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Doping: Russian Olympic Committee appeals local court doping decision

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian Olympic Committee appealed on Thursday against a Moscow court ruling that refused to recognize bobsledder Alexander Zubkov’s Olympic ban, saying it could cast doubt on Russia’s desire to fight against doping. FILE PHOTO: Russia’s pilot Alexander Zubkov poses with a gold medal during a ceremony for the four-man bobsleigh event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, at the Sanki Sliding Center in Rosa Khutor Alpine Ski Resort near Sochi, Russia, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer Zubkov, who has retired from competition and currently serves as…

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Technology 

U.S. appeals court upholds Sprint patent verdict against Time Warner Cable

A man exits a Time Warner Cable branch in the Manhattan borough in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld a roughly $140 million jury verdict in favor of Sprint Corp in its lawsuit accusing Time Warner Cable Inc, part of Charter Communications Inc, of using patented technology without authorization. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said there was sufficient evidence to support a Kansas jury’s determination in March 2017 that Time Warner infringed five Sprint patents.…

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Newcastle mother appeals on Twitter for new kidney

Image copyright Joanne D’Onofrio Image caption Joanne D’Onofrio said she needed a kidney from a live donor “pretty quickly” to save her life A mother has issued an urgent appeal on Twitter for a life-saving kidney. Joanne D’Onofrio, 46 and from Newcastle, is currently on dialysis in the city’s Freeman Hospital after falling seriously ill. At 18 she suffered kidney failure and had her first transplant a year later in 1991, but her body is now attacking the donor kidney. Almost 27,000 people have re-tweeted her appeal. She told BBC…

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Uber appeals against drivers’ rights to pay and holiday

Image copyright Getty Images A long-running case over the status of Uber drivers will be heard in the Court of Appeal on Tuesday and Wednesday. The taxi-hailing app is contesting an employment tribunal finding that drivers should be treated as workers rather than self-employed. If classified as workers, Uber drivers are entitled to paid holiday and the minimum wage. Unions calculate this could be worth £18,000 per driver. Uber said the tribunal “fundamentally misunderstood” how it operated. It is the latest stage in a legal battle led by two Uber…

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Technology 

Google appeals against €4.3bn Android fine

Image copyright Getty Images Google is fighting a record €4.3bn ($4.9bn; £3.8bn) fine for allegedly using the Android operating system to “cement its dominance” as a search engine. In July, the European Commission said Google’s Android policies had “denied rivals the chance to innovate and compete”. The company could face further fines if it does not change its practices. Google’s appeal could take several years. “We have now filed our appeal,” the company said in a statement reported by the Financial Times. What was Google accused of? Google was accused…

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No class action for unhappy Uber drivers: U.S. appeals court

(Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc won a legal victory on Tuesday as a federal appeals court said drivers seeking to be classified as employees rather than independent contractors must arbitrate their claims individually, and not pursue class-action lawsuits. The Uber application is seen on a mobile phone in London, Britain, September 14, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay In a 3-0 decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco reversed a lower court judge’s denial of Uber’s motion to compel arbitration in three lawsuits. It also overturned the class certification…

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Lifestyle 

‘Stolen’ Matisse can stay in London’s National Gallery: U.S. appeals court

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The National Gallery in London persuaded a U.S. appeals court that three grandchildren of a muse for French artist Henri Matisse should not reclaim a 1908 painting they said was stolen. In a 3-0 decision on Monday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said sovereign immunity shielded the museum and Britain from having to return “Portrait of Greta Moll” to the grandchildren, Oliver Williams and Margarete Green from Britain and Iris Filmer from Germany. The case is one of many seeking to…

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Science 

U.S. appeals court upholds MIT, Harvard patents on CRISPR gene editing

(Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Monday allowed a research center affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University to keep patents potentially worth billions of dollars on a groundbreaking gene editing technology known as CRISPR. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the validity of the Harvard and MIT patents, rejecting a challenge brought by a rival team of researchers associated with the University of California at Berkeley and University of Vienna in Austria. Shares of Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Editas Medicine Inc, a biotechnology…

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Charlotte Brown: On-the-run killer appeals against conviction

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJack Shepherd told police he never asked if Charlotte Brown could swim A man found guilty of killing his date in a speedboat crash has appealed against his conviction, despite being on the run. Jack Shepherd was sentenced to six years in July for the manslaughter of 24-year-old Charlotte Brown. The Court of Appeal has confirmed Shepherd, who left the country prior to his trial, has lodged appeals against his conviction and sentence. Ms Brown’s family said it was “not fair” Shepherd…

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