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RIM Officially Responds to Class Action Lawsuit Saying It’s “Without Merit”


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A class action lawsuit was filed not too long ago against RIM claiming that the company misled investors regarding its financial condition and business prospects. We’re not sure exactly what’s going on here or what the law says about these investments, but it seems like the recent stock plunge has something to do with it. Chances are that an investment firm has lost a lot of money in RIM stock and is looking to mitigate that loss with a lawsuit payback. What investors should be doing is not reacting so emotionally to the market. Smartphone sales are up globally and RIM is well positioned to accommodate this growth. So Relax.
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RIM Slaps Kik Messenger with Patent Lawsuit


We knew this day would come eventually when we learned more about why Kik was pulled from App World. RIM has filed a patent lawsuit against Kik, and while we don’t know the exact patents RIM is claiming Kik has infringed on, a good guess is that it has to do with a RIM patent on BBM’s sent, delivered, read, and typing indicators. Considering the CEO of Kik, Ted Livingston, used to work at RIM, it wouldn’t be a stretch to think he had insider knowledge about the patent details.

Here is a thought: maybe RIM wouldn’t have sued Kik if they didn’t use this patent on other devices. The fact that the company essentially brought BBM to other platforms in such a way is bad for RIM’s business. Carriers will often say that BBM is the number 1 customer retention tool for BlackBerry, and if this opens up to other platforms they lose a bit of competitive advantage.

Woman Sues Google After Accident Following Map Directions


Google is being sued by a woman for damages after Google Maps directions instructed her to walk along a busy highway that had no pedestrian pathway. The woman followed the directions from her BlackBerry and was struck by a vehicle after being told to walk over a mile on a highway.

Google Maps is a great service but anyone who has used the mapping program knows that it isn’t always 100% correct. I’ve been on road trips where I’ve had to ignore the service entirely. It would be great if Google could provide meta data about the walking conditions, and whether a pedestrian pathway exists, but still nobody should be following the route blindly.

Kodak Sues Apple and RIM Over Image Previewing Patents


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Eastman Kodak have announced that it filed lawsuits against both Apple and RIM for infringing on a patent it holds covering a method for previewing images. Kodak has also filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission and is looking to get both RIM and Apple to pay license fees. We’re not sure if anything will come of the lawsuit and this is probably the last we’ll hear of it. The worst case scenario is probably going to be an out-of-court settlement.

Verizon sues mobile SPAM company and wins – donates to charity


Verizon has settled a lawsuit filed last month against Feature Films for Families, a Utah-based telemarketing company, for illegally calling Verizon customers and employees to advertise the movie, “The Velveteen Rabbit.” In addition to a permanent injunction preventing any future calls, the Utah-based telemarketer has agreed to a $25,000 cash settlement, which Verizon is donating to the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH).

The lawsuit alleged Feature Films for Families illegally used an autodialer to call Verizon customers about the movie. The lawsuit stated that over 10 days in early February, nearly 500,000 calls were made to Verizon Wireless customers and employees from the telephone number 917-210-4609. When customers answered these calls to their wireless phones they heard either a prerecorded voice message or an individual reading a script promoting the anticipated release of the film.

Now if only Rogers can file a similar lawsuit against the people calling me about my renewing my car insurance (I don’t drive).

RIM sues Motorola for ‘unfair competition’ practices


RIM logoThis isn’t really the news anyone wants to hear during the Christmas season, but it appears as though Motorola needs a holiday lesson about the value of sharing. RIM filed suit with Motorola on Christmas Eve, alleging that the mobile phone company has improperly blocked their attempts to hire current and laid-off Motorola employees. The suit, filed in state court in Chicago on Tuesday, comes three months after Motorola alleged that RIM violated an agreement reached in February that the two companies would not solicit each other’s employees. RIM has asked for a court order to invalidate the agreement, saying in its complaint that the pact had expired in August and was no longer enforceable.

“RIM entities continue to grow and hire new employees within the United States and globally against a backdrop of recent public announcements by Motorola that it has and will continue to make massive layoffs,” said RIM’s lawsuit.

RIM is also seeking unspecified damages for what it called “unfair competition” practices by Motorola. Motorola spokeswoman Jennifer Weyrauch-Erickson declined to comment on the lawsuit.

|via Reuters|