Samsung doesn't have to fork over all profits
1. It seems like Samsung has been in hot water recently, but the U.S. Supreme Court sent Samsung and Apple back to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. It’s a small win for Samsung since Apple was arguing that the South Korean company should pay a $399 million penalty for copying iPhone designs. In an 8-0 ruling, Court decided that a patent violator doesn’t have to give up all profits from stolen designs—if the designs influenced parts rather than the whole product. The lower court still decides how much Samsung has to pay.
2. This isn’t the first time that the two competitors went to court over patent infringement. Back in 2012, Samsung was handed about $930 million in penalties for copyright infringement. Fortunately for Samsung, the penalties were shaved down for $582 million for patent infringement.
3. So how much should Samsung fork over?
Your Thoughts?Weigh In.
A South Carolina case of a police officer accused of killing a black motorist was declared a mistrial after after four days of deliberating left the jurors undecided. Former police officer Michael Slager is the maxium penalty of life in prison for the killing of Walter Scott in 2015. The jury was also considering a manslaughter charge. On Friday afternoon, only one juror was undecided. But by Monday, the jurors requested an explanation of various legal terms and multiple jurors were undecided. Video of the shooting was replayed. Scott was running away from Slager when the first shot of eight shots were fired. Fifty-five witnesses were called over the course of a month. It’s unclear if there is going to be a retrial.
Pollution is bad but Princess Cruise Lines didn’t get the memo. The cruise line is pleading guilty to seven felony charges for "deliberate pollution of the seas and intentional acts to cover it up,” according to the United States Department of Justice. A subsidiary of Carnival Corporation, Princess will pay a $40 million penalty. The charges included illegal dumping of oil-contaminated waste into the ocean. This is the largest criminal penalty involving cruise pollution. It also puts the largest cruise company in time out for five years. All Carnival cruise ships will be under a court-supervised Environmental Compliance Program, which includes external audits and a court-appointed monitor.
For many years, Apple Maps has struggled to compete with its more successful competitor Google Maps. Now, as Bloomberg News reports, Apple is planning to use drones to gather more accurate maps and traffic data. Currently, the company is using a fleet of minivans with specialized cameras and sensors to collect data from cities all over the country. The drones would be used to capture real-time data and push updates to maps rapidly. To make this work, Apple would have to comply with the Federal Aviation Administration's drone regulations. Apple has been releasing some improvements to its native maps app in recent months. In 2015, Apple finally released support for public transit in select cities. And this year, the app has an automatic feature that records where your car is parked based on Bluetooth connectivity as well as other small tweaks. But in directions, Apple Maps is still a little behind Google in accuracy and speed.
The second-largest Tennessee lottery prize will be split among 20 co-workers at a metal manufacturing plant. The jackpot totaled $420.9 million. The 20 workers buy $120 worth of lottery tickets twice a week. They have been paying into the lottery for eight years — and it has finally paid off. Each of the workers will reportedly receive $12.7 million before taxes.
The accused South Carolina church shooter, Dylan Roof, will represent himself in a death penalty trial. He will not be hiring a lawyer to represent himself in court. In June 2015, nine black worshippers were shot dead at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. Roof is a self-proclaimed white supremacist. He will be facing 33 charges against him in court.
Instead of finishing off Thanksgiving in the Black Friday storm of shopping, Buy Nothing Day is the other option. Supported by AdBusters, the movement started in the early 1990s. Supporters cut up credit cards, walk around the malls without shopping or even take carts and form a conga line in stores. Optionally, #OptOutside is for all those outdoorsy folks who find hiking more enjoyable than the mile-long lines at Zara and H&M. Or you could just stay home, eat more and watch Netflix.
The North Pole is experiencing temperatures 36 degrees (Fahrenheit) higher than normal. Scientists are saying this unusual warmth is due to record-low sea ice and moist air being pushed up from lower latitudes. This leads to warmer weather and erratic migration of warm air toward the North Pole. The warmer temperatures in the arctic will likely increase sea ice melting and cause some rise in ocean levels.
Five elementary students died and 12 students were hospitalized after a school bus accident in Chattanooga. The school bus driver, 24-year-old Johnthony K. Walker, was speeding before he swerved into an elevated driveway. Walker is charged with five counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment, and reckless driving. There were 37 students on board when the bus crashed.
Pope Francis has extended priests' ability to grant absolution for abortion. Traditionally, the church considered abortion a sin. A year ago, Francis announced a year of forgiveness, allowing the church to forgive abortion for that period of time. The Vatican's announcement makes this policy permanent, allowing priests to give absolution for it — not just bishops or special confessors.