What are the top 10 most significant tech lawsuits of the past year?

1. Epic Games vs. Apple: This high-profile lawsuit revolves around the ongoing battle between Fortnite creator Epic Games and Apple. Epic Games accuses Apple of anti-competitive behavior and monopolistic practices regarding the App Store and in-app purchases.

2. Huawei vs. U.S. Government: Chinese tech giant Huawei sued the U.S. government for passing a law that bans federal agencies from using its products. Huawei claims the law is unconstitutional and aimed at damaging its reputation.

3. Oracle vs. Google: This long-running lawsuit involves a copyright dispute between Oracle and Google over the use of Java code in Google’s Android operating system. The case was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, making it highly significant for the tech industry.

4. Zoom vs. its Users: Zoom, the popular video conferencing platform, faced several lawsuits due to privacy and security concerns. Users alleged that Zoom failed to properly protect their personal information, leading to unauthorized access and “Zoom bombing” incidents.

5. Robinhood vs. Users: Online trading platform Robinhood faced multiple lawsuits after temporarily restricting the buying of GameStop and other stocks during the WallStreetBets phenomenon. Users accused Robinhood of market manipulation and breaching its fiduciary duty.

6. Apple vs. Corellium: Apple sued Corellium, a cybersecurity firm, for creating a virtualized clone of iOS, claiming it infringes on their copyrights. Corellium argued that their software is used for legitimate research and not for unauthorized iOS development.

7. Facebook vs. European Union: Facebook filed a lawsuit against the European Union over privacy concerns related to an investigation by the Irish Data Protection Commission. Facebook argues that the investigation is intrusive and goes beyond the scope of GDPR regulations.

8. Waymo vs. Uber: Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving car unit, sued Uber for trade secret theft in 2017. The case got settled in 2018, but in 2020, a former Uber executive was charged with stealing trade secrets relating to self-driving technology.

9. Qualcomm vs. Federal Trade Commission (FTC): The FTC filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm, accusing the chipmaker of anti-competitive behavior and charging excessive royalties for its patents. The case aimed to restrict Qualcomm’s dominance in the smartphone chip market.

10. Tesla vs. Former Employee: Tesla sued a former employee, Martin Tripp, for allegedly hacking Tesla’s manufacturing system, stealing confidential data, and leaking it to third parties. The lawsuit highlighted concerns regarding trade secret protection in the tech industry.

Please note that the significance of these lawsuits may vary depending on individual perspectives and the specific criteria used to evaluate them.