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While Scouring the House for Spare Change, Zynga Decided to Sue Bang With Friends

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Devoid of any other ideas to generate cash, Zynga is now suing the owners of Bang With Friends because the Words with Friends owner feels the name is infringing on its trademark.

The struggling mobile gaming studio develops popular games that commonly end with the “With Friends” moniker (Words, Chess, Running, etc.) and asserts that Bang With Friends used it to gain popularity.  Read More

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‘Contributors’ File Class Action Lawsuit Against Yahoo for July Hack

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That was fast. In mid-July hackers calling themselves “the D33Ds Company” gave Yahoo a spanking for lax security by posting the login information of some of the 453,000 mostly unpaid bloggers working for Yahoo and Associated Content’s contributor network. Less than a month later, we’ve got the first class-action lawsuit related to the breach.

New Hampshire resident Jeff Allan is the named plaintiff in the case. In papers filed July 31 in a U.S. District Court in Northern California, attorneys detailed how Mr. Allan discovered his information was compromised: Read More

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All the Fun Guys Have Worked at SAP

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If “fun” means alleged LEGO hoarders and targets of gender discrimination lawsuits, European enterprise software giant SAP must be a fun place to work! Betabeat has been covering the arrest of SAP exec Thomas Langenbach, who built something “like a mini Legoland” in his San Carlos, CA home. We’ve learned that in addition to Mr. Langenbach, SAP once employed Ajit Nazre–who is a key figure in a major lawsuit filed against Silicon Valley VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers (KPCB). Former Kleiner Perkins investment partner Ellen Pao filed the suit, which in part covers interactions with Mr. Nazre after he moved from SAP to KPCB. Ms. Pao makes some tough allegations against Mr. Nazre, alleging they had a personal relationship and claiming that after it ended, he “[...] started a consistent pattern of retaliation against her” which lasted more than 5 years. In the same suit Ms. Pao also accuses Mr. Nazre of harassing several other women. She also states Mr. Nazre left KPCB in 2011 after an independent investigation into harassment claims. Read More

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Kleiner Perkins Sued for Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination [UPDATED]

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The “sexism in tech” debate is about to get new legs with the news that Ellen Pao, a partner at VC firm Kleiner Perkins, is suing the company for sexual harassment and gender discrimination.

Ms. Pao has been an investment partner at Kleiner Perkins since 2005 and is in charge of a host of digital ventures in the company’s portfolio, including magazine reading iPad app Flipboard.

Ms. Pao is represented by San Francisco attorney Alan B. Exelrod, who has extensive experience in successfully prosecuting sexual harassment suits, including the seminal 1994 case Weeks vs. Baker & McKenzie. Read More

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Pair, the Buzzy App for Couples, Gets a Third Wheel: A Lawsuit

Can Pair thumbkiss its way out of a lawsuit?

Looks like thunderstorms could ruin the honeymoon for Pair, the “perfect sexting app” that struck us as less sexy than monogamy-inducing. The Y Combinator-backed social network for couples just raised $4.2 million last week from a slew of high-profile investors, but today TechCrunch reports that the company is getting sued for employing the very name that defines it; a Pittsburgh-based hosting company named “pair Networks” filed a suit against the app Pair for trademark infringement. Read More