Kim Dotcom, 39, the founder of Megaupload, was indicted in what U.S. prosecutors dubbed a "mega conspiracy." If convicted, he faces as long as 20 years in prison for each of the racketeering and money-laundering charges in the indictment.
The U.S. shut down Megaupload without notice after charges against seven individuals, including Dotcom, were unsealed in court in January 2012.
Megaupload's lawyer Ira Rothken said in an email Feb. 15 that the U.S. is trying to concoct a way out of taking responsibility for injuring millions of consumers.
The case is USA v. Dotcom, 12-cr-00003. U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria). The extradition case is between Kim Dotcom and Attorney-General, Civ 2012-404-1928, High Court of New Zealand (Auckland).
Apple, Samsung name allegedly infringing smartphones and tablets
Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. identified products they allege infringe their patents for smartphones and tablet computers as part of a lawsuit in federal court in San Jose, Calif.
The filings Feb. 15 were made in a newer of two related patent cases. The lawsuit, scheduled for trial in March 2014, was filed last year and covers technology in newer smartphones made by both companies, including Samsung's Galaxy S III and Apple's iPhone 5.
In its filing, Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple identified Samsung's Galaxy Note smartphones and tablet computer. Samsung claimed "all generations" of Apple's iPhone and iPads infringe at least three of its patents, according to its filing.
U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh last month rejected Apple's request to add additional damages to the first patent infringement case between the two companies in San Jose. In that case, a jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion, finding the Suwon, South Korea-based company infringed six of the iPhone maker's mobile-device patents.
Koh said last week she is considering freezing the more recent smartphone patent dispute scheduled for trial next year while an appeals court reviews the August verdict.
Last year's case is Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., 11-cv-1846, the case scheduled for trial next year is Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., 12-cv-630, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Jose).