Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg, may take the stand in an antitrust lawsuit stemming from her days as Google’s Vice President of Global Sales and Operations. Google, Intuit, Apple, Intel, Adobe, Pixar, and Lucasfilm are the subject of a civil suit. The companies are criticized for allegedly keeping wages lower by agreeing not to poach employees from each other.
Many Facebook users are still angry with the site for implementing timeline. They’re not alone. According to TechRadar, a Chinese Pinterest-like site — Cubic Network — has sued Facebook, claiming that the company stole the idea for timeline.
When Facebook faced a patent-infringement lawsuit by Yahoo, countersuing turned out to be an effective strategy, leading to a settlement between the two companies. The social network is apparently hoping for a similar outcome in a patent suit filed against it by Mitel Networks in March.
The case in which five Facebook members sued the company for violating their privacy rights with sponsored stories has taken an odd twist. Not long ago, Facebook agreed to settle the case, donating $10 million to charity. That settlement needed approval from a San Jose, Calif., judge, who recused herself from the case Wednesday. She gave no reason for her decision.
After initially settling a class-action lawsuit regarding sponsored stories for $10 million, Facebook said it will make some changes and give users more control over how their personal information is used in the ad feature. These changes could deal a big hit to the social network’s pocketbook.
Yahoo and Facebook are trying to put an end to a legal saga in which the web portal sued the social network for patent infringement. Yahoo claimed in March that Facebook essentially stole its social network model, which includes creating profiles and interacting with other users and businesses. Both sides were in court again Tuesday, as Yahoo asked for a two-week extension to file replies in the lawsuit.
Aaron Greenspan, Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard classmate who previously claimed that he came up with the original idea for Facebook, is back in court, but this time his target is Columbia Pictures. Greenspan filed a lawsuit against The Social Network film studio, claiming defamation by omission, but his case was dismissed. Apparently, he appealed to the First Circuit recently, according to law blog Above the Law.
Courts all over the world have been dealing with the strange but growing trend of serving lawsuits via Facebook. Now, a New York lawyer believes that it might soon be legal in the United States to serve someone over the social network.
Will a new chief executive officer bring new hopes for a settlement in the patent-infringement brouhaha between Yahoo and Facebook? Yahoo Interim CEO Ross Levinsohn reportedly reached out to the social network in hopes of a settlement, after taking over for former CEO Scott Thompson.
The fifth amendment to Facebook’s initial public offering filing contained a warning that Yahoo found 16 more patents that “may be relevant” to the patent-infringement lawsuit it filed against Facebook in March.