Judge Rules That Samsung Did Not Willfully Infringe on Apple's Patents

Because the court system is an inescapable never ending maze of appeals and paperwork, a ruling doesn't seem to mark the end of anything. Even when the court said Samsung had to pay a billion dollars to Apple back in August, it can rule something differently tomorrow. Or at least, tweak and overturn something.… » 1/29/13 10:45pm 1/29/13 10:45pm

Apple Has Been Denied a Permanent Sales Ban on the Samsung Phones and…

Though Apple won a fresh billion dollars in the US patent infringement case that saw Samsung basically lose everything, Apple won't be able to kill Samsung products dead. Judge Lucy Koh, the federal judge that presided over Apple v. Samsung, has denied Apple a permanent injunction against Samsung. Samsung can still… » 12/17/12 11:12pm 12/17/12 11:12pm

Darth Vader Given Arrest Warrant, Pleads Guilty to Assault

After Darth Vader kicked a Jedi Master's ass with the Dark Side of the Crutch, District Judge Andrew Shaw issued an arrest warrant against the Lord of the Sith. After dictating it, he added: "I hope the force will soon be with him" (really—God save the Judge, Queen, and English humor.) Vader arrived later, pleading… » 4/24/08 12:00pm 4/24/08 12:00pm

Judge Rules Making Files 'Available' Doesn't Constitute Copyright…

A Boston judge has just followed up on the previous NY judge ruling that just making files available isn't enough to constitute copyright infringement. According to the EFF, it's the most "extensive analysis yet of the recording industry's 'making available' argument", but doesn't actually make things better for… » 4/04/08 2:00pm 4/04/08 2:00pm

New York Judge Who Jailed Everyone in Court for a Ringing Cellphone Is…

A New York judge who jailed all 46 people in his courtroom after someone's mobile phone went off has lost his job. The chairman of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct has recommended that Judge Robert Restaino be removed from the bench, three years after the incident, which was described as "two hours of… » 11/28/07 10:23am 11/28/07 10:23am

Why You Should Turn Off Your Cellphones In A Courtroom

A judge got so pissed when an elderly woman's cell went off that he stepped down from his seat, ordered her to hand the phone over, and chucked it out into the hall. The phone was, of course, broken when the woman went to go get it. After that, the judge wanted the deputies to confiscate all cellphones in the room. » 7/08/06 5:16pm 7/08/06 5:16pm