Texas Governor Rick Perry has sued the Virginia Board of Elections and
the Virginia Republican Party over his failure to obtain the 10,000
signatures necessary to have his name included on the presidential
primary ballot. Perry alleges that Virginia election rules violate his
right to freedom of speech and association, and has asked the court to
order his certification as a candidate on the primary
Apple has won the latest battle in the ongoing smartphone IP war. The
US International Trade Commission has ruled that HTC phones using
Google's Android operating system violate one of Apple's patents. While
the ruling does not ban the importation of HTC phones outright, Samsung
cannot resume importation of the phones until it remedies the
An inquiry into the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) by the US
Department of Justice has concluded that the MCSO, headed by outspoken
Sheriff Joe Arpaio, engaged in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional
policing. The report specifically mentions racial profiling, illegal
stops and unlawful retaliation by the department as the basis for its finding.
The judge overseeing the Department of Justice's antitrust lawsuit
against AT&T regarding the company's planned takeover of T-Mobile
has granted the parties' motion for a stay of proceedings in the case.
The judge gave AT&T a month to file a status report informing the
court about whether or not it plans to continue with the transaction,
whether it plans to engage in some other transaction, and its plans for
seeking any necessary approval from the FCC.
A man claiming to have been one of the victims of former Penn State
coach Jerry Sandusky's alleged sexual abuse of children has filed a
lawsuit against Sandusky, Penn State and Second Mile, the charity that
Sandusky founded. The lawsuit contains several accusations including
claims of sexual abuse, negligence, conspiracy and intentional
infliction of emotional distress.
The Federal Trade Commission has proposed a settlement with Facebook
over the FTC's complaint accusing Facebook of privacy violations. The
settlement requires Facebook to, among other things, refrain from
misrepresenting its privacy practices, notify users when data will be
shared with third parties, establish a privacy program and generate
assessments of the privacy program's effectiveness.