- Remember a few weeks ago when Apple’s CEO Tim Cook apologized in a letter posted on the company’s website for the maps app glitches on the new iPhone 5? Did you notice that Scott Forstall, Apple’s executive in charge of software for the iPad and iPhone, did not sign Cook’s letter? Reportedly, Forstall refused to sign the letter. Apple announced last week that Forstall will be leaving the company at the end of the year. Coincidence?
- A federal judge in Pennsylvania has thrown out on summary judgment a Computer Fraud and Abuse Act claim brought by Linda Eagle, the former CEO of Edcomm, Inc., against the company. Eagle claims that the company terminated her and then essentially hijacked her LinkedIn account – logging into the account using her password, changing her password, and changing the profile for the account from Eagle’s profile to the profile of Edcomm’s interim CEO. Eagle eventually regained control of her LinkedIn account. The court found that Eagle did not have evidence of a "loss" recognized by the CFAA – such as damage of a computer or computer system. Rather, her damages related to business opportunities that she claimed she lost as a result of her not being able to access her LinkedIn account. The court also threw out Eagle’s Lanham Act claim, finding no likelihood of confusion between the interim CEO’s profile and Eagle’s profile, or confusion about whether Eagle was still affiliated with Edcomm. However, the court allowed Eagle’s state law claims, including her conversion claim, to go forward.
- In the latest twist in the continuing saga of Eaton Corporation’s all-out litigation against six of its former engineers, Eaton has asked the trial court judge to stay the litigation until the Mississippi Supreme Court rules on Eaton’s request to have the judge replaced.