panel makers took separate twists this week following summary judgment motions involving Sony and the late Circuit City.
California and the federal government did not break any promise to a lumber company regarding timber harvest levels because this issue was never part of their agreement, a state appeals court ruled.
A stipulation agreement has led to the dismissal of claims that Kaiser Foundation Health Plan failed to pay a company that transported patients to dialysis.
Two major propane grilling tank suppliers will pay $1.8 to settle civil charges that they shortchanged consumers, California prosecutors announced.
A gun found on a convicted felon should have been suppressed as evidence, a divided 4th Circuit ruled, because the man "merely responded to a police officer's command" and never consented to the search.
A federal class action alleges Kaiser started routinely testing members between 50 and 65 years old for HIV, without consent.
Since contested biological opinions will soon be replaced and superseded by a new comprehensive biological opinion, a federal judge has stayed Oceana's fight to protect threatened loggerhead sea turtles.
The Children's Place can offer vouchers to settle a class action over personal information shoppers were allegedly required to give when making purchases, a federal judge ruled.
The National Marine Fisheries Service complied with federal law in refusing to increase the annual fishing quota for Pacific whiting, a federal judge ruled.
Ericsson and Aircom International can pay $400,000 to settle claims that they failed to pay overtime or provide workers with meal and rest breaks, a federal judge ruled.
A reporter urged the 9th Circuit to revive her claims that her First Amendment rights were trampled during a 2010 federal roundup of wild horses on public land.
The Supreme Court late Friday took up a patent dispute related to a computerized trading platform in which a third party tries to eliminate "settlement" risk.
Changing the rule for the appointment and compensation of counsel for death-row prisoners must wait on the resolution of claims that the rule suffers from "fatal defects," a federal judge ruled.
Samsung, Motorola Mobility and HTC must face accusations that they neglected their duty to license patents, a federal judge ruled.
Yahoo and AT&T infringe on patented methods and systems used for filtering, sorting and dispatching messages to wired and wireless devices, MXGO claims.
Coca-Cola falsely advertises Coke as an "all-natural product" that "does not contain artificial flavoring and chemical preservatives," a class action claims in Federal Court.
The family of a victim holds the Navy's shoddy security responsible for the Sept. 16 massacre at the Washington Navy Yard, in Federal Court.
The Natural Resources Defense Council sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for records on its toxicology reports on (nonparty) Colgate's Total toothpaste, which contains triclosan, a potentially dangerous drug, in a federal FOIA complaint.
Meracord fka NoteWorld charges "exorbitant and abusive" fees after pushing its alleged debt-relief services with misrepresentations, a class action claims in Federal Court.
San Luis Obispo County illegally restricted vineyards' rights to groundwater, vineyards and others claim in Superior Court.
The California State Water Resources Control Board illegally weakened environmental standards on agricultural runoff, the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance et al. claim in Federal Court.
Moreno Valley Unified School District fired a longtime employee for complaining about a co-worker who sexually propositioned her and showed her "sexually depraved pictures and videos," the woman claims in Superior Court.
Sensa Products pushes its weight-loss products with bogus claims they are "clinically proven" to stimulate the "satiety center" in the brain, a class action claims in Superior Court.
HRC America and LG Electronics violate two patents on amplification of antenna signal modulation, NFC Technology claims in Federal Court.