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Google is often cited as an innovator in the tech industry, and most entrepreneurs and small business owners would love to know how the company trains its staff. And copycats were in luck, until recently.

Google created resource materials for its management training and development program, including a New Manager Program Participant Workbook, New Manager Program Facilitator Guide, and New Manager Presentation Slides, and then posted them to the internet and made them available for download, free of charge.

The only problem? The tech giant illegally appropriated those training techniques from a 50-year-old manual on Saharan survival techniques. The "Desert Survival Situation" has been used as a training and team-building tool for almost half a century by a company named Human Synergistics. That company is now claiming that Google stole their system and turned it into training materials without permission or payment. Here's a look at that lawsuit.

Remember that whole "pivot to video" a couple years ago? When media companies started laying off all their writers and editors in favor of more video content? Part of that sea change was spurred by advertisers, who surmised that video was a clever way to sneak ads by savvy internet users' ad blockers.

But you also need to know that people are actually watching the video content before you choose to advertise on it. And where are you going to get that data? From Facebook. But it turns out Facebook had inflated metrics for marketers, including average time users spent viewing online video clips. Not only that, but the social media behemoth waited months to correct the figures. And some advertisers aren't too happy about it.

Google Sued for Google+ Leak

It didn't take long. Mere hours after Google announced it was shutting down Google+ after a security breach exposed the private details of half a million users, the first lawsuit hit a federal court in San Francisco. The proposed class action, filed by two former users, claims "a software glitch ... gave third-party application developers access to private Google+ profile data between 2015 and March 2018," allowing app developers to "improperly collect the Personal Information of up to 500,000 Google+ users."

The allegations include negligence, invasion of privacy, and violations of California's Unfair Competition Law. You can see the full lawsuit below.

Imagine you live somewhere far from traditional services, and have a sick pet. And imagine there is an experienced veterinarian -- one that had received a Health Service Commendation Medal from the Surgeon of the United States, in fact -- available to answer your questions about your sick pet online. That's pretty great, right?

Now imagine that the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners says this vet's advice is illegal, suspended his license, and fines him $500. Not so great, right? That's why Ronald Hines, a 75-year-old veterinarian in Brownsville who's been diagnosing pet ailments via his website for the past 10 years, is now filing his second lawsuit against the Board, claiming his online pet advice is protected speech under the First Amendment.

But will this challenge be more successful than the last?

In September PayPal joined Apple, Facebook, Spotify, Twitter, and YouTube in banning Alex Jones and his conspiracy website Infowars from its platform, based on violations of policies barring promotion of hate and violence. Jones fired back this week, claiming in a lawsuit that the payment processing company discriminates against conservative voices and that his exile was based purely on "viewpoint discrimination."

You can read the full lawsuit below.

The fight over net neutrality continues, and the battleground has moved to the Golden State. Last year, President Trump's Federal Communications Commission overturned Obama-era regulations that prohibited internet service providers from charging users different prices based on the user, content, or website. Then this year the Senate voted to reinstate net neutrality rules. All the while, California was crafting its own net neutrality legislation, a bill Governor Jerry Brown signed into law over the weekend.

But the feds aren't too pleased with the state action on the matter, and the Justice Department has already filed a suit seeking to block California's net neutrality law. You can see the lawsuit below.

We all have hopes and dreams. And perhaps it was those aspirations that led Contessa Bourbon to list the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, London Times, Guardian, and Washington Post in her Twitter bio. But according to two of those news agencies, at least, Bourbon has never worked for them. The New York Times sued Bourbon last year, saying she falsely claimed she was a reporter representing the paper at news events and interviews.

Perhaps that's why the Gray Lady no longer appears on her Twitter page. And perhaps that's why the Wall Street Journal's parent company, Dow Jones, filed a complaint against Bourbon last week, seeking to bar her from continuing to claim a connection with the news outlet.

If the whole net neutrality battle seemed a bit esoteric for you, here's a real-world example of how the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality rules could impact everyone. Verizon admitted to dramatically slowed down data speeds for Santa Clara County firefighters during recent Mendocino Complex wildfires, telling the department it should pay more for a better data plan. The practice, known as "throttling," happened even though the department already had an unlimited data plan, and Verizon allegedly had a policy in place to remove data speed restrictions when contacted in emergency situations.

But while Verizon called it a "customer support mistake," Santa Clara County Counsel James Williams said it "has everything to do with net neutrality." and the Santa Clara County Fire Department has joined a lawsuit against the FCC seeking to overturn the recent repeal of net neutrality rules. You can see their declaration below:

Last month, the New York City Council passed a new law requiring Airbnb and similar lodging platforms to share data on their users, including the names and addresses of all its hosts, the rental listing URL, the number of days the unit is rented, and how much the platform collects in fees.

Naturally, Airbnb was a bit resistant to this request, and this week filed a federal lawsuit in New York, claiming the law violates constitutional free speech and search and seizure protections. You can see that lawsuit below:

Silicon Valley ag-tech company Zest Labs claims Walmart stole its proprietary "freshness management" technology used for reducing food waste. And if you know how much fresh food goes to waste, you know that the figures involved in the lawsuit are huge.

Zest claims a total of $85 billion worth of fresh food is wasted every year in the United States, and Walmart loses nearly $3 billion a year to "fresh food shrink." So if Walmart did steal Zest's Zest Fresh tech, it would be worth a lot -- $2 billion, according to a recent lawsuit. And you can see that lawsuit here: