According to a lawsuit filed by a group of Apple support engineers against Apple, the company has denied them overtime pay and meal compensation, each of which are required by California law.
Further, the suit alleges that the workers are subjected to working conditions similar to indentured servitude. One specific example is from network engineer David Walsh who was with Apple from 1995 through 2007. During this time he alleges that he was regularly required to work more than 40 hours per week and spend evenings and weekends on call without any overtime pay or meal compensation.
Employees like Walsh were allegedly classified as management employees as a way around having to pay them for overtime.
No response from Apple so far.
Most who have worked tech support in any form knows a thing about overtime and being on call–pretty unavoidable for most. But, that’s not an excuse for Apple to classify non-managers as managers to save some money if that is in fact what they’re doing.
When SED televisions were shown they were at CEATEC 2006, they combined the picture quality of CRT’s (which at the time provided the sharpest HD image) with the size of a plasma or LCD set so it could have a large screen without taking up 1/3 of your room. The colors were said to be amazing to see in person.
Things were going well for SED when Nano-Proprietary (now called Applied Nanotech Holdings), holders of the patents that Canon were licensing to bring SED televisions to market, sued Canon and things ground to a hault.
Finally good news for people who thought SED’s would never come to market–the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Canon had not broken its contract with Nano-Proprietary as they are the sold owner of the previous joint venture with Toshiba called SED Inc.
The court also reinstated Canon’s licenses to use the technology, so while it could be a while before SED’s come to market (if they show up at all now–they may have missed their window) it’s at least possible that it happen.
When Hasbro sued JR Software, developers of the popular Facebook game Scrabulous, Hasbro also asked Facebook to block access to the game.
Looks like its back, but under a new name.
The new game, now called Wordscraper, looks a little bit different from the original Scrabulous but it’s essentially the same.
I doubt this will satisfy Hasbro enough to call off the lawsuit but stranger things have happened I guess so we’ll have to wait and see what Hasbro thinks about the move.
At the request of Hasbro, “copyright and trademark holder for Scrabble”, Facebook has disabled access to the Scrabulous game for US and Canadian users because of the lawsuit by Hasbro against the creators of the game.
In case you’re not familiar with Scrabulous, it’s a very Scrabble-like game that users of Facebook would be able to play with one another. In it’s place, Hasbro and Electronic Arts would like you to use their official Scrabble game for Facebook (big surprise).
Why is it just disabled in the US and Canada? Because outside of those territories Hasbro doesn’t own the rights to Scrabble–Mattel does.
If you’re desperate to play Scrabulous you still can, just not on Facebook. The game is still online at the official site for the game, Scrabulous.com.
[Via CNET News]
The 47,000 square foot warehouse is “priced for quick sale” and according to Florida state records the property is owned by Constructora Canahuati which is believed to not be connected to Psystar.
Maybe the owner is selling off the property to kick out Pystar and (hopefully) avoid be dragging into a lawsuit of their very own by Apple?
[Via Yahoo News]
In February 2007, two Dell call center employees sued the company for underpaying employees and now the suit has been given class-action status, giving the other 5,000 or so call center employees a chance to join the lawsuit party.
No specific damages are being sought, but the suit does say that the employees are owed at least $5 million.
The suit alleges that Dell’s time reporting system does not accurately track the hours worked by call center sales reps and that workers are not allowed to correct these errors. Supervisors are able to make such changes, but the suit alleges that the changes are either not being made or not being recorded properly by the time reporting system.
Additionally, the suit claims that the time reporting system automatically deducts a full hour for employee’s lunch breaks even if they do not take a full hour.
If all that is not enough, the suit also claims that workers are not paid to attend mandatory meetings that take place before their regularly scheduled shift, nor are they paid for the time it takes them to prepare for customer calls.
Dell disputes the claims, saying that they “take pride in ensuring that our actions are in compliance with the law.”
In the “about time” category, Apple has filed a lawsuit against Mac-clone maker Psystar for license violations and copyright infringement.
Psystar, as you’ve probably heard by now, was selling PC’s that were made from components so similar to the one’s Apple uses for their Mac’s that they were able to install Mac OS X onto them, giving you a way to get your hands on a “Mac” for a lot less than you’d pay for a Mac.
Some people in the OSX86 community weren’t so happy with Psystar for trying to monetize the process of getting OS X onto a PC and it looks like they may have the last laugh. I really can’t see Apple losing this–the license agreement for OS X says that the operating system cannot be ran on non-Apple hardware.
Long time Tecmo employee and video game development rock star Tomonobu Itagaki has announced that he has resigned and has filed a lawsuit against his former employer.
Itagaki, best known as the creator of the Dead or Alive series of video games and the man behind the Ninja Gaiden remakes, has left Techmo, alleging that Tecmo was unwilling to pay him promised bonuses and that Tecmo president Yoshimi Yasuda “made demeaning remarks” about him to other Tecmo employees that caused him “significant emotional distress”, resulting in a “worsening [of his] personal relationships and work environment.”
Itagaki has filed suit against Yasuda for 148 million yen, which is around $1.5 million US.
Tecmo retains the rights to Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden.
Last December Klausner Technology sued Apple, eBay, AT&T, Comcast and Cablevision over patent infringement over its visual voicemail technology.
All but Comcast and Cablevision have agreed to settle the case and Klausner reports that they are currently in talks with Comcast and Cablevision so this whole thing should be over soon.
No terms of the settlements or licensing deals have been disclosed.
As you probably already have heard, Starbucks is in the process of switching over from T-Mobile to AT&T hotspots for customers who want to surf the web at Wi-Fi speeds.
No surprise, T-Mobile isn’t so thrilled with this move and is suing Starbucks.
According to a story at Reuters the company “secretly colluded with AT&T to offer free WiFi Internet access in its cafes despite an exclusive agreement with T-Mobile.”
They argue that they were given exclusive right to “sell, market and promote its service” at Starbucks locations and that they have “made a very significant investment in the technology and equipment necessary to provide Wi-Fi service in the many thousands of Starbucks stores in the United States.”