BlackBerry Sends Facebook a Lawsuit Request

BlackBerry email on the BB 8330, by flickr user Ian Lamont, licensed by Creative Commons.

‘member these?

In the ever-changing world of technology and information, it is sometimes easy to forget the trailblazers. BlackBerry, one of the first companies to consistently release top of the line smartphones, is now going to mat against the social media juggernaut Facebook. Claiming patent infringement related to messaging platforms and mobile apps, BlackBerry is seeking monetary damages of an undisclosed amount. Interestingly enough, BlackBerry recently went after Nokia for similar issues. Instagram and WhatsApp (owned by Facebook) were also named in the lawsuit. This could be seen as Blackberry trying to remind the public and their competitors who the “old guard” in mobile technology & messaging really is. Read More

Confrontation Between Police Officer and Skateboarder Paves the Way for New Lawsuit

Skateboarding event goes downhill

The description of a downhill skateboarding event, in and of itself, radiates a slight level of danger. There is always a risk of injury in traveling downhill at elevated speeds, with only a board and four wheels serving as an unprotected and
exposed form of transportation. In July 2017, a San Francisco police officer pushed a vulnerable skateboarder during an annual competition. The supposed intentional action of the officer was captured on multiple video outlets. Read more

Norfolk Southern Railway Conducts a Lawsuit Against Railroad Product Manufacturer

Railroad is getting back on track

Due to untreated material use, Norfolk Southern Railway filed a lawsuit at the end of October against an Alabama railroad tie manufacturing company. About 4.7 million railroad ties are affected and are now expected to decay much quicker than originally anticipated by the Railway.  This issue warrants the necessity to replace every railroad tie that was not covered in the protective chemical, creosote.  The company held responsible is Boatright Railroad Products LLC. Read more

Cards on the Table in Star Wars Lawsuit

King High Poker hand, by flickr user Guts Gaming, licensed by Creative Commons

“I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”

A mobile game developer has been dealt a bad hand after naming one of their card games apps after a fictional Star Wars property. The lawsuit was filed by Disney and Lucasfilm in the state of California and seeks to protect its intellectual property and trademarks. The app is modeled after a game called “Sabaac”, which is how Harrison Ford’s character Han Solo came about winning his infamous ship, the Millennium Falcon. The app maker is a company called Ren Ventures, which happens to be named after a character in 2015’s Star Wars movie The Force Awakens. Disney recently released Star Wars Episode IX The Last Jedi in the theaters, and is also gearing up for a new film revolving around a “young Han Solo”. Rumors are that the card game could play a pivotal part in the plot of that movie. Read More

Agricultural States are Cracking Away the California Egg Law

Farmers refuse to walk on egg shells

Due to the chain of events stemming from a California vote in 2008, a challenge was made to the US Supreme Court recently on behalf of thirteen states. Voters in California were in favor of fighting for the living conditions of hens that are bred to lay eggs for farmers. A law was passed in compliance to the vote to require all hens at least 116 square inches of room to stretch their limbs and lay down throughout the day. Read more